Peaceful Corners of the Mind Recuperation through relaxation BY: Troy Murphy
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When the brain is in a heightened state of excitation, the neurons fire rapidly—and we feel it. Some people prefer the rushes of excitement over quietness. Excitement has evolutionary roots. A system appropriately excited prepares the body for crisis. After twenty-five years of police work in a large California city, I certainly have felt my share of excitement. The shattering of quietness by a gunshot cutting through the cold air momentarily freezes the mind, followed by a reorientation of safety. The experience of danger and the firing of neurons warning of a crisis springs from many signs—not just guns. A child in danger, an empty bank account, or a positive cancer screening test awakens fear and is felt in the excitation of the body.
Dynamic events can easily overwhelm some, while others perform well under pressure. Brain excitation unbearably discomforts some, while for others, it appears, pushes them into effective action, as if they are accustomed to the excited states; the quietness discomforts them.
We have unique constellation of challenges.
A constant excited mind, however, may miss the benefits of honest reflection that accompanies solitude. If we are dissatisfied with an aspect of our life, self-searching may unearth hidden behaviors sabotaging success. We find what we previously preferred to leave buried. Busy minds keep the unsavory realities hidden, while quietness invites the unconscious to the surface. Sadly, to protect hidden thorns, many lose the enjoyment of healthy emotional escapes into the quiet places of their mind.
Our modern-day gadgets, smart phones, and interactive social media sites, destructively intrude on the peaceful moments. Like a chain smoker without a fix, the addict of a stimulated mind finds the calm discomforting. When life slows, they nervously reach for a quick fix, checking messages, playing a game, or posting another selfie.
"Busy minds keep the unsavory realities hidden, while quietness invites the unconscious to the surface. Sadly, to protect hidden thorns, many lose the enjoyment of healthy emotional escapes into the quiet places of their mind."
The excitation addict easily replaces quietness with noise. A text message, music, facebook, a video game, or a phone call (especially one with an added touch of drama) distract our mind and free us from the discomforts of reflection.
The less we visit quietness, the more foreign it becomes. If we discover desperation in quietness, there may be inner-wounds lurking in the dark shadows—wounds in desperate need of attention. We can continue to distract through routine noise or we can compassionately visit the spaces of our mind in need of care, address the pain and heal the wound. Peace, be still.