Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Shared by “Redberry” (Chantal)

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This was meditation! Finally the day of the mediation course for me to find my enlightenment was to begin so I entered into a group of total strangers, sat on the floor in the most uncomfortable of positions and I was ready to begin. I grabbed a pillow to cushion my aching body after having spent endless hours during the day working at a desk. I then began by following the instructions to place my body into a contorted position that was totally out of reach for the average human being, let alone me who was somewhat heavy and out of shape. With legs crossed, hands facing palms up resting on my lap, uttering totally foreign sounds to clear my mind, my brain was screaming “ouch” because my body hurt, but I fearlessly moved forward, because enlightenment was my goal. The physical pain and discomfort of my body I believed to be only a minute part of my being, so my brain kicked in and told me not to worry. I believed that I needed to have physical discipline and be in shape. After all, this is a side benefit of the enlightenment process. Wow, not only will I become the enlightened person I am seeking, I will be physically fit at the same time! What more could I ask for?

As I was sitting uncomfortably in this position ready to begin the trip to my true self, my inner being, my thighs began to ache, but I needed to ignore the aching thighs, how could my mind be clear when my body was aching like this? So I proceeded by giving myself the direction that in order to be enlightened I would just need to put aside the discomfort and it would go away. Sure enough within a short period of time my thighs had no feeling left, they were totally numb and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to shut off my mind and be still and silent. I entered the void briefly! The more that I attempted to shut off the little messages that were flowing through my brain the more that I was thinking “How on earth am I going to be able to stand up when this is done………but I persevered. Finally after I analyzed my families needs, the grocery list, the things that I forgot or didn’t have time to do during the day, got past the embarrassment hearing the foreign sounds that were coming from me, I looked around the room and noticed that I was not the only one whose body was jumping and vibrating because the nerves had shut down in my thighs. Then. just briefly, I caught a fleeting glimpse of the stillness of my mind.………………….I had arrived! With this recognition, panic set in……… this was foreign and being a creative person, I began to create other things to occupy my still mind, because I just was not used to this foreign place. My body then decided that this position was the ideal position to allow the gases that had been building in my system over the past 12 hours with an escape route. This began with my stomach gurgling, my fingers twitching, and my mind tuning into the messages and signals that my body was sending me. My brain informed me that within moments the gas building up would erupt and the room would no longer be still, but everyone may be running for cover. I justified that enlightened beings could cope with a little gas, and during the time I was still attempting to get to the silence of my mind. I even prayed for the escaping gas to erupt without a sound. The gurgles begin to move lower, and the moment of knowing was about to escape. Would it be silent and smelly or would it be loud without a scent. At this time embarrassment set in, and I become aware of a back-up plan that snuck into my not so still mind. I tensed up, concentrated on not letting the eruption escape and become more aware of the total numbness that was now encompassing my physical being. Finally the gas escaped, quietly creating a smelly vapor that permeated at least a five foot radius. My thoughts begin to justify the event……the other people were unconscious, would not notice, after all their minds were still Wrong!!! I searched the room and notice nostrils flaring, individuals shifting to escape the quiet but deadly escaping gas, but they were all pretending that the erupting gas was not affecting them. After all they found the stillness of their minds……Right!

Finally the group was finished and it was time to stand up. Fear rushed in as I attempted to unfold my contorted body, while I was hoping that the released gases had not clung to my clothing. I stood up, stretched the muscles in my arms, legs sniffing and as I had hoped the gas no longer lingered. I then smiled innocently at those around me who were opening their eyes, made eye contact with them, nodded in approval, talked about how wonderful my brief encounter with the still mind was and quickly left knowing that the ordeal was over. As I left the building questions continued to formulate in my brain, and I intuitively knew that meditation may be the road of enlightenment for some, but I knew it was definitely not the road for me. I left the building laughing loudly as people walked by in their enlightened state, I felt much lighter physically knowing that when you have gas it will pass. I never returned to the meditation class.

So it was back to research on the road to enlightenment. Many years have evolved since my search for my enlightenment through meditation began and many experiences have brought me back to the memory of this meditation class for enlightened beings. I knew that some day this experience would provide me with insights that would allow me to access necessary information to assist me on my journey to enlightenment.
What I learned from this experience is:

  • Watch what I eat before I attend a meditation class.
  • Each life experience is useful for learning what I do and don’t want in my life.
  • Laughter can move me forward.
  • It’s O.K. to laugh at myself.
  • You can find enlightenment in the strangest places.
  • From every thought I create an experience.
  • Don’t discount meditation because of gas.
  • When I want something and my intent is clear, I will create it.

The meditation experience did not work for me, my expectations were of a serene, comfortable, calm and loving space where my physical body would not create such havoc with my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual movement forward.


So it was back to the drawing board and moving onto the next step which would lead me forward to enlightenment without feeling all of the stress from the gas that had to pass.

Peace, love, light and blessings

“White Eagle”

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Shared by “White Eagle”

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From DailyOM.com:

When we schedule too much in our lives trying to meet our obligations, we only end up draining our energy.

We all encounter obligations in life, from spending time with family and friends to being present at important functions in the lives of the people who form our community. Many times, the obligations are actually fun and fulfilling, and we want to be there. At the same time, we all sometimes experience resistance to meeting these obligations, especially when they pile up all at once and we begin to feel exhausted, longing for nothing so much as a quiet evening at home. At times like these, we may want to say no but feel too guilty at the idea of not being there. Still, our primary obligation is to take care of ourselves, and if saying no to someone else is what we have to do, then we do not need to feel bad about it.

There is a skill to balancing our obligations, and it starts with simply becoming aware of our schedule. We may notice that three invitations have arisen in one weekend, and we know that we will pay energetically if we attempt to fulfill all three. At this point, we can take the time to weigh the repercussions of not going to each event, considering how we will feel if we miss it and how our absence might affect other people. Most of the time, it will be clear which obligation we can most easily let go and which one we simply can’t miss. Sometimes we have to miss something really important to us, and that can be painful for everyone concerned. At times like this, reaching out with a phone call, a thoughtful card, or a gift lets people know that you are there in spirit and that your absence is by no means a result of you not caring.

Meeting our obligations to others is an important part of being human and not one to take lightly. At the same time, we cannot meet every obligation without neglecting our primary duty to take care of ourselves. We can navigate this quandary by being conscious of what we choose to do and not do and by finding concrete ways to extend our caring when we are not able to be there in person.

Shared by “Jarrod”


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You, as a society, are time, those who go through life in no time at all. They have forgotten how to listen to their own music and are not able to discern the melody which flexibility plays such a great part in. Flexibility comes from the mind registering time in the now, not looking forward to the future which will up the beat and the human will become out of sync with their own internal rhythms of the inner being. These rhythms are crucial for you to understand. The human has been provided with internal body rhythms that will assist them to go through life, but it is perceived to have learned to flex only one organ in your body, which is the brain. The brain is not where flexibility comes from. The brain provides you with rigidity, not flexibility. The brain controls all of that which is outside of oneself and it is in knowing this that the human being can become aware of the flexibility, which exists within ones, self, guided by the mind. Flexibility of the body is important from a deeper aspect of oneself. The flexibility of today is seen as the function of the human body to be able to bend and sway and move in time with the music of life. It is unfortunate that the human does not recognize that the music comes from within and that each human has a different song playing. It is a unique song that every human chooses before arriving on the planet. There are those who go through life in 3 /3 time those who go through life m 3 /4 life’s journey on this planet with ease, not with dis ease. It is when this flexibility which is meant to be for the good of one’s being is discounted, left behind that much of the dis ease which is created in life becomes evident. Stress is the number 1 cause of illness, and it is created through the dis ease in which humans go through life. This dis ease in life is created by outside messages received from the brain which are translated into time by those who are changing their tune in order to meet the demands of the outside world. Your personal ability to be flexible is limited today by the many beats which you need to keep up with in order to belong, be happy, feel included and to be a part of all that you believe that you need to be a part of, that being the social conditioning which exists on your planet. In turn what you have traded for this is the beauty of life itself! Flexibility will provide you with the means to go through life dancing to the tunes which are you. The mind is flexible and will show you the way to be in touch with your internal rhythm through your inner sense and inner being. The mind does not allow the breaks, strains, sprains and splinters of life to trip you up and immobilize you from achieving what you were meant to do. That is simply be human, a human being, dancing through your life with meaning, purpose, direction, wellness and in rhythm with all that is around you. Dis ease is curable by finding flexibility within your own rhythm and dancing through life in your being. It is the dance of life which will move you to discover who you are and define your life purpose. The mind will give you this flexibility. At this time be aware that the brain is simply the organ, which is playing the music, the organ needs to be in tune with the mind, the mind is the conductor, which will determine what tune the organ, is to play. You are the mind, the inner sense and inner self, which is the flexibility that determines what tune the organ, is to play.  You are the mind, the inner sense and inner self, which is the flexibility that determines what tune you, play in your life and you are simply accompanied by the body and the brain.

Peace, love, light and blessings

“White Eagle”

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So many times in my life I have expectations of others!

When I have these expectations and they are not followed through with, I become disappointed, hurt, and alone with these expectations. I then attempt to work hard to meet my expectations of others by myself without the help of those I had the expectations of!

Is it any wonder that I tend to get stressed out!

Today I will have only the expectations that I need to have of myself and let others own their expectations of them! Now that is freedom!

Peace, love, light and blessings
“White Eagle”

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Sometimes we need to stop, during times of stress and turmoil, and ask ourself this question:

In five years, will this matter?
Simple Truths
Shared by “White Eagle”

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Every morning  you wake up is a new chance for you  to make a difference in someones life!

Even a little smile will go a long way 🙂

If you are  the one who needs a pick me up, there is always someone you don’t know who will smile at you or even tell you a  joke, just smile back and notice your stress disappear!

Shared By “Wandering Eagle”

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The more balanced you are the greater sense of overall well being you will have!

To manage your stress some of these may help!

Getting in shape mentally as well as physically is important to combat stress over the long term. You can do this by:

  • Pacing Yourself – Take time out

-Reduce body tension and other stress symptoms by practising any number of helpful relaxation techniques.
-Re-evaluate the stressful situation in a positive light, by focusing realistically on what you can and cannot control or do.

  • Building Mental Muscle

-Be honest with your personal needs, limitations and abilitiesTurn negative obstacles into positive solutions

– Remember there are many choices and solutions to a problem
– Budget your time and energy. You can’t always give 100% all of the time.

  • Balancing Work with other Pleasures

– Have some fun!!!!!!!!
– Be active and enjoy yourself in the process
– Re-visit a hobby or leisure activity you used to love
– Eat well and treat yourself.
– Keep connected to friends and family (pets included)

  • Turning Stress into Strength

– Do something each day that leaves you energized and refreshed. Go for a long walk, take a hot bath, talk with friends.
– Learn assertive techniques and practise saying no when asked to do something you really can’t handle at this time.
– Practise doing things right now, rather than worrying about them all day long.
– Keep your mind focused on the present, doing one thing at a time, starting with your priority list.
– Learn a variety of relaxation techniques and practise taking frequent relaxation breaks.
– Become aware of the demands you place on yourself, not just the ones that others seem to be imposing.
– Learn to see other’s points of view and help others to appreciate yours.
– Take time to be alone on a regular basis – to think, assess, and explore your options and then design a personal action plan for you.
– Ask for help and seek support and counselling if you feel you are unable to cope.

My Personal Action Plan for Managing Stress is:



I Will start this plan today! Date:

__________________________ ___________________

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In the midst of everything that is going on in my life, I am focusing on taking the time that I need for myself to stay grounded and calm!

I am grateful for the knowledge I have, for the many people who are here for my support and for all of the gifts that are unique to me!

Thank you Creator!

We are all one, we are all related!
Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”

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