Mind the root of action

“To control negative physical and verbal actions, it is necessary to get at their root, the mind, and tame it.”

The Dalai Lama recently tweeted this.

In a talk last year he spoke of how a healthy mind is needed for a healthy body.

This tweet of his got me to thinking – what are some phrases in common usage today that suggest the mind as being at the root of physical actions? How about “paralyzed with fear” or “blushing with embarrassment”? How about “red hot with anger”? How about “stress-related weight gain” or “worry wrinkles”? How about “nail-biting suspense”? How about a “shy smile” or “contagious laughter”?

Can you think of some other examples of the mind being the root of physical actions?

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