“Americans are so restless that they have invented a rocking chair in which they move while they sit!”
-Anonymous French writer quoted by Norman Vincent Peale in “A Guide for Confident Living”
Babies, puppies and kitties are experts at it, professional athletes practice it, health care professionals advise it and all of us require daily doses of it for a long, illness-free life. Intelligent eating habits, abundant nutrition, hydration, and regular exercise are all crucial for good health, but when it comes to wellness, keeping it, increasing it and restoring it, nothing is more important than simple rest, repose and relaxation.
We all love to loaf, but to experience the full health benefits of relaxation, it’s important to practice a more active form of repose. I call it “deep relaxation”. When done correctly, it helps our minds stop racing and liberates our bodies from tension.
A daily , deep relaxation practice requires focus and intention; we have to really want to relax. While it may seem ironic, this kind of active relaxation has been shown to have many profound and lasting benefits, most notably, reducing stress and its symptoms by:
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