There are many possible choices available for bodily measurement of tension and stress. For both accuracy and ease of measurement, I suggest just three: blood pressure, heart rate and fingertip temperature. As tension levels decrease, so do heart rate and blood pressure.
|The healthy folks amongst us (with little inner stress or tension) usually have optimal resting blood pressure (below 120/80) and a resting pulse/heart rate of much less than the societal average of 72 beats-per-minute, with athletes frequently having heart rates even as low as 30-50 beats per minute.|
With reduced stress, core body temperatures fall while extremities' temperatures rise. Extremities' (fingertip and facial skin) temperatures rise because less inner tension implies a reduced fight-flight response resulting in more blood flow to the extremities. These three measurements are easy to take. Blood pressure and heart rates are easily taken with a blood pressure cuff; and the new modern infrared temperature devices give instantaneous readings of temperature. For around $100USD total cost you can purchase both these measuring tools.
Reminder: Please consult with your physician about your measurements to see if they might be or should be improved.
How does your favorite spiritual teacher measure up? How about the others who are closely following that teacher? I hope that you and others will start asking questions of all New Age teachers, gurus, shamans and naguals about their measurements. Just as important, ask fellow followers.
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "As an example, consider a person with many similar experiences such as severe and mild abandonments over the course of a lifetime. Trauma knots associated with abandonment will probably be very resistant to loosening for this person. Untying those abandonment knots may seem impossible."|