The following video is a brief meditation to help dissolve any stress you may be experiencing. Enjoy!
The Definition of Stress
The definition of stress is ‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances’. In the rapidly moving 21st Century, we’re all stressed. What that means is, we’re all placed under adverse and demanding circumstances.
Technology is speeding everything up for everybody. No one can keep up. However, there’s an unspoken and underlying expectation that we’re all expected to. That’s stressful.
Furthermore, because technology can copy everything instantly, we are placed under the expectation of perfection. Typos, imperfections in sound, video quality, and computations, are all taboo. The only problem is, we’re all human. We’re not perfect. We aren’t designed for perfection. Having that expectation over us all the time is stressful.
Let’s not forget overpopulation. In my lifetime alone, the population of the world has more than doubled. More and more of us are competing for a limited number of resources. We’re already seeing the impact it’s having on the planet. That creates an air of uncertainty about our collective future. That’s stressful too.
What’s even more interesting is that these stresses are all relatively new and placed upon the old-fashioned, pre-existing normal stresses. I call them Traditional Stress.
Traditional Stress – Different Types
I’ve boiled traditional stress into three basic categories.
Unavoidable stress is the product of life circumstances—the unexpected occurs, traffic grinds to a halt, we raise kids, deadlines get moved up, we relocate, workloads increase, a family member dies, life happens, etc., etc., etc.
There’s not much we can do about this type of stress. Our only control is how we deal with it. There are all sorts of ways to alleviate such pressures, such as meditation, recreation, exercise, hobbies, talking to friends, dealing with a problem directly, or even some type of therapy.
Avoidable stress is the type of stress that can be dispatched with a little internal awareness. These stresses are caused by suppressed emotion from the past and/or chatter from our monkey minds. They tend to cause repeating patterns of the same stress over and over again.
Not Living The Life You Were Born To Live
One of the deepest (and more subtle) causes of stress is caused by not living the life you were born to live. All of us are here to be and do something specific. However, due to conditioning form our families, society, religions, and the media, many of us get directed away from the knowing voice that lives within. The result of living someone else’s version of who we are meant to be can leave us quite empty in the inside.
Stress Relief Benefits of Meditation
The health benefits of meditation (and reducing stress) are numerous and well documented. A few benefits include a regulated heart rate, balancing hormonal levels and fortifying the immune system.
Meditation can be a wonderful tool to assist in releasing suppressed emotion from the past. By entering a deeply relaxed state, unwanted emotion can effortlessly be released. Stressful repeating patterns that accompany those emotions will stop and improve the quality of our lives.
As you become more and more committed to your meditation practice, you will start to lead a more peaceful life. As you engage in your healing, clarity of your life direction will start to emerge, lighting up the path of the life you were born to live. At that point, all you have to do is live it.
*Parts of this text are from my book, The Subconscious, The Divine and Me, published by Pine Woods Press.
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