Week 24.5 – Stress-Free Giraffes
Stress is unique to Humans; because we manufacture it! This week we have been studying Acceptance, Responsibility and Defenselessness which all focuses on living in the moment from within the Law of Least Effort. With the weather being right on the cusp of Spring, I spent some time outside watching the birds coming to my wife’s feeders. It was the perfect representation of living in the moment with taking thought for the future or complaining with changes in the weather.
To further accentuate the point, the benefits and the credibility of the Law of Least effort, I received on of my favorite newsletters this week from James Clear. His article not only brings home the differences stress in animals, birds versus humans but, as if to say “Hey, this is something related to the MKMMA!”, the animal of choice for James is the Giraffe, Mark’s favorite four-legged friend.
Please take the time to visit James’ article titled, “The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It” and see for yourself, why it is that humans stress and animals don’t. Hint, the live immersed in the moment and follow their own form of the the Law of Least Effort.
You will notice in the writing that the amygdala (a part of the lymbic system), which we have be learning about all throughout the course, is part of the fight or flight mechanism in higher vertebrates (i.e. animals and humans). In this Wilipedia entry about the amygdala, scroll down to the “Emotional learning” and “Memory” sections. Does any of this sound familiar?; “Cells That Fire Together Wire Together” or peptides…
Now that your head is hurting from researching the background, go outside your house or to the park and watch the animals; squirrels, birds, dogs, cats, chipmunks whatever. See how they focus on one thing at a time… I’m hungry -> find food; I’m thirsty -> find water; I’m tired -> they sleep. Life has no stress until there is a fight or flight response to REAL DANGER. Unlike humans who have the ability to trigger the REAL DANGER alarm if they think of what might happen at school tomorrow during a test they have not prepared for… Major Stress right. But, it is of our own making.
I put it to you that the Law of Least Effort gives us the tools (yes, more tools) to become more efficient and effective in our lives by living in the moment.
So, like the bird that trust his wings, free yourself from these manufactured fears and worries. Have faith and believe that in the moment you need things, they will be available to you. Focus on the tasks at hand, practice well the skills required and polish your gifts so that when the opportunity comes to share them, you can rise to the call and deliver your part. Remember, “When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness, lack and limitation are simply the result of wrong thinking (stress and fear), you will have come to know “the truth which will make you free” (The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel 24-5).
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”