This poster that features a quote from Eckhart Tolle is very appropriate for today. It is a time of stress for many people in Alberta as they find they are without work. So, although everyone wants to have time off, no one is enjoying it because they all wish they were back on the job. BEING HERE + WANTING THERE = STRESS.
The work around for this is to be okay with being HERE and having faith that THERE will be available very soon. This is a time of teaching patience. It is part of our human nature to be impatient. One theory is that humans are impatient because they have very short life spans compared to many parts of Nature. Trees, turtles, and whales, for example, have very long lives compared to humans.
The best way I know of to deal with stress is to breathe… breathe deeply and completely. Here is a breathing exercise from Dr. Andrew Weil, called the Bellows Breath, that I like to use.
The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath)
The Stimulating Breath is adapted from yogic breathing techniques. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness.
- Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
- Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.
- Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. You should feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen. Try this diaphragmatic breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost and feel yourself reaching for a cup of coffee.
You can see other exercises from Dr. Weil at this site http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html.