CONCENTRATION ON SPACE
It’s no secret that our modern way of navigating through everyday life is often indeed very tricky, exhausting, if not straight unnatural as compared to how our body and mind were gradually designed by eons of evolution. Therefore one need not wonder why our overall health reacts the way it does, flooding our mind with worry and tenseness.
Although it may be used almost whenever you need/want, every process has its stages and not surprisingly, the initial ones bear the utmost importance.
It might even feel like magic, but it’s plain old physics. The effective mechanism can be explained in two ways. Simple and complex - both explanations being equally true.
The main cause of our stress-induced muscle tension and exhaustion is the constant and loud stream of thoughts in our ever distracted mind, which we are so used to, we very often don’t even realize it’s there. By practicing this type of awareness, we effectively silence those thoughts and worries and force our mind to be aware in the present, whereas depressions are caused by it being in the past and anxiety with being in the future. Henceforth, relaxation is imminent.
We have a so called “Autonomic nervous system” which consists of two main parts - Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. Long story short, Sympathetic governs the so called “fight or flight” bodily response to danger, either to run away, or go fight it. Therefore, it basically pumps us up with adrenaline, increase our blood pressure and heart rate, hence prepare us for one of these activities. Which is very useful when running from a tiger in a pleistocene savannah, or from some Jack (/Jill) the ripper, but not quite useful when dealing with our modern office work dangers. This system is also the reason why we tend to drop everything when scared by surprise, and even a swift bowel movement is far from being unheard of, in some cases. It is very simply because any unnecessary load would only slow us down when running from the tiger and since our conceptual mind tends to be rather indecisive, the autonomic system steps in and takes over. Unfortunately it still thinks we live in that old savannah and doesn’t realize how ineffective its way of protecting us really is, especially when dealing with i.e. paperwork, paychecks and wearing pants. So, because it isn’t build to deal with our modern kinds of ‘danger’, our physiological reactions make us stressed and confused, paradoxically rendering it much much worse for us and everything around.
To keep the sympathetic in check, we have a so called Parasympathetic system, which influences sleep, relaxation, digestion, reproductive processes, etc; and always steps in when the first one gets too excited, pulling it down. The technique described above activates the parasympathetic and thus calms down our tension - both physical and mental. Though it does need repetition and discipline to make its effect really long-term and stable.
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