Living in a constant state of emergency

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The state of relaxation is a healthy, vital glowing state of body and mind. Unfortunately few people experience this glowing state of relaxation.

Many people think that to experience relaxation, all they need to do is simply stop doing things and take some time off. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Time out does not guarantee relaxation, usually because we carry deep-seated worries and anxieties about life in our subconscious mind.

Most of us live in a constant state of stress, with moments of relative peace. but we cannot enjoy the peace fully because of underlying tensions that we hold in our subconscious mind.

True relaxation requires that you are able to relax your body, mind, emotions, and your deeper psyche on an ongoing basis to avoid accumulating tensions.

Deep and enduring relaxation is best achieved through meditation, which, when practiced correctly leads to a state of total relaxation, one that few people get to experience as an ongoing and stable state of being.

Cultivating relaxation is one of the best ways to avoid illness, to have a happy and productive life and retain youthful vigor in old age.

The constant state of emergency

Human beings oscillate between a state of relaxation and balance, governed by the parasympathetic nervous system[1], and a state of stress and anxiety, governed by the sympathetic nervous system[2] .

The modern dilemma is that many people are in a constant state of stress, worry and high anxiety. They have internalized a state of ongoing emergency that gears their nervous system to be constantly prepared for fight or flight. They feel constant chronic stress even in situations of great outer peace and tranquility.

This has become the predominant mode of being on a global scale, creating a self-perpetuating sense of emergency, where you feel anxious, hyper-aroused and hyper-vigilant. This can spiral out of control to drain your psychological and physical reserves. Ultimately it leads to exhaustion and collapse, and to conditions that predispose you to chronic mental and physical illness.

Yoga and other wisdom traditions

In order to remain relaxed you need to cultivate both your outer resources, such as money and a home, and your inner resources, such as vital energy and a calm mind.

Develop the inner resources required to handle emergencies as they arise, with minimal effort and maximum skill.

The aim of many wisdom traditions is to provide you with knowledge and techniques that enable you to create and accumulate your inner resources. They teach techniques that develop harmony and balance deepening relaxation, increasing energy and building self-awareness. The teach you how you can better face the difficulties of life with a relaxed, strong mind and plenty of vital energy.

Make relaxation the base from which you operate

The key to healthy living is to make relaxation the base line from which you operate. If you operate from a position of habitual stress and a constant sense of emergency you will exhaust your resources, expend your energy and put yourself into an extremely weak and vulnerable position. You may over-react to normal events, reacting from the hyper-aroused state of emergency, seeing problems where there are none, and wasting energy on ongoing self-created crises.

By consciously engaging from a self-aware, mindful, relaxed and grounded state you can find more positive and creative ways to better manage the constant flow of life’s challenges.

Relaxation meditation as a remedy for stress

The remedy for the state of chronic emergency is to learn relaxation-meditation and to apply the principles of these techniques into your life.

The result of relaxation-meditation is a wakeful, aware and balanced state in which you feel calm and grounded, emotionally resilient and with a clear, relaxed mind.

In the Chinese system of Chi Gong this state is described as raising the spirit (to fill the heart and mind with light and awareness) and sinking the chi (energy) to feel grounded and strong.

[1] Parasympathetic nervous system activation leads to feelings of expansion, pleasure and joy, the stay and play response.

[2] Sympathetic nervous system activation engages the fight or flight response to marshal whatever resources you have available to deal with real or imagined threats.

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