A body that is in pain or tense negatively affects our mental capacity.
Ever tried to concentrate with a toothache?
Luckily, the reverse is also true.
With the “Stress Response”, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol raise the heartrate, quicken the breath and prime the muscles for action. It’s a vital survival mechanism, however long term stress can cause serious damage.
On the other hand, with the “Relaxation Response”…your heart rate decreases… breathing becomes slower and deeper… blood pressure stabilizes… your muscles relax.
Our bodies are programmed to heal. The magic of healing happens automatically. You don’t need to tell your finger to heal a paper cut. It just does.
However, an overworked mind interferes with the healing process… especially when it’s thinking about what could go wrong.
When practicing certain mindfulness techniques, the links between different areas of the brain are balanced. The stress response starts to disconnect. Balance is restored.
Mindfulness brings natural order back to the artificial chaos.