On the heals of the presidential inauguration here in the United States, and out of respect for what I’m hearing from my counseling clients, I thought it would be wise to take a moment to explore this question:
“When I’m feeling stressed or concerned, how do I know if it is time to meditate or take action?”
Whatever your political beliefs, the election of President Trump is a change from the status quo, and change usually takes us into the realm of the unknown
Stepping into unknown territory can, and often does, signal a stress response. Stress can be positive or negative in nature. Negative stress contributes to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and emotional and physical illness. Positive stress challenges us to grow, become creative, and step into our potential.
If you want to operate from a position of positive stress, here are two considerations:
- From a spiritual perspective, taking right action is more fulfilling than taking any action.
- Knowing the right action to take comes from your intuitive wisdom, usually acquired directly from your higher self through meditation or dreams.
In times of change-based stress and anxiety, both meditation and action are appropriate. For the sake of your emotional health, the key is to make sure the action you take is based in love, and comes from your intuitive wisdom.
If you are still feeling anxious, and take action, you know the results. You spread your anxiousness around to everyone else you encounter. In the long run, this probably isn’t the positive change you were really hoping to make.
However, if you have been meditating (such as using our simple and beautiful Holding guided meditation at Sacred Feminine Awakening), the emotional need behind your anxiety is met.
When the unfulfilled emotional need is met, you are at peace as you take action in the world.
You are able to make better choices, make wiser suggestions, and create solutions that take into compassionate consideration—everyone’s unmet needs.
Times of change, with the inherent stress and anxiety that can come with them, provide us opportunities to strengthen our spiritual muscles.
We get to discover just how much love and compassion we are truly capable of embodying, whether it is time for us to meditate or take positive action in the world.
I love this line from Clint Eastwood’s theme song for the movie, Sully:
“You were born for the storm you are here to weather.”
Whatever storm you are weathering in your life, the love and compassion you generate within as a result, are gifts for us all.
If you would like more support on this topic, ready the article, 3 Natural Approaches for Reducing Stress in Your Life.