An uncomfortable feeling is not an enemy. It’s a gift that says “get honest – inquire.”
~ Bryon Katie
STRESS - It's everywhere and is totally unavoidable.
We need to allow the stress response—flight, fight or freeze—to be “on-call” should there be a need to react to a threat. However, in most day-to-day moments, we can benefit from asking the question, "What is truly standing in the way between me and how i relate to stressors - traffic, running late, technology, politics, unmet deadlines, crammed schedules, relationship struggles, people in general, etc.?"
When we can turn the mental-emotional compass inward, we may begin to notice how we react (unconscious, conditioned habit-patterns), rather than how we respond (conscious choice) to uncontrollable and often uncomfortable experiences. if we can pause for just a moment, we may find a “s p a c e” from which to step back and choose our response to anything and anyone. it will take practice, practice, practice and then some more practice to pause and choose to respond.
Here are 5 mindful tips to relate more efficiently to stress:
1. When the external stress trigger arises, pause and make a u-turn inward and create a space in the mind. In other words, try and be present with whatever is arising.
2. Take 5 *mindful breaths periodically throughout the day
3. Do only 1 thing at a time and do it *mindfully
4. Spend at least 15-30 minutes everyday to completely and *mindfully be with yourself
5. Begin again, without judgments about yourself – as gently able as possible
*Mindful in this context relates to being completely attentive and focused with all phenomena as it arises, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
Author - Nina Bhatty
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