2002-08-10 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

By Marilyn Gelfand

By Marilyn Gelfand

This has been a time in which we have had to be very flexible. The news, 9/11, the plane crash, the weather, the way we view institutions and people in positions of responsibility and authority have put us through a lot of changes. Our own lives may reflect some of the events of the outside world and of course we have our own personal lives to deal with. Some people I know are having difficulty sleeping or are breaking out in hives from stress related thoughts and feelings. How do we handle ourselves through so much turmoil?

One of the best ways is by taking deep breaths and looking at our lives in the present. Do I have food on my table, am I healthy today, or do I have a great support system, etc. are questions that bring us to the reality instead of the what-ifs. Many things can happen to us, but the events rarely follow our worry pattern. It is also important to remember the surprise rewards we get in life. We have experiences that are ones we like and don’t like, and that’s the way it was intended. We were meant to have both the ups and downs.

Can I do something to make my situation better is something that I may be able to bring into motion. I can listen to my favorite music, make sure I get to the beach more often, exercise, see the people I like, etc. I can do what makes me happy. Even if they are small things, we feel better exercising some control by bringing in joy.

I can have faith in my instincts and follow them. I can live in the present moment, and make my decisions accordingly. That is truly going with the flow. I can visualize myself in a happy place filled with abundance so I am projecting a good energy rather than a fearful one.

I can share my feelings with others and let out my feelings, I can use humor to make myself laugh, or I can rest. For some of us keeping busy helps. So, whatever it takes, allow yourself to control some aspect of your own personal life, and when you start "what-if-ing" about the future, just let it go.

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