In the last post we talked about how our body mass and ability to cope with acute stress give us insight into a fuller understanding of who we know ourselves to be. The second half of that insight comes from the feedback in two more areas: chronic stress and flexibility.
We talked about the effects and impact of acute stress, now let’s address long-term stress. This is the work project that goes on for weeks, or the first few months of being at home with a newborn, or a trying time in a relationship.
Have you ever noticed or heard of major CEOs with treadmills in their homes and/or offices? Some might be fitness fanatics, but I think it’s because many understand the correlation between long term chronic stress in the physical and mental realms. Sometimes these people have to be “in it” for months on end, making major decisions and dealing with the magnitude of their responsibility to the company and its employees.
What I’m saying here is that I can observe you on a treadmill for 15 minutes and get an idea of how you’re relating to chronic stress, which is a different beast than acute. On the physical side, it tells us where you are on the spectrum of de-conditioned and conditioned. On the metaphysical side, it reveals where you are on the scale of worried and peace of mind.
When it looks like it’s gonna be a long night or week or year, how will you respond?
Will you remain cool, calm and collected, confident in who you are and unattached to the expectations and outcome?
Or will you lose your composure and give away all of your energy in the process?
Where are you tight?
There’s another area where your body reveals the truth about you and that’s in your flexibility. How flexible are you physically? How flexible would you say you are in life? Are you a rigid person or a tolerant person?
Maybe you’re pretty stubborn and are stuck on the belief that there’s only one way, one path to follow. Can you bend over and touch your toes?
Do you have a lot of fears or blockages in your sexuality? How far out can you stretch your groin or your hips?
Seeing any connections? Hmmmmm. And maybe you have been tight (mentally and emotionally) to an extent, but your physical flexibility hints at an openness to change, to evolve beyond past what you have known thus far. That’s a possibility as well.
When there is resistance to the flow of life, it shows up in our bodies. And many times this can take the form of a tight shoulder or stiffness in your hamstring. But just being aware of this is a powerful step towards healing those blockages.
Don’t be afraid
So you’ve heard of palm readers, but if you’ve been following along you’re starting to get the picture that it’s possible to read your entire body, and reveal the truth about how you show up for the world.
Sounds scary, huh? That there are people out there with Jedi-like powers to read you and reveal the truth about how you’re relating to life. But it can be incredibly empowering if you choose to make it so.
Look at it this way – it’s just feedback. Feedback, like your body, is in and of itself neutral. It isn’t until we apply our own framework of thinking and beliefs that it becomes a judgement. And what’s measured can be improved. Without the feedback, you’re just shooting in the dark. With the feedback, you have a better shot at healing and having a more joyful life experience.