Inner Perspective, Outer Perspective
“Sometimes heaven is just a new pair of glasses.” -Chuck Chamberlain
It is common to ignore these symptoms or not even notice them for a couple decades. “Sure, my job is stressful, but I have to pay my bills. I have to support my family. Everyone’s job is stressful.” The problem, however, can grow until it can’t be ignored. Through meditation, we can can better awareness and a clearer perspective. Then, we can change our inner attitude and our outer actions to align with better health in the short, and especially, long term.
In my situation, I looked for a new perspective that calmed things down a little. I drank less coffee at lunch, relaxed a more on my break and at work. I tried to realize that it’s just manufacturing. “We will get the larger problems solved. We are trending in the right direction. We are taking steps to fix this for the long-term. Why am I so stressed about it? The parts will get here and the finished products will go out. I am only one person and this is a $3 Billion company. I don’t have to do it all alone. ” Just gaining some perspective helped me to reduce my stress.
I ended up changing jobs but I had to change my perspective or I would end go in the “same but different” situation. The story above is a story of the benefits that meditation has for me. There are many other benefits that are proven in laboratories, such as lower blood pressure, improved circulation, lower heart rate, and less perspiration. Slower respiratory rate, less anxiety, lower blood cortisol levels, more feelings of wellbeing, less stress, deeper relaxation, better sleep, slowing down the aging process, and the list continues.
I recommend starting by tuning into the heart and saying “thank you.” Learn more in The Alchemist’s Tao the Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold.