Posted on July 21st 2017 in General
The July 24th issue of Time magazine details on page forty the physiological effects that stress can create. It is well known that exercise can help mediate much of our stress. Recommended in this article are things like: running, hiking, Pilates, dancing, swimming, Zuma, Yoga and meditation. I would also include such things as gardening, bicycling, rappelling and martial arts as well.
As a Biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapist, I frequently assist people in "getting out of their head" (the vicious-circle mind chatter sometimes known as the "Monkey Mind") and into their experience, focusing on their body/spirit and leaving the Monkey Mind behind.
100 years ago, Freud made the offhand comment that we push our unconfrontible emotions into our body as a way of repressing them. It is this repressed emotion which is often the "cause" of the seemingly random aches and pains that appear throughout our body, for which doctors can find no physiological origin. In Introspection therapy, we call these experiences psycho-somatic; meaning feelings/sensations in our body that are triggered by repressed stress in the sub-conscious mind.
Meditation properly done works because it gets us out of our head and into our experience. Tai-chi can help us accomplish much the same thing, by way of slow, focused movement. Biofeedback teaches us to recognize the cause/effect relationship between the signals our body is producing and the subjective way in which we feel. As we begin to pay attention to this feedback, an amazing thing happens; most of the pain and mis-emotion dissipates. Whatever is leftover is probably physiological and can then be properly addressed by trained medical professionals.
Neurofeedback teaches us to notice those things going on neurologically that make it difficult for us to focus/concentrate on what it is we seek to accomplish. With practice, we can learn to "enter the zone" sometimes called the "Zen" place where life seems more possible and we become more focused.
Do you know what the difference is between the hamster running around in its treadmill and us human beings who are obsessively running around in OUR treadmill? The difference is, the hamster has no illusion that if he runs faster and faster he will get somewhere; he just does it because it feels good.
So, get out of your head and into your experience!
Then, get on with your life.
Ron Fitch (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Introspection therapist utilizing Biofeedback and Neurofeedback modalities to assist people in connecting with the possibilities that life should offer.