It's time to relax.

   
There are other ways to relax, to provide yourself with ways to deal with the stresses of your life more effectively.  One important way is to find music that relaxes you, that slows you down, that makes you feel more peaceful.  It's important to be aware and honest, for much music that seems relaxing is, in truth, more stimulating than relaxing.
 
When you have the chance to listen to this music, play it in a place where you can pay full attention to it, where you can allow yourself to feel it.  Play it loud enough that you can hear the individual instruments and notes that make up the whole composition.
 
Pay attention--full attention--to the music.  Try to pick out individual instruments and follow them throughout the work.  If it's a pop song, focus on just the guitar or the bass or the piano.  Let the rest of the music flow as it will, and try to feel it without paying such close attention to it.  This strong focus will help to clear your mind of other things that are there.
 
If your mind is clear, then try to feel the song as a whole, let the music surround you, envelop you, and follow it as it flows and ebbs and strengthens and weakens.  Feel the movement, feel the peace, feel the harmony and the melody that make the piece work.
 
You also will want to consider finding a "special place" for yourself, whether it be a secluded corner of your home, a room that isn't being used regularly, or a nice quiet spot in the woods.  If you focus on making this place a safe haven, not filling it with objects that remind you of stress or stressful times, keeping it quiet and peaceful, then you can have a place to withdraw to when you need to slow down and relax.  Having a space like this in your life can be like having a secret tool that can help you to minimize the effects that stress and work will have on you. 
 
Be careful.  Be alert and aware.  Remember that focusing on objects or people or songs that you associate with stress or that are stressful in themselves won't be at all helpful, and will probably hurt more than they help.  And remember that the small amount of time that you spend relaxing and re-finding your center and balance can help to make your entire day more productive, more energetic, and more enjoyable.  Relaxation isn't a selfish exercise--far from it!  This is an exercise that can help you to be more caring, loving, and helpful to those people in your life who need you. 
  
 
Let us spend one day as deliberately as nature, and not be thrown off the
track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.  Let us
rise early and fast, or break fast, gently and without perturbation. . . . Let
us not be upset and overwhelmed in that terrible rapid whirlpool . . . . If the
engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains.
If the bell rings, why should we run?

Henry David Thoreau
  

  

  

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