Physical and emotional resilience is, for the most part, something you’re born with. Thankfully however, it’s also a trait that can be and is absolutely worth developing if you wish to adapt to stressful situations and challenges.
As you and I know, suppressed emotions never go away, they actually grow and build up inside, creating a variety of stress related problems.
The solution… Meditation!
If you make meditation a part of your daily routine, you will raise your emotional resilience so much that it becomes far greater than any demands imposed on you.
“Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world will not blow out your candle” ~ Katherine Dunham
Think in terms of a river bursting its banks.
Too much rainfall has exceeded the river bed’s maximum capabilities, the water floods the surrounding landscape until finally the rain stops and the water levels can eventually recede and go back to normal.
If the banks are not widened however, then the same situation is likely to occur, time and time again.
Those trigger points which threaten and test our emotional resilience levels will continue to do so. Like a vicious circle, this trend will persist as life continues to grow ever more hectic. Our behaviors then become increasingly erratic and we dip in and out of old negative patterns to help us cope with the increase in stress.
Will these constant demands and an inability to cope still be apparent one year from now?
Fast forward five years and the situation, if left unattended could be worse.
If your emotional resilience has not increased in this time, the pressures of life will sadly have made a negative impact on you both physically and mentally.
Ten or twenty years from now, will things have improved?
Only if we have taken time to change our existing mindset and have learned techniques which will help us to deal with the pressures of life.
Our ability to re-evaluate and to emerge with increased emotional resilience, means that we can avoid this constant barrage of negative stimuli from affecting us in the same way ever again.
By opening our minds and learning a meditation technique that suits us perfectly, we can turn our attention inwards and release our ‘inner observer’. It’s our inner observer who can step between our rising levels of emotions and the actual cause of the problem.
Once we can step between the two, we can then learn to stop resisting and fighting with ourselves. This actually allows us to simply observe everything as if from a distance and as though it were in slow motion.
When we have learned the technique of observing ourselves, we can avoid the preset behavioral patterns and form new, healthier and far happier ones.
Meditation stops us from worrying about every possible scenario that could possibly be. And with daily practice (if only for 10 minutes a day) we learn to let go of negative and self destructive thoughts.
“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~ Dan Millman
If we are not careful the negative thoughts we send out, can summon up our worst fears in tangible form.