Thursday, January 24, 2013


If I asked you, "What is stress?"  What would you say?

Hello there my friend.  How are you this wonderful wonderful day?  I hope with all my heart and soul that you are destressed.  

The reason I ask the question above is because there is a great illusion on what stress really is.  

When people display illnesses, I think in my head, "OH, they got stress."  Sometimes I even say it out loud, and then they reply, "I don't have stress."  People speak their stress all the time, and they are oh so unaware.

So, what is stress?  Stress is pressure, strain, and tension.  Everybody has stress, even me, the destress yourself Queen.

Stress can, and does, show up in our lives in four different ways; emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual.

What I mean is that you and I may be emotionally, mentally, physically, and/or spiritually strained.

When I said that people speak their stress all the time, what I mean is that they speak about their negative emotions, which is emotional stress, they speak about their worries, which is mental stress, and they speak about their demanding hours and hard life, which causes physical stress.  All of these stresses cause spiritual stress.

"What in the heck is spiritual stress?" You ask.  LOL...  Excellent question.

Spiritual stress is strain on the Spirit.  We all are spiritual beings, and when there is stress on our Spirit, their is strain in our lives.

There are many definitions as to what Spiritual stress is but, it is my humble opinion, which is based on education, evidence, and experience, that no matter what kind of stress you have it is strain, plain and simple.  Whether it is emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual stress, it is pressure.

In order to destress yourself, which is destressing the Spirit, we must work towards a symphony of the four parts (I stole that phrase from Ed Dale).  The four parts meaning our emotional, our mental, our physical, and our spiritual lives.  In order to do that, we must start with the Spiritual., how to destress, what is stress?
 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  ~John 16:33

This scripture is magnanimous, and oh so very very deep.  If we know the purpose of life we can know our purpose.  If we know our purpose, we can find joy.  If we have joy, i.e., being of good cheer, we destress ourselves, which is destressing our Soul.  

When we know the purpose of life, and we know our purpose, we can and will discover our passions.  When we live our passions we may be of good cheer, and find joy.  Joy comes from within.  Feeling real pleasure, and feeling real joy, comes from within; it comes from our Spirit, our Soul.

Feeling good does not come from instant gratification, e.g., eating junk food, smoking cigarettes, taking drugs/pills, drinking alcohol, playing video games all day, wasting our time watching TV, shopping (especially when you do not have the money), and inappropriate sexual behavior, which all causes and enhances all the stresses mentioned.  Feeling good comes from knowing your own capabilities as a Spiritual being. 

As the scriptures says, in the world ye shall have tribulation, and it is true but, we can find peace in Spiritual things.  We can reach for Spiritual things, and find joy within, and we will not need the things of instant gratification that causes us so much strain.

What kinds of things can you reach for that are more Spiritual?  

Think about that one, and get back to me.  I know you know, we all know what we can do to become more Spiritual and connected to God.

Have a great day my friend.


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