Avoiding Overwhelm

by Marcus on October 9, 2011

I use to be worried about becoming overwhelmed by all the material I had to ‘master’ in order to become a suitably qualified Qigong teacher.

Then one day I was told the following and I’d like to share it with you:

Don’t worry about overwhelm. Just let it flow over you, you don’t have to remember everything.

The trouble comes when you ‘hold onto it’. It’s like forcing water into a sealed vessel, it can’t escape. So sooner or later it will explode and that will cause problems.

When you start to feel overwhelmed don’t try to hold onto it, just let it overflow when necessary.

Relax, smile from the heart and enjoy your life.

Here’s part of a quote from the film ‘American Beauty‘. At the end Kevin Spacey’s character ‘Lester Burnham‘ says:

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me…
but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world.
Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much,
my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…
And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it,
and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything
but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life…

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Gill October 11, 2011 at 5:30 am

Thanks Marcus, this is such an apt post for me right now as I am juggling work deadlines and feeling bad and a bit resentful about not getting to training as much as I would like… in the end, one foot in front of another…
all the best

ps. I loved ‘American Beauty’; a great movie, a nice quote : )


Marcus October 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks Gill,

I’m hearing this kind of thing a lot recently. Many people seem to be on a treadmill that is getting faster and faster. I guess it’s a sign of the times we’re living in.

Thanks for sharing.



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