I don’t know a single person who never feels worried, anxious or stressed. Do you? I’m assuming you don’t. Sometimes worry, anxiety and stress, while also normal and human, can overly dominate our daily experience. What can we do about this?
Tuning into the senses helps bring me out of worry, stress & anxiety
I find that paying attention to – and then relaxing into – the senses helps bring me out of worry, stress and anxiety. For example, sitting in my living room today, my mind was buzzing away as I worked at my computer. Once I realized I was all up in my head, I took a breath and looked up at the tulips in my bay window. I put my computer down, and looked closer at them. Then closer, and closer. Then I took some photos, thinking I’d love to share this exploration in a blog.
A flowery Zen exercise on looking closer
So why not scroll down, enjoy each photo as a progression of “look, look closer and look again”. And, do please let me know in the comments how it made you feel:
The miracle of minutia and the ‘ahah’ of other perspectives
How was that?
Paying attention to the colours and the play of light brought me back into the senses, into my body, and uplifted me. It also triggered an ‘ahah’ moment, that all the different angles of these flowers are like different perspectives, different universes. When we look closer at anything, everything changes.
There is a kind of miracle that is accessible to us in our every-day lives. It is the miracle of minutia, the beauty in the detail, the ‘ahah!’ of another perspective. When we look, look closer, look again, we can find greater perspective, more joy, more wonder and even greater connection with others. “My way or the highway” becomes, “hey, what’s your highway like?”. And it is through connection with others that our feelings of separation and loneliness (not to mention, stress, worry and anxiety) also begin to melt away.
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–Dr. Cara Conroy-Low (R.Ac, D.TCM)