“Pay attention to the whispers so we won’t have to listen to the screams.” Cherokee Proverb
Many times I have heard comments like “It’s just stress” which seems to indicate the notion that stress is something that happens out there–in the ethers– and no inner impact or effect. This is a dangerous position as it leaves us victim to its many very real negative E.G. poor health, disrupted relationships, and poor performance.
Definition of Stress
Stress is anything that causes us to adapt, change, grow—even when it is positive. Positive stress is not generally detrimental effect. However the more challenging forms certainly do have negative effects both in the moment and over time.
Types of Stress
Generally there are two types of stress: necessary and unnecessary. Unnecessary stress is that which we can eliminate by an honest inventory of where we are scattering our energy, spinning our wheels or not standing for our beliefs, values and self care.
Necessary stress is that which we cannot, or do not want to, reduce or eliminate. This requires that we work with knowledge and awareness in a holistic way to care for mind,body and spirit.
Stress: The Cliff Notes
Stress is a whole person process! The very real physiological (fight/flight/freeze) effects may not be readily apparent even when they begin to affect our ability to concentrate/focus, maintain emotional equilibrium or spiritual experience.
If we encounter a physically dangerous situation the fight/flight response tends to be re-balanced naturally. Unfortunately most of our stresses are psychological so when our fight/flight response gets triggered and we get a cascade of neuro-hormaonal changes that affect every system in our body…we are stuck with it unless we provide an intervention of some kind. Exercise takes care of some of the accumulated effects but it does not reach create an inner environment conducive to healing, release, and rejuvenation. Deep relaxation and meditation are the means to create this internal environment.
With deep relaxation and meditation we reach a level where mind and body can really clear our the toxins and heal at a cellular level to help not only release what has happened but to also create a stress hardiness that allows us to be less vulnerable to future challenges.
Making ourselves a priority and developing a self-care practice that includes 20 minutes of some form of meditation twice a day (ideally at sunrise and sunset) can prevent much greater distress later when the bill for unrelenting stress comes due!
Our recording Relaxation 101 was expressly designed to deliver you into a healing state that release tension on all levels, help heal the adrenal glands and restore mental clarity.
Relaxation 101 : A guided meditation that relaxes your body quiets your mind leading you into deep states of inner peace, tranquility and harmony.