From Stress to Bliss in One Step

Working with so many people who’s daily experiences brings them to an almost perpetual state of stress, I am always interested in getting under why we are so caught up as a species in this largely unhealthy state of being. It is the mind–specifically, the left hemisphere–that once activated by stress, attaches meaning to it (or attempts to do so incessantly, ultimately driving the actual stress we experience).

The gap between our daily stressful states and moments of bliss can be overcome by learning to access a creative state on a regular basis…

My first professional life was spent as an artist and creative director in various industries. During the pursuit of an art degree, my colleagues and I learned about left brain and right brain function. Moments of sheer creativity, or pure right brain activity (that is creativity free of judgement) are blissful and seemingly stress-free. Ah hah! So we should all just go paint pictures, right? Well, if that takes you to that ultimate state of bliss (without judgement), then by all means, this can be a way to relieve stress.

Some might find this place through spirituality or in nature; others might find this place through listening to music or meditating…

But I’m not talking about activities that our left brain has labeled and “judged” to be “creative”; rather, anything that takes you into the bliss of creative flow. Some would call this connectedness, and might find this place through spirituality or in nature; others might find this place through listening to music or meditating. Ultimately, it’s that experience of wordless bliss. It’s when words fail to describe and seem meaningless.

This state of bliss, of creativity, detaches us from fear. It would seam that bliss and unhealthy stress are not to be experienced at once. So, by taking time to get to a state of bliss through whatever that involves on a personal level, we can push the stress-enhancing, left brain thinking out of the picture for at least temporary relief.

…over millions of years, we have evolved into predominantly left brain living…

I have been reading some of Amit Goswami‘s work on quantum physics and health. He talks about the “Do Be Do Be Do” practice of being to increase consciousness and ultimately health. I hate to try to paraphrase his genius, but as I read it, I get a sense that it taps into this interplay between being in bliss and thinking in words and logic… it is the play between right and left brain states of experience, and understanding techniques to shift into our creative, our bliss, our “Be” seems to be key to reducing the unhealthy effects of stress in a very quantum and cellular way. Both short and long term benefits of this are substantial and well researched.

This is a key reason why, it would seem, clients make astounding leaps in the pasture (working on the ground with horses) to get under the barriers in life that are causing them fear, stress and ultimately holding them back. The whole-body activity, the environment, indeed the very nature of the horse is all right brain activity. The horses respond best to us when we release the stressful left brain thinking and “be” in the right brain. Working with horses can place us in the creative part of our brain. Once we are in that state, true consciousness, our inner wisdom, can be heard. I am also, thanks to one of my enlightened clients, reading work about the differences between the human brain and the horse brain by brain surgeon, Allan Hamilton. All of this information points to the same reality: over millions of years, we have evolved into predominantly left brain living. The gap between our daily stressful states and moments of bliss can be overcome by learning to access a creative state on a regular basis.

I am working with a new assessment tool that accurately measures how we move through seven energetic states during stress, the ELI Assessment. What a gift to be able to give this information to our left brains who need to rationalize everything! It actually helps to understand the logic and benefits of regularly and consciously shifting into this right brain energetic state.

Regardless of your method, the evidence strongly suggests that finding a way to spend time in right brain activity reduces the impact of our daily unhealthy stress…

There are infinite methods to get to this state of creativity, bliss and “be”ing, and no simple prescription or advice blankets everyone. Clients who work with me in the office find their own unique paths to the right hemisphere. Regardless of your method, the evidence strongly suggests that finding a way to spend time in right brain activity reduces the impact of our daily unhealthy stress.

So what is it that takes you to that state of bliss, and how can you find time to incorporate that activity into your daily life? … and how will that benefit you? }{

Sara Sinnard, ELI-MP, CPSS, is a Life & Leadership Coach helping individuals find balance, reduce stress, and live on mission. You CAN live in bliss!

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