|Many people feel that they have too much stress in their lives.
What do we really mean by stress? The circumstances that one person
finds stressful may be exciting to another. I define stress as
"any external force that is met with resistance." A bridge is
a stress-bearing system. By design, it handles forces placed upon
it with rigidity. Biological systems respond to stress by adapting.
When we first begin an exercise routine, our heart rate increases
to handle the new workload. With repeated exercise, our body adapts—it
becomes stronger and more efficient. The same exercise routine
is no longer stressful.
We have the opportunity to handle the external forces in our lives
in an infinite number of ways. When we forget this, we become
rigid like the bridge.
When we identify stress in our lives, we have a choice: we can
blame the external force, or we can recognize our resistance to
it. When we identify rigidity in ourselves, we are taking the
first step towards adapting to the forces of change in our lives.
When we embrace change, our lives begin to flow; we experience
alignment with our goals, and our lives begin to move in fantastic
There are an infinite number of ways to manage resistance. Some
people find that bodywork can help uncover deeply held resistances
enabling their release and creating a more flexible body/mind.
For others, counseling, yoga, meditation, or a spiritual practice
can help them to face and move through their resistances. You'll
find many practitioners, counselors, bodyworkers, and products
in this issue of The Holistic Networker to help you to identify and embrace change in your life. I wish
you all the best.
Publisher, The Holistic Networker
©1995, Tony Cecala