There are times when things just don’t feel right—perhaps a friend, or family member is ill, or troubled in some way. There may be health issues, grief issues, work issues. Sometimes, even the weather will, unexpectedly, get dangerous. Because of adversities, which are out of our control, we may fall behind unable to do those normal, ordinary tasks that help us feel aligned with the world.

Even after dealing appropriately with crisis situations, it may be difficult to commit to the very activities that bring us back to a sense of peace, such as taking time out from stress and the aftermath of stress by getting away from a difficult environment, taking a walk, listening to music, talking to a friend, meditating, practicing yoga, reading a book, or whatever else works for us. Instead, one may sink into paralysis. Such paralysis can create a kind of unconscious self fulfilling prophesy that says how can we relax, or engage in the things that may or may not be helpful, because there is too much left undone.

However, such are exactly the times when we need to give ourselves permission to do whatever it takes to rejuvenate. Then, we can honestly acknowledge and, ultimately, relieve the stress that adversity brings about.

Gudrun Mouw (c)
May 21, 2018


  1. t plog said:

    to the crux o the matter, as always
    funny, that how we react to things can be so powerful , self fulfilling indeed, almost a ‘perpetual motion machine ‘.
    the implications…

    May 22, 2018
    • Krishnaprema said:

      I’m happy to learn you are still reading this. Namaste, Krishnaprema

      May 28, 2018
  2. Abhaya said:

    I love how you are always able to give me a “permission slip” to come back to wholeness.

    May 23, 2018
    • Krishnaprema said:

      Hurray! We will keep up that good work.

      May 28, 2018

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