Count Your Blessings Not Your Stressings!

Rainbow BlessingsRepeat after me “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” There, didn’t that feel good? If you rolled your eyes or your thoughts immediately went to all the things putting pressure on you, it’s time to start counting your blessings not your stressings!

In this world of information overload it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stuck in those things that cause stress in our lives. In our personal lives there are deadlines to meet, children to take care of, demanding bosses, relationship issues and for many money is tight to put it mildly. Add to that your interactions on social media like pets who need to be saved, prayer requests and social or political action that simply cannot just wait.

It seems that everything needs to be done right now and although we’ve been blessed with technology beyond what anyone could have imagined a few, short 10 years ago to help us we are even more stressed than ever. Stress and worry seem to consume even the best of us leaving our minds racing and our bodies with a sense of unease. There is a whole new meaning for the “rat race”.  Stress is “equal opportunity” and no one is totally immune. That said, let’s break down what stress really is so you can start counting your blessings!

Stress plain and simple is your energy and focus outside of you. It is your thoughts and attention on the tasks you have to complete IN THE FUTURE, the fear of what MAY OR MAY NOT happen in the future or the fear a task will not be completed. Stress is your body’s way of reacting to challenges and one reacts to those challenges in a variety of ways. Stress and overwhelm are a part of everyone’s life and more than ever before we all have a lot on our plates (an understatement for me).

The biggest challenge tends not to be what is stressing you but getting “stuck”  and working hard to “get rid of” the stress. When you are working hard or feel stuck you are in resistance; And what you resist you become. When you are in effort (and or resistance) you can be sure that energy is going to stick around for quite some time. Yes there is a lot to do, challenges to overcome and deadlines to be met but when you start focusing on your blessings and allowing everything to simply BE you move through the challenges faster and possibly even with grace and ease.

Shifting your focus can be as easy as looking around you and counting your blessings. You are blessed If you’re reading this to have a computer or device to read it. You are blessed if you have a place to stay and food on the table. If you have friends or even just one friend you are blessed. If you have clothing, you are blessed. Why not start a list of all the blessings in your life and pay particular attention to your immediate surroundings because there are blessings around you now!

Ask yourself if worrying about getting something done will get it done faster? Ask yourself if stressing over an outcome changes it? Ask yourself if anything in the past you worried about came to pass and if it did was it even half as bad as how stressed you were about it at the time? Ask yourself how effective and efficient you are when you let the stress get the best of you. Now find some amusement and give me a good belly laugh at what you just noticed!

Think of it this way, if you’re staring intently or have your eyes clamped shut worrying that the storm might sweep you away you will surely miss the rainbow showing you that light is still present behind the clouds. Yes, there are things to do, people to see and responsibilities to be met but everything WILL get done and you WILL get through whatever comes your way. Take comfort in your blessings for you are indeed blessed. In fact if you start counting those blessings you will find YOU’RE TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2013 All Rights Reserved

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Energy Vampires are no Treat; Here are some Tricks to deal with them

There are some people in this world who suck the life right out of you! You know the ones I’m talking about. The energy vampires! These are the “friends”, colleagues or family members who demand your attention and don’t respect your time, energy or space. They test your patience, tax your last nerve and  leave you drained and exhausted when you’re around them. Energy vampires are very real and once they’ve gotten their fangs into you it is not only exhausting but the encounter can literally haunt you for days, months or in some cases even years!

Energy vampires don’t always know they are sucking the life out of you. They walk around like zombies full of negativity, drama and pain which they pass around until someone (who is usually trying to help them) becomes the dumping ground. The more you try to help by giving them advice, giving them your valuable time & energy and  giving them a forum to vent, the more you give away. That’s a lot of giving! Not to sound like Dr. Phil but what are you receiving from this relationship?

Yes, there are energy vampires out there but it is beneficial to look at your part in the relationship. What generally happens is you’ve given them permission to do this. You’ve given up your space to them. You are healing them and allowing solving their problems and their life process to become more important than your own. When dealing with energy vampires as well as being exhausted, you are probably thinking about them and how to ‘help’ but you can’t solve someone else’s problems or take on their pain. Knowingly, why would you want to? It’s fine to want to help someone but if they can’t “have” the help you are giving and don’t take steps to heal themselves you might want to re-evaluate your relationship with them.

At some point after they’ve sucked the life out of you time and time again your awareness will kick in and you get angry. The funny (not haha funny) thing about an energy vampire is they’ve learned to do what they do much like Armand taught Lestat how to be a vampire in Anne Rice’s Vampire chronicles. If you continue to allow them to suck you dry, you have taught them it’s OK to do so. When dealing with energy vampires you will notice that most everything in the vampire’s life including friends, family and work relationships involve some sort of drama and if it’s not their personal drama they are probably complaining, blaming others or gossiping about someone else.

One reason you get sucked in to someone else’s drama is because you are sensitive to others pain because you’ve experienced it in one form or another. You’ll notice that you are most vulnerable when you are happy. It is said that misery loves company and energy vampires tend to bring you down to their level if you allow it. It should be mentioned that dealing with energy vampires is not easy. If you are highly sensitive, have health issues and/or challenges of your own it is best to care for yourself first and you might have to end the relationship with your vampire friend. It’s never easy to sever a relationship of any kind but sometimes it must be done for your own health and well-being.

Here are a few things to do when there’s an energy vampire on the loose:

  1. Forgive yourself! This is important. You were in a sense ‘sucked in’ to the negative vortex. Now that you recognize what’s happening you can effectively take your course of action.
  2. Forgive them and clear the resistance! Forgiveness is a powerful way to clear energy. Energy vampires have probably been sucking people dry for a very long time and don’t realize it. Forgiving doesn’t mean allowing them to do it. It means forgiving them and sending them on their way.
  3. Set boundaries and own your space! Do this from a non-effort, neutral place. Owning your space is the best way to set boundaries.
  4. Value your loving nature, time & energy! What you have to give has value. Your time & energy has value. Think of it as if it were money. How much would you give to others at the cost of your own needs?
  5. Cut the cords and raise your vibration! If necessary, you may need to end the relationship. No one can take your energy or drag you down without your permission at some level. I know that’s hard to hear but it really is up to you.

It is your right and within your power to say no and stop the energy vampire dead in their tracks! Call back your energy from the takers! Your happy life blood is yours to infuse into YOUR life! Help those who can receive your gifts and move on from those who suck you dry!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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