- A critical component of [spwiki]Connection Practice[/spwiki] (and indeed of bodily health) is physical, psychological, and emotional relaxation. [spwiki]Connection[/spwiki] is facilitated when in a state of complete mental, emotional, and physical relaxation.
- To enter into a state of relaxation, release all accumulated tension in your body’s muscles. Use techniques provided in this patch’s reading.
- Tension in the body and mind arise when the [spwiki]Bodily Ego[/spwiki] experiences or thinks about threats to survival.
- Tension in the body and mind arise when the [spwiki]Bodily Ego[/spwiki] experiences or thinks about things that cause physical, psychological, and emotional pain and distress.
- Proper relaxation requires more than simple deep breathing and the manipulation of muscles with massage, etc. Also pay attention to your thoughts and how these thoughts increase tension in the body. The best time to do this is at night when you are falling asleep. Totally relax your body and then notice how the tension returns when thoughts of the day enter into your consciousness’s stream.
- To counteract thoughts of the day, “challenge distorted cognitions” by reprogramming your thinking process. If the day’s drama at work enters your mind, tell yourself to rise above and let go of the drama.
- Relaxation is not something you should practice only once or twice a day. To improve and facilitate constant connection, practice relaxation constantly throughout the day.
- Relaxation is not something that you achieve only with mental reprogramming and deep breathing. To achieve complete and ongoing relaxation, you must also establish safe, calm, non-violent environments ([spwiki]Right Environment[/spwiki]) at home, at work, and in your social groups. Environments that contribute to stress also contribute to disconnection.