Peace

What’s stress got to do with it?

BY PETER SPERO

A lot of commercials on TV this time of year talk about how to relieve “holiday stress.”  Stress is a symptom of a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment. 

Have you gone too far ahead into future thoughts, or slipped backwards into thoughts of the past?

The dysfunction that manifests as stress may be a sign that the present moment has become a means to an end, as Tolle often points out in A New Earth.  This can happen easily when the present moment contains planning, cooking, organizing, and preparing for an event that in some cases involves many people.  This can also occur if an event is viewed as unfavorable and you are waiting for it to be over.  Yet, truly successful ends are dependent upon successful means.  Meaning, that the present moment experience creates the experience of present moments to come.

If the holidays create stress for you, give your mind a break from thoughts of past and future.  Holidays are reminders to enjoy the experience of the present moment; signifying its importance and wonderment available not only during this one present moment experience, but at all times.

When I get too serious about situations I say to myself, “This is just for fun!”  Figuring out what will snap you back to the present, where all joy resides, can be an enjoyable and infinitely fruitful learning experience.  This Thanksgiving let yourself experience the space from which all there is to be thankful for emerges, the present.

Ten Things I’m Thankful For (In No Particular Order):

  1. My health.
  2. The ability to walk and the use of my arms. (Ok I said two things here, but they are both under the general category of working extremities).
  3. Food and the ability to digest food.
  4. The five senses.
  5. Being alive.
  6. Consciousness.
  7. The experience of love.
  8. The eternal present.
  9. Other human beings. (My family, friends, co-workers, people I haven’t met yet, you).
  10. The planet earth and how I get to live on it.  (Thanks to the movie Gravity for really solidifying my love of planet earth).

The more you are thankful for, the more you end up having to be thankful for!  Where does your gratitude gravitate this Thanksgiving?

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