When overwhelmed by life, you may feel that everything must be accomplished all at once, and if not, there will be unpleasant consequences. Your mind can go around in circles imagining the worst.
Here are some steps you can take to have your life feel more manageable again.
Tap into Your Deeper Wisdom
Right after breakfast, sit down and chant. This allows you to tap into the deeper wisdom of your Buddha Nature, so that your day can come into right order. When you do this you will feel as though you are sitting in the bleachers looking down at your life. With this broader and higher viewpoint, your top priorities will present themselves, and you will be able to see what has to be taken care of first, so that the next priority can then move into place. You will also remember tasks which must be accomplished, that you might have put on the back burner or forgotten.
This process has been so effective for me that I chant with a pad of paper and pen on my altar and write down the ideas which come to me while I chant.
Frequently when overwhelmed you also feel anxious. When you chant for a period of time you will find yourself calming down, so you don’t feel that you are going in multiple directions at once. Your anxiety will settle down as your life comes into order.
Boots on the ground
When you have finished chanting, go and take action on your top priority quickly. Don’t put it off. Overwhelm shows up when we put off taking action out of fear or worry and then life begins to pile up. When you take action, you’ll have a sense of moving forward and relief, and maybe pride, that you have done what you needed to do. This is a great antidote to anxiety.
Try it and See
You can hear the chant here: http://margaretblaine.com/nam-myo-renge-kyo/