By Dr. Diane Abdo
The Life Muscle of peacefulness through all situations is a powerful balancing act. We can better maintain balance in life when we have built the proper infrastructure, or the proper “muscles”, to navigate rough terrain.
My intention in this article is to inspire you, the reader, to become aware of, and develop, the internal mechanisms that allow you to experience a sense of peace as you navigate your personal and professional lives.
Some stressful factors frequently experienced working in Law include:
Thoughts influence emotions and then emotions influence physiological reactions.
Thoughts, emotions, and our physiological reactions to our emotions are habits that we can consciously design. They are building blocks of a conscious and peaceful life.
Bringing attention and intention to our inner world provides us the opportunity to actively design the nature and quality of our inner experience which influences our sense of peace.
Life Muscles are attitudes, philosophies, and mental and behavioral habits that one purposely designs and develops. These habits reflect an approach to life that is grounded, focused and intentional. Life Muscles are a personal system of guidance that buffers you from the negative effects of stress.
When developed into habits, the following concepts (or Life Muscles), will provide strength to more effectively navigate stress in your life and your work. When most effective, these Life Muscles become your internal “go-to” centering points.
I believe that an essential Life Muscle in living peacefully is staying in The Zone. The Zone is a state of ongoing awareness and creation of balance. When in The Zone, choose the perspective that provides positive emotions and support a positive physical response. In that flow with inner experiences, if we choose to use the positive habits we’ve developed , we can create an available option of peacefulness. From this peaceful place, we have greater mental clarity to choose actions and navigate our lives.
Living in The Zone involves the process of utilizing Mind-Emotion-Body based internal cues and information to arrive at understanding, strength, coping and thriving. This concept (or Life Muscle) involves “Mind Control” which is the proactive process of consciously choosing healthy and optimal thought patterns that lead to a sense of mastery and peace.
Some examples of Life Muscles associated with “Mind Control” are:
You are a person, with many distinguished qualities, who chooses to express certain ideals and philosophies through your chosen line of work.
You are a human being who is committed to contributing in a positive way to the lives of others. You have chosen a professional path from which to serve the greater good.
Be on that path---intentionally. Be awake and mainly focused on who and how you are in each encounter on that path.
With this focus and intention, you can maintain healthy boundaries in relation to stress, negativity, others’ behavior and attitudes, and any external circumstances.
In conclusion, I hope you can see that you can navigate your life with greater focus and purpose by:
Dr. Abdo strives to help you connect with your inner peace and develop the empowerment that is rooted in your unique awareness. She believes that, with personal knowledge and enhanced life skills, you can proactively participate in the course of your journey. Dr. Abdo approaches her efforts to help you grow with the deep belief that we must be consciously engaged in the dance steps of our lives to reach our goals and actualize our dreams.