Do you spend too much time stressing? Lately, I have been doing some unhelpful worrying. Stress is a waste of time and energy and serves no useful purpose. And as we explored last week in our 'Commitment Matters' blog, the causes for low self esteem, stress or worry and depression are .....
Corny I know, but, maybe a good way to remember that less worry about ourselves and more concern about how to do our best to be a positive force in the world, brings desserts both to me and possibly to the receiver of my kind efforts.
I say possible because sometimes our best efforts to benefit others does not appear to be well received or to help at all! Like when I offered assistance to an elderly lady on the tram and was met with hostility. Was my intention to make her upset? No! It is useful to remember our intention, when a well intentioned action on our behalf appears to backfire! As Confucius says "Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude" So, we can remember....
We can put our energy into something positive and trust that things will work out as they will and life will provide us all with the lessons we need to learn.
Relaxation and spaciousness is available in every moment. When we feel the stress and worry a simple practice is to come to the breath and mindfully breathe 3 times. This allows us to connect with our innate wisdom and respond from there rather than react with more stress and worry!
Have a great fortnight! Gratitude, Kind Regards and Best Wishes,