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Relaxing

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Relaxing is a very nebulous term as well as being vague in practice. A huge number of things can be considered relaxing even though one person’s refreshing row may be another person’s muscular torture while another person’s zen garden on the beach may drive someone else to the edge of it. It’s peculiar how many different things can be considered relaxing, but we can only look at relaxing from our own point of view. We all live different lives and have lived different lives from our beginnings. There is absolutely no reason for  us to define relaxing in the same way. especially since we feel different kinds of relaxation from making our muscles lax and loose to ridding our minds and spirits of tension and anxiety. For such different causes to such different results there must be many different strategies and none that at least work for somebody should be excluded from the term relaxing. The thing that puzzles me about relaxing is that no matter what the method one uses to relax, one’s whole attention is focused on it. If one’s whole attention is focused on an activity, whether it be active or passive, how does that count as relaxing? Certainly it may release tension and anxiety or physically loosen muscles, but the brain doesn’t stop to relax, the brain keeps on functioning and possibly at even a higher level than when one is performing mundane tasks. Brain activity looks different when we’re sleeping, but sleeping is not the same thing as relaxing. Brain activity occurring when we are performing what we define as relaxing activity is no different from other waking activities but does have our bodies show the physical attributes we relate to being relaxed. Therefore relaxing is a function of the mind and spirit and can be anything at all that rejuvenates us while we are awake. How would you define relaxing for you?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

5 thoughts on “Relaxing

  1. Most likely the brain activity is different when relaxing, theta compared to alpha compared to beta.

  2. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to relax ever, so I don’t know the real meaning. I always have many things on rotation in my head.
    🙂
    But I accept any advice

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