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I’m big into meditation and self-hypnosis.

A few months back my wife got laid off from her teaching job and with 13,000 other teachers in New York it was a scary time.

One day I checked my blood pressure which is usually in the “pre-hypertension” stage and it had jumped up to the “defintely hypertension” stage. The next day and the day after it remained high. My dad had four heart attackes and heart disease is all through my family.

I decided to do everything I could to lower the BP naturally. Fish oil, cutting way back on caffeine, Sudafed, Benadryl and trying to lose a little weight.

I also got back into meditation and self hypnosis which i’ve done on and off my whole adult life.

Whenever i get really into it something curious happens. First, I really dig it and get really blissed out and naturally sedated. I use to go to sleep, as a mid day break and to prepare for everything I do psychologically.

If my pattern holds true pretty soon life is going to get too boring and I’m going to stop. It’s like I believe life is supposed to be a little more jacked up and not something to retreat from. I’ll skip a session or two and like the results. I may even have a bad sinus day and like the Sudafed?caffeine roller coaster. I’ll get a lot done or have a lot of cool ideas or something and I’ll chuck the meditation until something stresses me out.

The weird thing is things wouldn’t stress me out if i meditated consistently or at least not as much.

Something in that tells me I like the panic of stress. That pushing the accelerator of life is fun and that being chill all the day IS boring.

As for my blood pressure, well there’s always medication.