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Coping with Everyday Frustrations

Coping with Everyday Frustrations

I had a conversation with a friend today who briefly worked in the customer service department of a flower delivery company. She said that customers would call her and become irate and angry if their flowers were delivered late or the bouquet wasn’t exactly as they’d imagined it. My friend told me she often wished she could tell those customers to take half an hour to meditate and call back.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often forget to look at the big picture. Our egos turn minor inconveniences into personal attacks. So we shout at customer service representatives or we flip people off in traffic for cutting in front of us. This kind of reaction to the minor disappointments in life accomplishes nothing and only serves to create more animosity and stress. We are doing ourselves no favors by overreacting. Instead, we should take a moment and ask ourselves how important such minor frustrations are and whether they warrant an impassioned reactions.

Indeed, my friend is right. Meditating helps us to notice the brief instant between experiencing an emotion and reacting to it. During that instant, those with a strong meditation practice often step back and consciously decide how to react to an emotion. They do not allow the emotion to control them. Therefore, meditation is extremely useful in helping us to cope with the everyday frustrations of life.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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10:12AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

wow thanks

7:22AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thank you

1:43PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012


6:51AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012


7:18AM PDT on May 23, 2012

There are all kinds of "meditations"--deep breathing, going for a walk, cooking even for some--don't think it's just sitting in lotus position communing with your third eye.

11:07PM PDT on May 22, 2012

People do have a right to complain if the product or service is sub-par, but they also have to realize that the mistake is what it is, a mistake, and get over it. Let's not lose our cool over every little thing that goes wrong.

9:24PM PDT on May 22, 2012

I suspect that some deep breathing and go take a walk suggestions might be more appropriate for most people. Not everyone meditates....

8:35PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Good to know

7:39PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Don't sweat the small stuff.

6:19PM PDT on May 22, 2012


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