There are many ways to reduce and manage stress. I find it gets exhausting if I am always focused on trying to fight it, or conquer it. A very powerful approach that has really helped me to have a healthier attitude and approach to stress is to side step the idea of combating it and rather learn ways to open to a fundamental flow of creative energy and develop it. This provides a deep well spring from which to engage and build on practices that are more life enhancing and revitalizing.
Taoist philosophy speaks to the interrelatedness of everything, the process of continuous change and the excellent example of flow to move through challenges that nature provides.
In the I Ching, Sixty-four different life situations are addressed, the first being The Creative. This refers to being in touch with and engaging our inspiration, energy, will and personal strength — our Creative Power — to respond in a positive and advantageous way to stress, all the while learning, growing and very possibly creating new opportunities where we only saw obstacles previously.
Through this approach we become more deeply aware of ourselves, others and the circumstances around us. We enter a free and clear space in the mind where the choice to act or not act is coupled with right timing. In this way we are more assured of allowing good to emerge from bad!
We can develop the capacity for this energy referred to as The Creative and learn to live more from it rather than being in a combative relationship with life and its stress.
How? More on this next time!