Dearest Wild Soul,

Chronic stress kills. We know this. We’ve read the headlines about how chronic stress causes heart attacks, ulcers and gastrointestinal disease; it causes anxiety and depression – even suicide; it leads to addictions and cancer. These are the things that have killed my loved ones, and nearly me, too.

But what causes chronic stress?

Overwhelm – too much to do and too much information, too fast. This is our chronic state of being, unless you have a calming practice such as meditation or yoga, and even then, outside of that practice we may feel we are on a never-ending hamster-wheel and we can’t get off.

We tend to accept that chronic stress is a disease in and of itself. We try to treat the causes of chronic stress by telling people they need to be more efficient with their time, or their inbox clutter. Or, one of my faves, “get up an hour earlier so you don’t have to be rushed in the morning” but then fail to remind you that you will also have to curb that hour of TV at night so that you can still get a good sleep.

What if chronic stress is not a disease, but a symptom of a deeper issue?

Dusan Djukich is one of the wisest of coaches. In his book Straightline Leadership, he talks about a time management problem as really being a purpose problem. When you know what your purpose is, then you have no problem knowing what to say yes to, and what to say no to.

People with chronic stress don’t know how to say no to the wrong things, and yes to the right things.

Djukich writes: “When you are not sure what to say yes to and what to say no to, you will always appear to have a time-management problem. Having no committed stance throughout the day looks like a time management problem but it’s not.
It’s actually more of a bold communication problem.
Remember your purpose, and you solve time management forever:
• Who am I?
• Why am I here?
• What do I choose to create?”

Chronic stress is going to be a problem for those who don’t know who they are, or why they are here, or what they choose to create.

Your wild soul knows…

I would love to read your comments below on what your wild soul knows!

To your Awakening,

Keena

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