What can we do to center ourselves in the present moment, when a catastrophic event happens?
Japan’s immense tragedy – earthquake, tsunami, fires, uncertainty about the stability of nuclear reactors – naturally brings up horror and fear, compassion and worry, anxiety and restlessness. What can we do? Can we do enough? We may have a vague feeling that we are now somehow more at risk ourselves. What will happen next? If I go on about my life with some normalcy, does it mean I don’t care enough to worry about those in pain?
When stressors enter our personal energy field, the impact is immediate. Our sirens go off through the Triple Warmer system, our primary system of defense (recognized by Chinese Medicine more than 5,000 years ago), responsible for the fight or flight or freeze reaction. Triple Warmer’s response to news of sudden disaster is to sound the alarms and focus our energies on survival. Physiologically, this means during our stress response we lose most of our blood circulation to the forebrain, where creative problem solving takes place. Brain activity revvs up in our “primitive brain,” the portion responsible for fighting back, running away, or hiding from danger while holding our breath.
- Know that your body is reacting in a normal way, and there are simple ways to release the “energy toxins” of stress, worry, anxiety and fear.
- Know that when you take a breather to take care of yourself, you increase your ability to respond in a useful and sustainable way.
- Know that you can return to the present moment, anchor in your peaceful center, and it doesn’t mean you don’t care enough to worry; on the contrary, it gives you greater access to your ability to think and act clearly and creatively.
Try This: Mellow Mudra * Your body’s energies respond to the electromagnetic qualities of your hands. Depending on the intensity of emotional charge you are experiencing, a balancing response will be felt within three to thirty minutes. Most people can feel a difference after three to five minutes.
- Go to a quiet place, and notice your body sensations when you think about the disaster, or any distress. Massage and rub your scalp all over.
- Place your thumbs over your index fingernails, and rest your third and fourth fingers gently on your forehead, between your eyebrows and your hairline.
- Let your thumb and index finger circles rest lightly on your temples, and lightly pull your third and fourth fingers away from each other, towards the sides of the head.
- Hum. You don’t need to be musical, just hum. Breathe deeply, relaxing into each breath and sound.
- Continue for at least three minutes. If you lie in bed and prop your elbows up with pillows, it is easier to relax into this pose and keep going.
After three to five minutes, you will probably begin to feel less emotionally charged about the issue, and feel an increased sense of clarity and focus. If you don’t, hold this pose longer, or sit in a chair and ask a friend to stand behind you and hold this pose on your forehead with their hands for up to twenty minutes while you relax, breathe, and hum.
Check back in with how you feel in your body when bringing the stressor to mind. Typically, the previous cause of stress will be seen with more objectivity and less anxiety, and your energies will be back in your court. From a place of centeredness and calm, take the actions, pray the prayers, send the help you feel called to send, and to paraphrase Gandhi:
Be the peace you wish to see in the world.
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*Mellow Mudra is taught in Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine for Women, Aligning Your Body’s Energies to Boost your Health and Vitality.
Lyn Milum, Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist (MA57728).
© Lyn Milum and Energy Medicine for Life ™, 2011.