First... Do Nothing
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- This past Sunday, I awoke at 3 am. As I lay awake quietly, my mind began to fill with a list of undone tasks and to-do items. A few minutes later, I had accomplished the impressive feat of going from deep sleep to a frenetic, stressed out, manic state. Did I really want to start my day out like this? I took a few deep breaths and asked myself a key question… "What is lacking from my life – right now?" The answer was obvious: NOTHING. As I continued to calm myself by following my breathing and gently clearing my head, another revelation came to me. There is really nothing that I have to do, right this minute, except breathe. And that's exactly the sum total of what I did for the next fifteen minutes… just breathe. I was able to calm my thoughts and quiet my mind, allowing a question to come up - from where did this "Tsunami of Stress" come?
Stress Comes From Within
Most of us live awash in stress. Stress starts a chain reaction of hormones and chemicals in our bodies that leave us burned out and sick. Simply put, this constant, smoldering level of stress leads to inflammation in the body, causing or worsening almost every disease that we suffer from as a race. But here is the key... stress is NOT something that happens to you. Stress is a completely internal experience. It is your brain's perception, and not the stressor itself, that causes the inner reaction we feel as stress.
Here's the gist: meditation is not just for Tibetan priests on a mountaintop. At Sri Institute, meditation is one of the modalities we use to successfully treat heart disease, anxiety/depression, insomnia, obesity, and just about every other health problem that you can imagine... right here, right now!
Here's What You Can Do
Meditation does not have to be complicated. Any number of techniques work; I suggest starting with simply observing your breath. I'll teach you a "Mini," or a quick de-stressing meditation:
Gently close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Then count down your breaths, starting with 5. You can say "5, 4, 3, 2, 1," either out loud or just in your head. The important part is not to force or control your breathing. And equally important is not to judge or punish yourself. If you lose count, simply say to yourself "Oh, well," and resume counting where you lost track.
How did that feel? Did you feel a part of your body "unclench" or release? Just observe the change, don't pass judgment. The beautiful thing is that there is no right or wrong here. "Mini" several times a day, pulling it out when you feel yourself getting bound up.
Want to Learn More?
We are very excited at Sri about our new program. The Sri Institute Program for Whole Life Improvement consists of three one-on-one consultation sessions and 8 two-hour weekly group meetings. Our goal is to bring participants to a new level of balance and health through simple and powerful changes in Nutrition, Exercise, and Stress Management. We are booking appointments for the intake sessions presently, and the group meetings begin in 1/2013. For more information, visit our website http://sriwholeness.com or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live, Learn, Enjoy!
F. Fred Hidaji, M.D.
SOURCE Sri Institute for Mind Body Medicine