Stress is a Tough Nut
In an agitated state the other day. I took a few moments to focus on the breath, a time out. It worked — for about 9 seconds. But stress will shoot right back up to its previous level. Stress, to wildly generalize, probably takes a much longer meditation to calm it, I would guess. Sometimes I find these agitated states, nervousness, driven, purposive conditions, while sitting in meditation. And I mistakenly think that, “oh, I am having a difficult time meditating.” But that’s not it at all. I’m simply finding a state that’s out there in my day-to-day business and facing it head on, without distraction. Meditation is not the difficult part. It is life that is difficult, from time to time.