Your Relationship To Stress

Since I started with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program about 12 weeks ago, I have immersed myself in the writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the program.  One of his books that was provided to me was “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness”. 

I wanted to share an excerpt regarding our relationship to stress. 

“As we have seen, stress-hardy individuals are more resilient.  They have greater coping resources than other people under similar circumstances because they view life as a challenge, have a strong commitment to experiencing the fullness of life as it unfolds moment to moment, and assume an active role in interfacing with the actuality of what they are facing, with clarity and agency, which is what it means to exert meaningful control.”

As I read this while sitting at the beach, it truly resonated with me.  I consider myself attracted to stress, or is it my reaction to stress, which defines me and/or the outcome?  I love adversity, and the ability to overcome challenges, however looking at stress and all of life’s circumstances that are presented to us, I realize that we have an opportunity to think before we speak, and to deliver rational behavior within our control, based on the situation at hand. 

We have been through hard and stressful times, ups and downs in our life, and we survived because we have developed an arsenal of resources to help us cope. 

I will conclude with a favorite Zen teaching and quote, ‘“Don’t swim against the current. Stay in the river, become the river; the river is already going to the sea.”—Osho

Wednesday’s Workout:

Thrusters (35-40%)
Knees to elbows

Jerk Skill Practice
BTN Jerk balances (light)

3 RFQT on the 4:00
15/11cal Bike
10 Deadlifts (50-55%)
–1:00 Cap each round–

And Coming Thursday:

“Mental Toughness Hopper”
Workout randomly pulled the morning of.

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