Oftentimes I fall into a state of constant stress and I get lost in it, like a whole other world where everything is absolute chaos and I canít seem to break free from it; where, every time I try to, there is always something new to worry about. What Iíve become aware of, though, is that Iím able to stop that cycle. I now often turn to meditation Ė itís the safe place away from all of that, like a shield. I can ďget awayĒ for some time, to a more peaceful place where I turn off my thoughts for a while, and I can come back to the stress with a clearer conscience, greater positive energy and the ability to deal with it more effectively. When it feels as though everything is falling to pieces all around over my head, meditation becomes my umbrella.