Duration: 3:39 min

What Causes Stress?

The root cause of #stress is not in the activity that you do. First you should fix ‘the way you are’, then comes ‘what you do’. If you try to fix it the other way around, you will inevitably cause stress to yourself

What you have to do in the world is different. How you do it is different. When you talk about pressure, you’re not talking about what to do, and what not to do. You’re talking about how of life. If running a design school is becoming a big pressure, living as a whatever a business person is becoming a pressure, don’t do it. Just walk the beach. But there also pressure, isn’t it? So, the pressure is not because of the job, or the position that you’ve taken. Pressure and stress is happening because you do not know how to conduct your body, how to conduct your mind, and how to conduct your emotions. This human mechanism – this is the most sophisticated gadget on the planet. Have you read the user’s manual? That’s a whole problem. If you deal with that, outside situations are a play. To what extent can you play, maybe you cannot play like me. But you will play to the best of your capability, and that’s fine. You don’t have to play like somebody else, but you must play to the best of your capability. If that doesn’t get explored, when you’re pressured it will not get explored. When you’re pressured, when you’re stressed you will not live to your full capability. Even the silly things cannot be done when you’re under pressure. If you’re in a certain level of calmness, and sweetness within you, your body and your intelligence will work at its best. So, this is about playing this life out. This is not about proving something to somebody. It is just that if you want to succeed, it’s only success, that ultimately everybody around you will respect, okay. If you want to succeed, you must learn to harness your physical body, and your mind, the fullest possible way. So, only two things. And of course harnessing the external situations, but that harnessing the external situations essentially depend upon how well you can harness your own intelligence, and your body. Now, when you’re when you’re creating pressure on one level what it means is, your intelligence has turned against you. It’s not working for you, it is working against you. Nobody has to cause misery to you, you’re in self-help. So you’re saying that happiness can only come when you achieve success? I’m saying only if you’re happy, your body and mind will function at their best. If they function at their best, depending upon your individual competence, and the situations around us how they play out – Your success is not just about your competence, there’s also a situation – how all these things come together that will lead to a certain level of success. So, I’m saying the way you are is the first step, what you do is the next step. But everybody is trying to fix it the other way around and it’ll never work.

Mental Health

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