Recently my body has shown me how it reacts to stress. The feelings of gut-wrenching pain and that sick feeling deep within my body. Pulse racing and anxiety where I couldn’t see past what I was focusing on. Emotions ranging from hurt to anger and back again.
Fortunately this only lasted for three days - three days too long really, but what it did was show me how meditation can really help in this type of situation. This stress consumed every hour I was awake and also woke me in the middle of the night. I had everyone telling me what I needed to do, which really only added to the stress. There must be something wrong with me for getting myself in this situation, or so I thought in my muddled ideas.
So I withdrew. Only for a few hours, but this was enough. I took myself into my room, closed my eyes, and concentrated on slowing my breathing and relaxing my body. Within a very short period of time, everything became clearer. I realized this wasn’t the end of the world and that I was creating my own type of hell. Yes things had changed in my life, and it was up to me how I reacted to the situation. Was I going to let it continue to consume me or do I move on?
Well, I hope you can guess which course I chose. I meditated quite a bit more than I usually did in those few days which helped me focus on the important choices I needed to make. My breathing and pulse rate has returned to normal. The cause of the stress is still there, but my body reactions have changed. What better way for me to be reminded just how wonderful regular meditation can help in my daily life.