October 28, 2006

It’s YOUR Stress

Do you experience any stress?

Do you know where it comes from?

Well . . . I know you don’t really want to hear this, but it comes from you.

Your mind is the source of all your stress!

Think about it, does stress, or any emotional feeling, come pre-packaged with anything that occurs or that someone does?

We tend to think so, but it’s really our own individual judgement about something – not the thing itself.

Everything that happens or that someone does, is not equipped with something that forces us to react in a specific way – that’s our choice.

So, what about stress?

Stress is something that we each concoct for ourselves, with slight variations, but rooted in the same basis.

The root of stress seems to be lodged in the difference between what is going on now, has happened or may happen – and what you want or would rather have – or even are insisting on – in your mind.

Think about it. . .

You may not like what happened around you in the past or what you did in the past.

You may be afraid of what could or might happen.

You may not like something that is going on right now.

When you take on a difference of opinion about something and decide that you don’t like it – stress can develop.

Hold-on, are you saying I can’t have an opinion?

This is one of those “fine-line” places.

There is a fine line between having an opinion and wanting something versus being obsessed about it.

You can want something or have an opinion without letting the thought of it keep you up at night.

You don’t need to let yourself get irritated about your feelings about something.

The balance is in finding that fine line – wanting something and being able to live with something different.

This does not mean to give up on what you want either, but be OK with what is right now.

Stress is a choice- your choice.

I will be looking at stress for the next few weeks, it’s a huge topic and such a big part of life for many of us.

I would also like your input. What are your thoughts about stress, in general and your own?

Please give me your input below in the question section.

John

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is…The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” — Dan Millman

“If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.” — Carlos Casteneda

John

I have studied many aspects of personal growth, spirituality, religion, psychology, and philosophy for over 40 years. My writing and training reveals ideas and methods which assist with affecting the desired change and growth people want to live more happy and fulfilling lives. Much focus is on what can be done daily and the how it can be implemented for actual results as opposed to just collecting information.

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