Submit your good news here: UPBEAT LIVING Stress-Busting by Marcia Singer ~

Sonoma County, CA. ~ If you’ve ever tried to point at “stress,” you find it’s not out there; it’s an in- side job. It‘s about the relationship between a threat you perceive to something you value, and


certainty as to whether you can dodge the bullet. Your stress experi- ence also reflects what you believe is real. Many years ago I put together a Stress-Buster’s Survival Kit as a presentation for teens on how to shift gears. I car- ried a literal bas- ket of tricks and creative exer- cises, suitable for the grown-ups attending too:

BALLOON and PEN: Iden- tify/target your partic- ular dilemma. Blow up the balloon to represent how ‘big’ it seems. Write its name on the balloon. How have you felt about it in your life?

STRAIGHT PINS: Imagine taking back your power and lighten things up with positive action. Bust the problem balloon, feeling your power for activating your good.

will help you to remem- ber having wings, flying above the dramas, cri- ses, heartaches.

LIDDED “Critic Catcher”

JAR: An effective jail for any overly caustic Inner Critic. Ob- serve this depre- cating ‘voice’


your head, its job of shaming you with its litany of how imperfect, inade- quate, bumbling and undeserving you are. Snare the Critic and stuff It in the jar, fas- tening the lid on tight. (Whenever It gets loose, repeat. Why entertain Its worried or puni- tive perspectives again? Put a lid on It!)

FLASHLIGHT: A device to help you see your way through the dark, the un- knowns. The batteries are your courage, will. In a pinch, call on the ‘light’ of

truth to come and

guide you through. FEATHER: Any feather

DREAMING MIRROR: On the back of a hand mir- ror, write “my special Dream,” or name a par- ticular desire of yours. Practice looking into your dreaming mirror with appreciating eyes that see not the Critic’s ‘imperfections’, but your soulfulness, spirited- ness, and specialness. This allows your Dreams to naturally be more available to manifesting.

SMALL (heavy) and LARGE (lightweight) PICTURE FRAMES: “Reframe” any perceived dilem- ma-drama or negative ‘reality.’ Let the small, heavier, limiting frame be the perception that there’s no good way out, as if the world is against small, powerless you. Can you name any un- derlying beliefs making


you so anxious? Now, take the larger, lighter frame and creatively find new takes on the situa- tion: what’s the opportu- nity awaiting you here? What could be a gift in all this? Practice view- ing life’s difficulties as opportunities for greater wellbeing. After a few success notches in your belt, you’ll naturally trust yourself more, and see life as more supportive to your causes.

PACIFIER(s): “P-A-C” comes from the Latin word for ‘peace.’ What pacifies you, invites peacefulness? What nurtures, invigorates and restores you? Let your imagination carry you,

creating tranquil,

soothing scenarios. Your body will respond to your inviting thoughts by relaxing and letting go of tensions.

C.P.R. instructions:

“Change Physiologi- cal Reality.” Creatively explore how changing your physiology (your body) --posture, breath- ing manner, facial mus- cles, stance, gait, etc. shifts your mood, your attitude. Guess what: it’s impossible to model/ copy the physiology of a confident, optimistic per- son and feel depressed! Marvel at the way your bodymind works. It’s physiologically impos- sible to be ‘stressed’ and anxiety ridden while breathing free and fully at the same time!

FRESH AIR/OXYGEN (O): Keep plenty in your kit!

continued on page 9 JOKES & Humor # 2

On a fishing trip to a remote lake in North- ern Quebec, I asked the outfitter, “Do you stay here during the winter?” “No,” he said. “The snow gets too deep. We can’t get supplies in. Like many Canadians, I go south for the winter.” “Oh,” I said. “Where do you go?” “Vermont.” ~

A man who lived in a block of apartments thought it was raining… … and put his head out the window to check. As he did so a glass eye fell into his hand. He looked up to see where it came from, just in time to see a young woman looking down.

“Is this yours?” He asked.

She said, “Yes, could you bring it up?” and the man agreed. On arrival she was profuse in her thanks and offered the man a drink.

As she was very attrac- tive, he agreed. Shortly afterwards she said, “I’m about to have dinner. There’s plenty. Would you like to join me?” He readily accepted her offer and both enjoyed a lovely meal.

As the evening was drawing to a close the lady said, “I’ve had a marvellous evening.

Would you like to stay the night?” The man hesitated then said, “Do you act like this with every man you meet?”

“No,” she replied, “Only those who catch my eye.”

In Hawaii, we understand that our way of life depends on a healthy ocean. ~ Mazie Hirono

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