Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Relaxation Is The Opposite Of Stress

Relaxation means releasing all concerns and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being.”
-Donald Curtis
In some ways relaxation is the opposite of stress.  If stress makes us feel uptight and tense, relaxation makes us feel loose and light hearted.  I have been told by friends that when they get a full body massage they can barely walk out of the spa because they are so relaxed.  They feel like they could float and be carried away by the wind.  When one learns to create balance in life, and you are able to make time to breathe, one can attain a general sense of relaxation as you go about your day.  Some people who are spiritually inclined call this being centered.  When you are centered and rooted within yourself, it creates a stability where very little ruffles your feathers.  When you are centered and rooted within yourself, concerns and tension are minimized and the natural order of life flows within you.  Instead of having emotional responses to everything, you learn to simply deal with whatever happens.  I don’t always do this very well.  I do get upset sometimes and it usually blows everything out of proportion.  My favorite Star Trek character was always the Vulcan, Mr. Spock.  I envied how cool, calm, and collected he was no matter the situation.  He responded to the challenge of the moment intellectually, logically, and without emotion.  He never lost it.  Alas, I am not a Vulcan.  I am an emotional human being from planet Earth.  The best I can do is try to breathe and remain calm.  When I am able to do this I can relax and release all my concerns and tension and let the natural order of life flow through my being.             

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