Learning Transcendental Meditation as a counter to stress

Much has been written about stress.  How it affects us in our everyday  lives, its effects on our long-term health and even its potential to place us in  mortal danger.  Stress, it is generally acknowledged, is under extreme  circumstances a killer.

Like most other things, a little stress can actually be a good thing.   There are situations in which it would not benefit us to be in an unstressed  state.  When we step inadvertently into the road and straight into the path  of a double decker bus, for instance, the stress of becoming suddenly aware of  our predicament leads us to call upon our reflexes, both mental and physical, to  take immediate remedial action to avoid being run over.  If we were not  caused to be stressed by the grave  urgency of the situation we might not respond to it quickly or effectively  enough, with consequences that could well prove fatal.

But stress over a sustained period of time wears away at our bodies and  internal organs at a surprising rate.  In particular, it is the effect of  repeated stress upon the heart that can lead to anxiety, high blood  pressure, heart attacks and in some cases death.  It really is as  serious as that.

Some people learn to cope with stress better than others.  For many the  everyday stress of the workplace can be alleviated by a period of “chilling out”  in the evening after work.  Others take their stress home with them,  sometimes into the family environment where completely different stresses and  strains add to and exacerbate the problems brought home  from work.  Sometimes very simple things, such as a family dispute  over which television channel to watch, can become magnified out of all  proportion to their actual importance and can lead one to become disengaged,  fatigued and sometimes even depressed.

In the modern age there are few whose lifestyles leave them untouched by  stress of some kind or another, so an antidote needs to be administered through  which to counter it.  Sometimes going for a walk, or a drive, will  suffice.  Others may opt to go out for a drink, which despite its attendant  health issues can cause one to forget about one’s problems and difficulties, or  at the very least to place them into a more realistic perspective.

For a more natural, healthier and longer lasting solution many turn to meditation.  Of the known disciplines transcendental meditation is recognised as being more than  twice as effective at relieving the mental effects of stress as all other  relaxation and meditation  techniques.

The uniquely deep state of rest induced by transcendental meditation provides  tangible benefits in every area of life, from reduced stress to much better  health, clearer thinking, and increased creativity.

 

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