Earlier today I read an article about learning to close the windows and doors of your mind by Remez Sasson, in other words, learning to block other people’s troubles and emotions so they do not affect you.
Perfect example- this morning, when I arrived at work I was in a great mood, jamming to some good music and loving the warm weather. Then I get in and some of my coworkers are all worked up about something and since I can’t close an actual door I get to hear and almost feel the stress they are feeling.
So what do I do in these situations? I find that turning on the music helps me cope with this, I try to concentrate on the lyrics instad of listening to the mayhem If that doesn’t work I take a coffee break so I can get away from it for a while and visit a co-worker who makes me smile. However, that solution is temporary, so when I get back to my desk the problem is usually still there.
So what can I do other than telling them to “chill out” (and possibly loose my job in the process)? To me ,the article suggests tat you visualize yourself as a room and that you close the windows and doors so things like the “storm” outside my office doesn’t affect me inside. Inside I am safe from the hail, lighting and thunder that is my co-workers state of mind, and I can imagine yourself all bundled up in front of a soothing fire with a purring kitty on my lap.
Mmmm, wonder if my hubby would approve of me adding hot butler massaging my feet to the picture…