How To Get Through A Stressful Moment

Our nervous system is designed to be in two states at once: hyper-aroused, ready for action, and calm enough to be in the moment. With this in mind, it’s important not to let stress overwhelm us. To do so, we need to learn to notice the feeling of stress and be prepared for it, even before we experience it.

What does it mean to be overwhelmed by stress? What triggers this “anxious feeling in the pit”? How can our mind know we’re at risk of experiencing stress while we’re in a positive, joyful state of mind? These are issues that my friends Marge and Dan address in their new program entitled Getting Started For Life Stress-Free: A Handy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation. You can learn more on our blog at: .

If you follow me on Google+, you may have seen a picture from last week. It’s a portrait that I did in the studio with a woman I met there who is a student of Dr. Martin Laks to whom I lent some time to share some of my work.

What’s this I see? An image that’s quite unlike your typical portrait I work in. As a matter of fact, I found it to be quite strange at first. But it soon became clear that what you’re seeing is my body on another plane. This is a photograph of myself and it’s not just me. What’s happening in the shot? Well, I have a background of natural flowers with foliage and plants on it. So in that picture, I’m being held up like an anchor. This is a very strange thing in photography because most of the time we see our subject as a mere backdrop. What’s really happening in this picture is that the background is holding me up in an entirely different way than any background is holding me up in a normal photograph.

That’s right – I’m an anchor holding up myself. We tend to believe that our lives are like a drama unfolding. It’s a fantasy that is created out of our own insecurities and fears. But it seems that our bodies and our backgrounds are not so easily changed. We tend to expect a certain degree of comfort and safety from everything we put out there. When we find ourselves in positions of stress, our minds begin to fill in the blanks.

Our world is a dangerous place. It includes our mental and emotional states of being. What you choose to believe or not believe about the forces around you will determine what kind of world you end up living at the end. I believe that truth is often obscured by the emotions we carry around with us: hate, fear, greed, jealousy, selfishness, and more. These feelings can be so powerful, it is no wonder they play so deeply into our minds. When our minds become clouded with emotions, we are unable to see clearly, make sound decisions, and experience peace. Therefore, we are at a loss as to how to avoid the traps of chaos. That’s why it’s crucial to understand that there will always be a need to create new life in our minds because all that we create is the seed of new life to come. For more on how the cosmos creates life, visit my blog: https://blog.margeanddan.