The words “stress” and “change” are often used synonymously, because by and large, people don’t like change. One definition of stress (and there are several) suggests that “Stress is any change that you encounter in your life.” We are living in times of tremendous change! As a rule, people don’t like change because it tends to disrupt their comfort zones—even if they don’t like what is in their comfort zones! This is the reason so many battered wives stay in toxic relationships: Fear of the Unknown! (Without getting too political, this is also the reason for such resistance to changes in health care reform). Quite often these fears are groundless and unjustified, yet people drag their feet, kicking and screaming about change! Yet change has always been part of the human landscape, so we must learn to adapt to change and in doing so, adapt to stress. Adaptation is another word for change! When we can learn to adapt to change, its empowering. When we dig in our heels we are doing nothing less than claiming victimization. As the saying goes, “Once a victim, twice a volunteer!”
• Stress Tip for the Day:
Take inventory of your emotions today. Observe when you find yourself getting anxious, upset, or frustrated. Ask yourself why do you feel this way. Did the winds of change blow across your face (without your permission!). Ask yourself what can you do to positively adapt to the changes in your life so that you are not tossed aimlessly around by these winds of change. Anchoring down isn’t the answer. Going with the flow is!
• Links Worth Noting:
I came across this link while doing a search for humming birds in Peru (Just got back). If you scroll down this page you will see video footage of a hummingbird with a very long tail in a mating dance. Peru, I am told, has over 60 different kinds of hummingbirds, one of which is completely purple and the size of a robin (and I saw this one in the Peruvian rain forest! Unreal!)
• Photo of the Day:
I just returned from a trip to Peru where I hiked the Inca Trail and arrived at Machu Picchu the way the Incas did several hundred years ago. This is the sight I arrived at daybreak on Sept 4th, a few days after my birthday (and I am happy to say that the film footage of the mist rolling over the ancient city at dawn will be in the Earth Songs movie as well.) Machu Picchu is a most remarkable and mystical place for sure. Enjoy!
• Quote for the Day:
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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