Are you feeling the pinch of techno-stress? This is the overwhelming sensation of being pulled in 10 different directions (including, but not limited to, cell phone calls, Facebook updates, Tweets, email avalanches, etc.… the list goes on and on.) Sensory bombardment is a given these days, but we do not have to be passive (perhaps addictive) victims in a cyber world. Last week Newsweek magazine had a list of several ways to bring balance back into one’s life starting with getting rid of one’s Smart phone. Technology isn’t bad, yet the overuse of sure is. And you can tell when people are pulled in different directions. They are impatient, rude, cynical, frazzled, sarcastic, fatigued, anxious, etc. etc. etc. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that say, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come.” The implied message is that we are both the student and the teacher. The teacher is a metaphor for the deep-seated wisdom that only reveals itself when the student (the conscious mind) is quiet. The mind cannot be quite when it’s pulled in ten different directions, or two for that matter. These days, navigating the world, cyber or otherwise, requires taking time to get the pupil ready.
• Stress Tip For The Day
Take time each day to sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Turn of the technology, close yours and only focus on one thing: your breathing. If your mind wanders (and most likely it will) bring it back to the sole focus of your breathing. This is but one way to get the pupil ready. Meditation or centering is not a religion, it’s a tool used world-wide for mental (and physical) homeostasis.
• Links/Books Worth Noting:
There are hundreds of books out there on the topic of meditation and many many more that offer a focus or theme for the day, including 365 Tao, Earth Prayers, and The Promise of a New Day. Check out these books at your local bookstore and pick one up that speaks to you and use the designated passage for the recommended day as a stepping stone to your health.
• Quote for the Day:
“Meditation… it’s not what you think.” —Anonymous
Photo of the Day:
While on a business trip to Sanibel Island last spring, I befriend a woman name Heather who graciously posed for this photograph. Thanks Heather!
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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