Stress is everywhere in our modern day world. We seem to never stop, slow down and take stock.
Even when we go to bed we are compiling lists in our heads for the next day / week or month
We are often juggling many thing all at once and it never stops.
And so therefore we don’t (stop)!
This has a huge impact on our whole wellbeing . We start getting aches and pains , more colds and ‘flu’s, feel fatigued, gain weight and can end up with major illness like heart attacks, strokes and the dreaded “C” word”
Stress is at the heart of pretty much every illness ( and dare I say accident) known to man.
Remember the cartoon where the piano falls out of an eight story building onto the poor unsuspecting Coyote?
If we don’t slow down there’s a piano waiting to fall on us too!
Life has a way of making us slow down and take stock if we don’t.
Does Meditation Help Stress?
What is stress?
The definition of “stress” is:-
“A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”
Pushing ourselves to “Nth ” degree and not taking stock or recharging is basically what causes stress,
Have you ever noticed, that if you’ve been really busy and there has been great demand on your energy and personal resources that when you finally stop ,you get sick?
Its is the body going form one error to the opposite error. The extreme that is created when we are overdoing and not checking in with ourselves,
Not doing that grease and oil change that we do for our vehicles, running on adrenaline and pushing ourselves too hard . It feels great while we’re doing it . Adrenaline is a great drug. But overuse of any drug natural or synthetic has massive consequences
and what goes up …MUST come down!
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” ~Unknown
Why do we Push ourselves?
- We may feel overly responsible
- Its how we gain external validation(or not)
- We get caught up in over- caring for others and over-giving and it makes us feel temporarily good
- Because we think we ‘should’ or are doing it to ‘prove’ ourselves’ to others
- Feeling guilty -which is really anxiety disguised as guilt – I mean have you really murdered or hurt someone or robbed a bank lately?
- We understand the pain of not being cared for validated and nurtured the way we needed to be- and this pain transfers to how and what we (over) do for others
Most of these things come from our feelings of not belonging and low self esteem which comes from not having been acknowledged, noticed, or validated or criticised when we we growing up. It’s insidious and destructive and has a huge impact on our lives ,wellbeing, energy sense of self and physical and emotional wellbeing.
How Meditation Eases the Strain on your Body
Meditation is a time to slow down and just “be” to not ‘DO” anything for anyone else.
A time to just be there for ourselves
A time to recharge
A time to contemplate
A time to prioritise
A time to rebalance the giving and receiving of energy
A TIME TO FILL YOUR CUP before you need to pour from it again .
And as women we are hard wired to nurture .
But for goodness sake where do we come in that equation??
The Adrenals ( ad=above ;renal= kidney) the glands above the kidneys- are the base of our whole hormonal triangle . They are the base of the structure of the whole endocrine system.
If our adrenals are exhausted ,everything above the base of the triangle is put under strain trying to keep the balance.
Hormones can go whacky
Our cycle can go crazy
The thyroid gland is put under stress and strain and then our whole metabolism can be affected.
Our weight can start to rise and our fight back against infections and viruses becomes compromised
Sleep can be affected
Efficient detoxification can also become affected, as the metabolism slows and the liver becomes overloaded, causing all sorts of vague aches pains and digestive and bowel problems – anything form reflux to constipation ( ever heard the term hypochondriac? The liver is in the part of the body called the hypochondruim)
Our bodies are amazing!
The body will maintain homeostasis (relative equilibrium), for a long time ,however straws DO BREAK CAMEL’S back’s, when the push has been to much and too hard.
Mediation to Keep you Well
When we meditate on a regular and preferably, daily basis, we return cortisol levels to normal and most importantly recharge the adrenal glands, so they can do the myriad jobs they do in our bodies:-
- producing the the precursor chemicals to making our steroid hormones – the oestrogen’s and androgens
- To maintaining the naturally occurring anti- inflammatory chemicals
- To maintaining normal weight
- Maintaining proper mineral balance and therefore bone and teeth health
- Maintaining normal metabolism and
- Efficient immune system response
Prevention is Always Better than cure
We’ve heard it before ‘ Prevention is better than cure’
AND IT IS!!!
It takes a long time for the body to completely go out of balance
It is painful and distressing when things go wrong.
And it takes just as much time, if not more, to come back from the imbalance
And meditation -even if it is just 10 minutes a day, is deeply restorative and life giving
You ARE worth that!!!
Halt the Ageing Process
Aside form all the above benefits of meditation, when we meditate, our life giving blood flows more freely to bath our tissues and cells in the nutrition it needs f0r repair and health.
Our cells in the body are being replaced all the time
By providing the body with ease ( and great nutrition good air and natural living) it is possible to slow and sometimes reverse the ageing process.
Adopt a Regular Practise and Thrive
Stress is a killer(literally)
By adopting a mediative practise on a daily and /or regular basis , we give our bodies ( and minds) one of the best chances it has, to restore and regenerate, to maintain equilibrium and to thrive.
So grab yourself a candle and close your eyes!
To Learn how to adopt a regular practise and create peace, harmony, happiness and balance in your life click here
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BE WELL – Every Day!