A few terms and definitions which I thought may help folks feel into the states of being, required for health and restoration, detoxification and anti-inflammation.
- Placid – not easily upset
- Tranquil – free from disturbance
- Serene – untroubled
- Restful – having a quiet and soothing quality
- Pacific – peaceful in character or intent
- At ease – free from worries or awkwardness
- Content – in a state of peaceful happiness
- Comfortable – physically relaxed and free from constraint
- Resilient – able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions
- Equanimity – calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation
- Respiring – recovering hope, courage, or strength after a time of difficulty.
- Contemplative – looking thoughtfully at something for a long time
Since many of the symptoms of many chronic illnesses have one-to-one correspondences with ingrained stress symptoms, all my studies point to the key for reducing these symptoms is in the ability and willingness to put the brain and body in such states of calm for prolonged periods.
Indeed, these states of calm are known to be the conditions under which the body can self-repair, detoxify and address inflammation. Being under chronic stress, psychological stress, or chronic fear effectively exiles us from these states, and hence necessarily results in increasing toxification and inflammation of the brain and body.
Here are a just of few of the very many conditions we have found there is good scientific literature for which supports the case that chronic stress is causal, triggering, and/or exacerbating, and hence for which stress reduction will be vital for recovery:
[If anyone finds other examples, let us know and we can add to the list – maybe google the name of your own diagnosis together with the word ‘stress’].
- Disrupts immune function
- Slows wound healing
- Lung, colon, rectal, and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Downregulation or loss of receptors in the endocannabinoid system
- Parkinson’s Disease
- HIV turning into AIDS faster
- Anaemia and iron dysregulation
- Sepsis, endocarditis, and meningitis and other central nervous system infections
By Gary Sharpe