Do you remember the concept "Inverse Relationship" from your childhood mathematics class? I do.
Functional immunity and stress have an inverse relationship. When stress is high your functional immunity is low, and vice-versa. Right about now we all need our immune systems operating on a high level of “functionality” so it’s important to keep your stress levels low.
Who knew that old concept we all learned as children would have such a powerful meaning in our adult lives?
Join me for The 30 Day Relaxation Challenge.
Each day I will post an approach to keeping our collective stress low on this blog and on my facebook page.
Day 1: “Not Now”
The Practice: notice when you are having a negative or fearful thought, and quietly say to yourself “not now”.
The What: The mind has a habit of being on a past-future orientation, sliding forward and backwards in time, while the body is generally always dealing with now. I say...
It’s common knowledge that having less stress in our lives lowers our heart rate, blood pressure, reduces the flood of cortisol and adrenaline in our blood stream, reduces inflammation and perhaps disrupts the on-set of various diseases. Having less stress also allows more of our brain to participate in the present moment because our amygdala and brain stem are less likely to coop the moment, by truncating our executive decision making abilities. Overall, many would agree that having less stress in our lives improves our physical, emotional and mental health. What is not often talked about is knowing how to "turn on" The Relaxation Response can exponentially improve the quality of your life far beyond the baseline measurements of having less stress.
At the end of class the other day a student said “I always thought I was pretty chill until I started taking your class and realized I have a low level on constant stress. I do most of your homework so I’ve...
A client asked me the other day, with a bit of irritation, “why don’t you start with triggers since they are the things that throw us off course?”. I loved that question because it showed me she was really committed to her path of becoming her highest, brightest, clearest most coherent self. I asked very gently, “How would you know you were triggered if you didn’t fully posses the ability to know when you are truly relaxed within your mind-body-spirit connection?”
That landed like a freshly poured glass of milk knocked off the table by accident. It crashed and puddled at our feet. We both sat quietly feeling the gestalt of her understanding spread throughout her field of awareness. After several moments she looked up and said “Cool. I am finally getting this thing you call taking up the leadership of my life. Those triggers I have are not totally mine but they do live in my body.”
To which I...
A lot of the patterns we run in our nervous system, things like - low self esteem, low self worth, inability to stay focused, inability to make wholesome decisions for ourselves, negative or undermining self talk, difficulty starting or completing projects, feelings of depression or low energy - to name a few, are patterns that developed in childhood. They are patterns we developed in our biological family systems and early educational experiences we had in school, church and within our peer group(s). And more often than not, they were formed with incomplete information.
You may be wondering “What does she mean by incomplete information?” And if so, I want to ask you to stay with me for a moment as I explain what I mean.
More often than not, any feelings of inadequacy developed as the result of some one else’s idea of what “such and such” should have looked it. They are the result of one point of view; namely the person...