Demands. As we continue our series, “Straight Talk About…” I want to introduce you, especially those who have just joined us here on the blog, to a life-changing, perhaps life-saving, perspective on… supply and demand.
Many people think of stress as being in chaos, uncontrolled emotions, hair-pulling frustration, and wired up moments or days when nothing goes right. In reality, stress is most often times not that dramatic.
Simply defined, stress is an increased demand for your resources.
I so often teach in our training teams that the resources available in the body can be used to heal or to accommodate the demands of our daily choices.
Your resources are like money in the bank, the health bank, which, like money, can only be spent once. You choose what those resources get spent on, healing or lifestyle options. When more is spent on other options, that means the supply of resources is not then available for producing health, and the body’s well-being suffers.
For example, physical, mental, and/or emotional illnesses result when you encounter such a physical demand on the body that you currently cannot supply or simply are not supplying adequate resources. This only occurs if a) you have not put in the right resources and/or b) you used the resources on something else instead of the healing process.
Yes, you can experience different types of “stress”, like emotional stress, physical stress, mental stress, and even spiritual stress. However, no matter what the beginning source of the challenge was, every challenge produces an increased demand for processing resources in and on the physical body, actually changing the physiological responses of the body’s systems and organ functions, again, no matter if the origin was physical, mental, emotional,or spiritual.
Try this experiment: think right now of a nice, ripe, juicy lemon. Picture it. Smell it? Think of squeezing the juice or just taking a bite of a lemon wedge. What’s happening physically in your mouth right now? Real physiological changes, the same as if you were eating the lemon right now. Resources are responding even to the thought of it! Well, if resources are responding to address the sequence of events set off in the body because of that thought, then they are not responding to some other process of the body.
So consider this: between the things we think on and the actual physical things that our bodies encounter daily, the demand for resources is non-stop! And, because of deficiencies in the natural environment combined with very poor global nutrition and lifestyle habits, for the most part, the demand most often far out reaches the reservoir we have stored inside.
The availability of supply, the reserves in your storehouse, is contingent on your choices – deposits and expenses – supply and demand – in what we have termed The Seven Essentials for Health.They are:
• What You Eat
• What You Drink
• How You Exercise
• How You Rest
• What You Breathe
• What You Say
• What You Believe & Think
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We will talk more on supply and demand as the month goes on, and about your choices, about fueling the supply and choosing the demands, and tips to make the changes that bring healthy beliefs in line with healthy bodies.
For now I leave you with the simplest of instructions on exactly what to choose to produce a long, strong, healthy life:
“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
One act of courage and kindness can make the difference.
Believe. Choose. Activate. Achieve. (Repeat.)
Did you learn anything?
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