“It’s useful to think of relaxation as a quality of heart that you can access on a regular basis rather than something reserved for some later time. You can relax now. It’s helpful to remember that relaxed people can still be super achievers and, in fact, that relaxation and creativity go hand in hand. When I’m feeling uptight, for example, I don’t even try to write. But when I feel relaxed, my writing flows quickly and easily.
Being more relaxed involves training yourself to respond differently to the dramas of life—turning your melodrama into a mellow-drama. It come, in part, from remind yourself over and over again (with loving kindness and patience) that you have a choice in how you respond to life. You can learn to relate to your thinking as well as your circumstances in new ways. With practice, making these choices will translate into a more relaxed self.”
Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”
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