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Have you ever noticed how tired you feel when you think about your IQD/VND investment? Have you also found that you are on an emotional roller coaster? When the information seems to support an imminent RV event, you feel good. Otherwise, you feel frustrated, angry, sad, upset.
I've even heard Dinarians say, "I just can't go on. I can't deal with this roller coaster." How would you like to get off that roller coaster and feel energized, no matter what information is being passed in Dinar Land? If you answer, "Yes," to this question, then today's post is for you!
The subjects of body chemistry, its connection to the emotions we feel, adrenal exhaustion, and other information/methods that can support you in times of stress are well beyond the scope of what I can discuss in a short article.
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What I would rather do is give you some simple, effective tools that will increase your energy and emotional resilience so that when you get triggered by information, you can still feel vital, balanced, and grounded.
So, let's begin this discussion by talking about breathing. Breathing is an autonomic (meaning automatic) body function, so most people aren't particularly conscious when they breathe. What I'm going to suggest here is that you become more conscious of your breath. Let me give you an example.
Have you ever noticed when one of the intel guys or gals posts that they are going to make a big announcement that the pace of your breathing picks up and gets more shallow?
Breathing rapidly in your upper chest changes your body chemistry which creates the feeling of excitement. What if you used this knowledge to increase your feelings of excietment about your RV experience? What if when you are down about your investment, you simply pick up the pace of your breathing? By picking up the pace of your breathing, it automatically becomes more shallow and triggers body chemistry that will lift your mood.
Let's give you another example. You've waited over an hour on chat for the intel guy/gal to show up on chat, after they made their big announcement, and you've been pretty unconscious about your breathing.
Then, the guy or gal comes in and doesn't have that big announcement. Within moments you feel angry, anxious, upset, sad, frightened. What caused that emotion?
What created that emotion is that the moment you heard that the big announcement was a "no go," you stopped breathing. Whenever you stop breathing the survival instructions in your brain trigger, and your adrenal glands are instructed to revive you.
The chemicals the adrenals secrete flood your system and overload your body, because you only stopped breathing for a moment. Because your body has to process this overload, you feel fear-based emotions. After all, your adrenal response is based on fight and flight/survival of your body.
What if this scenario occurs again? Is there a better choice to make that simply involves being more conscious of your breath and changing its pace? Let's go back to our "no go" big announcement example. What if you noticed the moment that you stopped breathing, knew that your adrenaline response was triggered, felt the emotions, and started to slow your breathing down? In fact one of the most effective tools to calm your adrenaline response is conscious, four square breathing. Let me tell you how to use this tool:
Four Square Breathing
Inhale deeply through your nose for four counts, pulling your breath deep into your belly.
Hold that breath for four counts.
Exhale through your mouth for four counts. [Note: Some masters say to only use your nose for breathing.]
Hold for four counts.
Repeat starting with the inhale.
This type of breathing calms your body down because it brings more oxygen into your system on your inhale and releases more toxins from your body on your exhale. You can continue this breathing pattern until you feel at ease. Also, when you become proficient at breathing to a four count, you can increase to an eight count, a twelve count, a sixteen count, increasing the counts by 4.
The more conscious decisions you make about your breath, the more energy you have to support you in the RV experience. Having more energy creates more emotional resilience, i.e., when you hear something that upsets you, the amount of time it takes for you to calm down (return to center) is relatively short. More emotional resilience will support your overall health and make your RV experience more enjoyable.
One of the foundations to re-empowering yourself in your RV experience is being more conscious about your body, your emotions, your thoughts, and your spiritual connections. Now that you know that being conscious of your breathing and changing its pattern can shift your state, you might consider spending some of the time you are waiting for the RV researching and trying other effective breathing techniques.
Tomorrow's article should be fun and educational. Studley always tells us to be more balanced and grounded. What does he mean and how do we get balanced and grounded? Tomorrow's post will talk about Studley's advice.