Are you feeling frazzled & need help to cope with the ongoing anxieties of life in the often turbulent 21st century? Stress is a result of overstimulation of our ‘fight or flight’ reaction in dealing with these anxieties.
Stress can and does affect practically every aspect of our lives, from relationships, careers, & our sleep. This causes long term & cumulative damage to both our physical & mental wellbeing.
The benefits of Vedic meditation for stress are well demonstrated and documented, with an average reduction of 33% in the stress hormone cortisol.
People practicing Vedic meditation are routinely found to be more joyful, calm, motivated, inspired & inventive.
FEELING STRESSED OUT MOST OF THE TIME?
As mentioned above, we have an intrinsic survival mechanism known as the fight or flight response, which assisted our forebears to survive & evolve. It is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. We react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, preparing us for fighting like Rocky or running like the wind. More specifically, the adrenal medulla produces a hormonal cascade that results in the secretion of catecholamines, especially norepinephrine and epinephrine. The hormones estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, as well as the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, also affect how organisms react to stress.
But what has this response – which was designed to help us survive emergencies – got to do with why so many of us experience stress so often? And can this help us learn how to combat stress?
The problem is that the ‘flight or fight’ response is now being triggered by many innocuous facets of living in our contemporary society. Running late for work, deadlines, catching public transport, burning the dinner, all have a compounding effect on our overexcited & overtaxed amygdala, which is our brain’s alarm system. Our amygdala does not interpret these everyday anxieties as innocuous, rather as potentially life threatening scenarios, meaning our nervous systems are permanently screaming ‘mayday’. The result of this permanent siren call is our mental & physical beings seldom achieve restfulness, serenity nor harmony.
So, it seems our over-activated stress response is unquestionably wearing us out. With our nervous system perpetually on alert, our energy stores tap out, causing mental, emotional & physical instability. With all of this internal turmoil going on, is it any wonder why many of us are so tired all, or most, of the time? Not only has our quantity of sleep diminished, but also the quality. There are several reasons why our quality of sleep has gone down the tubes over the course of time. What you eat & what time you eat it, increase of artificial light, the need to be constantly connected to social media (FOMO), & being unable to switch off brain chatter, a leftover of stress chems in our systems.
Alongside this lack of sleep, all sorts of other physiological shenanigans are taking place, and the end result may be a lack of emotional and psychological stability. This state of being stressed out is a brick wall which is blocking us from achieving a sense of wellbeing & balance, within ourselves, our relationships, & with our surroundings. By practicing Vedic meditation, you will learn how to achieve that balance, making for a happier, more inspired you.
The havoc stress causes to our wellbeing is detrimental, whether we are in permanent stress mode or only experience several occurrences throughout the day.
Vedic meditation for stress achieves an unwinding of the stress response on a number of important and complementary levels to deliver a real change in the way we respond to, and engage with, the world.
Firstly, by allowing our mind, body and nervous system to rest to such profound levels, we are then able to pinpoint the imbalances within our systems and begin to rectify the irregularities.
We begin to settle down to a more harmonised way of being, not just during the meditation, but throughout our day.
Our mind is able to build new, more intelligent, inter-neuronal pathways that begin to free us from negative patterns and tendencies. At the same time, the amygdala, the seat of our stress reaction, begins to quieten, resulting in significantly lower levels of key stress chemicals, including cortisol.
Vedic meditation for stress brings our bodies back into balance so that physically, neurologically and emotionally we are operating properly again.
Through Vedic meditation practice, we feel energised, inspired and ready to live life to its full. If you’re searching for how to combat stress, look no further than Vedic meditation.
People practicing Vedic meditation recover from stress events much more quickly.
Meditators are consistently found to be more joyful, calm, motivated, inspired & inventive.