It looked like this:
- Woke up feeling icky. Neck hurt. Not enough sleep. All of it.
- Put a load in the washing machine. Washing machine made loud noise. Wouldn’t start.
- Got all grinds in my first sip of coffee.
- Went to Brooklyn. Took the express train in the wrong direction. Ended up in Ditmas Park.
- Waited while 2 out of service trains passed before finally getting back on track.
- Arrived late for yoga. Got a spot crammed in the corner near everyone’s bags.
Annoying, small stuff – yes.
But it was also an opportunity to pull out my practices, and put them to work.
I could’ve attempted (I mean practiced) letting my breathing solve the situation with some deep abdominal breaths. Inhale for 5. Exhale for 5 before I even stepped out of bed.
Or I could’ve tried to get my gratitude on. Pulled out a picture of M&G, and remembered how lucky I am while heading in the wrong direction on the F train.
Or maybe it would’ve been best if I brought all awareness into my body. You know, got completely out of my head so I wouldn’t pay attention to the huge sign hanging overhead that said DITMAS PARK. I could’ve noticed that massive ball of tension sitting in my chest and enormous pit in my stomach while standing on the platform, waiting for the right train to arrive.
But I didn’t feel like doing any of those.
I turned to something else. (Skip over to 52 seconds to hear it!)
I popped Black Swan onto my headphones and joined Thom Yorke in his sentiment.
It doesn’t matter what you do to chill out– to move from stress to dealing with the situation.
It’s that you realize you’ve got options.
You know how to chill out. And you can move from stress and accept the situation.
How do you chill out from a stressful situation?