The importance of relaxation
One of the consequences of the modern rhythm of life in our society is fatigue. Unfortunately, stress has become the norm for most of the people. When a person’s body and mind are overloaded, the effectiveness reduces significantly.
Rhythms of life, meals, work, various entertainment prevent a person from calming down and relaxing. Even when resting, he spends a lot of energy on tension, which is not necessary.
Thus, a significant part of the energy wasted:
The first is constant physical tension. You spent more energy on keeping the muscles ready for work than on actual work. Have a look at how people walk – their shoulders are raised, their back is slouched. Even when sitting, the muscles of the shoulders, arms, legs, back, and abdomen are tense without any reason.
The Second is overreacting (both positive and negative) destroys the body. Sometimes during a few moments of anger, a person spends more energy than on physical work for the whole day. And neither vitamins nor balanced diet will solve the problem of restoring the body completely.
The Third is mental stress. In this case, the loss of energy can be compared with the leakage of water from the tank with a poorly closed tap. The tense mind is the main «eater» of energy. The goal of mastering the art of relaxation is to be able to save and spend energy, to naturally charge the body with fresh energy during the rest. Mental and emotional stress caused by excessive anxiety and concerns takes more vitality than physical distortion. Therefore, physical relaxation is only a small part of the case. The activity of the mind is the most important of a human organism. It means that relaxation and rest are the most important medicine.
In addition, the internals (heart, liver, lungs, etc.) also need a rest. The person is not able to control their work and does not know how to relax. Our body can do it naturally when the mind is calm. A vivid example of this is deep sleep. While sleeping, the mind calms down and does not interfere with nature to relax the internal organs. So, how to achieve this activity and help your body to cope with the increasing life loads?
The mind can’t soothe itself — try one idea to supersede another. You will produce new thoughts and even get tired more in the end. The most simple and natural practices are conscious relaxation and meditation. They allow the ability of the mind to remain clear and calm, to always use its full potential even with the most hectic activities. During relaxation/meditation the mind calms down, plunges into the depth of silence, and the body gets deep rest and relaxation. After the main (soul and mental) calming everything else follows the process immediately– psycho-emotional activity, the nervous system and the body (physiology).
The released energy is immediately sent to the weakest points of the body, cleanses, restores and strengthens them. Special physical and respiratory exercises help to remove the accumulated toxins from the body. These sets of training have a sequence of mandatory implementation. When the mind calms down, then its creativity and capabilities increase. The deepest level of stillness is an infinite source of pure energy, creativity, and intelligence. In this way, a person can bring boundless ingenuity and power of nature into his own life.
Meditation and relaxation are not the endpoints. They stand for preparing a person for further activities to live and create, to be happy and share happiness with others, to bring benefit from it to people and to oneself.
Andrew Bashun, the instructor of the Givin’s School