I set the rice to boil, while I quickly went to edit a post on my new blog - A Rheumful of Tips. I was so engrossed with what I was doing that I forgot about the rice.
I made quite a mess of the pot...I could scrub and sweat and scrub some more, all in an effort to get that pot clean. Instead, I used a trick my mom taught me.
I'll bet you're wondering how I'm going to tie this in with stress. Are you vigorously trying to scrub that stress away? In stress transformation, you're allowing your heart to do the work.
Do you recall those times when you were in-the-flow? When answers came easily to you? When you slept soundly? When you felt a great sense of inner- strength?
Those are times when your heart sent messages of well-being to your brain, rather than releasing chemicals that triggered the stress response - that famous flight, fight or freeze response.
Learn and practice changing the way you think and feel so you change the way you think and feel.
How? Maybe this will help you remember the keys to stress transformation:
- Awareness - if you don't know that the pot is burnt, you won't clean it. In stress, if you're not aware that you are frequently engaging in negative thinking and feeling, you won't know that you need to change it.
- Knowledge - use tools and techniques that make it easier to scrub that pot. I can teach you how stress impacts your life and how to transform it using educational technology that shows you in real-time how your heart responds to how you think and feel.
- Practice - no one wants to burn a pot just to practice cleaning it. Nor does anyone want more stress in order to practice transforming it. However, learning to change the way you think and feel is a skill. Learn the skill and your heart will take care of the rest - just like those denture cleaners did on my burnt pot!