2008-08-22 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Sometimes life is so stressful that we become locked into our emotion.

At that time, it is probably a good idea to relax into it, and make decisions, if possible, when the balance returns.

If the stress is taking place over the decisions of others, and you get a desire to fix a situation, make sure you know what you are hoping to accomplish.

Let the others know what your goal is and where you are coming from.

What you don't want to do is become impulsive because of your own emotion, and then act in a way that you will regret later on. You certainly don't want both sides to call you interfering and hate you for it when your intention was to be helpful.

A good thought to remember is, "This too shall pass." That is the amazing thing about time. All things change, and so what you are stressing over will, too. We are meant to come and go through and from life, and we have an opportunity to experience so much during our lives.

The emotion you are locked into because of a situation will pass in the future. If possible, even add a touch of self-humor during your suffering.

You can also put yourself or your loved ones in God's hands and visualize God taking care or sheltering you or them.

I sometimes pray for divine order to see the way to go, and wait for it to manifest.

Some situations require patience to let the answers surface. Prayers and visualizations often are a way to have patience without being physically wrecked by ourselves and what we feel. We are doing something active to bring about a positive result.

Very often our own suffering is created by the magnitude of our emotions.

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