Do you ever feel overwhelmed? If yes, what can we do?
Feeling overwhelmed is a natural feeling. It comes partly from a belief that we cannot handle what has just come up in our lives. It could be a health issue, a challenge at work or in our business or a difficulty in a relationship or just feeling powerless when we see all the troubles and suffering happening around the world.
A first step can be to take a more positive viewpoint of what is happening. Believe that we have the strength to handle whatever is coming up. If the suffering is happening thousands of miles away we can offer our prayers or send a donation if we can.
A second step could be to feel the emotions around the situation so we can release them.
A third step is the ask ourselves what can I do right now to help the situation.
A fourth step could be to ask our Spirit within for guidance. Guidance is always available to us if we can quiet our minds and open our hearts.
A fifth step might be to ask others for help.
Positive change is a process. It take time. Have patience and stay positive. How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed?
Learn what things trigger you to become impatient. When these situations are arising be extra alert so you can avoid falling into the old pattern of thinking and behavior
Starting to become impatient is a stress response. Ask yourself in what way do I feel threatened. Is it a real threat or just something created by my mind. Are there some unrealistic expectations or demands on my part? Am I mis-understanding the situation?
Break the stress cycle by avoid feeding into any negative thoughts that are coming up. Shift the mind into something positive. Consciously relax the body and breathe slowly and smoothly.
To create less impatience learn to hold attitudes, beliefs and expectations more lightly. Switch “must haves” to preferences. If we do this, we won’t get upset (or upset less) when we don’t get what we want.
Getting impatient is a choice.
How do you stay composed and relaxed?
Underlying beliefs – I know best. I don’t trust others. I’m anxious about the results. I’m impatient to get it done. I’m right.
Results – inferior outcomes, physical tension, emotional imbalance, strained relationships.
Underlying beliefs – What is the best approach? I can do this? What help do I need? I belief in others skills, talents and experience. I respond to situations appropriately rather than react impulsively,
Results – more successful outcomes, feel more relaxed, building good relationships,
What has been your experience?
Good concentration is needed for our jobs, relationships and to go deeper in our meditations. How do we improve our concentration? 1. Stay as conscious or present as possible so that we can become aware that we have become distracted and then bring the mind back to where it is needed. 2. Keep the mind positive. A negative mind creates a lot of mental, emotional and physical agitation or stress which makes it difficult to concentrate or focus. 3. Breathing smoothly, easefully and deeper will help us to feel more relaxed, present and focused.
If we can smile and relax while concentrating will not only improve our efficiency and effectiveness but we will feel happier while we are doing it.
What has been your experience?
We live in such a fast paced world. As they say it’s good to slow down and smell roses. Take time to appreciate the beauty around you. Take a short break and focus on your breathing. Pause and enjoy your successes. Be grateful for something in your life and just for being alive. Bring an uplifting image or words to mind. Remember to really taste and enjoy your food. When we slow down, relax the body and quiet the mind we will feel a natural inner contentment.
What has been your experience?
Mantra is a sanskrit word. Man means mind and tra means to protect. A mantra is a sacred sound vibration. They are heard and experienced in deep meditation. Repeating a mantra creates a soothing and uplifting vibration in our minds and bodies. Repeating it gives the mind something positive to do or focus on. The mind is less likely to get distracted and to get into trouble. We can repeat a mantra at any time during the day when the mind is not fully needed in a project. It can also be used as a meditation technique. By regularly repeating a mantra the mind naturally becomes calmer and clearer, and we’ll feel more peaceful, happy and relaxed.
It’s easy to get distracted in our jobs, projects, eating or when talking with someone. These distraction can have a detrimental affect on our health, relationships, jobs and level of happiness.
What can we do? We can do our best to fully focus on the task at hand. Being aware of our breath helps us to be more present. When the mind is not needed we can repeat a mantra or affirmation. This will help keep the mind more relaxed, positive and more focused for when we really need it.
How do you stay focused?
Our peace and contentment are in the present moment. Thinking about the future and past brings us out of the present moment and usually out of our peace.
To stay in the present moment and to feel more peaceful, stay aware of the body, the breath, focus the mind on the task at hand, keep the mind positive and only in engage in thoughts that are needed right now.
When planning for the future is needed, stay present, keep the mind positive even while being realistic.
Take small breaks throughout the day to breathe consciously, to relax the body, to stretch or repeat your affirmation or mantra. Take a time out to return to the present moment, to send loving thoughts to someone, to observe rather than engaging in the thoughts or to rest in your peace or to hum a tune.
Return to your activity more relaxed and present.
Let me know your experiences of trying this.
We can all say I don’t want to watch my diet or exercise today but we cannot say I don’t want to breathe. Our breath is literally our life. When we breathe we draw in oxygen and vital energy which is essential for the health of our bodies and minds. We can deliberately use the breath to bring whatever we need in our lives. For example, we can breathe in health and breathe out any stress or dis-ease. We can breathe in strength and breathe out any weaknesses we may feel. We can breathe in love and breathe out love to everyone including ourselves. Use slow, smooth, easy and deep breaths when doing this exercise.
Let me know your experiences. Remember, whatever you need breathe it into yourself.