Poetry Made Alive for Stress Reduction
Although everyone has different levels of and reactions to stress, daily life in the U.S. is universally recognised as stressful and hard on the adrenal glands as well as the memory. Eliminate the stressors you can (refined carbs. micro-wave popcorn, and MSG) then practicing a relaxation technique in a quiet and restful place as a daily habit. In the course of a day frequently clear your mind from stress with deep breathing, meditation or another silent activity "coming in as the fog, silent, like little cats' feet" Carl Sandburg, poet. A great breathing to reduce stress is to inhale on count of 5. Hold for 6 counts. Exhale on 7 counts. Dr. Reuben Valdes, "Awakening from Alzheimers": Poetry is good because it calls upon multi senses in concrete images formed into thought and you can control your thoughts leading to neuroplasticity in the brain, the brain's ability to change and adapt throughout life. Boosting the bright side can be as simple as smiling and laughter through comic relief is a great cure-all to reduce heart rate and blood pressure.
A good technique with track record for reducing stress is Postive Mental Imaging where you put yourself in the moment, using as many senses as possible (how did things sounds, smell, look, and feel?) Once you have the stressful event in mind, recreate the scenario adding humorous and cartoon-like features to the people in the scene. Go through all the stressful events of the day, making them humorous. This discharges the negative emotion that builds stress. New research shows that our thoughts have a chemical and electronic effect on our cells.
Sharing our thoughts gives increase to us.
"What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me." --Joseph Addison, Poet
Poetry is a great escape into the world of sensory images where they help recall memories of concrete experiences you have had. Pain and poetry are both processed in the prefrontal cortex where choice of focus is possible for the opportunity to execute an effective problem solve response and displace "fight or flight" fear reaction. Trying your hand at writing poetry, as well as Martial Arts; it can enhance your brain's plasticity as you translate the sensory/concrete into thought. Give it a try and have fun with it. "Change your thoughts and you change the world." --Norman Vincent Peale, Methodist minister. Start with examining your self-talk the endless stream of thoughts that run through your mind and evaluate if they are mostly positive or negative. This can be a wake-up call to make some changes.
Curious Cats, poetry, and inner questions are part of the Memory “fix” for all.
They happily remove negative energy.
Haiku form 0f 5-7-5 syllables here is best for beginners.
How Doctors Use Poetry
A Harvard medical student describes how he is learning to both treat and heal.
By Danny W. Linggonegoro
One part of the Hippocratic oath, the vow taken by physicians, requires us to “remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.”
“I Couldn’t Find My Anniecat” by John Pinon
I couldn’t find my Anniecat
Kittie wasn’t where she sat
Searched through the house
Didn’t even see a mouse
So I decided to go search
And found cats on their perch
There was the sound of mewing
A few were even howling
I found a house that has lost kitties
They had one of black and
Decided to look in the back
I walked out and there
Happy to see me, she meowed hard
There she was in the back yard
Next thing I know
I opened my eyes
I tell you no lies
Sweet Anniecat in my dreams.
(Begin to tap into your potential inner “poet” and begin your poetry in Haiku form illustrated above with 5 7 5 syllables for the first three lines. Challenge your brain with growth of sensory associations in the somatosensory cortex of the brain and give up imbedded pain there. Japanese Neko cat loves Haiku.
Another sample of Haiku poetry presents the question:
What stops an artist?
Is it fears about others?
Or about ourselves?
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
Be patient towards all that is unresolved in you and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Live the questions now.
Modern science and medicine rewards artist and Renaissance Man of the 21st Century Leonardo da Vinci's ardent curiosity--drawing on the vital force that drove his imagination to look for the next possibility.
Relaxation Stretch --- Poetry in Motion