Look, I get the “stiff upper lip” cultural norm of just plowing thru life and pushing anything that gets in your way. A sort of self-punishment that we wear as a badge of honor – something I’ve certainly done.
But we have a biological need to come down after stressful events (which includes thoughts — they’re neurological events as real as any other). Animals in the wild experience stress and danger routinely, yet most aren’t traumatized and limping around with stiff and painful backs or clinical anxiety. But zoo animals and most humans are experiencing this kind of dysfunction.
Read on to discover why, and learn a new strategy I've come up with to help.
Zoo animals and humans experience chronic low-level stress, in part, because they don’t have the strategies or the opportunities to discharge the high energy contained in stressful events (whether physical or emotional) unlike our counterparts in the wild.
You only need to watch “Blackfish” on Netflix or work for years in an office or factory to understand that a constrained animal usually becomes a sick one. The manifestations of this are repeated worries and mental fixation (each one another hit to the HPA axis), physical tension, and loss of adaptability.
Resiliency isn’t about the perpetual slogging thru life accumulating deeper habits nor is it about crushing your self every day in the gym, at work, or in your own head. Resilience is about the body and the nervous system re-organizing and establishing equilibrium on a moment-to-moment basis.
But I’m realizing most people don’t know how to allow themselves to relax. They don’t have the tools to re-organize and re-orient.
So as part of some larger overall projects, I’m going to be releasing Movement Meditations: my original works of recorded audio that I’ve been using with my clients and sending to friends and family for some time now. Inspired by the works of Feldenkrais, Hanna, Maltz, Brach and many others, some will be free to use while others will be available for purchase and download.
Their purpose is to allow for deeper relaxation and dynamic re-organization — to help you find a new center point to build resiliency, sharpen your senses, and refine your movement.
Here’s the first three available on YouTube:
You can follow me on YouTube for new meditations or click over to my Movement Meditations page to find the entire list: