FROM STRESS TO SERENITY
Talk to anyone and the most common malady he will complain about is stress and tension. It will be rare to find a man or woman who does not suffer from stress. Even kids grumble about this problem. If it is work-related or income-related stress in the case of adults, children are done in by uncertainties and apprehensions regarding their future and studies.
Many think that stress is the inescapable consequence of the busy life today. What they conveniently forget is that life is less risky and busy today than in the past. Yet, we are more tense today than half a century ago. It is just that we do not know how to unwind.
Why is that so? Where are we going wrong? That is the subject matter of this slim volume that analyses the root causes of the problem and then tries to offer solutions step by step. The remedies are simple, practical and easy to follow, which even a child can implement. Technical jargon has been consciously avoided, lest the volume reads like a textbook.
The book has evolved after an experience of the four decades that Amar Chandel spent teaching Holistic Healing to thousands of students. While doing so, he noticed that most of the people suffer far more than what the gravity of a problem demands. That is because they have never been able to train themselves to minimize their suffering. This book aids all such people.
There are many factors which contribute to stress. All those cannot be removed in a day. The transformation from stress to serenity is a long-drawn-out process. So, one has to proceed one step at a time. That is why chapters of the book have been kept exceptionally short. One can read these in a jiffy if one wants, reflect on these and then act on them one by one at leisure. However, for the teaching to be truly effective, this is not a book which should be read cover to cover in one sitting.
The impact of stress on one’s health is greatly commented on. What is not so widely known is the effect of one’s health on one’s mental condition. This is the less-travelled route that has been taken in this book to solve our emotional problems: a healthy mind in a healthy body.
We think — erroneously — that stress is all in the mind. Actually, the body and the mind are two sides of the same coin. In fact, one can call it electro-magnetism. Wherever one is present, the other is bound to be there. If one has to conquer stress, one has to begin at the beginning, by taking care of one’s health. Conquering one’s emotions comes only later. The book makes many such unconventional suggestions to triumph over an inevitable by-product of modern living.