If Stress Is Driving YOU Crazy,,,
First of all, take a deep breath. Now, keep reading.
Anyone going through a prolonged period of stress will tell you it’s no fun. Whether it be job related or due to a relationship, illness or even just one very bad day, stress can create situations you just want (and need) to get out of.
The problem with prolonged stress is that it can wreck your health. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, immune related disorders, asthma, ulcers, digestive disorders, migraines, backaches, even cancer can all be related to unmitigated stress.
For myself, a prolonged period of poorly managed stress led to my breast cancer diagnosis. I’m not saying that stress caused my cancer, because I know that’s not true. But I’m positive that it undermined my immune system and probably helped to open the door.
Meditation Offers a Calming Solution.
Take heart – meditation offers a calming solution.
Buddhism tells us that we can’t change what happens to us, we can only change how we react to it.
By meditating only when you feel stressed – well at least you’re finding a way to cope with the stress and that’s a wonderful start. By meditating each and every day, however, you are finding ways to train your brain so that when stressful things occur, you actually can change the way you react to it and the outcome of the stress can be quite different.
I have recently heard that kindergarten children are being taught how to meditate now and I think that’s absolutely fantastic. But more than anything else meditation is being used as a personal growth device these days—for instilling a more positive attitude into our lives.
Learning meditation was one of the best things I did for myself when going through breast cancer. It helped me cope during those times when I wasn’t coping well, it helped me through all of the medical tests and chemotherapy. It’s a very powerful thing to do for yourself. Just Google the words “meditation benefits” and you’ll get all the information on this subject you’re ever likely to need!
Update 2/4/2013 Because of the fact that so many of my subscribers live in areas that do not offer meditation classes, I have put together my own meditation course for you. Here is more information about it. You can also join my new Facebook page on meditation (search for “Change Your Life Meditation”).
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