As you keep building up a greater appreciation for being alive, you realize that tension can be a reminder that you are alive. Every moment of life is precious and is a reason to celebrate the fact that you are alive.
Thinking is a reminder that your brain is working. Since your brain is working you can choose to say to yourself, “Right now, I am alive and I choose to release all stress and tension.”
Let any form of needless stress remind you to create mental scenes that are conducive to being calm and relaxed. You might have a favorite serene scene, or you might enjoy creating new ones.
Tell your entire muscular system, “Muscles, relax.” Hear your muscles responding, “Thank you for reminding me to loosen up and let go.”
((Life is Now: Creating moments of joy, courage, kindness, and serenity, p. 78))