Stress Management and the “State of Ease”

Recently, a co-worker shared an interesting article with me called “The State of Ease” by Doc Childre. The article points out that we “know” from a very young age the value of being in a state of ease.  As a child we are “laid-back” by default but as adults many of us live and operate in a “stressed” state; we often resist but are overwhelmed and unable to recognize the cause of stress and get past it.

According to the author the key to operating in a state of ease is to engage your heart to effectively use your mind and manage your emotions.  In summary, here are the four steps to a state of ease:

  1. Feeling frustrated, impatient, anxious, overwhelmed, angry, judgemental or mentally blocked?  Do NOT ignore those feelings – acknowledge them as soon as you are aware that you are “in stress.”
  2. Stop and breathe deeply; be aware of each breath that rises through your chest and the blood that is flowing through your heart.
  3. Imagine with each breath that you are being filled with warmth and love, becoming balanced mentally and emotionally.
  4. When you are feeling more at “ease” and much of the stress has flown away commit to yourself that you will keep this genuine state of ease flowing through you as you re-engage with the world.

Re-commit to this as often as you need to.  Practice breathing and relaxing through your stress-filled emotions so that you can objectively discern the cause and allow a creative solution to come to your mind.

Breathing is a natural way to the heart.  And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air
reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there.  ~
Nicephorus the Solitary

~ Kirsten, Business Manager


One Response to “Stress Management and the “State of Ease””

  1. Tammy Phye Says:

    It may be difficult to believe, but it is true that in stressful times we tend to forget to breathe. We allow stress to be released as we shift our focus to something positive.
    From my own experience, breathing in high stress situations takes practice. I encourage people to put sticky notes “Breathe” around the area of work or home where stress occurs to act as reminders.

    Another solution is to incorporate the use of therapeutic essential oils in stressful times. Essential oils help the brain to shift patterning and thoughts. Helpful oils are orange, lavender, bergamot, and spearmint.


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