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Holidays

On Monday in the UK it was a Bank Holiday For the majority of people this mean a day off work (wonderful). If you don’t know, Bank Holidays are so called after the introduction of the Bank Holiday Act in 1871. Banks and many other places of employment would close on these days. Prior to that there were over thirty additional days off from work, so I assume the Act was introduced in order to reduce the time employees had off from work.
These days we live in a hectic world. We rush from A to B with our minds preoccupied with things we “have” to do. We make lists in our minds and run through them over and over again. When we do this we are distracted. We not only miss out on the here and now and what is all around us we also risk becoming ill due to the stresses and strains that we put ourselves under. Our bodies are on heightened alert all of the time when we live like this, our immune system works over time to cope with the stress and our adrenalin levels are high. The body can only cope with so much and at some point the cracks will begin to show. For some this will mean frequent colds, headaches (especially at the weekend when the body is able to rest and you begin to unwind), stomach upsets, gall stones, hypertension and depression and so on. These are just a few of the conditions that can occur when the bodies internal environment is not taken care of.
We must learn to look after ourselves internally. Why and how can we do this? We must realise that we are unable to control all external events around us. At times we simply would not want to and at other times our lack of control can be painful, if for example a loved one is ill and all you can do is sit by and watch them slip away or perhaps a friend has a drink problem and you are unable to convince them to seek help in order to change this self destructive behaviour. At times we must learn to accept that others can and do make wrong live choices.
When we learn to control our inner environment we feel at peace, calm and relaxed. We are better able to cope with the bad things that life throws at us from time to time. We can leant to take control of our inner environment by eating good food, taking exercise, especially Yoga as this will work on the body and mind at the same time and by meditating. Meditation is exercise for the mind, it helps to de-clutter and, most importantly, it helps to slow things down so that you can think more clearly. Meditation on a Bank Holiday, or any day for that matter, is a holiday for the mind.
In my blog next week I will show you how you can learn to meditate properly.