I have my brother, Bill Marsh, to thank for the idea of using photos as tools to meditation.
Try to commit to giving close attention to this photo, letting go of what you feel you should be doing right now:
|Mt. Edith Cavell / Canadian Rockies|
What do you notice as you sit still and look?
Perhaps some inner stillness rises to the surface of your attention, or your breath slows, some muscles suddenly let go of long-held tension, or you simply realize how driven you have been so far today.
Can you allow that feeling to deepen?
|Moraine Lake / Canadian Rockies|
Whatever you are touching right now in your spirit, however you name it, to Whom- or Whatever you attribute it, you have likely experienced a reduction, however slight, in the stress under which we all live day by day.
This space - this quieter, more still, deeper space - is what allows us to touch the Divine .... the Face of God ... the Greatness of Allah ...
Now, what Dr. Benson is saying is that our ability to reduce stress in our lives has a beneficial effect on our physical health and even can change our genetic predispositions as they are manifested in the way our brain responds to the stress of illness, daily life, or poor mental health. As I said before, my own experience in overcoming generalized anxiety disorder attests that such changes are real.
|Ice berg at the foot of Mt. Edith Cavell|
You have just demonstrated to yourself that reducing stress allows you to approach the peaceful stillness of your spirit.
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