“Be aware, from the information age, you are entering the sensory age. It is a sensory human being, who is going to be very different from what we know or see.”
Q: When I get stressed at work my whole body seems to shut down. Physically and mentally everything is a mess. Even though I know it is happening, I am unable to stop the negative experience. Is there a quick fix so I can get my energy and psyche back to normal so I am able to perform my job?
A: The results of what we call stress today are not even close to what they will be in the near future. Stress is rusting the complementary system of the body, and damaging the sensory system. In life this causes a lot of gaps, which we don’t always recognize as stress-related.
Sometimes the best experts on health cannot discover cold stress that actually freezes the spirit and the mind and which can damage our relationships with people, in work and in our surroundings. Take it slow and steady. The only solution is that our daily schedule must include exercise, breathing, massage, and healthy foods, including herbal remedies and teas.
Q: Thank you for bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West. Its practice has made me resilient in the face of adversity. My biggest challenge is staying centered in the face of “good” stress in my life—for example, planning celebratory gatherings with my family and friends, and managing projects to make the workplace a better one. I get so worked up about it that I even lose sleep and appetite. And, to be honest, I kind of like the high. Is there anything I should do about this?
A: Fill up a tub with warm water up to the navel point and arrange a shower which falls perpendicular on your head. Enjoy 11 minutes of it. Remember, not hot, not cold, but warm water, and see the miracle.
Q: My question is, how can one best deal with the stress of not having a relationship with a preferred life partner? There are many people in my situation—men and women who have achieved most or all of their career goals and are living financially secure but empty lives because of loneliness and disconnection. I have everything I ever thought I wanted including good health. I am simply not able to meet a suitable life partner and create a healthy, committed relationship for the remainder of my life here. Along the way, I would have given up some of my other goals in order to have met the right man’ and settled down into the householder’s life. This perceived lack creates stress and unhappiness to the degree that I sometimes do not enjoy my many other blessings.
A: Longing for a mate should not be pursued on physical, mental, or social level. Longing for a mate should have the foundation of virtues and values, like a sacred oath. A human has to be trained to accept life mutually with another human. When two people are conscious, mutuality has to set the rule. In that, life becomes a sweet tender give and take.
[Aquarian Times, Spring 2001]
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