Of Stress and Meditation

Sharing is one of the most beautiful opportunity that most of us is privileged with. It can be rendered in different forms like donations of food, cash, clothes, time, affection and service.

Today, I would like to share a practice that made a big difference in my life. The key to the gate to a holistic peace and light.

The deadliest to watch for sickness should not be the coronavirus nor cancer, it should be the Stress Bite.

In our lives, how many times have we experienced hurdles and challenges – which  triggers stress – effects to anger, frustrations, physical illness, self destruction, depression, suicide, crime and insanity.

The mental and emotional disturbance or stress could be related to work, relationships, economy, environment, to name a few.

No matter what your social status is, educational attainment, achievements, wealth – you are not spared from this killer Stress Bite.

According to William C. Shiela JR, MD.Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure).

Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems.

Catecholamine hormones, such as adrenaline or noradrenaline, facilitate immediate physical reactions associated with a preparation for violent muscular action.

These include the following: Acceleration of heart and lung action, paling or flushing, or alternating between both, inhibition of stomach and upper-intestinal action to the point where digestion slows down or stops, the general effect on the sphincters of the body, constriction of blood vessels in many parts of the body, liberation of nutrients (particularly fat and glucose) for muscular action, dilation of blood vessels for muscles, inhibition of the lacrimal gland (responsible for tear production) and salivation, dilation of pupil (mydriasis), relaxation of bladder, inhibition of erection, auditory exclusion (loss of hearing), tunnel vision(loss of peripheral vision), disinhibition of spinal reflexes, and shaking stress can cause or influence the course of many medical conditions including psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Medical problems can include irritable bowl syndrome, high blood pressure,  diabetes and many other conditions.

If you’re asking what could we do to prevent the bite of stress, unfortunately there is no prevention – but there is a remedy or medicine to be able to handle it well and eventually gets immune to it. This medicine has no negative effects, no contraindications to any medication and it is cost free!

The medicine is called meditation. The dosage is once a day or more for best results.

Meditation is a process of putting your brain to  a relax mode, for the purpose of calming the mind to lead it into a deep state of consciousness (theta), for which brings about total peace, nothingness and freedom from all the tensions and pressures from external forces.

According to Gautama (Buddha), an untamed and untrained mind is more dangerous than the wildest beast in the forest. It could harm, destroy and kill, which causes sufferings, to the self and to others.

A regular practice of meditation has many benefits to the mind, body, heart (emotions), spirit and life.

It lowers high blood pressure, improves digestive health, lowers cholesterol level, smoother blood circulation, fertility, enhances immune system, quality of sleep, prevents anxiety and panic attacks, peace, bright attitude, harmony, loving relationship, beautiful complexion, etc.

It is also one of the best anti-aging formula!

Meditating for 15 minutes is equivalent to eight hours of sleep. It is refreshing and rejuvenating. When the mind is well rested, it becomes clearer, sharper and more open to possibilities. The self confidence gets awakened, the importance of self care is realized and love inflamed. 

Everything  looks the same to a meditating mind. It doesn’t hold a space to anything but quiet and stillness. It is non-judgmental and detached. It doesn’t belong to anything, to anyone, even to you. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t exist — a mindlessness state. It is boundless, limitless, immeasurable, invisible. The subconscious mind and the conscious, becomes one, then to none.

Meditation is a beautiful and an intoxicating experience, that you get lost in time and space, from the bliss it gives. It makes you realize, that the true love and total happiness that you have been looking for all this time has been residing within you all the while. 

Watch out for my next article about the different kinds of meditation with detailed guidelines on how to start the practice.

Love and Peace!

Riza (Shanti) Lim 

About the Author:

Ms. Riza Lim is a Naturopath:Holistic Healer, studied in the USA. She is the owner of Orissa Holistic Garden (Retreat) Resort, located at Orchard Village, Barangay Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga.

She traveled around the world to study different schools of Natural Medicine, Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Meditation in India, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Italy, Denmark, Thailand, Mexico, USA, Polynesia, to name a few. 

One of her advocacies is to promote mental health care awareness globally to people of any age, especially in the Philippines.

Ms. Riza teaches different forms of meditation to groups, individuals and communities. She gives workshops on stress management, holistic team building, and seminars on different subjects related to health and success.

She is a life coach as well, and specializes on cases of depression. 

She is currently a supporter and benefactor of Tuloy Foundation for Street Children in Alabang & Pampanga, The Center for Abused Children in Nueva Ecija, SunnySonnyStory – solar light a communities project, Philippines and Bale Balayan Museum for the Poor in Pampanga.

For queries, email her at: [email protected]

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