Newest mantra: Relax into it! It's originally from yoga, where teachers say not to stretch or force a difficult position, but paradoxically loosen up and soften toward the goal. The same counter-intuitive approach applies in many contexts. Relaxing into a hard, fast running pace works better than pushing. Walking home into a frigid breeze, conscious relaxation and self-observation makes the weather feel less horrid. Likewise in stressful home or work situations. Relax into it!
^z - 2011-01-09