Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Meeting #2 - We are all stressed!



Sara gives Greg the run-down on her time playing scientist. He makes a comment that he’s impressed at how well she did. She’s grateful. She was worried that she wasn’t doing it right. During the course of the week, she realized she spent much of her day rehashing events from her past. It was exhausting! If she wasn’t doing that she was worrying about what she was going to do if she didn’t snap out of this soon. She needed to get back to work, to her life.

Greg talks to her about stress – that there are two kinds of stress: complementary (the kind that helps us get up every morning and get things done), and non-complementary (the kind that can stop you in your tracks, give you a panic attack, or cause heart-burn and other ailments). We all have stress in our lives - everyone. Our bodies are bombarded with stress everyday. Mindfulness isn’t about making it all go away or ignoring these stressors. It is about how we interact with the stressor. How do we interpret the stress?

He asks Sara to consider all the stress in her life and to write down the first 10-15 things that come to mind. Then for each stress, he asks her to rank them on a scale of 1 to 10 with one being not very stressful and 10 being extremely stressful.


  • What do you notice about your list of stressors?
  • Are there common stress areas in your life?
  • How do you feel (in your body) when you think of each one?
  • Do you feel it in a certain area?


This week, when you engage in an activity that is on your stress list, pay extra attention to how you think, feel, and any sensations. Who is involved? How were you feeling before the interaction? How do you feel after the interaction? Make notes in your journal.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. - Thich Nhat Hanh
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