“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
Your mind is your being, and your brain is the most important of all your body organs because it controls your whole being. How you think, what you do, how you act and react, and what you do with all your life experiences—they ultimately become not only your memories but also your realities.
Myasthenia gravis is caused by a dysfunctional immune system. Its symptoms are often aggravated by stress. Therefore, stress relief is the best way to control or ameliorate the disease symptoms of myasthenia gravis.
Here is a simple way for stress relief: focused mental attention.
We all have experienced moments of profound peace of mind and total relaxation of the body when we look at a beautiful sunset or a crystal-blue sky reflected on the still water of a lake, or even the crushing waves against rocks by the seaside.
Do you recall those moments of internal peace and tranquility? Maybe not.
Indeed. those moments are few and far between—especially in the present world we are living in. The reason is that we can also experience those rare moments only we experience a deep sense of connectedness to nature, through which we are connected to everything else around us—just as Albert Einstein said: “A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’—a part limited in time and space.” Without that connectedness, there is no enhanced quality of mind that enables us to experience the inner peace, which has eluded so many of us. The lack of inner peace is due to scattered attention of our minds. The result is that we feel unduly stressed and discontented with everything around us, instead of the harmony that should have been the norm.
The good news is that you can focus your attention to overcome the scattered attention of your mind. Changing the inner attitudes of your mind can significantly change the outer aspects of your life, and thereby creating the harmony and peace that may have eluded you.
Your mind is constantly thinking; it never completely stops its thinking process even while you are sleeping. Truly, you can never totally stop your mind from thinking for an indefinite length of time; after all, you need your mind to think. That being said, it is important that you do not develop a compulsive mind that constantly shifts back and forth between the past and the future. It is also critical that you give your mind every now and then a short, meaningful break, just as you switch off your computer when you are not using it.
Given that your mind is incessantly alternating between the past and the future, going back and forth without consciously knowing it, you should learn how to re-focus it on the present moment.
Why should you focus your mental attention on the present moment?
Focusing on the present moment can help you obliterate temporarily thoughts of the past and the future, just as people in dangerous sports, such as car racing or sky diving, focusing on the thrills of the present moment to the oblivion of everything else in their lives.
One simple way to focus your mind on the present moment is by conscious breathing, which is directing your mind on your breathing. Essentially, you pay attention to how you breathe in and breathe out, how your body feels during inhalation and exhalation, and how the flow and rhythm of your breaths are affecting your mind. You may also put some stick-on notes on your computer screen or anywhere in your house to remind you to practice conscious breathing every now and then throughout the day. Practicing conscious breathing for 2-3 minutes every hour or so does not interrupt with your daily work; just form this good habit of awareness and focus, which trains your mind to relax.
Regularly practicing focused mental attention on breathing is a simple way to relieve stress for better control of the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.
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