Why make a resolution when it’s not even New Years Eve? Let’s just say we need the practice to get this resolution right. This resolution is of utmost importance. Because if we don’t get it right, it could have devastating consequences on our life. If that’s not a reason to get it right then I don’t know what is. So that’s why I’m making it over 2 months before the new year. Also, I need to begin it right now because this resolution is about dealing with stress. The kind of stress we have no control over. Actually, it’s not the stress we have no control over, it’s the situation that brought on the stress. Life brings us situations all the time that we didn’t ask for. Situations we can’t control. Situations that totally stress us out. My resolution is to not let those situations I have no control over, stress me out. Meditation will help me fight the stress that this situation brings. Halloween Resolution: Meditate every morning right after I get up. Focus on living in the moment. Focus on gratitude. Practice, practice, practice.
Stress is one tough bastard.
We know what is right when it comes to a healthy body and healthy mind. Then stress enters the picture, and the battle begins. Do we find healthy foods during a stressful time? No that’s too hard. So we go for the easy quick satisfying unhealthy food. Eating unhealthy foods will help distract us from stress itself. That’s not good. Taking time to meditate and calm the mind helps relieve some of the stress. The stress can be too strong, it can overcome a person. It’s done that to me. “My pain was self-chosen. Or so the prophets say.” Sorry about stealing a quote from an old rock song. Stress bears such a weight and can be so strong, it will pull you down.
My hope is I’ll become stronger after this stressful period. There will be other stressful times, there always is, and always has been.
Now it’s time to focus on the breath. Whatever meditation practice we use, we are always instructed to come back to the breath. Why? The breath is right now. That breath you took that moment. Now, this moment. If we don’t pause and focus on the breath, it passes us by like a ship in the night. Of course, we can’t focus on every breath and every moment. Can we? Wouldn’t get much done. I’ll take twenty minutes a day to stop and focus on the moment. My resolution. Surrender to this moment. Surrender to all the noise of the day. That twenty minutes will do wonders. Exercising my mind. Getting the mind to a state of calm can be hard work. Any exercise involves a little work. Sounds so simple to focus on the breath. It becomes simple but takes time and practice. So I can’t let the simplicity of breathing distract me from the task at hand. This moment.