Personal Growth and Development

Choosing to Not Resist Stress

“One should view their spiritual work as learning to live life without stress, problems, fear, or melodrama. This path of using life to evolve spiritually is truly the highest path. There really is no reason for tension or problems. Stress only happens when you resist life’s events.” –Michael Singer

Humans are the only beings that expect a stress-free existence. In fact, most of us thrive only when stress is absent from our lives. Animals, plants, etc have adapted to accept periods of stress or tension. These adaptations have made them stronger and more proficient. Why haven’t we taken a clue? Instead, most humans are completely thrown off course at the first sign of stress or tension in their lives.

True transcendence happens when we can let the stress flow freely through us and experience growth and development as a result. Rather than resisting the stress and tensions, you allow yourself to keep them externalized. The moment we internalize stress is the moment it becomes destructive to our inner peace and equilibrium. This is not to say that we shouldn’t recognize stressful moments and situations in our lives. But rather than allow them to navigate our emotions and decisions, simply let them pass through us with ease, making room for the more positive and happy moments to linger within ourselves. The most empowering lesson I have ever learned was that I had a choice in every moment and in every decision I make. I cannot always decide whether or not stress will enter into my life, but I do have absolute power over the way I allow it to affect my body and my mood. Choose to let stress flow freely through you.

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