Where we place our attention (energy) and for how long, governs our experience of life.
We live in a world where everything is competing for our attention. If we are not careful, we can easily get sucked into the addiction of the outer world. With the global web at our fingertips, we have never been more connected, yet at the same time we are dealing with a never ending source of stimulation.
To live in harmony, we must balance the experience of our outer world (yang) with our inner world (yin).
If we spend too much time focused on our outer world (people, places, things, check-lists, deadlines, pay-checks, problems Etc), it signals our bodies fight or flight response (fear) and we start to experience the physical symptoms of stress. We tend to dwell on things that worry or concern us, yet when we continue to place our attention (energy) on the things that are creating stress, all we do is attract more of that experience into our field. Living in a perpetual state of distraction and stress signals our genes to up-regulate proteins that trigger inflammation and disease.
When we "tune in" to our inner world, we place our attention (energy) on our internal landscape, the rhythm and depth of our breathing, the feelings and sensations in our body. We start to develop a relationship with our inner most self. By tuning inward we are letting go of the outer world and entering a place of deep stillness. A space for us "just to be". Balancing outward time with regular inward time helps us to recover from activity and exertion, reduces stress, and promotes the bodies natural self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms.
Research by the Heart Math Institute shows that regular practice of meditation creates greater levels of heart coherence, which reflects a more orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body. Heart coherence is associated with increased composure, increased energy levels, clear thinking, enhanced immune system function and hormonal balance (*See Reference Below).
Abandoning ourselves for the world creates suffering and disease. When we take the time to "tune inward", we give ourselves the greatest gift that we can give, that of our own presence.