What is Stress?
In daily life we frequently face difficult situations that bring mental and emotional pressures. The body then responds in a prompt, speedy and inefficient way. Stress is anything that brings mental and emotional pressure that leads to fear, anxiety, worry, apprehensions, anger and even excitement. According to medical professionals, 90-95% of illnesses in modern era can be blamed on psychological forces; 98% headaches originate due to stress and stress also manifests itself into many other physical ailments like indigestion, acidity and life-killers like heart attacks.
How does stress develop?
Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, and has become so pervasive, that it seems to permeate everything and everybody. Stress and Tension occur because of the uncontrolled flow of thoughts relating to our future or past that keep our mind in constant turbulence. These thoughts deviate us from working in the present - which only is the reality. It is usually these thoughts related to our excessive thinking of future and past which makes us tired and not the hard work.
The Effect of stress
Stress causes real "wear and tear" on our bodies as we adjust to our continually changing environment and so it has numerous physical and emotional effects on us.
Change of facial expression and bodily postures
Withdrawal from social relationships
Low task performance (sometimes its opposite also manifests, i.e, high productivity but which is highly detrimental for our physical and mental health
Impediment of speech
Sighs & continuous fidgeting
Tension and Worry
Phobic Disorders, etc.
How to overcome stress?
Medical science has nothing to offer to combat the dreadful effects of stress except tranquilizers, habit forming toxic drugs, etc. Every and any event we face can bring us into a challenging and a threatening situation. Thus stress is an inner reaction rather than an outer phenomenon. To be really stress free we have to develop SELF-AWARENESS. The knowledge of our self: Its likes and dislikes, its harmony and conflicts. The key for gaining self-awareness lies in a process of shifting one's focus from the external environment to internal makeup, including physical, emotional and spiritual system.
How to achieve Self-Awareness to overcome stress?
Meditation is the best relaxation technique and the accepted solution all over the world to combat stress effectively. Sahaja Yoga, a highly developed and unique system of meditation, enables the person to reach a level of complete self-awareness.
How does Sahaja Yoga help to overcome stress?
Sahaja Yoga works on awakening of primordial energy within us called Kundalini. When the Kundalini rises and crosses the sixth energy centre, it brings us into a state of thoughtless-awareness (no distracting thoughts from future or past are bombarding the mind). All conflicts residing in the mind that create stress, evaporate. We enter into a state of peace within, remaining completely in the present and aware of everything around us.
Medical Research on effects of Sahaja Yoga on Hypertension
Medical Research conducted by physiology department of the Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India and Sucheta Kripalani Hospital on varied groups of individual Sahaja Yoga meditators has revealed that the practice of Sahaja Yoga is accompanied by a decrease in tension, stress, anxiety, depression and hypertension.