Stand Strong.

Stand Strong.

Rain. Elections. Ebola. Storms with golf ball size hail. Power out for days. Waiting for the check to arrive. Being relocated. Stalking someone on Facebook because he hasn’t called. Car demolished by a large tree. Polishing off three bags of Munchos, Fritos, and Doritos.
No one said life was easy. But here are three ways to stand strong when you want to bury yourself in the heaviness of it all.
1. Be Present
The first step to standing strong in what seems to be the horror movie of your life is not to relive the event that just happened nor forecast continued doom. When you are in a highly stressed state and a low vibrational level (AKA fear), you don’t think objectively. It’s like your brain is driving on a half-dozen cortisol margaritas. Acknowledge that the past has happened and that the future is not here yet. Focus on what is going on right now. For instance. If a large tree has decided to embed itself in your car during a storm, then acknowledge that this has occurred. Stop and be mindful of your state. Slow down. Sit down if necessary. Check in with yourself and ask, “What small step can I take now to bring me to more peace at this moment?” In stressful times while it may relieve some stress, sarcasm doesn’t help your brain. So ask yourself straight up with an actually helpful response. Your initial reaction may be to call someone. It may just be to eat or drink. It may just be to pray or to meditate. The importance is to acknowledge where you are at this moment.
2. Don’t Judge or Label the Moment
Next step is not to label the moment. In our speed of light life, it becomes a habit to label everything that comes our way because we have too much information to process on a daily basis. Saying that damn tree ruined my life, or he’s a bastard, or I’m a fat lard in yoga pants only causes the stress to last longer. Your ego needs drama to exist, and so it helps your brain lather it on. Thick. Don’t let it. Events are events. How you emotionally respond to them and label them creates the meaning good or bad. By keeping it neutral, your brain and body can attune to peace and possibilities.
3. Practice “Being Bigger”
No matter where you look, there are people all around that have challenges like you or greater than you. We all have them. But if you can get through the ones you have, you increase your superhero abilities. By standing strong and forging ahead, you now have new knowledge and super powers to help others that are going through the same things as you once did. Knowledge is power. Coupled with mindfulness, you are ready to stand strong to face all of life’s challenges and lessons one moment at a time. Namaste.

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