The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.  Sydney J. Harris

It can be a busy, hectic world, yet in the midst of it all, it is so important to stay relaxed. Tensing up makes things only worse and causes us to miss opportunities. But mostly it means we don’t bring our best self to whatever is going on. Tension literally restricts the flow of blood and oxygen in our bodies, which is a perfect metaphor for what it does to us energetically and in consciousness. Everything becomes contracted and restricted.

Stop and breathe Step back for a moment. Unless someone will die or the world will come to an end, you actually have thirty seconds . . . one minute . . . possibly even five, to get centered and release some of the tension. This immediately opens you to the flow and brings you to be present. The perfect time to do this is when you don’t think you have the time. Because that’s when you need it the most!

Spiritual Contemplation: When do you most need to take a moment to relax? How will you remember?

Affirmation: in the midst of tension, I stop, I breathe. In that moment spirit is present in my awareness and I move forward easily.

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