Give yourself a one hour space to read through this poem as a first step in managing workplace stress and anxiety.
Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.
Questions for Reflection
Take a little time to understand stress as a second step in learning to manage workplace stress and anxiety .The most primitive part of the mammal brain reacts quickly to physical danger. When I am walking across the road and a car approaches at speed the surge of awareness and energy triggered by the amygdala may well save my life. The amygdala in the reptilian part of the brain has three basic reactions: flight from the danger (as in this case); freezing whilst the danger passes by (stay on the pavement); or fighting off an attacker.
|Name 2 or 3 things that cause you stress. |
Where in your body do you feel the stress?
How do you soothe yourself when stress arises?
Start with a one minute practise like this
Use this practise at regular intervals during the day.
Building our own toolbox of practical things we can do to help shift our negative energy when we are feeling stressed is a great way to support our own wellbeing.
We know that as humans one of the key things we need to have in there is connection with others. What practical things can you do to support your own wellbeing at this time?
Make a list if 10 to 15 activities and commit to using one of these when you notice your stress levels rising or maybe tipping you over into anxiety. Sometimes these are activities we enjoyed when we were younger and they somehow got squeezed out as we got older and busier.
Consider the qualities of a good friend. In mindfulness and compassionate living an important start place is to consider bringing these qualities to how we treat ourselves.
The core attitudes are:
Spend some time with these attitudinal foundations – which seem easiest to you, which most challenging?.
Which one or two these qualities would you like to focus on as you strengthen your friendship towards yourself?
During the session, I listen as you share. I may occasionally question, challenge, or support you as appropriate. Ultimately, you will own whatever insights are uncovered, as well as whatever action you might take. We end the session with a short meditation, thanking Wisdom for the sacred space and the support, and asking for continued guidance and blessings in your life.