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How to Control Stress
In modern healthcare, as we look at how, the way we’ve been delivering healthcare has not worked, because it’s treating the body just as the body. We see now with all this recognition that we are more than the physical body, and that our mind and our emotions and our spirit have an impact on our health and well-being. That scientific data is beginning to change the way we look at healthcare provision. Right now, in the States, 75% of our healthcare costs are because of preventable, chronic diseases, many of which have to do with stress. Stress and burnout have been described as the disease of civilization.
I must tell you this. This first time I landed in the United States, everywhere I went, people were talking about stress management. I couldn’t understand this, because in my understanding, we manage things which are precious to us, our family, our property, our business. Why would anybody want to manage stress? It took me a some time to understand that a whole lot of people have concluded that stress is a part of their life. Stress is not a part of your life or work or anything. Stress is just your inability to manage your own body, your mind, your emotions and your life. It’s just you do not know how to keep your body, mind and emotions, you will be stressed.
Stress means the inner dimensions of who you are is in a friction. There is sufficient friction in the world. Everyday if you walk through this world, there is a whole lot of challenges and friction. That is there, but once the friction happens within this machine, within this mechanism, if there is friction, then it becomes completely debilitating, which is something most human beings are experiencing today. It’s like trying to run your car without the oil in it. In ten minutes, everything is stressful, everything makes ugly noises within.
Right now, people are going through this, and it’s causing a whole lot of psychosomatic diseases that people are suffering. I would say 70% of the ailments that human beings are suffering are self-created. About 30% happen to you from outside, because of other organisms, and infections, and various other things. Maybe some of them are like by birth, people have certain tendencies, but at least 70% is self-created, which can be easily reversed if only we attend to the individual human being. I can prove this with hundreds and thousands of cases who have walked out of ailments not treated, walked out of it, simply because a certain level of stress-free existence came.
Right now, I’ve had my lunch and I’m speaking. If I check my pulse, it’s somewhere between 55 to 60. If I was a coincidence and I were to sit here quietly for five minutes, this would settle below 40, so there is no question of stress in this one. When there is no stress, how much maintenance it needs, will considerably go down. Right now, we have studies to show you this. A simple 15-minute meditative process. Your metabolism drops up to 24 percent in a conscious state. There is sufficient studies to show that human mechanism can brought to a more easy way of functioning. It is not in a hyper state of functioning.
Right now, anything they have to do, they have to pump themselves like this and do it. No. You can propel yourself very gently. You can propel yourself … When I say gently, not necessarily behind somebody, not necessarily at a lower level of performance. Human mechanism can be made to function different levels. If you’re in a certain state of tranquility within yourself … Right now, I’m made like this. If close my eyes, the world just vanishes for me. It doesn’t even exist for me.
How you keep the system is important. Now we’re talking about this being a world peace day. If peace has to happen, a human being should know it within himself. Whatever we are seeing as human societies is just a manifestation of what is happening in individual minds. When individual minds are in such a turmoil, how do you bring peace to the world? It’s going to be just empty talk.