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"The First rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."

Marcus Aurelius    
Roman Emperor, philosopher & Christian Sympathizer
161-180 BC
Quote from his work- "meditations"

Seven Steps To Serenity---Deepak Chopra Center

Accept responsibility for what you are feeling
This doesn't mean blaming yourself; it mean acknowledging your role in your own emotional responses.  You don't have to go into a funk whenever you are rejected or things don't pan out like you had wished.  How you react is up to you.

Pay attention to how your body responds to distress
The next time something unpleasant happens, tune in to your throbbing head or upset stomach.  If the event took place in the past, try to relive it in detail as much as possible.  By conjuring up your physical feelings you can begin to relese them.  Continue letting go of them each time you exhale.  As the tension subsides, take a moment to record in a journal or on a tape, what you felt and where you felt it.  

Identify your emotions and what generated them
Try to be precise.  When someone you care about hurts you, were you angry? Disapointed? stressed?  hurt? Did it make you feel unappreciated? Neglected? Used?  Watch for patterns over time.  Maybe you often feel that no one is grateful for your  efforts.  Start to question if these emotions are true.  If they are deemed true after careful analysis, make changes in your life that will lessen or eliminate these emotions.


Spend some time writing or talking to yourself about the upsetting experience
Pretend to be a reporter, accurately and objectively describing what happened.  Next, describe the feeling that coursed through you body.  Finish by recalling other times when you felt these emotions.

Release your emotions through a ritual
Physical activity is best.  Walk-run-dance- go to the gym.

Share the emotion
Share the experience with someone you TRUST.  Ask them to listen without judging or commenting.  Just talk about what you felt and what you learned about yourself, remembering to take responsibility for your role.
Reward yourself
For working to break destructive patterns.



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Brain Gains
Learning to manage stress isn't just good for your body. It keeps your mind and spirit more youthful, too.
With fewer worries to tax your brain, don't be surprised if your noggin becomes more nimble. Under highly stressful conditions, it's simply harder to remember things and to concentrate. When stress hits high gear, you may be unable to retain a sentence that you have just read or remember someone you met minutes before.
Some evidence even shows that high levels of stress may shrink the part of the brain that governs learning and memory. Scientists who studied the brains of people with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder found that one part of the brain, called the hippocampus, actually became smaller when high-level stress kicked in. Some researchers speculate that the shrinkage could result from raised levels of stress hormones called glucocorticords.
When stress declines, you are more likely to stretch your physical and mental boundaries, suggests Phil Nuernberger, Ph.D., president of Mind Resources Technologies in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and author of The Quest for Personal Power: Transforming Stress into Strength. Less worry means more energy to take on new challenges or reconnect with the things that are meaningful to you, such as taking up a sport you like or renewing old friendships. This kind of reaching out is itself an age protector because studies have shown that people with strong spiritual beliefs and social support live longer,
healthier lives.

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