Altered Traits: say “Yes”


“As Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, put it centuries ago, it’s not the things that happen to us that are upsetting but the view we take of those doings.


A more modern sentiment comes from poet Charles Bukowski: it’s not the big things that drive us mad, but “the shoelace that snaps with no time left.”



The science here shows that the more we perceive such hassles in our lives, the higher our levels of stress hormones like cortisol.



That’s a bit ominous: cortisol, if raised chronically, has deleterious impacts like an increased risk of dying from heart disease.”
Sounds like we need to practice non-reacting to stimuli!


I have started saying “Yes” to every upsetting or sensation causing thoughts or emotions.


“Yes” encompasses observation, awareness and total acceptance without any thought.


This has cut down the duration negative input impacts my living in this present moment.



On my journey, it has amazed me the big impact, small, repeatable habits or skills have fought.

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