Your body needs physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative rest
It boggles my mind how little we trust our body to speak truth. […] Your body needs physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, and creative rest. Omit any one of these, and you will feel the consequences of the resulting rest deficit. Understanding which type of rest you are deficit in is critical to correcting this imbalance. […]
If you awake full of energy every morning and are dragging by the afternoon, you may be missing adequate physical rest to sustain your day. If you get out of bed tired in the morning and then become energized as the day progresses, you may be experiencing creative restlessness. [I]f you experience an overall lack of meaning and fulfillment, a spiritual or emotional rest deficit may be to blame. If your job is mentally draining but physically undemanding, physical rest will fail to leave you feeling rested. Mental rest is what’s required to bring your mental reservoir back to a healthy level. If you spend most of your day staring at a bright computer screen or hearing constant noise, your body will need sensory rest to feel renewed.
Sleep is solely a physical activity. Rest, however, penetrates into the spiritual. […] For every depleting activity in your day, there is a counter reviving activity to balance the scales, [and] the most effective rest occurs when we are purposefully reviving the parts of our life we regularly deplete
(…) this chain-link of concepts and body parts and sensations creates what scientist Antonio Damasio calls a somatic marker—a kind ...
We, too, are vessels of saltwater. Our tears, when viewed under a microscope, are crystallized salt mixed with water. When falling, tears are composed of proteins, enzymes, oils, and antibodies suspended in saltwater. They both lubricate our eyes and protect them, in addition to shepherding our emotional releases that create chemicals to thwart pain and alleviate stress. Rose-Lynn Fisher, in her work The Topography of Tears, has researched the chemistry of tears. While photographing them under a microscope, she discovered that tears of sorrow and tears of joy have a completely different chemical composition, as well as a different molecular structure.
“Like a drop of ocean water each tiny tear drop carries a microcosm of human experience,” she says.
An experiment known as the Iowa Gambling Task designed by the neuroscientists Antonio Damasio and Antoine Bechara. The game went ...
Darwin in his great 1872 book, “The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals” puts forth that a specific set of six universal emotions, namely:
- anger and fear,
- surprise and disgust,
- joy and sadness
“The language of the emotions” as he terms these facial expressions and body language, are considered to be the result of natural selection and the process of evolution, and shared across cultures and civilizations, ingrained in our genetic makeup.