A meaningful life is stressful
"It's not the stress itself that is making us sick but our reaction on it."
- Hans Selye, stress researcher and author Stress is energy. It depends on our individual perception if we experience a situation or a task as positively or negatively stressful. Therefore, it’s important for us to understand when stress is an energizing force or when it starts limiting ourselves from living our true potential. Negative stress is unavoidable but it is our reaction towards it that defines the effect it has on us. To be in control of our emotions, to be present in the moment and practice empathy towards us and the people around us. One first baby step towards this grand goal is to take mindful breaks throughout the day - at least every 60-90 minutes. Get up, take a walk, dance, make yourself a nice cup of tea or meditate. Meditation doesn't have to be this very big project, big projects feel unachievable and overwhelming quickly, but it can become a short and effective routine in your every day life. The ritual and regularity is of so much more importance than the length of your practice. Especially if you're just starting out, try to stick with it for at least two weeks in the beginning and plan it into your schedule every day, including the weekend.
The paradox is that the less you expect yourself to do it, the more likely it is you'll actually follow through with it. So be ok with starting out meditating for 1 minute a day, you'll probably end up sitting a few minutes longer but if not, you can be proud of yourself anyway. Meditation is definitely not the space to trying to be the best. Just be grateful to be. For one minute, two minutes, half an hour - whatever your current state of mind and schedule allows. I would like to share a meditation that derives from hypnosis and can help you to deeply relax during your workdays within only 3-5 minutes. You don't even have to leave your desk if you don't want to Give it a go:
Make yourself comfortable on a chair and close your eyes. Imagine a staircase going down ten steps. Each step is a deeper level of relaxation. On the bottom of the staircase you’ll be deeply relaxed and content. With every exhale you go down one step on the staircase, you can count the steps in your mind from 10 to 1. When you’re down on the deepest level of relaxation mingle there and enjoy the sensation for a while. Continue inhaling and exhaling normally. To come back up, walk up the stairs in the rhythm of your breath. When you arrived back on top, start by stretching out, open your eyes and slowly get back into your life. I'm wishing you a mindful day with lots of positive stress factors and moments of pause!
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