Ever had the twinges of dread all of a sudden? As a faith healer or meditation teacher for decades, I have experienced many situations in which people all too often got involved in what I call the first phase of the cycle of stress. They got involved in buying a bicycle because it was going to be a better way to get around town, or into thinking that that piece of equipment would give them such enjoyment that they would be able to start their day with such ease that all the other frustrations and irritations would melt away. Over time, it turns out that the bicycle is a poor choice because it is not necessarily a good vehicle for the exercise that you need to keep those muscles exercising (all of which we are required to do as fitness instructors). Having bought the bicycle without looking into the functionality of it, it didn’t matter whether the exercise would help to prevent such problems as muscle aches, tension headaches, or stress headaches because it was going to take five or ten years and probably a lot of extra money and/or effort before they could find a better alternative.
Even the best of people probably get involved in something because they “are going to have to do it somehow.” But most of the time, the decision is motivated by little more than a knee-jerk reaction without being fully prepared to understand the consequences. It is always a false choice, because whether it is a bicycle or a piece of equipment you are contemplating purchasing, there is always a better alternative. Just as it takes a long time to learn how to play the piano or to cook to become successful, you have to commit to learning about your mind and have the intention of developing your mental health.
My family and I were once sold a trampoline by our family mechanic. This was a colorful item that was attached to the underside of a cart they had from the shop. Our carpenter father thought this would be a great addition to the backyard that would bring some enjoyment to our family. What our father did not realize was that both men and women use trampolines differently. Women do not want to lift weights for five minutes and then go fly 50 feet (although they do have that desire). Their fear is that something will go wrong with the weight-bearing apparatus, especially if it is one that is not designed with safety in mind. We concluded that the trampoline would not be used by them. My wife’s father, however, wanted to use the trampoline so he would have a place to train for the aerobics classes that he loved. The instructor that my father hired understood that my wife did not have a place for the trampoline, and so she was fine to have it. All that she had to do was have her shoulders supported on a stable surface that was wide enough for her to pass over. She bought one because she loved aerobics and she had confidence that the trampoline would help her to succeed.
I am sure you have experienced “a similar situation” in your own life. You are driving on a busy street and you have a very hard time keeping your concentration. You put your trust in the signal lights of oncoming traffic and you cannot keep your eyes on the road. You begin to wave at the oncoming traffic, even though your arm is atrophying and your back has stiffened. Your eyes are fixed in one place, and you do not seem to notice anything around you. This type of activity is probably the most common form of stress, but it is usually better to remember it is a full-time activity than to put your trust in the signal lights and become a stressed mess.
Everything is up in the air in your mind, and your mind is stuck, rumbling and churning. At some point, there is probably an urgent situation that you want to get over. This is when you remember that you want to become a better person, your mind stops “waking up” and your life calms down. The sooner you start to become more conscious of your thoughts, the more well you are likely to be able to handle what is swirling around inside your mind.
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