Avoiding stress can be difficult and is rarely successfully achieved, as the factors that create stress nowadays generally seem to be rising. Information overloads in the form of writing, pictures and particularly from the media are constantly thrown at us from every direction throughout our everyday lives. This has an enormous influence on both our private and social lives; not only affecting how we relate to those around us including our children, but right down to how we regard our own nourishment, the air we breathe and other such vital processes. If one persistently feels agitated and irritable due to illness, sleep disruption or tense conditions, it is near impossible to build satisfying, meaningful relationships with the outside world.
And that is sure to affect one’s own quality of life!
Stress occurs when we feel overly burdened- be it by others or by our personal work, family, financial or climate-related demands, inner thoughts and emotions. Feeling insecure and helpless can quickly lead to our overreacting in wanting to directly eliminate the particular causes that we feel are adversely affecting us. In doing so, we sometimes only avoid the real underlying causes. That is to say that we merely ‘condense’ stress rather than successfully resolve it. This approach is natural and widespread but unfortunately only succeeds in leading to further pressure. This is often tangible mentally, emotionally and physically, which leads to the vicious circle in which inner antagonism worsens, if we don’t allow ourselves to see to the real problems at heart.
In order to deal with these issues appropriately, we must have the necessary energy to do so. Only then can we adequately observe what it is that raises tension, and so find a space in which we are able to deal with it.
Paying enough attention to such circumstances therefore gives them the necessary space in which they can be dealt with. This attentiveness introduces us to new and unknown areas and in doing so begins to allow us to free unreleased energy (stress) which has accumulated in the body.
Concentrating too much on just one thing creates acute pressure, but to instead develop a more all-encompassing awareness of ‘the bigger picture’ can have an enormously relaxing effect. If we become aware of this we will come to understand the difference between significant attentiveness and concentration. As we constantly become required to concentrate, we fail to pay attention to both the small and large enriching possibilities. When this happens we lose the important space around us, eventually burning inwards out, also when this concentration has brought success in other areas. We must therefore open ourselves up and discover what value balance can bring to our physical awareness and not anticipate our own failure due to burdening pressure and stress.
Stress is compressed energy that only spreads deeper and deeper across the nervous system, eating away at us and putting pressure on our inner self. Like having too much air in tyres, this pressure must be freed, otherwise matter such as muscles, sinews, blood vessels and organs become restricted, begin to tear and even break!
To remain theoretical, stress is good for absolutely nothing!
Chi Gong, Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Zhang and Akupunkt-Massage n. Penzel are approved and to my experience very good practical methods for freeing the necessary energy for the everyday, and to convert stress into practical, valuable energy.
This positive energy direction is useful for people (women, men, the elderly, parents, children and teenagers) of all age ranges and in all walks of life as well as in the workplace.