Most ‘stress management’ programmes include a deep relaxation as a way to release the build-up of stress in your body. But how does this work, and how can you enhance the ability of ‘relaxation’ to release MORE stress?
Absorption is more than just relaxation…
… because it also includes an element we call ‘absorption’. This is similar to when you fall asleep and you feel cosy, warm and the outside world starts to disappear. Another way of describing absorption: when you are engrossed in a book or film and someone comes up behind you without you noticing they had entered the room – because you are fully absorbed in the story. It was as if your awareness was within a protective cocoon. This ‘absorption’ (including the relaxation element) is what releases accumulated stress. The amount, and depth, of the stress released partly depends upon how ‘absorbed’ in meditation you become (meaning, how much Delta brainwaves you are producing, but you will notice it by how cocooned you feel). Even a tiny amount of absorption can release a bubble of stress.
Single-Pointed-Focus is a narrowing of one’s focus…
… and has the effect of producing absorption. Generally, relaxation techniques to relieve stress will have you focus on various parts of your body then allowing them to relax as much as possible (maybe after tensing the muscles in that area first). Hence, Single-Pointed-Focus and Absorption are being utilised.
The question for me is…
“Can we enhance the normal stress management technique to deliver MORE stress release per session?”
I think there is room for improvement
- By starting the session with an INTENTION to release accumulated stress we gather the power of your subconscious mind to help with the process.
- Focusing on ONE object (e.g.: the breath) for a sustained period AFTER the body relaxation will produce deeper absorption states, therefore releasing deeper accumulated stress.
- By using a short visualisation to produce a happy mind, we then add the healing power of the chemicals produced by a smile (or laughing).
- By turning your S-P-Focus to the feeling of contentment/happiness you feel, you enhance your healing power while accessing deeper stress to release.
- By turning your S-P-Focus toward the spaciousness of your being when fully absorbed/relaxed you gain the recuperative benefits of sleep (i.e. Delta Waves). If you can also be aware of the contented feelings (from your attempts to produce a feeling of happiness) then you have a very powerful process to release tons of accumulated stress from the deep recesses of your mind and body.
Personally, I have seen miraculous healing taking place during this kind of meditation!
Tooth ache has reduced significantly; chronic pain has disappeared; to name two recent examples
Generally, though, people feel much more at ease, with disturbing thoughts having subsided so they feel much lighter, happier and relaxed after this kind of meditation. A few people, who have practised a bit of meditation before, leave the session feeling inspired, energised and joyful.
Releasing Stress & Be Happy is the theme for my next meditation class – starting on Monday 29th February 2016
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