When there is too much stress or worry, look within.”
– His holiness the Dalai Lama
We are thinking about numerous things, incidents, reactions which we could have made in past and what we feel almost all the time; this thinking process initiates the founding of the house of worry and stress within ourselves. We try to find solutions, we reach the dark tunnel whose bright end is not so bright, we think about promises which were never fulfilled, we think about favors which were never returned and we start comparing our lives with lives of other people. In short, we start losing our taste in life and become lethargic and are lost but never found.
This tension mountain needs large scale bombing. Pain is one of the solutions to initiate lava eruption and gift peace to the god of mountain. Love bites can sometimes do magical things. Letting go can provide a paracetamol relief with no side-effects. For a healthy and open mind, for the mind to concentrate on priority tasks, for the cure of swollen cerebrum one has to take out time for the treatment, as sitting, thinking and being a couch potato can only help you to drink Netflix but not brighten up the end of the tunnel. There is a thin line between thinking and introspections. The day we start start to untangle the entangled, is the day we would understand the real meaning of life which is ‘hard-work tending to sweet fruit’.
I have seen people going to temples, spending huge amount of money on statues and priests to get their problems resolved magically and hence vanish their stress and if their issues are resolved they call it ”God’s Miracle” and if there issues are not resolved they cover it up by stating that “there must have been something wrong or something must have been missing in their worship practices”, but they would never realize that they are stuck in a vicious circle of life where they are peace seekers, greedy for assets and mental relief and their car is continuously bumping over speed breaker of panic and anxiety.
So now after blaming human nature for its carelessness and impulsive not-understanding attitude let us understand the basic key rule to handle stress with the help of this short story titled “The glass of water”.
A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, “How heavy do you think this glass of water is?”
The students’ answers ranged from 20gms to 500gms.
It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it is OK. If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance.
It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. If we carry our burdens and stress all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the stress becoming increasingly heavier.
What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again. We have to put down the burden periodically, so that we can be refreshed and are able to carry on.
So before you return home from work tonight, put the stress of work down, put the stress of life down. Don’t carry it back home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever weights you are having now on your shoulders, let it down for a moment if you can. Pick it up again later when you have rested.
So in the end I would say that, one should let the mountain move, let the lightning break this mountain into pieces, think about your life and break-free and say yes to yoga.