At some stage in my childhood I discovered that covering my bed in large hardback books, and sliding carefully beneath the sheets produced a comfortable sensation. The weight of the books somehow providing a degree of comfort, and a sensation of calm.
Of course it was a fragile peace…Any slight movement would cause a cascade of books from my fairly lofty homemade bed, that would hit the floor with a ‘thud’. A ‘thud’ I should point out that would have been a very satisfying sort of thud, if it didn’t invariably trigger a column of rage from downstairs….
I had in my casual experimentation inadvertently discovered, what is now a fairly well understood science. Certain Sensations trigger neurological responses that result in relaxation and reduced anxiety. It works like a hug and the results are tangible.
This week I have taken delivery of a specially manufactured Weighted Blanket. The blanket is designed to provide even, and constant pressure across it’s entire surface, and I have to say it is remarkable. During a simple meditation exercise, snuggled comfortably beneath my new blanket, I found it incredibly easy to relax into the mindful state. I remained there for sometime, it was profoundly relaxing.
I have high hopes that this simple technology will bring about a significant reduction in the base level of anxiety that I have learned to live with over the last couple of years.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to go and test my Blanket again.