If you have not read part one called “When the World Dishes It Out,” then please do come back to it before reading this continuation.
Look at these next choices and pick out which one of these responses resonates the most powerfully with you in terms of what element helps you alleviate your stress the most. Put them in order of Best to Not So Much with 1 being the best.
- When I am on overload I just need to go be quiet anywhere.
- When I am stressed out I need to talk to someone to get my head back on straight.
- When I am possessed, I need to go take a run anywhere and just move.
- When I am upset, I just be in nature with trees and clean air.
- When things have been challenging, I need water to move over me, through me, on me, or simply walk by water.
- When I need to get back to Zen, sitting by a fire, building a fire, helps to light my essence.
- When it has been a downright stupid week/day, I need to do yoga or do something to move it through and out of me.
- I re-find my connection back to me by finding something to laugh my self silly over.
- Singing and chanting help me find the beauty of life again.
I want you to pick your top three of these. Which are the top three elements that would work best for you when you are overly stressed or just stressed. Hopefully, doing these simple exercises will give you more insight about the elements and how they affect you. Knowing what works for you before stressful situations and having them ready in your de-stress tool kit always helps.
Truth is, we may know some of these things already, but in times of stress, we forget and often revert to just all-out self destruction – the trash eating, the overdoses of alcohol or drugs, or the drug of your choice like reading trashy books or magazines, watching porn, or something else self destructive like pharmaceutical or illegal drugs, or anything else you may grab for when stressed. These may seem a good thing or at least a comfortable choice in the moment, but these really only take you out in the short and long distance. These actions or habits won’t really solve the problem, yet you hope against all odds and prior data, that this time they will work and make you feel better.
Instead of doing these things that make you feel bad afterwards, take this moment to make you list of your top three. Look them over and decide.
Now that you are empowered with your best friends from this list (or your add-ons to what you already know), write them down. Look at your notes on a regular basis; ingrain them in your consciousness so they are there for you when you need them. Make it a repetitive exercise, like going out with a friend. They can become your friends in times of need. You will have a new habit that will serve you.
If you make friends with them now and feed them with your attention, often they will remind you in a loud whisper when you need them. All these things, or the ones you wrote out, are doable. Maybe you can’t run out of your work space yelling, “Get me to the mountains,” and hope to have your job when you return, but you can at least carry an essential oil of spruce or pine and go into the bathroom and take a deep breath and comb the oil into your hair. I recommend Essential Three oils (my favorites) and while you’re at it, you can grab my Kundalini Yoga Flip Charts. Take the oil and the charts with you to the bathroom. Use them till you can get to your mountain. Hopefully, that’s soon.
Contact me and let me know which ones you chose and how this whole exercise is working for you. It is simply a way fo ryo to move from the unconscious into a conscious or super consciousness state so the dips of life don’t ensnare you and drag you into its liar. I hope that visual makes you laugh at what is haunting you, stressing you, and disturbing your very soul now. I Love and Bless you.
All love in the Divine,