As a follow-up on my most recent post about calming the mind as well as something I wrote in June about four things that really mess me up, there are three specific situations that seem to exacerbate the symptoms I experience.
Back in early May, I noticed that long drives of an hour or more were starting to affect me. Around that time, I did a trip to Muskoka [1.5 hours], Toronto [1 hour] and Manitoulin Island [6 hours], and the day after each trip, the symptoms I experience, including loss of balance, freezing, slowness of movement, rigidity and shuffle walking were all considerably worse. Every trip I’ve taken since has had the same affect.
A few days ago I had a very intense, emotional phone conversation just before going to bed and the next morning my symptoms were worse than usual.
Then last night, I watched the Toronto Blue Jays playoff baseball game against the Texas Rangers. The Jays were facing elimination and I felt considerable tension throughout the game and experienced much worse symptoms afterwards.
Three different stressful situations, each involving noticeable physical and mental tension, all resulting in more intense symptoms. This clearly demonstrates the importance of eliminating stress and getting the body out of the chronic fight or flight response so that it stops producing adrenaline and starts producing dopamine. It highlights the critical importance of calming the mind to enable the body to heal. I need to go live in an ashram!
Actually, what I need to do is create an ashramic mindset [this makes perfect sense given that I’m not really in a position to spend a year or two secluded in retreat], by living in acceptance, trust and faith. I will also do my best to minimize my exposure to stressful situations and maximize the time I spend in silent solitude. Not easy to do, given that I’m running my own business and constantly being dogged by hidden, unconscious detrimental thoughts.
As I said, I’ll do my best!
Have an awesomely relaxed day!