stress and the buddha

stress … it’s 9:15 pm and i’ve been at it since 7 am. i’ve had a 10-minute break. somewhere around 4 pm.

look at me! i’m such a hard worker!

what a bunch of baloney!

driving my body, mind and soul like this is nothing to be proud of.

and i’m very grateful that i recognize this. so when i was driving home from a meeting, thinking about how i was going to most effectively work through the rest of the evening, mercifully, the sensible part of me told me to STOP!

“stop,” said this sensible voice to me, “stop this thinking in the future, stop the scheming and planning, and pay attention to what you’re doing now!”

so i started to pay attention to what i was doing. driving. participating in the dance of traffic. noticing the tension in my shoulders. stepping on the gas, stepping on the breaks. breathing. breathe in: 1, 2, 3, 4; breath out: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. breathe in …. breathe out ……..

aaaah. that felt better. breathing, stepping, looking, moving … and then of course, thoughts of the future still popping in and out. but the focus wasn’t on those thoughts anymore. the focus was on being right here, only “this”, right now, rather than doing this and that, over there, in the future.

i even pulled over for a few minutes to just sit and breathe.

i feel much better now.

thank you, buddha, for teaching me this.

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver
www.moritherapy.com

4 thoughts on “stress and the buddha

  1. Bonnie Wing

    Isabella has just offered a good reason for keeping an open mind. No matter where information comes from it is always food for thought, and as such can provide nourishment. For Isabella it nourished her body to remove symptoms of stress.

    When she said her ‘sensible’ voice spoke to her I wondered how many people hear their own ‘sensible’ voice. I hear mine all the time, and it is very loud and clear when I am eating chocolate. The sensible voice seems to know more than I do, remembering bits of information from various sources. With every bite of chocolate I am thus reminded of the calories, the overworking gall bladder, the threat of diabetes, the protruding gut, all the things my brain does not want to think about in the presence of chocolate. I give praise to my sensible voice for looking after me.

  2. isabella mori

    it just occurred to me that this sensible voice may be what people in 12-step programs refer to as the voice of their higher power.

    at any rate, it’s really amazing to realize that we all have this voice inside of us. the trick is to find the “ear” that will listen to it, and to disentangle it from impostors.

    some people think that the stern, judgmental voice that we all are too familiar with is the same as this sensible (higher power?) voice but i don’t think so. i like to think of this voice as both sensible but also as infinitely loving, accepting and patient.

  3. Samanthi Mahathanthila

    Value of Meditation

    I was pleased to here about Isabella Mori’s meditative experience of relax by paying the attention to her own present posture and breathing.

    Yes. Actually it is the conclusive way to have a peaceful and harmless soul and physical health.

    Anybody may experience this marvellous spiritual nature in calm.
    Pay ur sound attention to ur own inspiration and expiration for a few minutes.. counting as 1,3,5,7 breath in and 2,4,6,8 breath out.
    Feel the concentration.

    And wish to be consoled all organisms.

    This is not only for Budhists, but people all of the world.

  4. cathy @ Dubai Mortgages Blog

    I am impressed with Isabella’s relaxing therapy that actually worked. I am pleased because there are many people who are spiritually attached to such things which are not harmful for physical health and also relaxes the mind.

    Thanks for provoking such thoughts in all of us.

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