One of Eckhart Tolle’s Present Moment Reminders is, “Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.” I can certainly relate to that because I can find myself with that response at times in my day.
Bob and I watched Episode 1 of a nine-part docuseries called Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed by Science. It was titled The Root Cause of All Disease – How to Rise Above Stress, Anxiety, and Mood Illnesses. It is a wonderful synchronicity that both Eckhart Tolle’s teaching and this series appeared in my life at the same time. There are no coincidences just synchronicities that are wonderful teachers for us if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the messages they offer. There are teachers everywhere.
Stress is at the top of the list of what we live with each day depending on our response to what is happening in our lives. Yes, there is now science behind all of this. However, we knew that way before science proved it. Eons ago the mystics of old gave us the key to how to deal with stress. Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.
Being present means practicing being aware/mindful of where our minds negatively wander and how long we let it live in our consciousness. In Emmett Fox’s little booklet, The 30 Day Mental Diet, he shares, “If you are sitting in front of a fireplace and a spark flies out and lands on your sleeve and you brush it off quickly, nothing will happen. However, if you leave it there, it will burn a hole in your sleeve. It’s the same thing with our consciousness.”
Stress in the form of our bills, our relationships, our health, and our time constraints, all contribute to the stress of our day. If we continue to dwell on those things, it will surely burn a hole in our consciousness of peace and joy. If we learn to live in a way that accounts for those things without stressing over them, it’s a whole different story.
I was listening to Panache Desai, and he suggested that in the face of everything that shows up in your life, you could choose to say, “God, I can’t wait to see how we’re going to work this one out.” That brings a smile to my lips, and I quickly feel more peaceful and joyful in my life. I hope it does the same for you.