During these changing times each of us will be required to transform our lives in one way or another. Transformation is our primary spiritual goal and one of the most courageous intentions of our spiritual journey. It is a time to truly evaluate our lives with self-compassion, honesty and self-love; with the intention to create a true Awakening. After all, transformation is at the heart of our search for The Divine.
In present time, we have stresses that are pulling us out of balance. How would you define stress? “Stress” response describes the condition caused by your reaction to physical, chemical, emotional or environmental factors. Stress can refer to physical effort and mental tension. It’s hard to define a high level of emotional or psychological stress to measure in a precise way. All people feel stress, but they feel it in different amounts and react to it in different ways. What’s stressful to one person may not be to another.
Your body reacts to stressful situations by releasing a hormone–adrenaline–that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These physical reactions prepare you to deal with the situation by confronting it or by running away from it – the “fight or flight” response. When stress is constant (chronic) your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time. Learning to manage your reaction to stress may help make other lifestyle changes easier for you.
All year long we live out of balance. How are we out of balance? This could be in the form of diet, smoking, anxiety, stress and/or the union of our mind, body and soul are not aligned with our higher self.
Sometimes our thoughts about living in balance come fully equipped with images of peaceful ocean shores, meditations, and if possible at least a week vacation each year. The most important factor for balance is to create daily practices of relaxation.
Below are some simple steps to help you the next time you feel powerless.
1. Come back to yourself. To become present you can ask yourself these questions. What do I need right now to relieve the stress I am experiencing? Would it help to take a walk? Talk to a friend? Make time to exercise? Have a cup of tea? Take care of myself as I would a child. How can I comfort and nurture myself?
2. Turn it over. Once you feel calmer, it is time to turn the problem over to a higher power. I believe and have experienced that the Divine does and always will provide. Stop and send a quick prayer for assistance with the situation that is challenging you. Ask to have your needs met on all levels. Ask to love your life, your relationships, and your work. Trust that it will be so.
3. Turn your attention to something else. I know it is hard to let go of something that is bothering us. We want the situation to be resolved and we want it to be resolved quickly. Sometimes though there is nothing for us to do except to take care of ourselves, and find something else to focus on. Look for something you enjoy doing or something that will really grab your interest. Do you have a hobby you enjoy? What about a work project that is absorbing or even a good book? Pick something and turn your focus to it, even if you have to keep dragging your attention back there when your mind wanders back to the problem.
4. Trust in the Universe/The Divine. Sometimes the transformations we need to go through happen quickly and other times they take a little longer. Keep yourself in the moment. Pray for guidance. It may take some time, but the shell will eventually become sand and the challenging time will be over. Find as much joy as you can in the other areas of your life during the process.
As always, if you need some support through the process, give me a call!