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Find Your Bliss Amid the Holiday Stress

by Pete Bissonette

Holiday shopping is now underway, can you shield yourself from the stress it’s been proven to bring?

A biometrics study by eBay has shown that heart rates of shoppers increased by 33 percent during just a 60-minute shopping excursion, an increase akin to running a marathon, reported the Daily Mail.

Of 100 London shoppers fitted with Lightwave tech devices that measured various physiological responses while shopping, a whopping 88 percent experienced tachycardia, a higher than normal resting heart rate.

As you’re running from store to store in search of that perfect gift for someone you love, there’s no need to get stressed. Decades of biofeedback studies have shown you can will yourself into bliss by directing your feelings and thoughts in ways that energize your mind-body connection.

A change in your spinal posture, the relaxation of muscles in your shoulders and face, and the slowing of your breath can affect your brain directly and shift your internal processing. Resulting changes in your mental focus and emotional state cascade throughout your entire nervous system, generating feelings of pleasure and bliss.

Whenever you’re feeling tense or caught up in moments of stress, try this from our Euphoria! Paraliminal to move you into a safe, lighthearted inner space:

1) Take a deep breath and raise your shoulders up to your ears. As you exhale, drop your shoulders and make the sound “Ahhhhh.”

Do it one more time. Feel as if you have let go of a large burden. You are free. Let that feeling flow down through your body to the soles of your feet and out. “Ahhhhh.”

2) Now gently smile, remember some experience that gave you great satisfaction, and make the sound “Hmmmmm,” the sound we make when something is absolutely delicious.

Notice the breath deep in your belly. Put that smile in the corners of your eyes and the corners of your mouth and make that happy hum again.

Feel the breath flowing in, through every part of your body, into your belly, expanding your lower abdomen. Then exhale, “Hmmmmm,” and feel the breath flowing out through every part of you, expanding your field of vision and your sense of possibility.

Through your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you can direct much of what happens in your body-mind, putting you in charge of your own bliss—and in the right frame of mind to find those special gifts.

To enter at will a sense of inner calm and peace, I recommend you listen to the Euphoria! Paraliminal. Simply push play, close your eyes, relax, and listen. This closed-eye process activates your “whole mind” with a precise blend of music and words to help you get the most out of every minute.

To learn more about Euphoria! and all our other Paraliminal programs, please click here.