- You’re easily irritated.
- You feel completely unmotivated - even to do things you normally enjoy.
- You’re experiencing anxiety or panic attacks.
- You’re having trouble sleeping. Either it takes you hours to fall asleep or your sleep is broken all through the night.
- You have almost no patience and you find yourself being short with colleagues and family.
- You’re experiencing indigestion. You have a low-grade stomach ache all the time or feel like there’s butterflies in your stomach.
- You start crying unexpectedly.
- You feel detached from reality - you go through your days without really emotionally responding or connecting to anything. You feel empty.
The Hearty Soul published this great list. All of these are by-products of your body being in a “fight flight syndrome” where your body is continually bathed in cortisol and adrenalin. It is so easy for this syndrome to be invoked in this modern world; it doesn’t have to be some big traumatic event. It can be as simple as:
- Someone cuts you off in traffic or a traffic jam
- You have an argument with someone
- Someone criticizes you or your work in a meeting
- Long lines at the grocery store (especially if you are in a hurry)
If you have a few of these happen in a day, your body could remain in this state and become habituated to it!
These illustrate the need for a daily practice that allows you to shut off the “fight flight syndrome” each day. The Art of Ascension allows you to pause and relax; it will turn off the fight flight syndrome and normalize your hormones by invoking the relaxation response. “When you elicit the relaxation response, your energy usage is lowered, your heart beats slower, your muscles relax and your blood pressure decreases. If practiced regularly, it can have lasting effects,” Benson says. Benson discovered the “relaxation response” over 40 years ago and has been studying it ever since. This same article also stated, “Researchers found significant changes in the expression of several important groups of genes within as little as one relaxation response session….eliciting this response triggers immediate changes in gene expression that can affect the body’s immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion.”
A committed, daily practice, allows the body to go through a variety of experiences each day but still dip into the relaxation response producing deeper and deeper results over time. Benson’s’ research has “revealed significant changes in the expression of several important groups of genes between the novice samples and those from both the short-term and long-term sets. Even more pronounced changes were shown in the long-term practitioners.”