Handling stress when things don't go according to plan - Deepak Chopra- draoife.com

Hello to all! I have been absent in my blog­ging as of late, but some­times what is ger­min­at­ing is more import­ant than a lot of idle chat­ter :) The health mod­er­a­tion series will be con­tinu­ing this week, but there are some inter­est­ing things I felt you all must read in the mean­time.

The Chopra Center is con­duct­ing anoth­er 21-day med­it­a­tion chal­lenge, and as some of you read that I enjoyed my pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence so much I have signed up again. This one is entitled Abundance, or how to attract more abund­ance into our lives in whatever way we see fit. My exper­i­ence this time is equally as valu­able as the last time, but I’ll share that when I’m fin­ished.

Handling stress through meditation

Part of the jour­ney involves daily reflec­tion and some links to art­icles for per­son­al growth. I stumbled upon the 3 most import­ant ques­tions to ask your­self when things go wrong, and I have to say, it was an “A-ha!” moment for me. Why?

Stress man­age­ment, exhaus­tion, depres­sion, anxi­ety and pain man­age­ment are a huge part of my prac­tice even when a per­son does not imme­di­ately come to my office to resolve these issues. Whenever I speak to people about “think­ing out­side of the box”, or hav­ing a dif­fer­ent way of oper­at­ing to solve a prob­lem, most people under­stand these con­cepts, or the idea that that dif­fer­ent ways of think­ing are the ways to nav­ig­ate out of pain or suf­fer­ing and into new ways of being and feel­ing. Many times it is how they come through my door, for explor­a­tion of dif­fer­ent tech­niques to sup­port the phys­ic­al body.

Making the link between meditation practice and stress

No one really under­stands why they are sup­posed to reduce stress or start med­it­a­tion or going to yoga in rela­tion to those plans. If I’m always anxious/​in pain/​tired at work then how is a new yoga class/​breathing for 10 minutes/​getting a mas­sage going to make an impact? Well, quite simply, our minds can be in the way. We spend so much time obsess­ing about our prob­lem, and how we got there and how we feel about it that we end up get­ting stuck fur­ther into the issue. Rather than think­ing about new­er ways to leap out of the old and into the new, we stay mired in the old.

Without pause there is no change

Deepak sum­mar­izes it very well in his art­icle, but the essence is: if you don’t quiet the chat­ter of pain and insec­ur­ity in the mind so that your wisest, calmest self can help you find solu­tions, then you will stay stuck where you are. The con­nec­tion to our bet­ter selves is not so much about being spir­itu­ally con­nec­ted (because for some, this idea is dif­fi­cult to get the mind around) but calm­ing activ­it­ies like med­it­a­tion, yoga, or tai chi are known to encour­age flashes of intel­li­gence, intu­ition, or whatever you choose to call it to seep into our con­scious lives. Then, the life that you are liv­ing begins to trans­form because you begin to oper­ate dif­fer­ently. Finding your activ­it­ies that brings out this calmer, wiser you is your path to health and hap­pi­ness.

So, rather than dis­cuss­ing the latest herbs to help with stress man­age­ment (of which there are many), con­sider that you might need to add a mind-body tech­nique to help shake up your life and find your new you. Read Deepak Chopra’s art­icle (see above), and let’s make some­thing dif­fer­ent in how we approach health and dis-ease.

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