We live in a world of stress. It is all around us, in many forms. From birth we are bought up to be who our parents want us to be, they put upon us their desires, their conditionings and their beliefs. We go into the world wanting to please our parents, or at least get recognition from them. So we take up studies that are not close to our own hearts, and jobs that ‘run in the family’. Alternatively, we punish our parents by doing the opposite, by living unsavoury lifestyles – drinking too much, or getting ourselves into relationships that are not positive for us – not realising that we are only punishing ourselves.
So whatever lifestyle choices we make, we invariably end up with stressful lives. And quite frankly, in this day and age, it is difficult to life stress-free, unless one buys a log cabin in a forest somewhere and lives as close to nature as possible.
Even if we try hard to eat well, to drink enough water, to meditate and reduce our stressors, if we are living in the “real world” it is difficult to get by without the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple Mac. And not only do we use these items for our work, we now use them for pleasure too. Hours may be spent on video games, or surfing the net, or even more awfully, reading books from an electronic device, all of which play havoc with our bodies. There are now whole towns devoted to wi-fi, it is impossible to escape from it. All of these things, personal, familial, and environmental place great stress upon us, and worse of all, it is unseen. Add to it that most of us carry some emotional trauma from childhood, or have experienced trauma, either personally or professionally in our life, then this issue is further compounded. And stress causes the body to become dehydrated.
I have found that most people do not love themselves. They do not eat well, and they do not look after themselves properly. We become caught on a hamster wheel of doing, doing, doing, and there is not enough being, being being. How many people have bought a fruit juicer in an attempt at health, but do not use it because they don’t have time to make the juices and clean up after themselves? So it becomes easier to phone out for a take-away than to give ourselves what we need. And this I think, makes our souls, our Higher Selves, very sad indeed and it provides us with a deep sense of the loss of our deepest selves, our Divine self. So we become lost to ourselves, and lost to the Universe, to the creator. And the effect of all this separation, is the need to do more, to have more, to feel like we are more, and that causes even more stress and therefore more dehydration, so we go for a glass or ten of wine, and maybe even take some recreational drugs, or take a dehydrating plane trip abroad…..
And then we get caught up in the vicious circle of anxiety, fear, depression, and separation, all of which cause more stress, which causes more dehydration, which in itself causes more anxiety and so on.
If we are not sufficiently hydrated, our lives become stagnant – because we become stagnant on the inside.