Monday, November 21, 2005
Anyone out there stressed?
Sometimes I think I'd like to take all of my eggs and put them in a basket that looks like a little cabin in the woods, a small garden out back, a shelf of books and an occasional slow trip to somewhere warm (drive to Mexico and camp maybe)...
Here are two questions for you:
1. How do you deal with the stress of everyday busy living?
2. What is your respite picture/fantasy when you feel a bit overwhelmed?
How do you do it ?
Imagine your entering your mind time out room. Only you have the “exclusive “key to the door. You enter and decide to unlock the door; no more thoughts or people can now enter through the closed door, unless you allow them in. You relax and think of your favourite spot, in nature or whatever, you simply think about that for the duration, and when finished you “unlock” the door and walk out into the world again refreshed.
(I like "pictures " of the sea.)
Then pretend to juggle a number of “balls “in the air for a few minutes. Throw them up in the air and pretend to catch them. Allow a few to fall, since you have thown too many up at a time !!
Sound too familiar!! I think mind time reduces stress.
if it's a bad moment, it won't last forever. if it's a good moment, appreciate it while you can.
of course, that's an ideal philosophy and doesn't work every time. but that's life! :D
there are few things more theraputic than the sensation of the sun's warmth on your back - whether you're working or doing nothing.
i've only had a little look but you have an interesting little site here. :o)
2. My retreat place/runaway place is the forrest where I grew up. I had the most wonderful time there. The house was right next to a small lake where I used to swim, go fishing, or just stare at the dance of the dragonflies from water lilly to water lilly. I had my own secret place where I used to go when I needed alone-time, and I can go there whenever I want in my mind.
PS - loved the music-question too..
I refuse to be intimated by reality anymore. What is reality? Nothing but a collective hunch.
– Lily Tomlin
The same woods run through an area near here which is really bizarre because we are mostly desert. Yet in this one little area grow all kinds of beautiful pine trees.
What I think I like about the pines is they give the illusion of being in the mountains.
I have a few techniques, including a form meditation I've done for 30 years, long walks (it's beautiful where I live), extra sleep and when possible - massage on my upper back and shoulders. We also have a hotsprings not far from here that is pretty amazing - includes accessible caves where the water comes out. My problem is remembering/taking time to do all or any of the above.
Oh yeah, the hotsprings:
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