By Greg Thurston
Creator of 7 Minute Mindfulness
This will help you discover how to sink into relaxation quickly, de-stress, and fill your life with happiness, joy and satisfaction….
7 Minute Mindfulness – You’ll quickly reconnect with the world around you, and with your own best self.
A body that is in pain or tense negatively affects our mental capacity. Ever tried to concentrate with a toothache?
Luckily, the reverse is also true.
Ever notice how exercise can sharpens the mind? When we’re feeling fit and energetic, our mind operates at its peak.
With the stress response, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol raise the heartrate, quicken the breathing and prime our muscles for action. It happens when you get a sudden shock, and it’s a useful survival mechanism. However, long term stress upsets the balance, becomes unhealthy, and seriously damages the body.
The “Relaxation Response” is very different. According to Harvard Health Publications, with the “Relaxation Response”…
- Your heart rate decreases
- Breathing becomes slower and deeper
- Blood pressure drops or stabilizes
- Your muscles relax
- Your body begins to heal
- In the mindfulness technique below, we activate this relaxation biological response.
The “Relaxation Response” Technique
Start with some deep breathing to quiet your mind. “Tune in” to your body and begin to listen.
Imagine a glowing ball of healing light just below your belly button, in the center. (You can place your hands there to help you keep your concentration on it – imagine the ball just under your hands).
Start to mentally move that ‘ball’ down to your toes, and back up again. Move it up the spine, all the way to your head. Move the ball all around your body. Linger in any problem areas and imagine the muscles relaxing, and unraveling all the stress as you go.
Another way to do it is to focus on particular points on the body one at a time. Sense how each point feels without letting your attention waver. As you do so, you’re encouraging health and relaxation.
You can use the ‘61 points’ listed here in the box as a guideline, or you can work on one larger section of the body at a time.
There’s no rush…
If you’d like to disconnect from the mental chatter but don’t have time for long drawn out meditation, then try 7 Minute Mindfulness.
In just 7 minutes you can release the stress that builds up, wipe away the mental chatter, and relax your mind and body… so you can enjoy a long and prosperous life!