“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha
Daily Nugget of Gold 1486
Reduce Stress Levels
Our last session spent some time on reducing internal noise or chatter. We’re going to expand on that slightly and point out that every time we think about something that we aren’t immediately going to attend to, we’re stressing ourselves unnecessarily. This line of thinking we’re proposing finds it’s basis from a couple of sources. One is the remarkable book on self-organization by David Allen, Getting Things Done. He points out that when our lives are at an organizationally optimum state, it frees our mind of a great deal of internal chatter and of its habit of nagging us to do things when it isn’t possible to attend to them at that moment.
The other source we’ve discovered is a guided meditation session created by Australian writer Barry Long in which he discusses how to reduce stress by changing the way we connect to our physical environment. Barry talks about how we often “project ourselves” into what we are seeing and hearing in our world, and suggested the idea that we could observe our physical world just as well by pulling back a bit into ourselves. We’re still seeing and hearing, but doing so from a more passive state of mind than one where we actively engage what we are witnessing.
The author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, also suggested that we relax our eyes as a way to reduce stress. This is similar to what Barry Long says, but Mr. Long is talking about moving our center of awareness from the outside world into an area within ourselves, which in its own right creates a more peaceful and independent existence. This is the sort of thing you really want to try out and see how well it works.
In many cases, we’ve grown so accustomed to stress that we don’t even realize when we’re in the thick of it. Like a fish in the water, we are completely unaware of the stress we’ve surrounded ourselves with as we swim in it day to day. Stress reduction can be accomplished by shifting our awareness from what is outside ourselves into something more internal, more within our own control. We are the only people in charge of our own awareness, however most of us have ceded that control to outside sources and we suffer mightily because of that. It need not be that way.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to reduce the projection of my awareness outside of myself?”
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