Stress and Your Health: The Art of Slowing Down in a Fast Paced World

“The present moment is always small in the sense that it is always simple, but concealed within it lies the greatest power.” ~Eckhart Tolle

A few years ago, I found myself constantly throwing myself from one commitment to the next, barely present enough to remember my journey to and from each location. I assured myself that this was not uncommon, this is how most people move through life, was it not? Before long, the telltale signs of stress began to appear. I was mentally drained, I was experiencing chronic headaches and insomnia.

Around the same time, a good friend of mine had a heart attack. I spoke with him often throughout his rehabilitation. His doctor informed him that stress is one of the biggest factors in heart disease. “The effect of stress is like shards of glass on your arteries”, the doctor said. That image stuck with me.

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