If you ever find yourself challenged or stressed by something in your
life, the mind often steps in and tried to fix the issue.ย But that’s where
the problem really begins.
Instead of stepping back and just observing the issue, the mind (based on
habitual patterns) wants to take charge and often causes more problems
(and stress) than originally existed.
Then, the “vicious cycle” begins…
1. The problem “shows up”
2. Stress kicks in (based on memory rather than what
actually is occurring)
3. The desire to “fix it” turns on in the mind
4. Effort is expended to do the “fixing”
5. More stress is created
Over and over…
Until we become present and step back into the Now (with no judgement or analysis).
You might be saying – “easier said than done Paul!”
But when you practice being present with the “little things”, you develop the skill to
handle the big ones with grace and ease.ย And the gift you experience is a feeling of
Presence; a calm sense of being the observer of your thoughts and feelings.
Because when you do, the mind relaxes and lets go, and lets the Presence give you
perspective and and objective perspective.
How To Become The Observer
Here’s the simple formula to become the observer and step back from virtually
any problem or challenge you ever face (no matter how intense) and still feel
peace and inner calm.
If you ever encounter a problem or anything that begins to cause stress in
your life simply:
1. Notice how you feel –ย and breathe in slowly and deeply
2. Get a sense of the feeling (where it’s located in your body)
3. Breathe into the feeling and let go
4. Just notice the feeling – with no judgment
5. Continue breathing into the feeling until you feel a shift
– when the observer within you awakens and you sense a difference.
It might be the feeling lightens up, or that you get a sense of clarity or inner peace.
The real key is to become “the one who notices” and step out of the
This single shift of awareness is enough to feel connected, whole and at peace.
Peace to you my friend,
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