Oct 02, 2007 07:08 AM
Positive social change and personal self-fulfillment are typically
hindered by human stress. Stress is known to activate short-term
thinking, which prevents the solution to the many difficulties
facing humanity. Attempts to create positive social change under
stress are more likely to spread it. Stress is contagious,
spreading from person to person.
The resolution of stress holds the promise of a shift to long-term
thinking and a sustainable society. Of course, people may want to
know what signs indicate a reduction of stress is occurring and what
signs indicate its persistence.
The awareness of stress itself and a felt need to reduce it is
crucial. Often, however, the condition of stress becomes habituated
and is not apparent. Stress is often diagnosed as a physical or
mental condition under a different label. Some other symptoms of
stress may be the feeling of separateness or lack of self-
fulfillment. It also may be fair to say that a "workaholic" is an
individual who is driven by stress. Thus, some people may need to
look more deeply into themselves to get in touch with the actuality
A sign that stress is reducible may begin with the discovery of some
consistent means of relaxation appropriate to the individual.
There are many forms of meditation, exercise, and visualization
regimes waiting to be discovered. The sage Ramana Maharshi
suggested self-inquiry through the repeated question, "who am I," as
a means of transcending the stress which limits the full sense of
"Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was probably the most famous Indian
sage of the twentieth century. He was renowned for his saintly life,
for the fullness of his self-realization, and for the feelings of
deep peace that visitors experienced in his presence."
Realization.org: Ramana Maharshi (picture included)
A significant sign of stress reduction can be experienced in face-to-
face communication that occurs with mutual understanding and
equanimity. Such communication can also be contagious as it spreads
from person to person.
Ed, in Florida
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