My Journey with Transcendental Meditation by Lauren Vaknine – Part 4

In last week’s blog I spoke about the connection between TM and reduction of stress levels. This week, I’d like to speak about the connection between stress and physical illness.

We’ve all heard that stress can make us ill, but how many of us actually listen? How many of us take on board that this information is probably correct and that the multitude of complaints that we have and we moan about every day could all be down to stress?

So what is stress? Stress is a physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defences kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the ‘flight-or-fight-or-freeze’ reaction.

Now let’s just imagine someone working in a high powered job that comes with lots of stress; deadlines, targets, strict bosses. That sort of job entails daily stress. Part of the job description is, essentially, stress! But we have found that the physical response to this pressure causes a disruption to your balance and changes the way that everything works. When I say everything, the stress travelling down from your mind upsetting this balance affects your adrenal system, your metabolism, your digestive system, your brain, your heart and your sex drive. So your whole life really, everything that makes you tick. If every time you get stressed your adrenal system goes into overdrive and your heart rhythm changes, it is unnatural, and the body doesn’t cope with that well. With most people in 2014 this happens too often.

 The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease – yet Americans have the longest working hours and shortest holiday leave compared to anywhere else in the world. Now, no one is saying quit your job, but what if there was a way to make sure that the external factors contributing to this stress could remain external, and that your mind and body could process it in a way that had no physical effect on your body? I watched a film the other day and although I can’t remember which film it was, one of the characters had a good analogy for stress which is quite apt right now. He said ‘if there was a storm, my mother would leave both the front and back doors open. If it goes right through the house, it can’t touch the house.’ If stress goes right through us and we deal with it appropriately, it can’t touch us.

Are you wondering why you are overweight? Or underweight? Are you wondering why you can’t concentrate? Why there are so many things other than your day job that you want to achieve but you just can’t? Or why you don’t enjoy social engagements, or physical activity or sex or anything else that should be a part of daily life? It is all down to stress. Now imagine being given a way to reduce the effect that that stress has on you.

 ‘That which I see in my mind, I can hold in my hands.’ That’s from Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. If you believe something strongly enough, it will manifest in truth. This doesn’t just apply for good things. If stress is all you are seeing and is the biggest part of your life, it WILL manifest into physical illness and if stress is prominent in your life, you will not be able to manifest the good things because your mind has no way of reaching the unbounded awareness that enables you to create this good.

 Stress is a vicious cycle. The more stressed you are, the harder it is to get out of it, but by doing something as simple as Transcendental Meditation for a mere 20 minutes, twice a day, your stress levels will decrease monumentally and you will notice the difference in how happy you are.

By Lauren Vaknine

To contact Lauren please get in touch with NW London TM at nwlondon.uk@tm.org


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