Get on the Less Stress Bus

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Have you ever wished for an escape from the stresses of everyday life? That you could just step into a world where you were greeted with a smile and the knowledge that for just a few minutes someone else was taking care of things?

Then get on the Less Stress Bus.  Annette is the driver. I was fortunate enough to ride her bus on the last day that she covered my route.  (Thank you, Universe!) She’s on another line now and I almost want to take that bus just to see her face and feel her energy. The morning that I met her I was nervous, anxious and excited about an upcoming meeting. I had a pile of no less than eleven transit cards, some with a balance of $6.00 and some with just 25 cents. Only fate knew, so when I mounted the bus, in my own version of Chicago Transit Authority Go Fish, I spread my cards and picked the third one.  And bam! I picked the one with $6.00! Annette gave me a, “Good morning and welcome to the Less Stress Bus.” She then offered to help me check the value of my cards. It took less than 60 seconds for that act of kindness and already my anxiety about the impending meeting decreased.

I had a chance to talk to Annette before getting off the bus and she said that she loved working with the public. She takes each day as a blessing. She has one of the most stressful jobs in Chicago: the traffic, the passengers, the lack of freedom in taking a break, and look at what she has created—the Less Stress Bus.

According to the Institute for Heart Math, the magnetic field generated by the heart is more than 5,000 times greater than the field generated by the brain.  Imagine the magnetic field and positive energy created by Annette’s heart.

Think about creating your own Less Stress Bus: at home, at work, on your daily walk. Think about your power to create. Try remaining present in the moment.  Even as you wash dishes, being grateful that you have food to make those dishes dirty. Bring that alertness to your daily life.  Watch your heart generate energy every day.  You have the power to choose your heart’s journey.

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Honeycomb It: Getting to Your Core

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After seeing the majestic artistic vision of Mt. Rushmore, I keep coming back to the image of “honeycombed” rock. This was a process of drilling holes in the outside of the rock to weaken a layer and then knock it off to get to the smoother more carvable granite. It made me think about the process of discovery as an artist and as a human being.

What lies underneath? What amazing sculpture is lurking inside of you? You can take this on the physical level and look at your body. I can tell you that I was not one of those Hollywood stars who shed their baby fat after giving birth. I finally joined Weight Watchers when my son was five years old and am happy to say that I am 25 lbs. lighter as a result. That has definitely given me more energy.

But what about the soul stuff? What about that light burning brightly inside of you? As I write this, a colleague who is a self-proclaimed cynic told me, “We don’t take off the layers.  We just cement and plaster layer after layer.” Is that true for you? Do you have a vision of how you are supposed to be? At different points in my professional career, I felt stifled. Like I had to show up in a certain way, in a role layered with cement, plaster, drywall. I wasn’t eating well or exercising. I felt like I always had to watch my back. What a way to live.  Fear can make us protect ourselves.

What if you poked a few honeycomb holes in that fear? Or in that vision of what or who you are supposed to be according to your boss, your partner, your family? What if some light got in? What if you took a chance, weakened that layer of rock and did an awesome karate kick…and a chunk fell off? What marvelous creation might you uncover?

Go ahead, drill a little hole, then another one and another.  The world needs the YOU under all that rock.

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