Isn't it strange that though we know we can't control our environment, many still attempt to do just that. Stranger still; even though we have the ability to control our minds, not many attempt to.
More frequently our minds control us. Tell-tale signs of losing control of our minds are our behavioural changes like binge eating, biting of nails, procrastinating, fidgeting, chain smoking, aggression, etc.
One way to interpret these behavioural changes of ours is that we are ‘getting rid of’ edginess or 'nervous energy'. In reality nervous energy is released by the Fight & Flight System that also 'hijacks' our minds; and for good reason, it has great survival value.
A good example are soldiers at war having to be on high alert to best preserve their lives. It is easy to understand that soldiers' number one priority would be for safety, and that nervous energy would stand them in good stead.
Children growing up in abusive homes would similarly have excessive nervous energy and be on high alert to closely monitor the mood of their parents. The sad truth is that if we have to deal with excessive nervous energy on a daily basis it will end up rewiring our brains and set us up for a life time of problems.
Fortunately this damage can be undone by reversing the order of the sequence of events described above. Excessive nervous energy that results in us losing control of our minds and prompts ineffective behavioural changes, can be reversed by correcting our postures and moving from the spine, which will then lead to chemical changes in the brain and in the Autonomic Nervous System, increase muscle force and decrease pain. This then enables us to take back control over our minds.
Why is posture and movement so important to help calm the mind? It is easier to understand this by looking at its opposite: going into a collapse.
A collapsed structure has the effect of putting one's body and brain ‘on the defensive', which then activates the Fight & Flight System that ultimately hijacks our minds.
If you are ‘on the defensive’ you do not feel safe in your body. This brings us back to why posture and movement is so important - to feel safe in our bodies and so prevent us going on the defensive and activating our Fight & Flight Systems.
Apart from defensive behaviour there are 2 more so-called 'motivated behaviours', ingestive and reproductive behaviours.
They are called motivated because these behaviours are programmed into our subconscious reptilian brains in this strict hierarchy: first defensive then ingestive and lastly reproductive behaviour.
It is easier to remember them by the biological needs that each of these 3 behaviours seeks to satisfy: Nerves, Nourishment and Nurturing.
Rule number 1: don't ever try and control these 3 types of behaviour; they will end up controlling you. If you feel unsafe do not try to ease this by seeking out Nourishment or Nurturing.
If there is something or someone making you feel unsafe then take steps to get away.
If you feel unsafe for no particular reason, the best way to neutralize the unease you are feeling is to use natural rhythmic movement sequences to redirect the energy into your spine and musculature to help focus and calm you.
Qigong is particularly powerful in this regard. It is made up of the 2 words Qi and gong.
Gong means'a skill mastered only by careful and prolonged practice' and qi refers to a 'dynamic state' or ‘energy’.
Tai Chi, the martial art of the supreme ultimate, falls under the umbrella of Qigong.
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