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The Eye of the Lion

When questioned whether I carry any major stressors in life, my initial thoughts are no big stressors for now, knock on wood.  Yes, there are the everyday challenges of family and work, but I do yoga and meditation.  I couldn’t possibly be stressed.  Right?  Well, maybe wrong. 🙂  A friend of mine said to me, “Sheila, you don’t have to be an animal in the wild being attacked by a lion to be under stress”.  So true.

I might do yoga and meditation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I do not carry stress.  I simply work really hard at managing it.   I am often on the go, like most.  I am planning.  I am remembering.  I am juggling many things at once.  Add to that the small misperceptions and commentaries that pass through my mind within the course of a regular day.  That, in and of itself, can build an underlying and deceptive level of stress.  It can especially go unnoticed when I feel that I am doing things to counter it.  I don’t literally have to be attacked by a lion or be in imminent danger to feel like my system is under attack.  Subtle stressors can lie within the nooks and crannies of everyday life.  So much of whether I am in a place of ease or angst has to do with my attitude, my mindset, my willingness to slow down, to let go.  Simple techniques like breathing deeply, taking time to pause and be in the moment, spending time in nature and to do all of it often – these are all ways to counter the stresses that accumulate in the busyness of modern day life.  It’s not just about getting to a yoga class, but rather what you do with that self-awareness through the rest of your day and your week.  Do you use it to make your life more sustainable or do you keep running on autopilot irregardless?
So the next time you find yourself running from one thing to the next, thinking that everything is under control, imagine the lion and pause.  Wherever you are take time to slow down, retreat within and breathe deeply.  Even just a few minutes can be what is needed to reset, self-regulate and continue onward.
The Eye of the Lion

If you are interested in learning ways to counter and manage stress, check out my six week Mindfulness Meditation Series being offered at Yoga Yoga beginning September 3rd.
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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nice post Sheils

    August 20, 2013
  2. Manju Jhawar #

    Nicely explained ” The Eye Of the Lion” 🙂 🙂

    August 21, 2013
  3. Couldn’t agree more!

    August 27, 2013

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