Many of those that I take through meditative discourses are searching for ways to be at peace within situations pushing their mental, physical and even spiritual limits. This instance, where something out of your control tests and brings you to certain physical and mental limits, is our conventional definition of Stress. These limits have been following the same patterns for ages; when your mind ventures into a state of unfocused ‘ideation’ where it begins to create infinite ideas and possibilities, ‘what-ifs’ (99% of which will never transpire), it becomes flustered, tired, pushed to the limits. This self-created mind state impacts the ability to focus, decision making skills, creativity, and a whole host of negative physical reactions.
The answer to eliminate stress within any situation is simply to focus on your breath. You hear it all the time… “Just breathe, relax, it will all be fine”…
It is so prevalent, so easy… then why is it so difficult?
It is not difficult; you do it 18 times a minute! Where the disconnect lies is in the reality that the growth and movement of our modern day civilization has been so rapid that we simply have not taken the time to practice, tune into, or understand our breath. The most primary element of our survival.
Breath control and practice is the fundamental building block of all meditations, and for some – like Pranayama – are primarily focused upon it.
The next time you find yourself within any situation that begins to stress your current state, simply and privately do this:
Creativity blossoms in relaxation.