Written by Craig Lock

We hope thatrepparttar following article (a short extract from one of my first manuscripts, HOW TO CONQUER STRESS AND NERVOUS TENSION may be informative and helpful to your ezine readers, or on your web site. (There are some amendments to this previously published piece, so replace, if you wish). You have permission to publish (formatted to 60 characters, approx) electronically or in print. If my article helps out others in any way, then I'm very happy.


by Craig Lock

Try to enrich your life at all times. Your life is a gift - so enjoy it torepparttar 131297 absolute fullest. But when things are going well (or so we think), suddenly things go radically wrong and our whole lives get turned upside down.

Why is it that certain people have fewer problems and are less ill than others. They are happier people; because their OUTLOOK ON LIFE is different. I think so. They seem to have a power and control over their own lives. Something I don't seem to have at repparttar 131298 moment - enough negative thoughts, Craig!

The mind influences how we feel, how our body reacts to certain events and chiefly how successful we are in work and play. Therefore, it is a very strong force in our lives. When we first encounter adversity or severe trauma, it is our mind which has to cope withrepparttar 131299 unexpected. We first feel an intense shock, then there is disbelief, an overwhelming numbness, disorientation, consuming pain, panic...and finally exhaustion. These are very real responses for you in a major life crisis, which are difficult for others to understand. These reactions can vary in intensity and duration, depending on your personality make-up. Are you highly strung and an intense and sensitive "little soul", like me? The power ofrepparttar 131300 mind is exemplified with placebos (nice word, that!). An ineffectual glass of water or a pill WILL make you feel better, when you believe it has medicinal properties and CAN help you (this is known as a placebo). They can also relax you more, help you to feel less anxious, fearful and enable you to sleep better. People with cancer can outliverepparttar 131301 predictions of repparttar 131302 medical fraternity, when they have faith and BELIEVE they will get better. Onrepparttar 131303 other hand, on diagnosis of cancer some patient's conditions deteriorate drastically. They have now lost hope of ever getting better. It really is all inrepparttar 131304 mind (our health and everything that happens to us) and depends on our ATTITUDE to life. A positive attitude helps greatly in health and in happiness. If we rather see hardship as a challenge, it will greatly help us to pull through. That's what keeps me going here! I believe that people with strong minds can even postpone death. However, what normally happens in our daily lives? We usually tend to make excuses and find scapegoats for our condition, our "poor" situations. However, I definitely believe obstacles do not have to be insurmountable roadblocks onrepparttar 131305 pathway to achievement, success or happiness - becauserepparttar 131306 mind is a very powerful tool. If used properly, it can be a very strong positive force in our lives.

It's Not About Bananas

Written by Helaine Iris

Itís Not About Bananas ©2002 Helaine Iris

I can't believe I'm telling you this.

The other day, my husband came throughrepparttar door with a bag of groceries. Bananas in particular. " Honey," I asked, "why didnít you ask ME if we needed anything?" I was secretly annoyed because I'd been planning a trip torepparttar 131295 grocery store myself.

He responded by telling me we were nearly out of bananas, which are an important part of his daily health drink. With my increasingly busy schedule, he decided to take responsibility for his own banana needs. Simple enough, right?

Wrong. I got upset. I began to argue that he was insensitive by not thinking ofrepparttar 131296 needs ofrepparttar 131297 household. He reacted and told me I was not tuned into his need for bananas. The classic marital argument ensued and spiraled downward very quickly. There we were facing off inrepparttar 131298 kitchen. Tears in my eyes, him exasperated and both ready to walk away and writerepparttar 131299 whole thing off. Just then, something amazing happened. My husband said, "This isnít about bananas!"

In that moment something profound took place. As if by grace, I stopped my train of thought. I took a deep breath. I became aware that I had two choices. I could hold my ground because I wanted to be right and prove myselfrepparttar 131300 good wife. Or I could take an honest look inside myself. I could look to see what was really going on. Gazing intorepparttar 131301 eyes ofrepparttar 131302 man I love, I realized what was driving me. It wasrepparttar 131303 need to be right. I thought I had something to loose if I was wrong.

I created a whole story about what his buying bananas meant. Not only did I make several assumptions, but I took his actions personally as well. When I made assumptions I got locked into fear-based thoughts instead of seeking facts. When I took things personally I saw only my needs and lost touch with a bigger reality.

This banana story, which now seems funny, taught me a powerful lesson. It showed me what happens when my actions are based on assumptions instead of facts. It showed me what happens when I take my partners actions personally and react to them.

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