I’ve never been one to create New Year’s resolutions, and this year was not different.
This year, I’m put myself on a frustration diet.
This year my goal isn’t to loose weight, it was to remove frustration from my life.
My son actually inspired me to work on eliminating frustration. He is one and a half years old and just about to start speaking.
With the amount of full on babble conversations, I feel like one day very soon, we are going to wake up and he’ll suddenly jump to speaking in full sentences. I hear it practically happens over night.
I see him get frustrated when he desires to convey a message to us, and can’t yet formulate the words. It’s typical for kids this age to be frustrated as they transition into speaking.
Since I am so empathic, I can feel his frustration with an incredible intensity. When his frustration escalates, and I start feeling frustrated as well.
First, I always ask myself “Does this belong to me?”, and I always get an awareness immediately that the frustration is not mine. So, I say “return to sender with consciousness attached” to release the frustration I was holding onto.
Second, I remind myself that frustration is usually caused by a lack of information. When you feel the frustration creeping into your emotions, ask yourself, “who has the information I require, and where can I find them?”
Third, I’ve chosen to replace frustration with gratitude each time I start to feel frustrated.
For instance, the other day I was driving to meet a friend for dinner, and there was much more traffic then I anticipated. I was glancing at the clock and realized I was probably going to be late. I felt the frustration start to build as I really don’t like to be late.
Within a minute of watching the frustration build, I remembered my frustration diet, and thought to myself, I’m really grateful that I have a husband kind enough to take care of our son while I have a girl’s night out.
I replaced the frustration with gratitude, and immediately the frustration went out the window. What you put your focus on grows, and placing your focus on gratitude can change anything.
You don’t need to come up with something big for the gratitude piece, it could be something seemingly small.
The point is that by redirecting the frustration into gratitude, you are energetically shifting the situation immediately.
Gratitude is THAT powerful.
If you are a aware that frustration is an emotion that you regularly experience, maybe a frustration diet might be a fun way for you to eliminate the emotion from your life.
As a recap, here are the three things to remember to eliminate frustration:
- Ask yourself “Does this frustration belong to me?”, and if it doesn’t, return it to sender.
- Remind yourself that frustration is usually caused by a lack of information, so seek the information you require.
- Replace frustration with gratitude each time you start to feel it surface.
Here are some questions to play with that also may help you to gain more clarity about your frustrations:
- If I wasn’t feeling frustrated, what would I be aware of?
- What can I be grateful for that would eliminate this frustration?
- Is there a message in this frustration that I’m not acknowledging?
- Who am I being when I’m frustrated?
- What is the gift in this that I’m not seeing?
As always, ask the question, and don’t look for the answer. The awareness will come to you, and you may even find that things start flowing better than you ever imagined!
Article written by: Ashley Stamatinos, RMT, BF | Founder Omorfi Healing | www.OmorfiHealing.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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