Whether we like it or not, in our normal every day life, forces are continuously at work around us that will affect our state of being. Some are good, but just as many are known as stresses of one form or another.
For me at this point, my own personal journey isnt a search for the meaning of life, but an answer to a much more concrete question:
how do we deal with stress effectively?
I am sure there are many methods out there, and hopefully all of you reading this have your own methodology.
The main issue is what I call current- ness, or being in the here, right now of each moment.
And as much as possible, maintining in the here and now.
Its very easy to get caught up in what you are doing and lose all awareness altogether.
If you are busy at work, or other issues are pending around you, its easy to forget about now altogether and end up somewhere in the past or future, dealing with scenarios that ultimately you can do nothing about, and in the meantime you run the deadly risk of messing up whatever you are supposed to eb doing in the mean time
And years can go by.. in fact, even a lifetime, leaving you with nothing other than regret.
One thing that helps me is consciously separating myself from the stress by recognising that although it may flow around me, it is not within me. That it may carry me along until something is resolved, but that I float along with it while the tide is strong, and as soon as an opportunity arises, I step up onto the bank and leave it behind.
A shower can become a way to wash off today’s problems. A bike ride home can be a way to blow off stressful steam. That a workout is indeed a celebration of the fact that yes, I am still alive and kicking, and can utilise some agnst as a otivator for a focused workout..
That its all in the course of things, but ever changing.
And when you set foot over the hearth at home, to remind yourself once again that you are entering your own private space, a sanctuary for you and your family, and what was work is gone and somewhere far away.
Your awareness, heart and soul are needed elsewhere!
I say this as a reminder to myself also.
Work to live, not live to work.