Two Different Explanations of Abundance
Stress comes from the lack of abundance. If we feel that the car is running out of petrol we take the foot off the accelerator and worry about getting more gas. A full tank on the other hand, we're more likely to put our foot down and worry about nothing. Abundance impacts everything. Especially your health.
Abundance Impacts Your Health
Dr. Esther Sternberg, in her ground-breaking work on the link between the central nervous system and the immune system, explored how immune molecules made in the blood can trigger brain function that profoundly affects our emotions. She revolutionised our understanding of the connection between mind, body, emotion and death. Her book, The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (public library), Sternberg examines the interplay of our emotions and our physical health, mediated by, as it turns out, the remarkably concrete experience called stress.
Abundance Kills Stress and Saves Your Life
In the chart above, there is a mid point where stress goes from healthy stimulus to unhealthy death causing, immune system killing, disease. Up to the half way point in this chart, stress is healthy, and the individual feels abundant, stimulated, satisfied and happy. Beyond this point, options diminish, stress starts to cause changes in the immune system, (permanent) and life span gets shorter. The more abundant you are, (some call this grateful) the better your quality of life, the longer you'll live and the more you'll attract to yourself that sticks.
How to Feel Younger and Live Longer
The nervous system and the hormonal stress response react to a stimulus in milliseconds, seconds, or minutes. The immune system takes parts of hours or days. It takes much longer than two minutes for immune cells to mobilise and respond to an invader, so it is unlikely that a single, even powerful, short-lived stress in the order of moments could have much of an effect on immune responses. However, when the stress turns chronic, immune defenses begin to be impaired. As the stressful stimulus hammers on, stress hormones and chemicals continue to pump out. Immune cells floating in this milieu in blood, or passing through the spleen, or growing up in thymic nurseries never have a chance to recover from the unabated rush of cortisol. And so, if you are exposed to, say, a flu or common cold virus when you are chronically stressed out, your immune system is less able to react and you become more susceptible to that infection.
And what is the deciding factor between chronic and not chronic stress?
Emotion is the deciding factor between chronic and not chronic stress. Emotions that live on for weeks or months cause damage. This is where abundance comes in. An abundant individual will never be stressed for more than a few hours at best. The immune system will become healthy, the blood will be clean, the body will be balanced and health would be "Benjamin Button style" growing young. Abundance keeps you young and healthy.
Why It Takes Work To Stay Abundant
We grow in cycles - we evolve through frustra, and each time we do, the sense of what we have to lose gets larger and what we have to gain grows more overwhelming. On goal achieved births two more. We begin to suffer because there's allot to lose if we slip in trying to go forward and there's a huge awareness of the discomfort we would feel if we stayed comfortable, not growing. Our expectations expand with our achievements. Suddenly, suffering of some kind draws us to reevaluate the risk of trying, we become pain averse, satisfied, comfortable and therefore, stressed. We therefore must remain aware of the possibility of the future, remain abundance and willing to take the chance. Only when we feel abundant will this chance feel right.
Add abundant to your mental mornings. Be aware each morning of the potential and possibility of a limitless future.
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