so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead
Life for most of
becomes routine. We do what we do day after day and our level of stress
normal for us. Just as a loud noise will not startle us if its volume increases gradually, if our stress builds
we may not even notice it. Tension, frustration, unresolved anger and
unempowered can grow in us so subtly that they may not reach our
We are vibrating beings.
breath rises and falls, our heart beats, blood pumps, muscles contract
relax, brain activity fires in wave patterns. As what we do and how we think
habit, we find
breathing, thinking and pulsing at our own frequencies. With stress,
frequencies increase. We can find ourselves pulled taut and vibrating
a violin string. On guard and under pressure, we need a certain level
tension to carry on. If we are not alert enough, we drink caffeine or
sugar to give us a lift. As if it were not enough to deal with our own
we read the newspaper and watch TV, filling our minds with crime, war
trauma, which further adds to our emotional tension. If we never
calm ourselves, we run the risk of growing increasingly unhappy,
less effective in our activities and collecting aches, pains, and
Seldom does the world of
and popular culture give us an experience of peace. We need to create
and calm for ourselves. That’s why sometimes it is important to retreat
a quieter routine. Getting away from it all can remind us of how we can
when the pressure is off, of who we are in our natural condition.
To reduce your tension,
the intention to set aside quiet time when you can let your vibrations
at a lower frequency. Here are some ideas for ways you can use that
Meditate, pray, sing,
dance, or walk.
Do a labyrinth
Stretch your body.
Practice yoga, tai chi,
Go to an organized
Spend time at a spa.
Take a warm bubble bath
Get a massage.
Visit a monastery for a
Get out into nature.
Feed some birds.
Go camping with the
of not doing too much.
Take a break from the
Leave off the TV.
Read something pleasant,
Reduce the amount of
and sugar you consume.
Mindfully prepare simple,
food for yourself.
Write in your journal.
© 2004 Tom Barrett