How to Manage Stress? | Sadhguru

Sadhguru: The first time I came to United
States, wherever I went, I heard this term “stress
management”. I could not understand, because (Laughs) in
my understanding, we manage things which are precious to us. Our families, our businesses, our money, our property, whatever is precious to us, we will manage that. Why would somebody want to manage stress? I couldn’t get it for some time (Laughs). Then I realized people have made a conclusion, that stress is an extra limb that they have in their body. Stress is an appendage that they cannot get rid of. Stress is not a part of you. You get stressful because you do not know how to handle your mind. No attention
has been paid as to how to handle this mind, how to handle this emotion, how to handle this body, how to handle these energies; nothing
has been done about it. You’re managing such a
sophisticated system accidentally. So you being stressful, is a natural outcome
of such unconscious living. There is no other way to be. Don’t think your job is stressful. Now you are a student, being a student is
stressful. If you don’t find employment when you come out of the college, that is stressful. If you get a job, even
more stressful. If you don’t get married, that is very stressful. If you get married… (Gestures)
(Laughter) I don’t want to say anything (Laughs). If you don’t have children, that is stressful. If you have children, you pull your hair out with stress (Laughs). So it is not your job or your life
situations which are stressful. Stress is happening to you because of your
inability to manage your own system. Not knowing how to manage this system is stressfulness. If this (Referring to
oneself) happened the way you want it, you wouldn’t be stressful. If you… You do simple Inner Engineering process, just
21 minutes a day – today you take your pulse rate before and after food, do it for six weeks, check your pulse rate and see, it will be considerably down, which essentially shows, with the same level of activity… this is a simple indicator, there are many other parameters that you could check but this is an extremely simple indicator for which you don’t have to go to any laboratory, you can check it yourself. The lowering of the pulse with the same level
of activity indicates that your system is going at an easier pace. That means it’s
working much more efficiently. If you drive your car at 2000 rpm, the engine may last 100,000 kilometers or miles. If you drive the same engine at 5000
rpm, it may last only 50,000 miles or less, simply because it’s unnecessarily revved up. So if this (Referring to oneself) can do everything that it has to do at an easy pace that means it is happening efficiently. Any machine which has least amount of friction
within itself happens efficiently, naturally produces more with
least amount of stress. It is definitely time you do some
Inner Engineering (Laughs).

Joseph Wolf


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