By Pulkit Sharma
Only by going into the depth of spirituality will we transcend the stress generated by our minds, says Pulkit Sharma, using the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as a case in point
Stress is perhaps the most common problem of our times, which is not surprising given the complexity of our lives. It is also the root cause of several physical, psychological and relational disorders. When a person experiences stress, their mind and body get into the typical ‘fight-or-flight’ mode where hormones are released leading to a rush of energy and an appropriate action to either fight the stressor or run away from it. The reason why stress is such a killer in our times is that the old fight-flight response is no longer appropriate for urban conditions. How do you run away from your boss or fight him? How do you run away from the unrelenting pressure of inflation? How do you fight a chronic ailment or soaring pollution?
Clearly, we need to think of more creative alternatives to flight and fight especially because intense and prolonged chronic stress has the potential to damage our mind and body. Our immune system becomes overactive and continuously releases inflammatory cytokines, which attack our own body.
In my work as a psychologist, I have often experienced that most of the existing models of stress management are ineffective because they are based on a superficial understanding of the human mind. In fact, to beat stress we often need to look beyond mind and bring down a higher influence that can transcend the limitations and contradictions inherent in mind.
The Integral Yoga developed by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother is one such approach that encourages us to bri
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