By: Ruby Gangadharan: Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.
Stress is an epidemic. It is the most common form of ‘illness’ and it is in the experiences of millions of people from all walks of life, transcending countries and cultures.
Stress is the result of certainty and fear when faced with a demanding or adverse situation. Experiencing stress over long periods of time brings with it a whole lot of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, weakened immune system, fertility issues to name a few.
Some situations bring with it particular difficulties and emotions that become a lot to handle. It is not always easy to ‘get on with it’. So, here are five ways a spiritual person responds to stress :
They don’t identify the situation with the Self: We tend to take our life’s experiences personally as if to say that we are ONLY that one experience. When faced with a demanding or challenging situation we often think of them as a reflection of ALL that we are. Nothing can be further than the truth. The true self is beyond the physical experience. What you are experiencing now is a tiny part of the collective you. It’s also worth remembering that you are an evolving soul and mistakes are a part of that evolution. The present situation is NOT the be all and end all.
They don’t confuse their limitations as limitations of the consciousness: Stressful situations cause the feeling of instability, fill doubt in the mind and induce fear. Most times we don’t think we have the ability or the skills to do what it takes or to overcome the challenge. The consciousness and by extension your higher self is not limited by your beliefs or the self-imposed limitations. During times of stress sometimes it helps to move forward knowing full well that the universe will deliver everything that is needed and that you needn’t have all the answers right now. Your limitations are not the limitations of your higher self.
They practice Mindfulness, Compassion, and Wisdom in every action: Everything you think, say or do must have these three components. Mindfulness will bring a narrowed focus and attention to the task at hand instead of letting your mind run wild with thoughts. Compassion will allow you to look at everything and everyone in the situation as part of you, so everything you do will stem from love and cause no harm. Wisdom will show you the impermanent nature of things, lessons to be learned and a way to let go of self-righteous attitudes. This trio is the easiest way to stay aligned while you work through stress.
They nourish and care for the physical body: Your body is the instrument of your consciousness. It is the form you have taken to live out certain experiences. During stressful situations think about how you are taking care of the body. Provide it with good, fresh, healthy food. Give it plenty of exercise and sleep. Nothing, not even enlightenment, can happen without the cooperation of the physical body. So take good care of it at all times.
They show up in service for someone less fortunate: It may seem counterproductive that when you are in the thick of it, you ‘divide’ your attention in helping someone else. Being of service to someone in need does a few things, firstly it distracts you from the pain and noise of your own situation, secondly it gives you perspective about what you have as compared to others, thirdly you unintentionally start to generate positive energy around you which lessens the negative energy that you may be carrying. It is through service that you start to generate higher vibration and this starts to attract opportunities that help your situation.
Spirituality doesn’t mean the disappearance of hardships and challenging situations but people practicing spirituality have a unique mindset and perspective, and deal with it differently.
There is a sense of trust in life that comes with practicing these five. A trust that flows even when life doesn’t seem trustworthy, even when you don’t know how it will pan out. The greatest pain or the most ecstatic joy will be treated equally. No matter what shows up you will know everything is working out and suddenly you find yourself facing it all. Fearlessly.
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