Stress Versus Intensity

by | May 29, 2018 | Blog

One of my 12 Weeks to Transformation clients emailed me about something she learned from her yoga instructor. It resonated with me and I think it will resonate with you as well.

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Thank you so much for your reply. I must have listened to your message 20 times this morning lol….. I love it! Thank you so much.
I took a Yoga class this morning and my teacher brought up something else that was extremely helpful. He was talking about the difference between intensity and stress. Intensity happens, stress is chosen. You can go through an intense moment, experience, situation…. and choose to stay peaceful or you can choose to be stressed. You can back off and let the intensity overwhelm or you can push through and come out the other side ready to grow. Like a seed sprouting, or a life being born…. those moments are of high INTENSITY, but you can chsose to let the moment create growth instead of stress/distress.
It really resonated with me and with everything I was pondering after your message.
So true, right?

Intensity happens. Stress is chosen.

Intensity can result from your circumstances, overwhich you may not have any control. Stress, on the other hand, is a result of your response. Your perspective. That is within your control.
The other thing that stands out to me in her email is stress versus distress.
You can be under physical stress during a workout, but you don’t have to panic or freak out – distress.
You can be under emotional stress when you’re dealing with a family or health crisis, but you can choose peace over distress.
I want you to carry these ideas with you this week and remind yourself that you are always in control of your reactions and your perspectives. To that extent, you’re very much in control of your own stress & distress levels!

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