Stress. It’s having a moment.

Stress is a word we use to describe an experience, or a feeling, of being strained or tense due to difficult or demanding circumstances. It may come from the French word estresse, which means narrowness or oppression.

What I’d like us to consider is what stress actually feels like, when we take a moment to really feel it. What happens when we stop, in the midst of stress, and pay attention. What does stress feel like in your body? How does it affect your breath, your tone of voice, your responses to others? Where in your body does it live? Is stress so familiar that you don’t even notice it’s there?

For me stress is a bit like a trance. If I fall into its spell of negativity and go unconscious, it can perpetuate and spiral. But if I can take a moment to be mindful of the present moment, and take a few deep breaths, the stress loosens its grip. It doesn’t feel as narrow, or oppressive. Then I can be curious about what’s causing the stress, and if there is anything I can shift to give me more freedom.

Dear Stress, let’s see what you’re doing to us, and what we can do to wake up, and break up!

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder & Teacher Training Director

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