Well my topic for this week was to review some general concepts relating to the creation of a peaceful and safe environment for your mind-body. The terrible news out of Boston yesterday underscores the significance of peace and the impact it has on our lives as individuals, as communities, and as a species. My heart and thoughts go out to all of us that are affected by yesterday’s events.
Simply put, we cannot survive and thrive in an environment of hostility. When our mind-body perceives threat in any way, it is innately wired to defend. Although often necessary and helpful in the short term, a consistent state of defense is not only unsustainable, but harmful in the longer term.
Why? Defense mechanisms are energetically draining and are “break-down” in nature. They are based on survival rather than “thrival”. Short term survival will always trump long term well-being for obvious reasons. The long term is irrelevant if the short term is not surpassed.
On the flip side, when our needs are being met, no threat is perceived, and our mind-body is in a peaceful place it is a different story. We engage a completely different mechanism and energy allocation. It is here where our body’s resources are used for healing, growth, repair, creativity, contribution, ability to relax/sleep, etc.
Here is a small list of things that are nothing short of an
“attack” on our mind-body sending us into defense.
Inflexibility (Mind or Body)
Pressure on your Nervous System
Lack of Fuel/Nutrients
Toxicity in Fuel/Nutrients
Lack or Rest/Sleep
Toxicity of Thoughts (Anger/Fear/etc.)
We can all relate to each and every one of these I am sure. Here is the question. How are we doing with this in our lives? Moments of time with any one of these elements is practically inevitable but how often are they there?
Thankfully as human beings we are given the gift of conscious awareness that allows us to do many important things but maybe two in particular that make a big difference:
- We can consciously make choices (act) each and every day that create either defense or peace for our mind-body.
- We can consciously change our perceptions of the events in the world around us to create either defense or peace for our mind-body.
The challenge is one that is shared by us all. What information/belief/values do we operate under that allows us to make choices that will serve us well in the present and into the future? I believe this is our job to help distill things down for you into the key fundamentals that not only work, but actually make sense.
Up until now, I have been laying down some of the key concepts that need to be understood in order to build upon. Next week, I’ll start with some of the practical tidbits for you to use in your everyday life that will give you massive “bang for the buck” if applied.
Until next week.
Light and Love,
Dr. Richard Yoshimura