How do you get your body to be in peace and harmony? Once you see the answers to this question, they may seem like common sense to you. Unfortunately, we don’t always use common sense in our approach to our body. Sometimes we take partial or small steps. That’s a good start, but the more you understand your body’s needs and the more you treat it with kindness, the more at peace you will find.
What does a peaceful body look like? On the surface, his forehead is smooth and not wrinkled with distress. Your face is calm; his hands are relaxed and his fists are not clenched. You stand upright and don’t sag under the weight of your daily stress.
Looking inward, your bloodstream is distributing nutrients and collecting waste, and it’s not chronically clogged with stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. As we saw earlier, these hormones serve a useful purpose in preparing you for impending danger and shutting down the regular functions of your body that are not specifically needed to combat stress.
This is fine when your body is under attack and you need to defend yourself or get out of harm’s way. However, immediate threats pass quite quickly and hopefully your body returns to a more relaxed and peaceful state. When you are constantly plagued by worrying thoughts, emotions, or both, your body remains in a state of heightened alertness that prevents you from feeling at peace and eventually drains you and prevents you from living a productive life. Your body, mind, emotions, and spirit are all interconnected.
Your blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate increase when you are in a state of stress or anxiety and decrease when your body is at peace. When you are at peace, you have more energy to use for constructive activities rather than to combat stress.
Once you remove stress from your life, you will find that in addition to more energy you will have a better appetite and better digestion. Instead of finding natural ways to achieve peace within your body, you may be tempted to seek the help of prescription drugs, alcohol, or illegal drugs as a way to offset the discomfort within yourself. Chemical approaches can be helpful at times. However, better long-term results can be found by considering changes in the way you live your life. What changes? That is a long story that I will talk about at another time.