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S*T*R*E*S*S is all around us, there's no hiding from it. I found that when I get bogged down and can't focus, I stop and tell myself (and even my kids when they get stressed out), "In the moment, Buddha." Then I look at my Quan Yin or Buddha statues and just smile at them as if to say, "I know, I know, I'm doing it again. I'm falling back into the harried, rushed, stressed self of myself."
Lately, I've been reading a lot about Buddha and his journey to enlightenment and have decided to adopt a few of his philosophies into my everyday life. When I tell myself to be in the moment, it brings me back and puts things into perspective. I realize that being stressed about something doesn't really fix it - all it does is cause more stress. Then, I share my ideas with my 3 school-aged sons and explain to them that if I get all "hot and bothered" by something, just remind me to "be in the moment, Buddha," and they do. Just the other day, my son told me to "calm down Mom, be in the moment, Buddha." I just looked at him and smiled, just as Quan Yin and Buddha have done to me for years.
Remember, eating healthy is only half the battle; you have to have a healthy body, mind and soul to reach your greatest heights! You know, Buddha didn't get bogged down by a little tummy weight, now did he?
"Be in the moment, Buddha"