Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld…
When Frank Costanza and Kramer stumble on what seems like a panacea for modern humankind?
The practice was to just throw up your hands and shout, “Serenity Now” and all your stress would simply melt away.
Well, if you believe that…OK, just don’t.
Mindfulness isn’t a panacea for instant stress relief, but it can lead to a dramatic change in which you perceive and interact with the world, both at work and in your private life.
These articles will help you understand more about your own internal drama queen (that unruly child’s mind inside that wants, wants, wants) and how meditation and mindfulness and help you get started toward experiencing minor moments of serenity….even now.
How to Silence Your Inner Drama Queen
Yes, you’re a drama queen. But don’t take it personally or even negatively. I’m also a drama queen. The truth is, we’re all drama queens in some respect.
Some of us just take it new levels of existence. We whine about the weather or about how our iPhone isn’t as fast as it used to be. We wonder why the family next door really needs five cars when only two of the four are licensed drivers. And that dog that keeps barking at 2 a.m., what kind of owners must the poor thing belong to? Honestly…
You see, I can list a bunch of whiny examples just like that. I actually list it as a special skill on my resume.
I have this joke and it goes something like this…
When I tell people that I have no beliefs; they don’t believe me. 😎
I make this point over and over in my book The Practical Buddhist. The believing part of having beliefs is a false definition; You can’t exactly observe someone believing anything. It’s not really an action; rather it’s a rationalization for behaving in a certain manner and attributing it to something that can’t be defined.
Like a child being good in order for Santa Claus to reward her on Christmas morning, so adults rationalize their religious and secular behavior in the name of God or organization.
Sitting Quietly, Simply Being
A Simple Tutorial. When I meditate, I first do some mild stretching to release any lingering tension in my calves, lower back, neck, upper back, shoulders, and thighs. This can take up to five minutes to accomplish.
I then sit in the Burmese position (I find that age 54, it’s easier on my knees), fold my hands to form an oval with the tips of my thumbs lightly touching and keep my back straight and head erect.
Sometimes I close my eyes but I find this makes wandering thoughts not only possible but an express train out of the present moment. The present moment is where I wish to be.