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Understanding‘STRESS’

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To understand the stress

Impact of Stress in human body & mind

Note: We at Tapasya believe that knowledge must reach the general public.  So, if you are expecting some definitions from medicine books, we are sorry. We don’t want you to read & feel it is some Greek & Latin. We are here to give you in the deciphered form, in straight forward terms only. It is easily understood & that is the whole purpose of the knowledge- outreach to whole mankind.

“What is Stress”?(In simple terms!)

The Stress is of 2 types, good & bad. But in usual terms we refer only for the Bad. Simply put-Anything unpleasant you come across is stress. It may be bad mood, failed wake up alarm, someone jump queue in petrol station, first person you come by at office is your Manager!, late lunch, towering dead line, news of the imminent arrival of your in-laws during weekends, etc.

What happens,’ within you’, when stressed?

It’s a complicated reaction inside you, chemical, hormonal, electrical, pressure changes, pulse rate, muscle tension, pupil reaction, unreasonable thinking, flight or fight plan, a step towards heart attack, etc.

But the most important things to happen are 3 possibilities,

1, Immediate- The weakest part of our body is first affected, if our cervical spine (come on! I am talking about our neck) is weak, we feel the pain in neck. If our digestive system is weak, we are met with acidity or IBS or diarrhea or constipation or a simple muscle cramps, etc.

2, Short & Long term- Simple seeming signs and symptoms like hair fall, mouth ulcer,  lack of appetite, gastric ulcer, head ache, body pain, disturbed sleep, moody, irritability, frequent flu & cold, etc

3, Ticking Time Bomb- Silent but dangerous, an act of stress stimulates free radical, a natural chemical in our body. This affects the inner wall of arteries & which creates cholesterol plaque formation, to put it in 2 words you are walking towards ‘Heart Attack’, holding hands with stress.

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What are the health / disease consequences of Stress?

Gone are the days, to complain just about micro organisms and infections.

The 4000 year old Asian life style concepts of Yoga, Ayurveda & Chinese medicine, all mention the same. It is to consider the ‘Body as a Whole’ & Mind plays a dominant role to one’s health. In new age medicine, we call it ‘psycho-somatic’ or ‘mind body medicine’. Many a diseases are caused or aggravated by this psycho somatic factor called, Stress.

The onslaught of ‘Stress’ on mind over a period of time reacts on body.

It happens in the form of Diabetes, High blood pressure, Ischemic heart disease, Slip disc of spine, irregular & painful periods(menses) in women, Psoriasis, Migraine, Ulcers, Irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cyst, Nervous breakdown, Bronchial asthma, etc

Is any connection found between Stress & Cancer?

The aggravation of conditions in Cancer by stress is proven clinically.

Stress causes, inflammation, production of free radicals, impaired immune system and total exhaustion.

 

 

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Emotion …

Emotional Culture …

Emotional Quotient {E.Q}…

India always exported one product after spices & that is Stress Management

 

Accept the unchangeable,

Change the Changeable,

Pray to god, to enlighten you the difference between the two”.

The essence of emotions is the destiny of human being.

Misery, mystery, despair, ecstasy, love, hate, amusement, boredom, bliss & many more emotions decide the quality of life.

Life of humanity were contemplated, analyzed, researched & amazed by ancient monks of east. They tried & to an extent of greatest amazement, understood it too. These were written down in the form of folk songs, Epics, Vedanta, Buddhist Dhamma, and Zen philosophy.

Plight we are responsible for: These understandings are a vast source of knowledge in preventing and resolving the modern day disaster, Stress.

Emotional culturing reached a great setback in this century. The final nail in the coffin is when the (MI) moral instruction hour of schools was allotted for math teacher to complete the syllabus.

Many a things like this, lead to a condition where, schools produced centum students, who could get an admission in top ranking schools & there was competence & passion in them but the value &compassion were lost forever.

They end up attempting suicide, unable to cope with stress, top ranked official joining the world of bribery, lack of respect among spouses even in educated households, substance abuse in doctors & technocrats, etc.

The emotion is a feeling & cannot be quantitatively assessed easily.

We come across richest people, despite their abundance, are in despair. We also see daily wage workers who struggle to meet the ends, but in a content happy life. So the question is where is the missing piece of this puzzle? The answer lies in the emotion & its culturing. Gone were the days where a person’s I.Q, was alone a yard stick, now the E.Q, is taking front seat in many a forms like team spirit, coordination, etc.

We in Tapasya-Mitra have developed a lot of games & exercises in this area & are in great demand by Corporations for their middle & top management people.

The tools for Emotional Culture

There are successful practical tools for Emotional Culture (EC) & to improve the Emotion quotient (EQ).One product Indians have never imported & the first product to be exported by India is one and the same. They are the tools for stress management & emotional culture, ‘Made in India’. These Indian tools are proven in laboratories & in the real world too. They are Yoga, Vedanta & Buddhism.

To this day, we never had the plight to import this one product, why should we start it now? We are not here to belittle about the west, but we should not fail to analyze the western concepts of emotional management, then it is a mistake of omission from our part.

Here are the few such tools of the west, the punching bags, where you hang a boxer’s punch bag in office or at home & punch it when you are upset. It did no good other than improving the biceps. There is also one more but non violent mode, count from 1 to 100 or more, until your emotions are stabilized. That too proved ineffective. The Freudian concepts of human psychology are already proven to be wrong at many counts.

There is another technique, sit & have a talk; of course, it is a very effective tool, which the whole world should learn, ‘the dialog’. The communication gap is a greatest of all invisible walls of this modern world of busy schedules, personal gadgets like mobile phones, internet, walk man, etc. The science becomes a necessary evil here.

Yoga is the complete tool to tackle the crisis of emotions. Please do not imagine just the complex postures as Yoga. Postures are just a small step in Yoga.

Yoga has a variety of options to choose

The top one on top is Jnana yoga, the yoga for intellects, where you analyze the complexities of life using the assistance of Vedanta & principles of yoga. This is purely an exercise of mind. Of course it is the most challenging one too.

The next option is Bhakti yoga, yoga of submission. This concept advocates a lot of tools of culturing. For example, chanting (Japa), singing, dancing in elation, etc. ISKON concept was conceived from it & proved effective.

Ashtanga yoga & Hatha yoga, The most popular & the most miss understood concept. Here the methods are like a road map to bliss & we just need sincere effort from our side. In this path, culturing starts at the physical, then the emotional & culminates at the spiritual well being. This is also a path which can be practiced by common man & need not be a monk.

Yoga has given postures (asana) which are to be coordinated with breathing.  The mental balance is brought about with the co-ordination of postures, breathing and through meditation. There are different breathing practices to address the various specific need of humanity. It is called Pranayama, regulation of life through breath.

Meditation (Dhyana), a method by which mind can be transcended to a state of blankness, zero, total silence. Through this path we can go across barriers & achieve infinity, devoid of stress. There are around 108 types of meditation in ancient scriptures. Of which 11 are very much user friendly.

Yoga Nidra, a technique through which the meditative calmness, and effect of hours of dream less sleep is achieved by well in just 20 minutes.

Other tools of east …

Veda, Vedanta, Buddhism principles too help in Emotional culture, if it is used in right place at right time with the proper understanding of the principle & the context of usage. The Buddhist meditations are incomparably the best. The Vedanta based anger management tool has no parallel since thousands of years.

The real challenge comes in blending it proportionately, sculpturing it to perfection through analysis by experts & making it an easy learning experience. It should be practical in usage.

This is the only way the concept becomes life style instead of vanishing at the level of seminar room. This challenge was taken up by us. We successfully completed this mission. We are serving the humanity with our training programs based on eastern concepts & medical understanding.

Tapasya stands victoriously up, because of its user friendly package. We regularly do quality up gradation. We modify the program with adjustments according to the client requirements. Exceptional training, visible results & positive feed backs.

We also design more specific programs for the clients whose requirement demands the special attention. We study their industry, work culture, management expectations, employee difficulties & our team of experts design a tailor made package. This training is handled by expert doctors at the organization, in the venue of your choice.  Follow up too, done by qualified doctors of Mitran.

 

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VEDANTA

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Modern physicists have looked to Vedanta for understanding their proposed unitary field of consciousness behind the universe, to explain the coherence of all cosmic laws.

India for centuries has had one of the most rigorous, profound and insightful intellectual traditions in the world- the great system of Vedanta. Vedanta is more than a mere conceptual intellectual tradition. It is a way of meditative knowledge, beyond the mind. Its opinions to a higher truth not limited by time, space or person. Vedanta brings significant depth and originality of thought and brings about progress in spirituality and science.

Vedanta was considered as an otherworldly approach. Some considered it a joke, where it regards the world as Maya or illusion. Indian philosophy was joked at as illusionary by most foreigners and even by some Indians alike. Since Einstein’s Theory of Relativity over a century ago, Vedanta is looked about by scientists and scholars as the cutting edge of physics. Modern scientists from the time of Einstein are discovering the illusory nature of physical reality and the existence of subtler energy and information currents behind all that we see.

Vedanta is the science of consciousness at both human and cosmic levels. Vedanta recognizes consciousness as the ultimate reality and affirms its presence in all existence. Modern physicists have looked to Vedanta for understanding their proposed unitary field of consciousness behind the universe, to explain the coherence of all cosmic laws. Vedanta is the unitary philosophy behind the practice of yoga, explaining the oneness of the individual soul with the universal consciousness that yoga aims us to realize. Vedanta is considered to be the highest of all yoga.

Shamkara teaching Vedanta

In modern India, Vedanta brings the independence of the spirit and the awakening of the yogic traditions. Vedanta was the basis of the teachings for many of the greatest minds of India from ancient to modern times, from Krishna to Shankara to Swami Vivekananda. More recent monks bring the message of Vedanta with logic, humor and insight. The Swami Dayanandji and Swami Chinmayanandaji, Osho and Satchidanandaji are few examples. Vedanta teachings of these modern day monks resonate with the youth and intellectuals alike.

Vedanta is an art and science of consciousness, an inner science of self-knowing. The modern science can benefit from the Vedanta. Vedanta teaches a way of self-knowledge that does not require any beliefs. Vedanta says that we must first know ourselves in order to reach the ultimate truth. Vedanta is a rational approach towards introspection. Yoga and meditation enable us to reach ultimate reality. Vedanta brings us to perceive our own consciousness which is universal in nature.

Article Aum / Om/ Primordial Sound

Krishna says, “If someone can remember me in my ‘Aum’ form and live in Aum at the time of death, he will attain to the ultimate, the eternal- Moksha”. The word Aum is an extraordinary, rare word. People who discovered Aum were in search of something which could be a bridge between the word and silence. While any word has a meaning, the silence is neither meaningless nor meaningful. It is beyond both, it is the beyond. Aum is constituted with the three basic sound forms: a, u and m. A, u and m are the basic sounds of the science of phonetics. All other letters of the alphabet are their extensions and combinations. Although Aum was not written in as a word, it remains a distinct and distinguished symbol.  Aum in its original form is available in Sanskrit, where it is in the pictorial form, it is neither a word nor a letter.

 

Aum/ Om in Sanskrit Language

Aum represents the space where the finite world of the words- sounds end and the infinite world of the silence begins.  It forms the frontier, the border line between the word and the wordless. Aum is not even needed to be just uttered or chanted. It has to be really heard and experienced. When we go into deep meditation, when all disappear, the sound of Aum will begin to vibrate. This real Aum is heard when all words disappear, all noises cease. When mind and intellect, thought and word all come to an end and silence begins, then an extraordinary subtle vibration remains, which this country has interpreted as Aum.

When the immense emptiness comes into being, it has its own sound, its own music. It is called the sound of the cosmic silence. It is called the anahatha, the unstruck- the uncaused sound. The clapping of hands or the sounds of drums is created. Meditation is a journey into silence. When all sounds disappear, when there is no duality, when you are utterly alone, then the causeless sound comes into being. India’s sages have called it Aum.

The English language has three words: omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent- all of which can be constituted with the word Aum. The real ‘Aum’ is heard when all words disappear, all noises cease. When mind and intellect, thought and word all come to an end and silence begins, then an extraordinarily subtle vibration remains, which is ‘Aum’. When the immense emptiness comes into being, it has its own sound, its own music. It is called the anahatha, the unstuck and the uncaused sound. As mentioned earlier, the English language has three words: omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent- all of which are constituted with the word Aum.

Philologists may not understand. After meditations and listening to anahatha, I feel, omniscient means that one who has known the Aum, omnipresent means the one who is present in Aum and omnipotent means the one who has become powerful as Aum. We all can feel it.

The Aum has been found in many forms all over the world. It is available in both the ancient sources of religion- Hinduism and Judaism. If there is anything common between Hinduism Buddhism and Jainism, it is Aum. Aum is not manmade but heard in the depth of meditation. It is the cosmic sound. Zen sages ask their disciples to go and find the sound of one hand clapping. The sound of one hand clapping is something unheard of! This is Zen’s own way of saying the same thing- the anahatha, the unstuck sound. The real Aum is an explosion. It emerges from the depths of your innermost being.

Centre for physics and meta-physics, Switzerland, world’s foremost organization of authority in Basic sciences have found that the sound rhythm of Aum creates a pattern. This design is similar to that of ‘Sri Chakra’, of the Indian monk Adi Shankara. The resonance of Aum is deeply penetrative into the sub conscious and unconscious mind. Aum is proved to bring out the maximum potential of human mind and helps in crossing the frontiers of possibilities and so called impossibilities.

Sri Chakra, Geometric design of Aum by Adi Shankara
A, U, M, sounds of the Aum are the primordial sounds of Humanity. Dr.Deepak Chopra, world renowned Cancer specialist and modern day Guru and the Dr. Dean Ornish- pioneer in ‘Reversing heart disease program’ use the power of ‘Aum’ meditation in their therapy. So it is not a surprise to know that Krishna strongly advocates to the humanity about the importance of ‘Aum’ in this life and after.

 

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Research & analysis

Study – 1

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The research studies & analysis on professionals in their work culture, leisure management, family ties, habits, etc.

A Study on white collar professional:

International scientific community, guidelines says with a survey a profession is graded as most self hazardous and stressful, based on the findings like young age heart attacks, early divorces, substance abuse, early diabetes in 30s, hypertension, etc. From the studies, done around the world, Doctors and then the banking sector are graded as most self damaging of all profession.

In India, our Tapasya Mitran did an extensive survey (1st of its kind) in 2004. That gave a very disturbing result. It showed that IT professionals are the worst affected followed by Banking & other financial sector. Doctors are at the next level. (It is not that Indian Doctors are doing better. It is just that IT sector & Finance sector overtook the Doctors in self damaging). The major occupational hazard in IT is stress induced by never ending deadlines. This was our study conducted before 2004. The present study is half way and the results are no way encouraging.

This gave birth to our quest to find solution. Tapasya-Mitran with an aim, ’How to be successful & yet be happy’, brought out our programs for white collar professionals. Ours was the first organization in India, to have spent thousands of hours on study on executives, IT professionals & other white collar professionals. The largest study on Indian IT industry was done only by Tapasya-Mitran, headed by the director of Mitran foundation Dr.Dwarakanath. To this day no one has surpassed our studies.

In our analysis, the major findings were eye strain, cervical & lumbar disc-prolapse, high blood cholesterol, many in border line diabetes, gastric ulcer, IBS, sleep disorders, etc. And this compelling evidence brought us to a platform & realizing the time factor, we designed the compact tailor made program.

Our program demands just 20 minutes of their time 3 times a week & a few realistic, life style changes, which are possible for one & all. Of course it takes 2 full days to educate and enlighten all the aspects towards health

 

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Research & Analysis

Study – 2

The research studies & analysis in professionals on their work culture, leisure management, family ties, habits, etc.

Of the 3000 Professionals -18% got result of HAPPY!

53% are in dire need of serious look into their Life!

A Study on leisure management: This was a vast study; Tapasya- Mitran conducted on professionals about their leisure management habits.

Leisure management is nothing but the way the people spend their day off & their level of mental satisfaction, at the end of it. The study results are a shocking surprise for us. Out of the 3000 professionals we studied across the country, about their leisure habits, only a bare minimum of 18% got the result as Happy. And another 22% are in the medium level, that is to say the Happiness is within reach most of the time, but are able to experience very rarely. Of the total, 7% expressed that they were in need of professional help to guide them in spending their time off. The rest, 53% were in dire need of revamping their personal life.

The Group stat: The point to be noted is out of the whole group of 3000, 82% people are 2-8+ years into their job and in the age group of less than 35. Most of them confidently expressed their positive professional future. So the question of job insecurity should be ruled out.

According to the Harvard school of management’s studies, the quality of leisure time spent will have direct effect on work performance levels in office.

This is the reason, we have advised corporations around the world, in practicing forced holidays with paid vacation plans to rejuvenate their senior work force & this prevents them from burn out. Many of our client organizations are having tie up with resorts & spas which save the company a ransom through concession rates.

Tapasya is advisors for many organizations, in this regard, for both Corporate & Resorts. We design a fully productive & natural rejuvenation holidays. This is mutually beneficial for all.

All our corporate trainings have special modules designed in educating & we are very successful in making the people best (self) leisure managers too.

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