Meditation (which is deep relaxation) Relieves Stress
It’s this simple!
The following is taken in part from an article by Talya Steinberg:
Psychological stress affects the levels of chemicals in the brain and body. This includes the neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These neuro-chemical changes prepare the body to deal with perceived danger in a number of important ways, such as raising blood pressure so as to allow faster speed and response time. The subtle wind (tigle/bindu) rises from its seat below the navel and up through the body where we experience tensions.
However, this chronic elevation in catecholamines suppresses the immune system, and suppression of the immune system raises the risk of viral infections and other diseases.
We need to bring the inner subtle wind down (search “Inner Wind” for more information).
Resilient people actually resist illnesses, cope with adversity, and recover more quickly because they are able to maintain a positive attitude and manage their stress effectively. By managing our attitudes and stress levels, we actually control neuro-chemical transmissions in the body. The power of a healthy attitude cannot be underestimated in the body-mind connection.
When we take care of our mind, our body will thank us.
When we take care of our body, our mind will thank us.
Keep life simple.
Not biting off more than we can chew
keeps our tigle/bindu happy.
From: “Open Heart, Open Mind” by Tsoknyi Rinpoche
“The subtle body is a kind of interface between the mind and the physical body, a means by which these two aspects of being interact.
“The channels are the means through which what we might call “the spark of life” moves. In Tibetan, these sparks are called tigle, which may be translated as drops, or droplets – an interpretation we are given so that we can form some kind of mental image of what passes through the channels.
“Nowadays, of course, we can begin to imagine these drops as neurotransmitters, the body’s “chemical messengers” that affect our physical, mental and emotional states. Some of these neurotransmitters are fairly well known, for example serotonin which is influential in depression, dopamine, a chemical associated with the anticipation of pleasure, and adrenaline, a chemical often produced in response to stress, anxiety and fear. Neurotransmitters are extremely small molecules and while their effects on our mental and physical state can be quite noticeable, their passage through various organs of the body could still be called ‘subtle’.”