You hear people use this expression all the time:
“[Blank] is taking years off my life…”
This “blank” could be a job, a relationship, a city, a child, a parent, a friend, a boss, a coworker, a commute, the news, etc. This list can go on and on.
We tend to label theses blanks as “stressful”, but none of them are inherently life threatening. In reality, they are demands.
When the demands of life feel overwhelming, the brain and body experience stress. This is an automatic and spontaneous physiological response to demands that appear or feel overwhelming.
The unfortunate truth is the stress reaction that accompanies feeling overwhelmed (not the demand itself) will take years off your life.
Ask any physician, they will say the same thing. Chronic stress can kill you.
We tend to think of these overwhelming experiences as temporary, but each contributes its own lasting imprint in the body (i.e., a stress trigger). We only know to feel overwhelmed based on some similar past overwhelming experience. Because of this, each time we feel overwhelmed, the threshold to get stressed lowers. It’s a vicious cycle. And like all repeated experiences, the mind, brain and body become conditioned to feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
The great news is that all the damage of these past overwhelming experiences can be easily reversed (and future damage easily prevented).
When we practice, Access Meditation, the the mind, brain and body have an extremely underwhelming experience.
In any other context, the word “underwhelming” would be very unimpressive. But when describing Access Meditation it’s both accurate and remarkable.
We like to use this word to describe the practice because the demand on mind and body is infinitesimally minimal. It settles the mind and body into a state of deep rest and relaxation automatically and spontaneously without any effort, focus or concentration, or attempting to control the mind or suppress thoughts. The experience is the exact opposite of feeling overwhelmed.
It’s through revisiting this daily underwhelming experience that reconditions the mind and body from the impact of decades of accumulated stress. This results in massive improvements in our mental and physical health and wellbeing, but also allows us to be incredibly more adaptable to the demands we face in life.
Interested in learning more about Access Meditation and how to live life with less stress? Register for one of our free info sessions by clicking here!