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Managing tension

india Updated: Feb 07, 2011 00:28 IST
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Today people are going through various kinds of stress and tension. It is a new name that we have given. What we call as stress and tension, in ancient times they used to call this ignorance.

There is also a lot of talk about managing your stress and tension. Why would you want to manage stress? I can understand you want to manage your property, business, family but why would you want to manage your stress?

Stress is happening to you not because of the work that you are doing. Stress is happening to you because of your inability to manage your own systems properly. Your work is not tension, your work is not stressed; it is your inability to keep your system, your body, mind, your energy and your emotions in a certain way. It is your inability to keep yourself in a certain level of comfort and wellbeing.

So, what we are referring to as meditation is not only a remedy for this, it is also an opportunity for a person to move into a dimension where there is no such thing as stress within you. As I said, this stress is something that we used to call ignorance ages ago. So, if you your body, your mind, your energies and your emotions to a certain level of maturity, meditation will naturally happen.

It is just like if you keep the soil fertile, if you give it the necessary manure and water and if the right kind of seed is there, it will grow and bloom into flowers and fruits. Flowers and fruits will come out of a plant, not because you want it, simply because you created the necessary conducive atmosphere.

Similarly, if you create the necessary atmosphere within yourself, on all the four dimensions of who you are, in terms of your physical body, your mind, your energy and your emotion, then meditation will naturally flower within you. It’s a certain fragrance that one can enjoy within oneself.

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