An ancient Chinese legend depicts hell and paradise. They are identical: two halls with large plates of delicious foods and equipped with longer chopsticks than a human arm. The only difference is in the behavior of the diners. In hell they all try to feed themselves but they cannot, overturn their food and swear in a climate of hunger and frustration that makes the banquet a collective torture. Everyone in paradise nourishes those who stand before nourished. This legend could not be born in our culture made of shortcuts, but give us a beautiful image of the value of collaboration.
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1) In case of anxiety: Breathing at times
Anxiety, tension and worry have many effects on the body and mind. None of these is generally useful in dealing with the situation with the right spirit. The most obvious consequence (and not always aware) is usually the blockage of breathing in the upper part of the chest. The result is in the classic short breath, with fast pace and limited amplitude. In this way not only cannot oxygenate the tissues and get rid of the toxins, but it also has a psychological effect that amplifies the state of anxiety.
Since it is not always possible to act immediately on the external situation, we can instead try to work on the breath. It takes two to three minutes to slow down the pace, make it profound, effective and very relaxing. Breathing occasionally unlocks the diaphragm, supports circulation and improves mental concentration.
Sitting or standing in a comfortable position, but with the well-aligned column, we first completely exhaust lungs with a long exhalation, so we breathe in whispers by filling the lungs in 4-7 bars as when we cry a lot. Once we reach the maximum capacity, we expose in a long and deep way with the feeling of freeing us completely from all anxiety, disturbance and worry. So let’s start with a new inspiration at times. We can repeat the exercise for a couple of minutes and in any case until we feel lighter and relaxed.
When the body is in a state of excessive emotional and physical tension, this type of breath spontaneously emerges with weeping. Snooping helps relieve tension by immediately releasing any contraction at belly and stomach height. And generally, after a good cry of liberation, you fall asleep deeply.
2) In a row
It happens often, in a row without the reassuring numbers, that someone moves us forward. Occasionally it also does not find the energy to protest and therefore feel weaker, shy and somewhat stupid: maybe if they go before it is because we have written in the face that we are sheep patients, harmless animals that deserve to wait a few minutes more.
You can turn the feeling of wrong immediately into silence and experience it as a luxury: if you did not say “I was first I” is because you know that before or after that inattentive person, you are still. Enjoy the joy of giving a secret forgiveness.
3. Homage to winter
It is understandable to have some intolerance to the winter. Our need for sunshine and walks makes it more impelling; our desire to stay outdoors asks to be heard. Yet there are things of the winter that will surely miss us, how to wrap up under the duvet or the pleasure of a hot soup while out doing a pungent cold. Let us then experience the winter with awareness and acceptance, by taking into account what we like in the winter and what, though with all the efforts of the world, just does not go down. Bad weather is not pleasant for anyone, especially when it does damage and creates discomfort like the ones we saw last week. But it is part of nature, is one of the ways in which earth rules itself as a system. Too often, we humans forget and tend to be “persecuted” by the weather, a wrong attitude that, together with the myopia and sometimes the bad faith of local governments, contributes to the inability to design inhabited areas that intelligently consider the atmospheric agents. Developing an attitude not of aversion, but of understanding / respect can help us rediscover the charm of a rain or snow. As happens to little Kayden, who cannot hold back the joy in front of the “miracle” of so many drops that all fall down from the sky.
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