A Trip To Never Land
You wake up, roll over and look at the clock and realize your late for work because the alarm didn't go off. You get to work and your boss decides to add another project to your list that has to get done today, Friday. Your trying to get somewhere and are in a little bit of a hurry and you look in your rear view and see the red and blues flashing....What do all these scenarios have in common? Stress. There are so many stressful situations in our lives today that most people don't even realize they are stressed. The problem with stress is when we are stress it puts our bodies in the "fight or flight" mode our survival tactic that is in all our dna. This was a good tactic when Tuc was wandering in the woods looking for berries and roots to eat. Today we live in a world of over stimulation that puts us in a constant state of stress. When we are under constant stress our bodies lose the ability to regulate pro inflammatory cytokines which overtime can cause diseases such as asthma, autoimmune disorders, high blood pressure and even cancer. So how important is it to control stress?
When I'm talking to people about health it generally starts with "I'd like to lose a few pounds" This is the most common change I see people wanting to make, but no matter what they do they can't seem to lose weight. What a lot of people don't know is stress that causes a body full of messed up hormones can also cause your body to store fat, another self defense mechanism.
So, no matter what the life goals are my first step is start a meditation practice. I know, your not trying to be a monk and sit quietly in a room for hours at a time pondering the meaning of life. You can have effective meditation in as little as 5 minutes a day and there are hundreds of "guided meditations" online or even apps for phones so there really isn't any excuse if your really serious about changing your life. There are also hundreds of studies online showing the benefits of meditation so I wont go into numbers and evidence but instead I'll use my go to and give you my personal experience. Meditation has reduced my anxiety, made me a more calm person, less likely to get angry and because I do my first meditation in the morning in puts me in a better and focused mood for the rest of the day. At first I used guided meditations which is a good way to get in the habit of do it so I do recommend it however they tend to guide you too much in my opinion. Meditation to me isn't just a way to quiet my mind its also a way to get answers to questions. This might be a little far out there for some of you but a lot of times I ask questions during my meditation and wait for answers from my guides or angels, if those are concepts you don't believe that's ok too maybe its your inner self giving answers, the point is that its a quiet time to let your mind process whats going on in your life and maybe make sense of it. Another one of my meditation practices is my visits to "Never Land". There are people out there that would say my meditations are wrong because the point is to quiet your mind and live in this moment ect ect.... I agree a little but I also like to throw a little Hippie into everything I do so there it is. When I have a bad day sometimes I'll start a meditation and end up creating a world of "rainbows and unicorns". I was a 70's kid so Dungeons and Dragons is my fantasy world realm. I can be a warrior from the north lands, I can talk to dragons or battle a lair of orcs if i have to really release stress. Or I can sit on top of a mountain and just watch the mystical creatures as they appear and all my stress of the day vanishes.
As Tuc would say, "Stress bad, Meditation good". So that is my personal experience with meditation and what it has done for me and what it can do for you. I believe that one of the biggest steps anyone can take to bring a little more hippie to their lives is relieve stress, to just take some time to relax in our hectic lives and I believe that meditation is a very powerful tool to use, no medication needed. If you truly want to make a change for the better, download an app, go on you tube or just wing it but take at least 5 minutes our of your day for yourself, no phone, no interruptions. Take that time to create the best you and bring peace to your section of the hippisphere.