Monday, March 14, 2016

Some Thoughts On Minimizing Stress

If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it.  You just relax and remove it from your thinking.  That’s all there is to it”.
-Richard Bach
Two Rules For Avoiding Stress In Your Life
  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff
  2. Remember that almost everything is small stuff
One of my personal weaknesses is that I sometimes obsess over small things.  When I do this I can turn a bump in the road into a mountain.  I have learned this is part of my personality.  My type is a gut type which in the short term is more reactionary than logical.  In most cases my logical mind eventually takes over and whatever happened is put into perspective and seen for what it really is.  The Buddha teaches that all of our suffering comes from our own minds.  It is not what happens to us, it is how we react to it.  In other words, most of the so called clouds in our lives are self-created.  A positive person would suggest that if we can create our own clouds, we can also make our own sunshine.  Attitude is everything.  It is usually what separates happy people from those who are always upset about something.  Knowing this doesn’t make life any easier.  There will always be people and daily inconveniences that challenge us.  Modern life is stressful and even the calmest among us sometimes wants to scream.  We all need to practice relaxing and chilling out along with our mindfulness.  We all need to step back frequently and just breathe.  Everything is not life and death.  There are more inconveniences in life than true crises.  Life, health, love, family, friends, and happiness are the important things in life.  The morning commute, the annoying co-worker, the surly clerk in the grocery, the jerk that honks at you the second the traffic light turns green are part of the small stuff in life.  Make what is truly important the priority in your life and let the rest of it roll off your back.          

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