It is not likely that we will ever find ourselves living completely “stress free” lives.
It is the discomfort of stress that challenges us to grow and is an essential part of our development and evolution.
Have you noticed that each time you conquer a task an even greater challenge presents itself? We’re not meant to live in our comfort zones.
Living with stress doesn’t have to be stressful. Is it a challenge or is it an opportunity? Everything is a state of mind. When we neglect ourselves, even small tasks can seem insurmountable. Having a dedicated yoga and meditation practice, spending time in nature, and sharing good food with friends, nurtures the body and soul so that
when the next challenge/opportunity presents itself, you don’t have a complete melt down.
The stresses in our lives may not change, but we can change our reactions to them. Our reactions are something we have complete control over. It is easy to turn every little thing in our lives into a drama, worry comes naturally to us. It is more work to operate from the meditative mind. See the challenge, assess it with the positive and negative mind (see the pros and cons of the situation) and allow the neutral mind to respond with clarity.
When we put ourselves into uncomfortable positions on the mat, we are physiologically mimicking stressful situations in our life. By breathing into the difficulty, and using the tools of the practice to relax, we learn to relax under pressure. We learn how to stay focused and calm. Remember that the benefits of your yoga practice reach far beyond the mat.