“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Seyle
The stress hormones that trigger the fight-or-flight reaction caused by persistent stress (such as PTSD) over the long term pose serious threats to your health which is why you must address your stress.
Elevated levels of stress hormone cortisol lead to inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis. Cortisol suppresses the immune system and also lead to flare-ups of existing conditions such as ulcers, asthma, cold sores or eczema. Elevated levels of stress hormone adrenaline elevate both blood pressure and heart rate increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke or cancer.
The chemical changes created by stress can alter brain function and trigger anxiety and depression that produce chronic insomnia, obesity and substance abuse; affects cognitive function such as short and long term memory; and reduces sex drive leading to impotence and lower fertility.
Symptoms of persistent stress include anxious or negative thoughts or feelings, loss of concentration, frequent illness, changes in diet or sleep patterns, nervousness, chest pain, irritability, procastination, and feelings of isolation.
While stress produces many negative effects, they are reversible. In fact, stress can be managed and reduced by going with and being in the flow of all things using Qigong and other natural Oriental healing modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Meditation on Three Hearts, Eight Extraordinary Meridians Qigong, and Chinese Tonic Herbs to cultivate the Three Treasures elaborated in this blogsite.
According to Qi Dao Master Lama Tantrapa, “Struggling against the flow of a night-dream is a sure way to turn it into a nightmare. Similarly, if you struggle against the flow of your daily life, you single-handedly turn your life into a nightmare. Going against the flow of things only exhausts your energy, takes a toll on your health, and wastes your time. As soon as you realize that life’s challenges can be perceived as learning opportunities rather than problems, you will become less tense or “stressed-out” and find yourself in the flow of life. Being in the flow will empower you to live your dreams.”
Our lives are filled with stress reflected by our mental attitude and emotional experience. Because of our own ignorance, we look for love, happiness, peace, joy and contentment outside where they are not. Meditation and Qigong are simple and direct means to experience within you an ocean of love, peace, joy, happiness and well-being in a continuous basis.
“One’s own thought is one’s world. What a person thinks is what he becomes – That is the eternal mystery. If the mind dwells within the supreme Self, One enjoys undying happiness.” – Maitri Upanishad
How Meditation Can Help Active-Duty Soldiers
For service members in the U.S. military, post-traumatic stress disorder can quickly become a part of everyday life. The exposure to life-threatening events can leave soldiers — both retired and active — feeling hopeless, anxious, sleepless or in pain.
But, as it turns out, meditation can help.
A small study from researchers with the Medical College of Georgia focused on a group of 74 active-duty service members seeking treatment for PTSD symptoms and anxiety disorders at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic in Augusta. Half the group was assigned a transcendental meditation practice in addition to their other therapies, while half continued with their other therapies as usual. Those who meditated were guided in their practice by a teacher and asked to meditate twice daily in 20-minute sessions.
After one month, 83.7 percent of the meditators had stabilized, reduced or stopped the use of medications to treat their PTSD or anxiety disorders, Science Daily reports, while only 59.4 percent of non-meditators did the same. About 11 percent of meditators increased their dosage of medication over the period, while that was true of 40.5 percent of non-meditators.
The study’s authors say it’s a huge sign that meditation can help those who struggle in the field every day. Their results “could have a significant health impact” to “improve quality of life for military personnel,” they write in the study.
See How Meditation Can Help Active-Duty Soldiers
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How Meditation Changes the Brain
Health Benefits of Tai Chi/Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong for the Treatment and Prevention of Mental Disorders
Trauma and Addiction
Born in Hungary into a Jewish family decimated by the holocaust, Dr. Gabor Mate later spent years treating addicts from the streets of the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, B.C. His work emphasizes that early suffering is at the root of addiction because of emotional damage and its effects on the developing brain.
“I do believe that we’re all wounded, but that’s not the same as damaged,” Mate tells audiences.
“When we develop defences as children, we lost sight of ourselves.
“When we recover from addiction we recover ourselves.”
Dr. Maté states: “The chronic condition of severe substance addiction is caused, in most cases, by the distorting effects of early childhood abuse or stress on the developing brain, often in the context of multigenerational trauma and social dislocation.”
Dr. Gabor Maté summarizes what is needed in a recovery program:
“To solve the addiction problem a person needs psychological and spiritual support, support with job skills, support with all kinds of emotional counselling, a really holistic, integrated, long-term program, where he isn’t demeaned, where he isn’t judged, where he isn’t treated like a stupid little kid that needs to be controlled. There needs to be a holistic, loving, respectful, supportive, long-term, patient, forgiving program. A comprehensive, holistic, humane, spiritually-informed … emotionally-supportive, compassionate addiction program.”
– Excerpts Maté, Gabor. Interview with Tommy Rosen on Recovery 2.0, June 2015
See Opinion: Health-care system poorly understands our addicts and mentally ill
Understanding the Heart of Chinese Medicine
It’s Not All in Your Head
Chinese Medicine for Addiction
MRI Finds Acupuncture Relieves Internet Addiction
Root Causes of Addiction
Auricular Therapy for Substance Abuse
What is Sheng Zhen?
Jedi’s Force is Qi cultivated by Qigong
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