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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Mindfulness to Cope with Stress
Mindfulness to Cope with
Stress is one of the underlying causes of autoimmune diseases because stress may cause a dysfunctional immune system.
may come in many forms, and one of which is pain. Whether physical or
emotional, pain is stressful. Somehow, we cope with that stress. Humans learn
how to deal with, for example, the pain of loss by staying busy, such as busily
planning a memorial service for the death of a loved one. As a matter of fact,
we all learn at an early age that being busy is one of the ways to deal with
Getting busy has immediate payoff in that it takes one’s attention from the stress.
In life, many of us use the same strategy of getting busy to deal with
difficulties in our lives: we keep ourselves busy to avoid unpleasant or
difficult experiences. For example, we keep ourselves busy to earn more money,
to gain more respect, or both, because we may have an unfulfilled love
relationship. We often get busier and busier until it has become addictive.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, everything falls apart, and we become
distressed and disillusioned. So, getting busy is but a temporary solution to
Be mindful of your business. Mindfulness requires you to take time to explore
your inner self—that is, what is the most important to you, or your core
values in life. You can be busy, while maintaining your mindfulness.
A Buddhist teacher once said: "When you are washing dishes, wash dishes.
When you are talking on the phone, talk on the phone." But many people are
talking on the phone, while driving!
That, unfortunately, is not mindfulness.
Mindfulness is "concentrated" relaxation because your mind focuses
only on the presentmoment,
not the past, and not the future. Remember, only the present is real to you. Mindfulness is what
meditation is all about. Meditation focuses on mindfulness of the present
moment to relax both the body and the mind.