Review your thoughts : Carefully consider your mental attitudes. We are what we think. The mind is like a garden. Good thoughts, produce good fruits, bad thoughts produce fruits. Review your thinking to be certain that the focus is upon hope and triumph, not despair and defeat. Often a shift in thinking and perception opens the door to serenity.
Give your self away : People who volunteer their time agree that helping others make them feel terrific.
Take a hike : One of the quickest ways of moving from stress to serenity is to go for a walk.
Use music to soothe : There is scientific evidence to prove that music can soothe frayed nerves.
Employ the time tested therapy of laughter.
Do not expect perfection from yourself.
Live one day at a time.
Practice the art of taking a mini-break.
Eliminate the negative : Remember some parts of life can be managed, controlled and shaped while others cannot be. Serenity is akways found in lives of people who know the difference.
A Healing Gift - By Roger Delano (condensed version)
(Yogoda Satsanga - IV/99)
When you suddenly become paralyzed, life changes a lot. And yet everything stays the same. In the first week of Dec: 1997, I experienced a life threatening experience - a rare condition called transverse myelitis, an inflamation of the spine. My immune system had been confused into attacking the myelin coating on the nerve fibers of the spine. Without the myeline, the nerves do not conduct. It is a disease that may occur spontaneously for some unknown reason. Only two weeks earlier I was actively involved in construction of blind school project undertaken by the local Lion club.
While lying in the MRI, I gave thanks for the last two years, during which my wife and I had been writing a book about how to relieve stress. Our research had given me a priceless understanding of the biological aspects of what is happening to my body part. Part of my research centered on the neurophysiology of the brain. Through the nervous system, the brain actually connects with each and every cell of the body. Each cell has receptors for proteins that are released by the brain (neuropetides) Every thought transmits instructions to the body through the nerves and these proteins. So our bodies are automatically affected by our thoughts. An anxious or fearful mind instructs the body to be likewise -tense and nervous. A calm mind creates a calm body. A mind emptied of ego thought creates a space for God's perfection.