Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Stuh-ressed!

…Let’s face it! HA is stressed these days with her funky eyeball, accountant’s stolen computers and her screwed up bank account, deceased pet, the market’s bad prices for work, and yakety-blab!

…So, looking for loopholes, HA threw herself on this article about wiping away stress.

….Mass General Hospital reminds her that chronic stress can rip you to pieces, flooding you with cranky hormones that can tear up your brain and innards and keep you from sleeping.

…Herbert Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Body Mind Medicine of the Hospital says that stress reduction can eliminate a lot of these problems.

…HA remembers hearing a lot of this before.

…Basically, these are meditation techniques. Pick a personal focus word, sound, prayer of short phrase. Peace, One, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

…Sit comfortably in a quiet place.

…Close your eyes (in HA’s case, eye).

…Relax muscle groups from feet to scalp.

…Breathe slowly and naturally. As you do, say your word silently on each exhale.

…Don’t worry about how well you are doing. Let the thoughts pass. Don’t attach to them.

…Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.

…Do before breakfast and dinner.

…Personally, HA thinks if the body is so perfect it should have come with a reset button.

…Oh, this IS the reset button?

...Never mind.

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