OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY
Our psychophysical well-being is determined by lifestyle, mental health and the environment, as we are all aware. However, it will be a new realization for many people that the quality of our lives is declining due to repetitive muscle tension, improper breathing and poor body awareness.
AEQ method helps us realize the importance of being able to decipher messages from the body and understand the harmful effects on it. Our body is like computer hardware; we cannot change it with impunity, nor can we inspect just in passing whether something is wrong and whether the hardware changes have already affected the software. Chronic conditions and pain in our lives call for a change, to the neat system organization such as our body. So, our mind is like the software that needs regular inspections, and a programmer at the same time. The limit of our powers is the correct perception of reality. The same goes for our environment. Real perception is, therefore, our responsibility, thus preventing disorderly conditions; this is the only way will we not pass them on to our descendants as we pass on our debts.
Unlike the mind, the body does not make decisions; it is objective, impartial and not misleading. Its response to the state of the environment is quantifiable and thus an ideal measure of how and to what extent the environment affects our bodies, health and behaviour. But only if we have educated ourselves in this self-perception, which takes a certain amount of time, however, and also motivation and a desire to explore our own feelings, emotions, our past and childhood.
AEQ method warns that we are accompanied by stress and diversity from birth to adulthood. Are we aware of where the stress, lack of energy, and new unknown disease-carrying microorganisms are leading us? Let our own experiences guide us in thinking about protecting the future of our children. Some of the chronic diseases seem inevitable for them. Above all, we have a revaluation of the use of available time to do. The detrimental effect of unrealistic attitude to time is manifested even before a child is born. Constant mental and physical stress of a pregnant woman causes baby's muscles to get shorter, tense and stiff, as well as developmental problems. And while profession focuses on new viruses in the future, each of us needs to think about what we can do for our health: the AEQ method is definite in this - avoid multitasking and thus stress, pay attention to your body, slow down your life, think before taking action. Taking responsibility also includes social policy.
People like to be thorough in observing the world and surroundings, and much worse in feeling themselves. This relationship is already established in the school. Children must sit still, watch carefully at the blackboard, and listen to the teacher. Otherwise, they will be in trouble. We gradually teach them how to get better at perceiving the world around them, and we pay no attention to improving their self-awareness. Thus, over time, they lose connection with themselves, which is strong in the first years of life. However, a child learns that parents live differently than he does and understand life differently. They do not understand that parents cannot realistically feel, appreciate a child due to their inflexibility and overburden. Therefore, a child must adapt to his parents and give up a good inner connection, as otherwise he would be different from his parents.
For the first three or four years of a child's life, a child does nothing but explore his abilities, tests himself, learns from failed attempts, looks forward to new movements, and observes how adults behave among each other. A child learns to walk, coordinate the movements of the neck and eyes, how to turn himself onto his belly and back onto his back, and crawling on his own through direct experience and imitation.
When we gradually lose the ability to learn from direct experience later in life because we focus too much on our surroundings and little or nothing on ourselves, the orderliness of the body begins to decline. Our various movement skills already start to deteriorate if we do not use them, do not research our movement enough, do not observe and study ourselves, do not check our condition, and if we are too focused on the outside world. As there is no time, we are constantly in a hurry. The time is what we should get to know better and explore the perception of time. Unfortunately, demands for a fast pace and time rationality can lead us to a state of vegetation, deterioration, away from one's proprioception and self-control. The result is a lack of energy, which is necessary to cope with modern stress. We must not forget that man was formed through a struggle for survival caused by lack of energy, not by lack of time; the body is adapted to this, both in structure and function.
Inequality, conation, alienation: how to stop, to overcome
Many studies have shown that higher income inequality in regions and countries is the cause of poorer relationships (less trust, more violence, addiction) and poorer health for all, both physically and mentally. Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson have summarized this massive body of research and showed the connection between economic inequality and mental health (below). In this set of studies, Japan has the smallest difference between the rich and the poor, and the lowest number of mental illnesses. In contrast, the USA has the highest differences regarding economic inequality and the highest incidence of mental illnesses.
Many studies have demonstrated this ratio. And it is not just the poor who suffer. Everyone in these stratified societies has a higher risk of poorer mental and physical health - the greater the inequality, the worse the well-being of children and adults. The higher the chance of success, if your desire is strong enough, and you have enough food available for the effort you need, the more likely you are to develop chronic diseases. This effect is seen among rich and poor states in the USA. In the USA, 3 per cent of the richest have the same amount of money as 50 per cent of the poor. Still, at the same time, there is a significant chance of the poor becoming rich in the United States, which is more difficult in the underdeveloped parts of the southern hemisphere. Sweden, a country with the smallest difference between the rich and the poor, has the highest welfare index, including the well-being of children. At the same time, Sweden is one of the countries with the fastest-growing inequality and declining child welfare (due to reduction in the regularity of the ratio between taxes and social transfers in the country).
Virus prefers to reproduce in a society of differences - differences in income, standard, availability of comfort and health services; social differences dictate chronic diseases. Such a community has little knowledge of nurturing the connection between the mind and the body. Differences lead to social and competitive stress and other modern diseases that shorten the vital period of an individual, whether rich or poor.
So, let us slow down our lives to think about how to move forward and what is essential. Our body and our relationships are essential. Here I see the progress of society and the defence against invisible enemies.
Aleš Ernst, teacher of the AEQ Method Level 5