The first time I came to United States, wherever I went, I heard this term – stress management. I could not understand. Because in my understanding, we manage things which are precious to us. Our families, our businesses, our money, our property, whatever is precious to us we will manage that. Why would somebody want to manage stress? I couldn’t get it for some time. Then I realised people have made a conclusion that stress is an extra limb that they have in their body. Stress is an appendage that they cannot get rid of.
Stress is not a part of you
Stress is not a part of you. You get stressful because you do not know how to handle your mind . No attention has been paid as to how to handle this mind, how to handle this emotion, how to handle this body, how to handle these energies. Nothing has been done about it. You’re managing such a sophisticated system accidentally. So you being stressful is a natural outcome of such unconscious living. There is no other way to be.
Don’t think your job is stressful. Now you’re a student, being a student is stressful. If you don’t find employment when you come out of the college, that is stressful. If you get a job, even more stressful. If you don’t get married, that is very stressful. If you get married… I don’t want to say anything. You don’t have children, that is stressful. If you have children, you pull your hair out with stress. So it is not your job or your life situations which are stressful. Stress is happening to you because of your inability to manage your own system. Not knowing how to manage the system is stressfulness. If ‘this’ [self] happened the way you want it, you wouldn’t be stressful.
Don’t think your job is stressful
If you – you do simple Inner Engineering process – just 21 minutes a day. Today you take your pulse rate, before and after food. Do it for 6 weeks. Check your pulse rate and see. It will be considerably down. Which essentially shows, with the same level of activity – this is a simple indicator, there are many other parameters that you could check. But this is an extremely simple indicator for which you don’t have to go to any laboratory, you can check it yourself. The lowering of the pulse with the same level of activity indicates, that your system is going at an easier pace. That means, it’s working much more efficiently.
If you drive your car at 2000 RPM, the engine may last 100,000 Kms, or Miles. If you drive the same engine at 5000 RPM, it may last only 50,000 Miles or less. Simply because it’s unnecessarily revved up.
So, if this can do everything that it has to do at an easy pace, that means it is happening efficiently. Any machine which has least amount of friction within itself, happens efficiently, naturally produces more with least amount of stress. It is definitely time you do some Inner Engineering.