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Red lights remind me to relax

Published on 8/6/2014
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Red lights remind me to relax

Several months ago when I had to stop at a set of red lights on a very busy day, I caught myself feeling stressed, frustrated and very impatient that I had been forced to stop for 2 minutes!

I tried to take a few deep breaths to release some of the stress.  Because I had been taking short, shallow breaths up till then, it took some time to be able to comfortably take long, deep breaths.

It was a great lesson.   From then on, instead of viewing red lights as a waste of my valuable time I choose (most of the time!) to see them as an opportunity to take a deep breath and check out how relaxed I am.




So I let Red lights remind me to relax.
Most days are filled with responsibilities
and I have very little down time. I count on
red lights to give me an opportunity to
pause and think.
I appreciate the mind body connection. True
relaxation requires that I give full attention
to every part of me.
I sit up straight and gently press my
shoulders back.
Focusing on my breath is always
beneficial. I concentrate on the air entering
and exiting my nostrils. Sometimes I count
slowly along with each breath. Sometimes I
recite an inspiring word or short phrase. I
think of peaceful and beautiful images.
Another technique that calms my mind is to
observe my thoughts. I notice what is going
on in my head. Without making any
judgments, I examine whether I am
rehashing old arguments or living in the
present moment.
 I scan my body for tense spots. Maybe my
fingers are clenched on the steering wheel.
Maybe my neck is straining forward.
It only takes a few seconds to rub my
fingers or my neck. This gives them a little
warmth and relief. I find my mood is
suddenly better.
Today, I accept the red lights I meet along
my journeys. They give me time to think
and take a breather.
Leroy Ross

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