Stress

Releasing Stress

One of the most widespread problems of modern times is what is often called the “pressure syndrome.” Certainly most of us are all too familiar with the high-level tension seemingly built into life and work, causing stress and all sorts of compound problems of mind and body.

There are many situations in which we may typically respond with stress: a multimillion dollar financial crunch for a business executive; an accumulation of bills to pay with the often inadequate take-home pay of the average worker; two term papers due on the same day for the student; a make-or-break audition for a musician or actor.

Meditation

Welcome to the world of meditation—a fascinating world as varied as the people who meditate.

Charles Fillmore, cofounder of the Unity movement, emphasized that finding points of agreement between people was more important than concentrating on their differences.

Balance

Everything comes to us in Divine Order, and for our highest good, and is the best for all concerned. This means that what we might feel is a “burden,” a problem, a challenge or an issue, is part of the divine plan of our lives. We are being called to a higher consciousness to experience [each] situation from a different point of view and to bring into spiritual activity our divine capabilities and powers.

Following are four ways to create and maintain balance in our everyday lives.

Spirituality and Stress

Spirituality and Stress

A spiritual approach to living does not make you immune to stress. However, choosing to practice spiritual awareness can shorten the time in which you experience seeming moments of pressure or tension.  As author Thomas Moore powerfully reminds us, “It is by submerging yourself into the experiences of life, work, marriage and family that you truly engage in spiritual practice.”

The key word is practice. Spiritual practice is a repetitive, habitual expression you consciously engage in every day. Furthermore, there isn’t a right or wrong way of “practicing”; your soul will guide you into experiences that are in alignment with your need to grow and evolve.

Nurturing a Consciousness of Gratitude

… The consciousness of gratitude—that deep and abiding feeling of aliveness, well-being, serenity and joy—is a singular pleasure that transcends thought and circumstance. It is not a philosophical tenet or a theological doctrine to be debated and honed by rational discourse. It is not just another good idea to set alongside all the others. It is an experience that wells up from the ground of Being beyond the reach of the mind and its conceptual field. The consciousness of gratitude is not so much a way of thinking as it is a way of being. It is not something we achieve as much as allow. One thing's for sure. When you get one taste, you want more.

Is Your Mind at Peace?

Is your mind at peace? Perhaps you feel that you cannot answer this question unless you are able to say that there are no problems in your life, that everything is as nearly perfect and satisfying as it should be or as you hope it will be.

When you think of the times you have experienced real peace of mind, have there not been times when outwardly there were problems? Perhaps you were as Paul: … afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken. … But you had peace of mind, real peace of mind, because you were so filled with the realization of God's presence that you knew, with an unshakable knowing, that God was all and all was well.