One of the best examples of how Yin-Yang work within the human body is the sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous systems. These are two branches of your nervous systems that control automatic operations of bodily components, such as breathing, blinking, and more.
the parasympathetic goes along with Yin to slow everything down, whereas the Yang of the sympathetic system speeds everything up. With the two working in harmony, your body can maintain an ideal balance.
The sympathetic nervous system is in control of the body’s natural fight-flight-freeze response This response is activated whenever a person is stressed, anxious, or in fear.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) both release hormones to control this fight-flight-freeze response. For instance, the SNS releases the hormones norepinephrine, epinephrine, and catecholamines to increase the body’s heart rate. On the other hand, the PNS, which is essentially a rest and digest system, releases the hormone acetylcholine, which is used to reduce the heart’s rate.
When the SNS activates the fight-flight-freeze response it provides the human body with all we need to actively respond to any threat that might face us, whether that means we fight, run away, or freeze in place. Then, once we have achieved the safety made possible by the SNS, the PNS allows us to once again gain peace by producing calming hormones that allow the body to rest, renew, and repair itself.
In my first book, The Key to Happiness, I discuss in-depth how the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are both impacted by meditation. You can learn all about the scientifically-proven benefits of meditation there.
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I have been learning all my life…but am I l really transforming my self?
Learning some good skills, learning new topics is a way to activate dormant part of your brain, wiring brain cells and create new neuron-pathways, no matter what is the new topic you are learning. But transformation is a game changer, it is the cutting-edge technology in your life.
Transformation is when you know how life works, how your mind and body work and what they need, transformation is when you know how relationships work and how you can create healthy ones around you that can help your growth and so others’ growth.
Transformation is the goal in your life because with transformation you check in within you and you tap on those seeds inside you that are waiting to blossom, you tap into your spirituality to become a better man, a better woman, a better parent, a better citizen, a better human being. Transformation is not learning, really we need to unlearn, we need to let go all that was putting into our mind as right, as “should”, so deeply planted into our subconsciousness when we were kids that we became blind about the limitless possibilities we have, about the limitless potentiality of our try nature.
I cannot think about Buddha getting a degree before teaching the 4 Noble Truths and the path of mindfulness, I cannot think about Jesus getting a degree in love and compassion…they were born in a human body to transform themselves in special beings, to serve better, to better the souls and the minds and the hearts of countless number of people, and that is still happening nowadays.
Transformation is needed to let go that fear planted inside us without asking us any permission, transformation is needed to let go and become unstuck and free from old patterns, to unleash our full potential.
Let’s embrace the path of transformation, all together… for a better living.
Samsara! Everyone knows this word and we all know that suffer is part of it. But I find there is much more pain and suffering to move from a place where you are stagnant to a place where you can flow.
That process requires tremendous courage, tremendous effort, and also dountless actions to change our perception, the way we see life-happenings, the way we perceive relationships. Pema Chodron describes that process as difficult as changing your DNA, because you are trying to change a human pattern, a pattern based on dissatisfaction but supported by everything around yourself: school education, family expectations, all those imprinting we received when we were little without we asking for that, creating wounds in our souls, vibrating on such a different frequencies from the ones of our heart. That is painful, that is sad, that is not our birthright to be, that is not our birthright to choose.
Step back from all paradoxes and duality we live in our life, there is no loneliness, boredom, anxiety, fear. There is a place where the river of bliss never stops flowing, where divine music is always playing there without any instruments, it is a place where time does not exist nor hate nor greed nor doubts nor sorrow, the heart’s thirst becomes quenched and the mystery of life clears. For the poet Kabir such a place exist is the cave of the heart. Close your eyes and feel yourself free.
Easter is very close, and my mind cannot stop thinking what will happen in a few days: not an happy celebration but an extermination in the name of taste and ancestral tradition, in the name of god, yes god because no God would give permission to kill even the smallest creature on this planet.
I’m leaving by my mom’s for this stay-at-home moment and I can hear, up to the 3rd floor of this building, the butcher on the street cutting meet everyday, and during the day I can hear that disgusting and painful sound of him strongly swinging his heavy dagger on the corps of the animal. That is a torment for my heart and bring me back to its source: our stupidity that stil today, year 2020, leads to animal exploitation and all its consequences we no longer can pretend not to see. Coronavirus is one of them.
Here is the transcript of Gary Yourofsky’s video about veganism. Please read it:
“”The coronavirus began because humans have a disgusting nasty and filthy habit of eating meat, consuming the cut up corpses of animals: blood flesh, veins, muscles and tendons, along with secretions that drip out of a cow’s udder and eggs that come out of a hen’s ass. Ground zero for Covid 19: a meat market, a slaughterhouse in Wuhan China. The bird flu, the swine flu mad cow disease, MERS, the Spanish flu, all of these viruses and many others came into existence because humans choose to enslave animals and view them as commodities. We choose to artificially inseminate them so we can steal their babies and then we chop off all their heads and cut them up into hundreds of pieces so we can eat flesh. Did people really believe that there’d be no consequences for this type of behavior?
It would have been so nice if we could have overreacted on behalf of those victims by shutting down the meat dairy and egg industries once and for all. We could have forced restaurants around the world to switch over to plant-based foods. Why didn’t we overreact in a positive and meaningful way on behalf of the environment, the earth victim? we could have banned plastic and styrofoam forcing those restaurants to only use biodegradable containers, instead we decided to force restaurants to close their dining areas and do carry-outs only thus using more plastic and more styrofoam and filling up those containers with even more meat, cheese, milk and eggs. Why didn’t we overreact on behalf of the environment, the earth victim, by banning cars? We could have put a huge dent in air pollution, plus one point to five million people die every single year on this planet from car crashes, millions of others are injured. Don’t those victims matter? why didn’t we overreact on behalf of heart disease and cancer victims? 30% of humans get cancer, 50% have a heart attack or a stroke. The main causes are meat, cheese, milk and eggs along with chemicals and cigarettes. Why didn’t we overreact in a positive way and ban those items and make no mistake about it? This disease, this virus continues to spread because humans are filthy, nasty, disgusting creatures. We actually need to be told to wash our hands and wash them thoroughly and properly. We have to be told to cover our mouths when we sneeze so somebody else doesn’t have to inhale our snot particles. Even before covid 19 came into existence restaurants had a sign in the restroom stating that employees had to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Why would somebody need to be told to wash up them hands after wiping their asshole especially when they’re about to serve food to somebody else or touch plates, glasses and utensils? It is time to wake up and truly make a difference. Focus on the root of the problem diseases, the destruction of the earth all of this stems from our addiction to meet: the world’s oldest and strongest addiction. Stand-up become vegan, live that vegan lifestyle and truly make a difference.””