An Easy Way To Discharge Stressed Out Energy

Christine LacedraEmotional And Mental Health, Stress1 Comment

  Nature is one of the most powerful and natural healing modalities available to us and yet it is largely untapped as a healing resource. We highly sensitive people are more vulnerable  to a stressed nervous system  from the high levels of stimulation that are so rampant in our western culture. Over my lifetime I have tried many modalities to relieve myself from the excessive stress out feeling I get from being ‘out’ in the world. What I have found is that Nature is the one consistent place my body, mind and spirit automatically relaxes and comes into a state of harmonious synchrony. One way nature creates this nervous system balance is by helping us to shift our attention from thinking to sensing. The sights, smells, sounds and general energy level of nature is a lot more harmonious and attractive than the loud and discordant stimuli so often found in cities, the workplace and even our homes when the T.V is on. How Your Heart Field CanRelieve Stressed Out Energy Studies have shown that when you shift to sensing you alter the electromagnetic field of your heart. This causes the heart rate to slow as well as bringing the two parts of the nervous system into a dynamic state of alert relaxation. The quickest and easiest way to bring yourself into this state which scientists call coherence is by actively seeking out that which you find attractive. Appreciation for beauty activates the heart’s energy field. Science has shown the size of the heart’s electromagnetic field is much larger than the brain’s. This means that the rest of the body and mind will entrain to it which creates that much sort after state of relaxed ease and openness. The more you practice direct perception and appreciation the more you will move … Read More

The Surprising Cause Of Addiction

Maria HillAyurveda, Diseases, Stress5 Comments

Have you ever wondered what causes addiction? Does it seem sometimes that all around us is one form of addiction or another? Entertainment, shopping, work, the internet, sex, food, drugs, alcohol? The Cause Of Addiction Stress and addiction are actually cause and effect according to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga. His thinking is explained in  Natural Awakenings, Healing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist.  According to Yogi Desai in this article, “Addictions are antidotes that provide a temporary escape from the stress- producing, conflict-creating reactions you have about what you are doing, where you are going and who you are with. Addiction, which is only an effect, occurs when you continue to use inappropriate external resources to reduce stress and restore a sense of balance, while failing to resolve the cause of the stress hidden in the unconscious.” The first question this raises is: why does anyone need an antidote to a reaction? are some reactions OK and others not? Have you ever noticed when your feelings and reactions are “corrected” by other people and how that feels?  and what is your reaction to that experience? Problems with reactions and the need to escape them come from a conflict we are unable to resolve. Usually the seeds of addiction are created when we are children.  As children we are stuck not only physically but also emotionally as well. We have to survive in the environment into which we are born. It is that natural need to survive that can get us in trouble because we sometimes have to live with compromises to our worth and dignity that we do not want or deserve. Unfortunately the seeds of addiction can happen innocently. If, as a child, someone were to step on your foot, and … Read More

Overstimulation: How Subtle Energy Overwhelms An HSP

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health4 Comments

So – your an HSP and have overstimulation issues? It’s a huge challenge trying to handle it. I am sure that it always has been but in our current culture where ridiculous amounts of stimulation are considered normal, it is particularly difficult to handle overstimulation for HSP’s. The Problem Of Overstimulation For HSP’s Because of their sensitive nervous systems, highly sensitive people pick up on all kinds of nuanced subtle energy going on around them. The most minute ripple of energy penetrates their awareness and takes a place in the consciousness of an HSP. In our fast-paced world, those many small awareness can build up and clog an HSP’s nervous system and mind. The resulting overstimulation is an important factor for HSP functioning and quality of life. Highly sensitive people need to process every bit of information they receive. Not to do so feels wrong to many HSP’s and also take them out of their integrity. So what happens when each day the amount of information a person receives is overwhelming like an oncoming rush of water that never stops? Handling Overstimulation There are essentially two options for handling the overstimulaton: take time to process the information immediately take in the information and process it immediately. Each option has pitfalls. Because highly sensitive people consider all information carefully, they are inevitably slower in their responses to stimulus. A highly sensitive person takes the information in, like a sponge takes in water. HSP’s usually don’t like to lash out in a reactive way; they prefer to take in, sort out and respond to information. The HSP approach is likely to be a contemplative rather than a reactive one. All of this takes time. Pressure to be fast can actually slow down a highly sensitive person since that pressure is more stimulus that … Read More

Meditation Increases Self Discipline And Self-Acceptance

Maria HillAyurveda, Emotional And Mental Health0 Comments

You know the drill.  You are sensitive and therefore it is assumed that you are unstable. And so you get marginalized. After all sensitivity means you are not tough enough. It means you are unreliable. NOT SO! Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough discovered a link between sensitivity and self discipline in their study about meditation. The study demonstrated that meditators were more accepting of their emotions which impacted their performance. The Effect Of Meditation On Emotions “Willpower … may relate to ‘emotional intelligence’,” said Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at UTSC. According to the study, meditators were more open to their emotions. This “emotional intelligence” has a strong impact on the ability of an individual to be disciplined on tasks. When you meditate, and I am speaking from my 15+ years of experience with Transcendental Meditation, thoughts come and go. You do not attach to them. Sometimes they subside or stop. There is a flow to thoughts and feelings and the more you let the flow happen, the less likely you are to see them as part of your identity. When you detach your identity from your thoughts and emotions, it is easier to accept them as part of the flow of life. You then take thoughts and emotions less personally and you become emotionally freer. Meditation promotes emotional freedom so that you can apply your energy to a task and stay with it because your emotions are not getting in the way so much. Emotional Acceptance Trumps Mindful Awareness According to the article, ” the researchers asked participants about their experience meditating, and gave tests that measured how mindful they were of the present moment, and also how aware and accepting they were of their emotions. The researchers then hooked up participants to an electroencephalograph and gave them something … Read More

4 Steps To Emotional Health

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health1 Comment

If you struggle with processing your feelings you are not alone. As an HSP, it is often difficult to handle so many strong, overwhelming emotions. When too many  emotions remain unprocessed they can lead to emotional blocks. However, we sensitives are blessed with the gift of introspection.  It may seem like a curse at times but it is actually an advantage. Why? Because for highly sensitive people the mundane task of processing our emotions is what leads us to wisdom. Step 1: Learn Where Energy Blocks Come From According to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga in a June, 2010 article in Natural Awakenings, Healing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist,  “…stressors—thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind. Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom. Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.” Step 2: Embrace Emotional Metabolism Metabolism comes from the greek word ” metabole” for change or transformation. At any given time as we interact with our world we are in the process of metabolism – of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, emotions as well as material substances such as food and water. All forms of life engage in metabolism, from plants to humans. When we are unable to metabolize a food it will clog our bodies. When we are unable to metabolize or process emotions, they will … Read More

Fixation On The “Bad”

Maria HillEmotional And Mental Health, Personal Development0 Comments

I suspect that our fixation on the “bad” is a habit left over from our ancient past.”Bad” is a very problematic word.  Mostly because it is used to cover so much territory. It can mean unpleasant, or refer to something that does not work well. When two people are in disagreement we may have a bad relationship, to cover our incompatibilities or developmental deficits.  It can mean inconvenient.  It can easily be used as code word for something else. I suspect that bad may have been less social for our early ancestors. For them, bad may have been an unwelcome dinosaur coming for lunch, a storm or not enough basic necessities. Of course, bad could also have been any number of diseases that were not understood and had no cure. Bad could have been a visit from headhunters or other marauders, or the plague. Bad was often linked to challenges of our species living in a difficult physical environment. As we seem to have conquered our environment, and that may be a matter up for debate, “bad” has become more ambiguous and that may be why people have so much difficulty with it and why it is so hard for people to feel good. I think that feeling good is our normal state.  Many people like myself who meditate come to see bliss as our natural state and all the other stuff going on as distractions from our natural state. However, as long as we are being graded in one way or another by ourselves or other people and treated like we are on trial every day of our lives, most of us are probably going to have a hard time getting rid of the bad feelings that plague us. Certainly people have been judging each other for centuries. Perhaps it … Read More