When a baby is stressed what does it do? Suck its thumb or pacifier.
What should an adult do?
Exactly the same – in effect.
Place your tongue behind your upper front teeth against the roof of your mouth and keep it there.
See what happens.
It forces you to breathe only through your nose, and you start taking deep breaths down into your diaphragm, breathing like a baby in fact.
Stress goes away in seconds. Agree?
With the world as it is we need all the help we can get!
This is the kind of thing you can learn in the Philippines.
I had to rush to escape a downpour and flying advertising material in a typhoon, and foundmyself face to face with a ‘foreigner’ taking shelter behind a pillar. His parents were European – German and English – yet he had lived his life mostly in the Philippines, born 1955. His father had handed him over to mountain people to raise while he was panning for gold in Mindoro. It was there he learned all their spiritual and natural methods of living – including cures which the West has long forgotten.
He offered to take me to visit the sacred places he knows there which I would love to do some time. They never reveal these places to outsiders. I could fill a page describing the things he told me.
But one more simple one. Don’t drink when you eat. Stop drinking fifteen minutes before you eat and drink beyond fifteen minutes after. Or you are simply watering down your digestive juices which are needed to digest the food properly. Do as the mountain people do – not as the advertisers want you to.
These are Mangyan – the same people who raised Michael.