We feel stressed not so much because we are over-worked as because we are over-worried
Stress is rampant in today’s society. Why? One common explanation is over-work.
But is over-work the only cause? At least three points suggest otherwise:
What, then, primarily causes stress? Let’s consider our own experience of stress. We usually feel stressed when we are doing one thing but are obsessing over all the other things we need to do. Right now, we have no control over those future to-dos, yet we are trying to control them. Struggling to control the uncontrollable is the recipe for worry. Too much worrying stresses us far more than too many to-dos.
Why are we obsessed with over-controlling things? Two main reasons:
When we think that no one is in control if we are not in control, such spiritual ignorance about the supreme controller keeps us over-worried. Pertinently, Bhagavad-gita (18.35) indicates that spiritual ignorance causes fearfulness.
To counter such ignorance, Gita wisdom offers two empowering insights:
By spiritual knowledge and practice, when we internalize these twin truths, we gradually gain an armor of inner calm that shields us from stress.
Think it over: