Please note that Current of Life was previously published under the title: Living Your Potential
A 60-Second Strategy
The last two issues have addressed what to do When Overwhelm is on the Rise. This uncomfortable feeling can actually be a helpful indicator, if you pause long enough to ask, "What do I need?" The answer might point you to: a better organizational system, communicating more clearly, letting go of something, or simply realizing that you are at your limit and need a break.
Before this insight can be comprehended, however, it is necessary that you relax long enough to be able to receive it. In her book OASIS in the Overwhelm, Millie Grenough presents four proven strategies to create more balance in your life. Each one takes only 60 seconds and can be integrated easily into your day. Below is an excerpt from the book which describes a balancing strategy Millie learned by watching Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teach a group of children.
Here are directions for the 1 Stone OASIS strategy, reprinted with permission: (1)
When you finish the ten breaths, stay with your stone a bit longer. What do you notice now about your body? Your breathing? Your heartbeat? Your thoughts?
Gradually let your eyes move from the stone to your surroundings. Keep on breathing as you let the larger picture come into your consciousness. Take this easy awareness with you as you make the transition into the next moment of your day.
Creating Your OASIS
You can use the 1 Stone strategy any time and especially when you feel stressed. This simple yet effective way to redirect your focus allows you to balance your total self, regardless of the external environment.
Don’t wait for circumstances to change. Learn to create your own oasis.
This summer, I have had the pleasure of participating with eight other individuals in a special program with Millie Grenough to become an authorized OASIS Trainer. To schedule a private training session for yourself or an OASIS workshop for your group, please feel free to contact me directly, or you may visit the website shown below.
To learn more about the book, OASIS in the Overwhelm, visit: http://www.milliegrenough.com
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