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By Pamela Shenk, CHt

 

I don’t know about you, but every time I turn on the TV or have a conversation with someone, they’re either talking about gas prices, the cost of food, or losing their job...oops…and don’t let me forget…politics! After a while, you don’t even want to talk to anyone because you know it is not going to be joy and laughter.

 

The sad fact is…the cost of everything is up and that probably isn’t going to change. With that being said, please don’t use the economy as an excuse for you to sabotage your success and fall back into old, bad habits. It is what it is and if you’re frustrated with the world, that’s fine, but don’t let it ruin everything you worked so hard to achieve.

 

The one and only thing you are in charge of is your thoughts and your thoughts will determine how you feel. You can choose to be angry or happy; negative or positive – the choice is yours! 

 

One great way to help you cope with everyday stress is meditation. You may have seen studies in some of the major newspapers about the benefits of daily meditation and how it has been proven to extend your life. You owe it to yourself; take ten to fifteen minutes every day to quiet your mind. You do not have to wear a saffron robe and you don’t have to sit in a Lotus position. If you have never meditated before, in the beginning (the first week or so) you may have a lot of mental chatter and think that your mind will never quiet down.

 

Make a commitment to yourself to take 10 to 15 minutes for 30 days to meditate and you will be amazed with the success you have. Before long, your mind will be quiet and you’ll really enjoy the many benefits meditation has to offer. It is best if you can meditate the same time every day…and please, be sure you turn off your cell phone.

 

Like anything, it takes time and effort to get into any kind of a habit, but once achieved, you will be glad that you did.