Monthly Archives: August 2010
|08/29/2010||Posted by Jane under bits and pieces|
It has been an amazing whirlwind of a summer for me. I’ve driven over 7,000 miles, processed a bit more stress than I cared to, and have neglected some of my most valuable spiritual practices.
On a brighter note, I’ve also learned about my own independence, about my reliance upon others, and about finding my voice (all simultaneously, it seems).
I’m happy for the whirlwind to slow down, and am anxious for balance and normalcy to return.
When we’re pushed beyond our comfort zone, our body, mind, and spirit long for the peace we find in familiarity.
Stressful situations leave our minds cluttered and exhausted. We become frustrated and irritable without even realizing it.
Putting miles on our bodies makes us physically tired, stiff, and sore. Soon we find that we’re unmotivated to do the very thing we need … to move our bodies.
Neglecting our spiritual routines can leave us feeling empty. Sometimes we go days before we realize that we’ve accidentally swept our foundation right under the rug.
I’ve found that whether I’m stressed from travel, overwork, or difficult situations, returning to the familiar brings serenity, comfort, and balance.
When you’re stressed, return to the familiar … in mind, body, and spirit.
- Mind – Be honest with yourself. When things are in a state of stress or confusion, it’s easy to default to the thoughts, feelings, and expectations of others. Be honest about what matters to you…about what you think and feel.
- Body – Meet a friend for coffee or dinner. Seeing a smiling, familiar face can quiet your busy mind and brighten your day. Take time to rest when you need to, and exercise as much as you can. Our bodies crave both rest and exercise.
- Spirit – Meditative and spiritual practices ground your mind and body. Seek spiritual places whether you’re at home or on the road. Keep a book of scriptures, quotes, or meditations nearby. Read it as often as you need to.