Whether you reject the idea of a creator and think all that is is accidental or believe in God, Goddesses, or Gods, you miss much by ignoring the wonder of it all. Moreover, you limit your emotional strength. When you are in touch with the miraculous, you know what matters, you feel blessed by what you have been given at this moment in time, you live with greater awareness and greater gratitude.
In the rush and turmoil of today’s life finding the miracles requires some diligence. This is most true when we are facing a stone wall of sadness or are failing to find our way. What to do? This quick and easy emotional fitness exercise, Stretch and Wonder, often serves to get you back on track.
- Turn off all electronic distractions. Get comfortable.Take a minute to breathe softly and slowly.
- Don’t try to control anything, just breathe and notice how it feels to breathe in and then out.
- Think of a starry, starry night. Imagine looking up into the heavens. Imagine all that has been created. Think about all the stars like our star. Think of all the possible unknown worlds above us, below us, around us. Wonder. Breathe. Smile gently.
- Think of a garden. Think of the flowers. Think of the bees, the butterflies, the birds. Think of the soil, the ground that supports the life that grows in it and walks on it. Think of all the life within the soil. The moles, other creatures, some too small to be seen, that crawl through the dirt and darkness so plants can grow. Wonder. Breathe. Smile softly.
- Think of your body. Think of the how skin covers muscles, bones hold us erect. Think about your blood flowing through our veins. Think of how you move, how you think. Think of how one person connects to another to create life. Wonder. Breathe. Think of how you are part of this marvelous whole. You are one with the stars, you are one with the earth, you are one with all others. Wonder, Breathe. Be grateful.
- Lace your fingers together, palms facing out.Take a deep breath, reach out and up with your arms, hold for a count of five,Slowly breathe out while you lower your arms, unlace your fingers.think of the wonders of breathing, moving, being. smile gently and softly say, “Thank You.”
Warning: Only do the physical stretching if you are free of back problems or other medical conditions that might call for caution. If in doubt ask your doctor, and drop that part of the exercise until you get medical approval.
Warning: For this exercise to work when you are stressed, it must first be learned and practiced when you are not stressed. Start by practicing it when you are already relaxed. For some that will be at night when you are falling asleep, for others maybe in the morning before you first get up. Next add it to other times when you feel relaxed, maybe after a good meal, or at the end of your work day, or after watching your favorite sitcom. Then as you feel the exercise relaxes you try using it to relax during small moments of stress and finally during more difficult moments of stress.
If diligent practice does not help, consider counseling or the need for therapy or even medication. The strongest trees can be uprooted; traumas and life blows that uproot you need professional help.
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Post Inspiration: This post was not inspired by a WordPress Daily One Word Prompt Enthusiasm.
Links of Interest
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
- The five components of emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)
- About Emotional Fitness Training (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents (amazon.com)
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
Disclaimer two: Forgive my grammatical errors
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability, Some of my posts might be peppered with bad spelling, poor punctuation, and worse words that make no sense. If you want to hang in with me, thank you; you are kind. If a post doesn’t make sense or bugs you too much, stop reading, I will understand.