Stress shows up in our bodies. Our heads might hurt, our shoulders get tight, stomachs tie up into knots, our palms sweat and we feel anxiety and tension.
The simplest definition of the stress so many of us feel is something that causes physical, mental or emotional tension (Merriam-Webster). When we are stressed, it is harder to find our centers, harder to breathe and find the open expansive spaces we seek.
Anytime we are experiencing tension, we are tight and constricted in that area. Eliminating tension opens space for life to flow through as energy, love, divine ideas, and action.
The quickest remedy to reduce and eliminate stress is to breathe deeply and to find the opening and a place of expansion. It’s a spiritual paradox, where the very thing we need to do to find relief is the thing that is the hardest to do.
Stress can also be a good thing, it can motivate us to take action or make a change that would be beneficial. Stress in its healthiest form is an indicator to look closely at what’s going on in your body, mind and life. When we look, we can see and tell the truth. From there we can take authentic action.
Much of the stress we experience in today’s works is simply unnecessary suffering. It is this that we can combat. Let’s do it!
Take a few deep breaths and notice how you feel in your body, mind and emotions. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10. 1 being totally stressed and melt-down mode and 10 being completely at peace.
Now close your eyes, if you haven’t done so and focus on your breathing. Keep your breath rhythmic, breathing in for a count of 4 and breathing out for a count of 4. Do this 12 times.
Notice what you notice. Imagine standing at the base of a waterfall. It is beautiful and you can feel the spiritual energy as you approach. This waterfall is a healing place. Step into it and feel the water taking all the stress right off of your, washing it away from your physical body, mental body and emotional body.
As it is being released and dissolved away, feel the spaciousness. Drop into the pool at the base of the waterfall and let yourself be filled with a light, warm vibration of peace. Feel it moving through your body, mind and emotions.
Bask, float, and relax here for as long as you’d like.
Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul. Bring this truth statement into your being and into your life.
Stress is often a habitual response that can be changed. This is one technique to catch it and transcend it. Practice this exercise every morning and every evening and notice what happens. You will be lighter and more peaceful, guaranteed! You will be able to more graciously walk through the stressful moments of your life.
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