Posts tagged stress
a fear worse than that of death

Tomorrow I'm giving a presentation to a local company about healthy feet.

I've heard that for many, fear of public speaking rates higher than a fear of death.

And, while there have been times I would have prayed for a tsunami to swallow me up on my way to a gig, I think I've made some progress to this end.

Otherwise, why the heck (I often ask myself) would I keep signing up to do this?


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is your mind like water .. or more like mud?

Here's a thought:

"Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax."

I'm actually not quoting Katy Bowman this time, but David Allen, from his book, "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity."

And he's not talking about the chillin' on the beach kind of relaxing, but the state of being free from unnecessary tension in themoment of engagement (which Katy actually does talk about regarding muscle and posture and movement, and stuff...)

Early on in the book, Allen refers to the state in martial arts of 'perfect readiness', or 'mind like water'. (If you've been in my qigong classes, you will be reminded here of wu chi...)

He says, throw a pebble in a pond and watch how it responds: "...totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to the calm.

It doesn't overreact or underreact."

Can you imagine living life like that?


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a question of balance

"I'm seeking more balance in my life."

It's a common desire expressed these days.

Of course, when hearing it, I immediately become curious about what that means - specifically - to the person who is expressing it, and what are they perceiving about their lives that makes them feel unbalanced.

I agree it's a very real concern - having to do with feeling caught up in a lot of things that present themselves as urgent priorities, while neglecting what matters, what nourishes our hearts and souls.


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