More Joy, Less Stress in Eight Easy Steps

More Joy, Less Stress in Eight Easy Steps

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2009 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Reducing stress is important, we’ve all heard it. Stress not only impacts your happiness, but your health. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that two-thirds of all doctor visits are due to stress-related ailments. It’s also believed that 80 to 90 percent of all diseases are stress-related. And if you’re female, stress may be even more damaging to your health. Study after study has found that women suffer from both stress and depression more often than men.

How to Turn Your Life Around

If you are not happy with the things that are repeatedly happening in your life, or with the direction in which you seem to be moving, you can turn it around. But first you must understand that it is your life, that you live in a world of your own thoughts, and that you can change your life by altering your thoughts whenever you really want to do so. This is not to say it is easy, but it is possible.

Release My Human Need

Most prayer begins with a human need. [Often in prayer] the need is not put aside; it is presented to God in the hope that God will act, and the body will be healed, the relationship restored, the job acquired or the decision made. The hope is that the need will be resolved to our satisfaction.

… Focusing on the need seems reasonable, but what the mind dwells on tends to fill the mind. Obviously, a need is an expression of lack; it is something we do not have, and if we think about what we do not have, the mind is filled with thoughts of lack.

The Mystery of Miracles

How do you define a miracle? Is it something tangible such as winning the lottery, surviving a plane crash, or finding the perfect mate? Or are miracles more metaphysical and spiritual in nature; for example, the law of attraction or the ability to create one's own life experience?

In the Silence

The silence is a holy place, a place of stillness and peace. It is not far away. It is right where you are now. It is right where you are whenever you shut the doors of your senses, still the importuning of your thoughts, and turn to God. When you enter, the world outside and its troubles melt away; when you leave, your body and mind are stilled, refreshed and restored.