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“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure
I’ve put on myself.” ~Mark Messier

Do you feel that you are living your life under pressure?

That’s awful!

You can do something about it.

Instead of living under pressure,you can choose to live in the PRESENT MOMENT.

That makes a lot of difference.

My Buddhist meditation practice helps me live the present moment.

At this present moment,I’m under no pressure,except the pressure I place upon myself!

Let me explain.

Time in the Present is Well Spent

Certainly you have experienced being in the
present—those moments when time and space
melt into this blissful moment.

Presence makes the most mundane spiritual.

Clarity prevails as deadlines inspire, rather than oppress you.

Presence with peace offers you higher
energy than usual but with nowhere to go and
nothing to do.

Presence surrounds you with resources when you need them most.

Tap into your presence under pressure!

You can do it, and these three keys will help.

1st Key: Embrace Perfection
Your life requires no improvement. In fact, the
most ecological way to embrace change is to
experience this moment as perfect just the way it is.

You just stubbed your toe ‘perfectly’.

Your boss just yelled at you ‘beautifully’.

Embrace, love, and flow with the perfection your life continually offers.

Celebrate everything that is.

You are surrounded by the perfect present.

2nd: Seek Your Own Approval

Good deeds can be their own reward.

Help the frail widow across the street and remember that you aren’t doing it for her.

You’re doing it for you.

You have your own values.

Trying to impress others or seeking their approval instead of your own can cause you to neglect yourself.

Take care of yourself and do what’s important to you.

You will naturally take care of others this way.

Be a model for a happy, well-balanced life.

Do the most wonderful, charitable things in the
world.

Do them for yourself.

Do them because they make you happy.

This can be particularly challenging if you have kids, a spouse, friends, or a mother.

Fix your tea.

Help with the kids’ homework but do it for capital “M” Me.

Hold the baby on your knee for the sheer pleasure of it.

When you do everything for you, you are really
taking care of everyone.

Some years back, I volunteered at a Catholic church organised Health Camp, a
beautiful camp for handicapped kids.

I met Trudy, who was nine years old.

He was using crutches and fell over, hitting the floor hard.

As I bent to help him up, my friend Joe grabbed my elbow stopping me.
With great effort and pride Trudy was able to right himself and stand again.

Joe later explained to me that Trudy’s disease was debilitating, and that he was cherishing his last days without a wheel chair.

It didn’t matter that he fell over because he had
been standing.

Tears came easily as I felt grateful for every step I take. I still do.

Impress yourself.

You are your own toughest audience.

You have the lead role in your life.

Play it up,if only to make yourself feel good to go!

3rd Key: Question Obligations

There is nothing that you need to do and nothing you “should” do.

However, there are plenty of things you act as if you “should” do.

Being forced, even by yourself to do anything turns what might be fun into a chore.

When I was little I loved to play the church piano.

I would spend at least an hour a day just goofing around on the piano, learning how notes fit together and creating simple tunes.

My well-meaning musician priests were inspired— so much so they brought in a piano teacher, Sister Gracia who thought I “should” work at the piano cured me of wanting to play it.

When it became something that I “should” do every evening instead of just fiddling with piano keys,I quit. It was no longer some “fun”.

You won’t be hearing me or Sister Gracia playing at Carnegie Hall.

Later I took up the drums.

When I was ready I asked my priests if I could take lessons.

We found a catechist teacher and I practiced almost constantly.

Having a wonderful time, to this day I can hand drum with the best of them.

Relax. Take a breath. Notice what you are doing.

Ask yourself if the pressure is justified.

You’ll quickly find that many of the sources of pressure in your life are not as real as they seem.

Do what you do.

Don’t do what you don’t do.

But always celebrate what you do no matter what it is.

Test your presence by doing stuff.

Zen it just for the fun of it.

Your Neighbor

Your neighbor’s lawn may be better groomed than yours.

His kids may be smarter and spouse hotter.

Who are you kidding?

Comparisons set out to prove a point; the point is that you are either better or worse than someone else.
My Foster Mother in my catholic parish used to say “Comparison’s are odious.”

I don’t know what odious means, but I do know anytime you compare yourself to someone else you are bound to suffer.

Be present to how your lawn is, how your kids are, how your spouse is, and how you are.

If a beautiful moment or beautiful life could be represented by a beautiful lawn, spirituality would be landscaping, not the mysterious wonderment that it is.

From the wonderment of this moment, step into
the mystery of the next.

Plant a few weeds, pull a few weeds—what’s the difference?

A weed is a plant where it shouldn’t be.

A Bird of Paradise in the middle of your lawn is a beautiful weed.

So is a dandelion.

Dance with Passion

“Follow your bliss.” said Joseph Campbell.

Notice what you love.

Notice what you don’t love.

Surround yourself with equal measures of both, and you will discover that love comes and goes but presence is always there within you.

Presence focused gives birth to passion.

Passion for this, that, and the other.

Passion for everything in particular.

Passion for your foot, the callus on your big toe, your ankle bone and your calves.

You will begin to notice passion everywhere; meet it, great it and embrace it as you fall in love constantly.

Presence under pressure is especially fun.

Sitting silently in a cave is one thing.

Living present in the world is quite another.

You can do it.

Use the three keys above to open yourself to the perfection of presence anywhere, anytime, everywhere all the time.

Just some random thoughts that came to my mind….©Profarms’ Random Thoughts®

Just some random thoughts that came to my mind….©Profarms’ Random Thoughts®

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