There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
– Henry Kissinger
Are you singing the song you came here to sing?
– Lawrence LeShan, Joe Sabah
You want to live with less stress and more joy. You just want to stop feeling so anxious about all the things you think you should be handling when you already feel like a stretched rubber band. You wonder what happened to all the energy you used to have.
But, no matter how hard you try to stay in control, stuff keeps happening. People make demands on you and you expect yourself to be able to do it all, so of course, you're stressed.
• Then you can't stop thinking about it all.
• You start feeling anxious and it drains your energy.
• You know you should let it go but you can't figure out how.
• You try to fix it, but take out your frustration in ways that make things worse.
And furthermore, you don't have time or resources to get it fixed!
You are not alone! In the 45 years I have been helping people heal their lives I have used many different tools to help them calm their anxiety, take charge of their busy lives and find what they need to live joyfully. And I have used those tools on myself as well.
So imagine my surprise when a long-time colleague and friend showed me a new tool that simply blew me away!
I Was Amazed
It happened this way. My husband and I went to dinner with old friends after a day at a professional conference in Montreal. Our friends picked a Mexican restaurant which was supposed to be quiet and pleasant. We live in Colorado and can get that kind of food any time but it was a special treat for them.
I am a “highly sensitive person” whose body rejects highly spiced food and loud noises and the evening did not go well. Waiters kept promising food I could eat and delivering food that made my mouth burn and induced violent coughing. As we sat there very loud families arrived and the mariachis began to play trumpets! Can you imagine how stressed I felt?
I excused myself while my husband paid the bill and went outside into a beautiful quiet evening to calm myself down. I did some breathing exercises and tapping and I thought I was fine. Then the friend came out and asked if I was OK. I told him, truthfully, that I was. He asked me to describe what happened and I did my best to explain how my body had become extremely tense.
He asked if I would try something new and had me repeat some words I barely understood. Suddenly I experienced a whole new level of deep relaxation of the remaining tension that I had not even been aware of before. I was stunned! I asked what he had done and he told me he had used a new European technique called Logosynthesis.
That happened in 2010. I started taking professional Logosynthesis training a few months later and it has not only changed the way I practice coaching and psychotherapy, allowing me to help my clients much more rapidly and with much less pain, it has changed my own life.
One change is that since that encounter in 2010, my life-long stress reaction to noise has simply disappeared. Another change is that after my first training weekend, which I had been reluctant to schedule because of my stress reaction to the intense overstimulation of airplane travel, I traveled home and simply forgot to be stressed. I have been able to travel on airplanes without any particular reaction ever since. Sadly, I still can’t manage spicy food.
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