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12/31/2014 08:59 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stress Conversations: Triggers, Constriction, Letting Go, Mindful Cooking and Art

"You feel your strength in the experience of pain." -Jim Morrison

What is feeling tight and constricted today?

Constriction
is
a place to start
feeling
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As we feel the space
the joy and the peace
There is also
the anger, the fear
the doubt

Feeling

We tend to bypass that
and
we want what the symphonies
of heaven
have to give to us instead
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No more
uncomfortable feelings

Hell
we figure
we can drive over
as if it were frozen
Ignore it altogether
Feeling is
not necessary
we think

Feeling our bodily sensations
however
is
the feeling
that brings us right back
to what is
right here
right now

Our triggers
are the hell we try to bypass
They wash over us
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and we don't even notice
we are stressed
living the nightmare
we are trying to escape

Right next door to that
is
heaven
and peace
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accessible to all within an instant
a place to stand in
and
to observe our triggers
as they play out
that place
is the
silence in between the breaths
the pure
unadulterated moment

Yet we get squished
by our triggers
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a fraction of what we
could be

In the pause
Breathing
Being fully in that
moment
Feeling where there is more constriction
where the tension accumulates
Feeling
the triggers themselves
and softening
that tight grip
just a little
Feeling
the ground underneath our feet
and letting go
into the support
of the floor
letting go
of the constriction just a little more

Feeling our muscles
letting go on the
body's scaffolding
the bones
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our bones holding us up
effortlessly

Effortlessly
we can be
Resting on the
base
on the structure
on the
very being that
holds us together

From there
From the space
of mighty bone
and softening constrictions
we feel the daily chatters
come and go
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From there
we can enjoy the vicissitudes
the intensity
the layers of emotions
the brouhaha
of anything
anywhere

We can
fully
dive into the favorite scents
the most loved dishes
find the potions
of love
whatever they may be

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that becomes
A friend for the moment
A cup of the tea
that speaks to us
most
Sinking into the steam, the smell, the warmth
or a cup of coffee
The bitter sweet cocktail of tastes
With much to offer

Playing with
that place
that place that had started
as a
constriction and now
is just a little safer
resting
on
that structure
of bone
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holding us up
to enjoy
and
act in the world
from
that space

Moving and making
sharing and creating
from
that space
Watching the thoughts
that could be
the year in pictures
that play in our minds
or just
the next to do list

Maybe we are standing in the kitchen
cooking
or we are making
imbuing
imparting
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with our thoughts, our wishes, our emotions

We have travelled
from triggers
that hold constriction
from constriction
to space
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and from there
to creating

Maybe
the rhythm of smashing
up the garlic
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while cooking
is what takes us from the
constriction to the space
and from there
to the creating

We can become
our own haven of peace
that we then pass on-
the alchemy
of emotions
resting in our hands
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pulsing within themselves
to that same rhythm

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We pass on
that same love
and letting go
just a little more
We bring our very own
spaciousness to life

Maybe baking
loving the dough
bringing it to life
with that same rhythm
Maybe simply
making hot chocolate
a drink of the gods
such as it was
at the very beginning of its time

That space of constriction
where we are
can turn into the place
where we let go
and are
peaceful from
The place we create
from
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teas, coffees and art
or code
or theories, ideas and concepts

Rather than
choosing to run with the triggers
we can safely
watch them in their tumultuous being
in their erratic dance
while
we imbue
this moment with our very own
spacious touch
of peace

"You go from I hate myself, to I love myself, to I am myself" Eckhardt Tolle

Sciences behind the artistic experience

The Science
Daniel Goleman, the book: Focus, the Hidden Driver of Excellence

Rudolph Tanz: What can Alzheimer's disease teach us about the brain, mind and self? YouTube video

How to be present: in the zone, while cooking
and a recipe to carry you through the winter months.

And the surrealistic cinematographic version:
Agua para Chocolate

Art
Robin Arnott

Eyal Gever

The old design shop

More food and science for stress reduction and getting into your zone
Chocolate is shown to aid memory.

Triggers
Two types that may seem all the same but which differ greatly.
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The way through our triggers: feeling our lives to the fullest step by step.
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Dive deeper into mindfulness and the zone.