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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Be kind to yourself

A person told me the other day that he would never forgive his wife for betraying him. He said he would always hate her for what she did to him. Even though they got a divorce and probably will never see one another again he still has that festering anger inside him.

The anger he has will do nothing to her but will play havoc on him the longer he harbors that hatred.  Anger eats away at every cell of the body. Anger causes stress and that in turn causes hypertension, anxiety, depression, insomnia, premature aging, and cancer. The telomeres that hold the ends of chromosomes together get frayed and the cells get older faster.

A recent study (May 2013) done at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Boston, MA showed that when people under stress practice progressive relaxation their bodies react almost immediately by producing life-saving chemicals that counteract the damage of stress-related hormones.

Progressive relaxation is not hard to do; anyone can do it and practically anywhere. It simply entails tensing different parts of the body for short periods of time and then relaxing those body parts until you have gone over the whole body. After tensing and relaxing all parts of the body you then use your mind to direct your breath into those parts filling them with pure, clean, healing energy. Where the breath goes the energy will follow. The whole process takes 30 minutes or so but it is a life saver.

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