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By: Nivedita Shori


It's all in your mind. If you want to forget it, you can! If you think you can't, you won't. That is the basis of stress.

Very often we think we can't afford to disregard a particular situation or issue. We insist on not changing our mind and on continuing to torture ourselves with the agony of it. Writer and author, Natalie Goldberg quoted the realistic words in O Magazine (Oct 2002), "Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important."

When we refuse to digress from a heated subject, we succumb to stress. We allow tension to grip us. And before we know, it spreads its roots far and wide.

Certainly, some things are important. But nothing in the whole world could be more important than your own life! Even the worst troubles of men have been known to have passed. "Why should something as alien as stress claim my peace of mind?"

Those questions of "Should I", "Shouldn't I", "Will it", "Won't it", "What now", "What if"... just let them alone for a while! Of course, if they're important you'll come back to them again. But not right now! Let them linger on a bit. Give everything a chance. Nature has a wonderful capacity of sorting itself out to the last fibre, only if wise humans care not to interfere.

Even if you don't have answers to the troubling questions that had been boggling you, when you let things loosen up a bit, at least the mind becomes more capable of resolving complex matters in a more facile manner.

Did you know your stress isn't a part of you? First thing, it isn't yours ! So, it doesn't have to necessarily stay with you. You won't appear any less influential in its absence! Shut the door in its face and it might be so upset with you that it doesn't show up again.
What else could one want?


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