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Comment from: Michele High

Hi Ruth, You nailed it. Uncertainty. Why any of us expect certainty or perfection for that matter in any thing is just not practical to a human existence. I find that having faith and meditation is the only key for me that works in a healthy way. Deepak Chopras book, Prescription to Happiness, pg 14 states the following. "Meditation, which alters the brain in many positive ways. The physical effects of sitting quietly and going inward are amazingly extensive. It took a long time to unravel the puzzle. Researchers had to work against the Western assumption that meditation was mystical or at best a kind of religious practice. now we realize that it activates the prefrontal cortex - the seat of higher thinking - and stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and brain opiates. Each of these naturally occurring brain chemicals has been linked to different aspects of happiness. Dopamine is an antidepressant: serotonin is associated with increased self-esteem; oxytocin is now believed to be the pleasure hormone, opiates are the body's painkillers, which also provide the exhilaration associated with runner's high." There is a great movie called "The Secret" it explains how the Law Of Attraction is with us in every thought and every moment of every day. If you have ever heard of the saying, "you are what you meditate upon" that movie helps people really grasp that reality.

10/18/13 @ 12:07
Comment from: Kathy

First of all Michele I've seen the movie the Secret and read the book - very interesting and thought provoking.
Thanks for the great article, yes you did nail it...I just went through something similar concerning my job; my substitute is moving to another route, or might be leaving me without someone to work on my days off. Stress when I heard that was at an all time high, because I didn't know (uncertainty) of how that would work out, especially during the holidays. Thanks for the thoughts...

10/18/13 @ 14:57

Something similar to this stress idea is the "panic attack". People get it at our treatment center and are reduced to incoherent babbling. They can hear you; they can see you; they just cannot respond in any way other than rote repeated phrases "help me please".

It's so sad--they complain of burning sensations and overall body compression but of course there is no physical evidence of any of this. Yet to them it is happening so how can you tell them it's not?

The only solution to stress that I know is the decades-acquired experience that all stresses DO end; or at least ebb and flow. Treat it like a surfer treats choppy waves; ride through them until the more beautiful waves come. Because they always do.

10/20/13 @ 10:38
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Thank you, everyone, for the input.

Michele and Kathy: Yes, I saw The Secret and believe wholeheartedly in the power of intention and the law of attraction. I intend to be as healthy as I can be for as long I can, and as for attraction, I seemed to have attracted some wonderful commenters to the post!

Joe: I think this is the most moving comment you've shared so far. Ebb and flow. What a great way to put it. You summarized my point very well. Additionally, your comment shows that simply witnessing another's stress can be stressful, especially for a compassionate person.

Meanwhile, I did receive quite a few offline comments from caring people who offered ways to cope with stress. I loved receiving the outpouring of ideas and want to put them into practice (meditation topping the list), but I want to make sure everyone remembers that there is no better relief than "problem solved." I fear that as we add layer upon layer of coping mechanisms, we grant ourselves permission to mask the underlying problem. As a simple solutions kind of gal, I'd much rather remove the cause factors as best that I can. Of course, that's not easy when things are out of our control (click here to view my control-series posts from last year), a point that Michele brought up in her comment.

And no matter what, peace to all of you.

10/22/13 @ 09:43

Great article. Enjoyable to read, and certainly true, to ultimately resolve the primary issue is the way to reduce stress. Well said.

10/22/13 @ 11:23
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Thank you, Deanna.

11/14/13 @ 17:38