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Today's Quote July 1 - 2024 from Angel Anne

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Today's Quote:

Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”.

Eckhart Tolle


Navigating the Gap: The Stress of Wanting to Be “There”

Introduction

Stress is an intricate dance between our present reality and our aspirations. We find ourselves caught in the tension between where we are and where we desire to be. This gap—the space between “here” and “there”—often fuels stress, anxiety, and discontent. Let’s delve into this phenomenon and discover ways to bridge the divide.


The “Here” and “There” Dilemma

  1. The Present Moment (“Here”):

  • Our current circumstances, whether mundane or challenging, define our “here.” It’s the job we have, the relationships we navigate, and the daily routines that shape our lives.

  • Being fully present in the moment allows us to appreciate life’s small joys, connect with others, and find contentment.

  1. The Desired Future (“There”):

  • “There” represents our dreams, goals, and aspirations. It’s the promotion we seek, the ideal relationship, or the vision of a better self.

  • Aspiration propels growth, but when it becomes an obsession, it creates stress. We yearn for a future that seems perpetually out of reach.


The Stressful Gap

  1. Imaginary Distance:

  • Stress arises when we perceive a vast chasm between “here” and “there.” We imagine the future as a distant shore, and our current reality feels like a leaky boat.

  • The more we focus on this gap, the more stress we experience.

  1. Comparison and Expectations:

  • Social media, societal norms, and personal expectations widen the gap. We compare our journey to others’, feeling inadequate or behind.

  • Unrealistic expectations—of success, appearance, or achievement—add pressure.

  1. Resistance to “Here”:

  • Stress intensifies when we resist our present circumstances. We long for change, escape, or transformation.

  • Acceptance—acknowledging “here” without judgment—can ease this resistance.


Bridging the Gap

  1. Mindfulness:

  • Practice mindfulness to anchor yourself in the present. Breathe, observe, and let go of mental projections.

  • Mindfulness bridges the gap by making “here” more vibrant and meaningful.

  1. Set Realistic Goals:

  • Define achievable steps toward your desired future. Break down the gap into manageable leaps.

  • Celebrate progress, no matter how small.

  1. Gratitude:

  • Cultivate gratitude for both “here” and “there.” Acknowledge the journey—the lessons, setbacks, and growth.

  • Gratitude narrows the gap and brings fulfillment.

  1. Embrace Uncertainty:

  • Life rarely follows a linear path. Embrace uncertainty as part of the journey.

  • Trust that the gap will narrow as you move forward.


Conclusion

Stress need not be an inevitable companion on our journey. By honoring “here” and nurturing our aspirations, we can bridge the gap and find peace. Remember, life unfolds in the present, and the future will arrive in due time.



Love, Light, Peace & Joy

Angel Anne










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