The comments are as interesting as the article and both are worth considering. One of my problems is that I do have many things to do that are of equal importance right now and I do get very engrossed in things. I think I am finding ways to balance this but it is difficult. Lots of physical thing contribute to tension in the body- posture, too much time at a computer, sitting in chairs and tables that are not the correct height for your body, as well as inner tension. There are many solutions depending on what causes you own problem.
Thank you for sharing this. I relate much to this subject. For me, letting go continues to be a major struggle in my life. I find such great comfort in the yoke of the Son of God. Life is a great adventure and provides many opportunities for joy and happiness. When I focus on the joy and happiness I find peace. When I focus on the burdens of life, I find the weight of those burdens. We don't have to do it alone. God's plan is for us to look to Him and to His Son, Jesus Christ, that our burdens may be lightened. Thank you for sharing your insights which have been born through the struggles of life. It is good to know that I am not alone.
Thank you! Once again I've been blessed by one of your articles. I've learned some very helpful different ways to look at life's challenges from your articles. There is always at least a tidbit if not a feast for me. Please keep listening to and passing on these spiritual insights!
Oh, Darla, I needed this!!! It seems so contradictory that we destroy our own peace by constantly pushing ourselves to "DO MORE!"--- instead of allowing our Savior, the Prince of Peace, to lead and bless us. I think when we enter the hyper-vigilance cycle that we sometimes mistakenly think we are being pushed by the Holy Ghost when it is really Satan trying to exhaust us and destroy our peace.
I loved your article, Darla! I just have some "for what it's worth" information. I work with the Chinese Five Element theory and muscles, etc. In that mode of work there are specific muscles related to specific Chinese meridians and issues. The back neck muscles, the middle and lower trap muscles are all related to the "Earth" element. You will never guess what issue is associated with Earth: worry, lack of getting needs met, and hyper vigilance. Just thought you might find that fun. ^_^
We are commanded to "Serve the Lord with all OUR might, mind and strength. That is a very personal commandment. My strength is different than your strength and it varies at different times in our lives. People should not judge in either direction. This commandment resonated strongly with me when I joined the church, I have been blessed with a strong type A personality, and considerable energy and physical stamina. I therefore serve with what some might consider "hyper-Viligance". It is not, it is "my" might mind and strength and as such should not be judged any more than someone who has a "lesser" capacity due to illness, physical limitations etc. We all serve according to our ability and as such will be blessed.
I think Sister Isackson is correct even though she contradicts the teaching of President Kimball. Kimball changed the wording of 'I Am a Child of God' from "teach me all that I must know" to "teach me all that I must do." Knowing is not enough said Pres. Kimball - we have to do.
This article was timely. I just stopped to read it because the title caught my attention. I read it all and found it very helpful. I have children who have made choices that have brought inactivitiy in church, however good they are in other areas. This article has given me permission to try to let go of feelings that perhaps I didn't do my best raising them...I should have done things this way or that way and they might be active in the church today, living the gospel and having less difiiculties. Thank you for your words of wisdom.Laura G.
Hyper-vigilance is an intrinsic part of PTSD. Especially for those who have been, or are, survivors of abuse. It can be a much needed survival technique that has proven effective in keeping you safe. Something not easily set aside.
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