The below was inspired by the above. I come from a Buddhist pov, where stress or suffering is not regarded as bad news, but as workable. Read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind? Remember the fly?
Obstacles are opportunities. Pushing away obstacles only creates further “samsara.” ~ ed.
“Life is 10% what happens and 90% how we react to what happens.”
Stressed out? (It’s) Good for you…If.
Everytime I fail in my business career (you know, every day), I regard it as an opportunity to improve, learn, and wake up to something that I was previously ignoring. In other words, I welcome failure. It points out my blind spots. The key, however, is not to make the same mistake again and again.
For those of us on a spiritual path—which is just a fancy, formal way of saying for those of us who are alive and trying to be good people and enjoy life—stress and failure can and should and must be regarded as a good thing. Not something to push away.
There’s a prevalent idea in our pseudo-spiritual-lite hippie yuppie yoga-doing society that “Stress is Bad for You.”
But stress isn’t bad news. Stress is a part of life—it helps us, you know, grow up.
Just as stress is good for muscles, it can be good for our “souls”—we can learn and grow and mature through stress.
Fearing stress, not knowing how to deal with stress (breathing deep, facing the music), is bad news.
The key is to know how to deal with stress. If stress overwhelms us, that’s what will take years off of our life, make us look and feel old and joyless before our time.
I should know.
Stress can be good for us. As in exercise, stress can strengthen us and even be fun. It is, rather, our fear of stress that causes stress. Relax and grin, chin up!
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