Overwhelmed? How to Regain Inner Peace

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.

Chant First

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 blovrerview of lifeeachers 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.

Reduce Anxiety

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.

Take Action

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/

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Published on: September 20, 2014

Filled Under: Buddhism In Daily Life, early stages, newcomer, personal growth, practical buddhism

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2 Responses to Overwhelmed? How to Regain Inner Peace

  1. Susan says:

    I would like your comments, encouragement or insights into the older practicing member who keeps hitting a wall and feels they are not getting benefit anymore. Sure they “should know” by now, but are frequently discouraged. Whether you know it or not there are many, many members (practicing 25 yrs and more) who don’t have district homes and are not seeing the benefits they once saw. They are lost in this “new” way of doing things. Your comment on this appreciated. I read and loved your book! Thanks!

    • Margaret Blaine says:

      Hi Susan,
      Your comment prompted the writing of my third book on Confronting Difficult Obstacles. It will cover a lot of things to think about if not getting benefit. I hiope to have it finished before the end of the year.
      Margaret

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