How to reach your grey matter to reduce stress
By having good mental health, we have good physical health & vice versa. Some may not agree with me here, but I think it’s a lot easier to look after your physical health than your mental health. You can see when you’re getting fatter or your wound is healing, but you cannot always see when you are stressed or dealing with emotional scars.
Apart from the odd case of open brain surgery, our grey matter does not see the light of day. It works in the dark, confined spaces of our heads; unaided & subconsciously keeping us alive. It gives us life choices that we can ignore & just exist, or take & live life to the full. The very fact that our brain is inaccessible makes it mysterious. Despite it being intimately close to organs that enable us to see, taste, smell & hear, we can’t feel or sense it working without the aid of technology, or so most of us think!
Our auditory faculties are placed at either side of our skulls, level with the base of our brains, but of course, you know that! They exist, mainly to help us balance & to receive information from our environment in the form of sound waves. They can also be used internally to listen to the workings of our minds if we care to.
Of course, the ears cannot hear the crackling of the synapses as the sound waves are transported to our auditory cortex. They are not designed to that specification. What they can hear, should we take the time to listen is… nothing!
Silence is recognised as being a restorative process for the nervous system, helps to maintain energy, conditions our minds to be more adaptive & responsive to the fast pace of life. To put it simply, silence reduces stress.
* This is my ‘go to’ source of mindfulness meditations: http://franticworld.com/free-meditations-from-mindfulness/