|Bow sunning himself in the outer pen yesterday|
Bow and I don't meditate, but we cut down on stress simply by giving in to our interest of the moment.
When Bow feels like doing something, he does. That freedom in and of itself is a stress reducer.
Bow gives himself over to whatever activity has him engrossed at the moment, so there is very little internal conflict.
It's all about focus. For me, concentrating momentarily on a flower can have a calming effect.
Everything else in that moment fades away, and all I can see is the thing I am concentrating on.
When we give ourselves over to the study of a tiny, damaged butterfly, the rest of the world recedes into the distance. Just focus. Even when we look away from the butterfly momentarily, it is hard to see anything else.
This does not mean that we should never get angry or never argue, in order to reduce stress. On the contrary, you should give yourself over completely to your anger, and then the anger can pass. You should argue with all your might, as if nothing but the argument matters. I can imagine taking my argument all the way to the Supreme Court, perfectly at peace with myself. Someday, I'd still like to do that!
|"Drink deeply, but never too deep." --Kipling|
Every sunset and every sunrise is an opportunity to get lost in the moment. We live in a beautiful, quiet spot. We don't need to go away to have a vacation. Sometimes all you have to do is just close your eyes and relax.