Do you constantly feel fatigued, low and depressed, or cannot sleep? Are you constantly restless, cannot seem to put together your acts properly, or feel that you are barely in control of your life? Chances are high that you are living under chronic stress. When this situation persists, it leads to poor performance, disturbed metabolism, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, low self-esteem, and a sense of severe dissatisfaction.
Even in those people who are not so acutely distressed, there is a lot of general dissatisfaction about the way they are living their lives. They work hard to make their life better, yet remain dissatisfied with what they achieve. There is a lingering feeling that they are neither using their full potential nor do they seem to have enough energy.
Mind is a Powerhouse of Untapped Energy
But do not lose heart. You have enough power in your brain to overcome such debilitating situations. There are simple ways to awaken the latent potentials of your mind. Remember that a relaxed or de-stressed brain has all the resources for self-healing and healthy regulation of bodily functions.
Mind is a powerhouse of energy; largely untapped. Our so-called normal living habits utilize only a fraction of this energy. However, a sense of awakening is slowly spreading about the true potential of human mind – the reason is, people now don’t want to lead a “limited” life. This leads them to look for mind evolving techniques – the ways to come out of limited mental boundaries.
True happiness comes from leading a meaningful life where you can harness your full potential to make bigger and bigger achievements. Sense of achievement is a great elixir – it fills a person with self-confidence and power. This is the only way to have a sense of meaning in their lives.
Reprogramming the Mind
A more effective and lasting solution to tackle stress and emotional afflictions is to work with the subconscious mind that actually determines how we act and behave. The usual stress remedies, such as drills of yoga postures and positive thinking give short term solace that wear off sooner than expected. Also our intellect and reasoning power are not able to check the unyielding force of negative emotions that fuel stress, anxiety and depression. Hence, a newer and long lasting approach is needed that operates at the source level of the problem.
Viewing stress as an isolated issue is a faulty perception. It must be seen in totality, of the individual self in its ceaseless action of living. We go through myriads of joys and sorrows in the course of life, but hardly ever pause and ponder over what causes them. Stress, in whatever form, degrades the quality of life by undermining the spontaneity, joy, and beauty of life.
Leaving beside the unavoidable incidences such as illness, accident, or death, there are other factors that can be changed through efforts. These factors are mental and relate to individual attitude, mental and emotional tendencies and how we view and interact with the world. There is significant truth in the saying “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
Half the battle of tackling stress is won once we have an objective understanding of these mind-related factors. However, this is only the first step and knowing these factors does not change the mental conditioning that is already programmed in the brain. It is clear that for lasting solution, a change in the existing mental conditioning is needed. At the practical level, escape or suppression producing psychological behavior pattern must be changed.
Several studies indicate better relaxation and stress management by meditation techniques where you refrain from trying to control the content of the mind. These methods are often described as nondirective, because practitioners do not actively pursue a particular experience or state of mind. They cultivate the ability to tolerate the spontaneous wandering of the mind without getting too much involved. Instead of concentrating on getting away from stressful thought and emotions, you simple let them pass in an effortless way.
Nondirective meditation yields more marked changes in electrical brain wave activity associated with wakeful, relaxed attention, than just resting without any specific mental technique.
(Read the full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100319210631.htm)
Research has established that during deep meditation, blood flow to the frontal lobe and parietal lobe is reduced. The frontal lobe is the seat of our intellect, reasoning power and thinking; it enables us to plan and anticipate the future. It is here that human emotions like guilt, pride, sympathy, wonder, and compassion and generated. On the other hand, the parietal lobe processes the sensory data from the external world and connects us to the surroundings. It is also responsible for our sense of time and space. Under stress, both the frontal and parietal lobes operate in frantic pace or in fight-or-flight mode.
During deep meditation, the activities of the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe are practically stopped and the sensory signals from them, which cause anxieties and stress, are not transmitted to other parts of the brain, including those responsible for primary emotions of fear, sadness, anger, and aggressiveness. The deactivation of the parietal lobe detaches the meditators from the sense of time and space or the external world and induces a feeling of timelessness and oneness without any boundaries. The deactivation of frontal lobe results in dissipating worries and anxieties as well as the “me-ness” with its psychological baggage, which is bothersome and nagging. All these factors bring about deep tranquility of mind. This is the situation when we have “whole brain functioning.”
Brainwave technology allows people to do things that they never thought they would be able to do; for example, enjoying states of deep relaxation and meditation. Brainwave entrainment signals are embedded in natural sounds such as flowing river, waterfall, rain, gongs, bells, etc. You only need to listen to the music and allow yourself to flow along with it. No wonder, many people call this music brain awakening music. The entrainment recordings can be used for a wide variety of purposes and can offer brilliant support for any self-growth program. Consistent and systematic use of brainwave music audios integrate the two hemispheres of the brain giving you the holistic benefits of whole brain functioning.
The only place happiness can live is in a relaxed and positive mind – a mind free from restlessness, fear, anger, or anxieties. It is also a mind full of creativity and healthy ideas. Giving regular dose of positive thoughts is all the more important in today’s world full of negativity and conflicts. Click here for a good resource on positivity of mind.