Depending on who you're dealing with, chances are, at some point, you have been the flake, the flakee or both! Regardless, flaking causes huge stress in relationships and over time takes a toll on your health.
Monetary successes rarely come to us every minute of the day. The space between our successes leaves a vacuum to focus on our failures. Expanding our definition of success to include other aspects of our lives, fills our day with success and thus with energy.
According to a recent study, 60 to 80 percent of visits to primary care doctors may be related to stress, yet only 3 percent of patients receive stress management counseling. Why is it that so few people are getting help from their health care practitioners when it comes to stress?
Why is excessive worry such a big regret? Because, according to the elders, worry wastes your very limited and precious lifetime. By poisoning the present moment, they told me, you lose days, months, or years that you can never recover.
Meditation doesn't have to be stuffy and/or elitist. We get to be who we are -- that's the whole (terrifying) point. We are so richly overflowing with treasure, each of us. Once we get up offa' our things and begin experiencing that, we begin reclaiming our treasure.
You can't avoid the 171 varieties of cheese at the grocery store, complex work situations, or the challenges of raising a family. What you can choose to do each day is only put yourself in situations where the stress is worth it.
In a single week, my friend Karen had to move her 82-year-old father out of his home and into an Alzheimer's facility, was in a serious accident that totaled her car, found drugs in her daughter's jeans and learned her sister had breast cancer.