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A Flash of Light : A Guide to Meditation in Reducing Stress

By Smith, Michael

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Reproduction Date: 1/1/2014

Title: A Flash of Light : A Guide to Meditation in Reducing Stress  
Author: Smith, Michael
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Philosophy, Meditation and mindfulness
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Stress affects us all at some stage in our life. However stress is ultimately our own choice and is not an inevitable outcome to difficult experiences. Through well established meditation and mindfulness practices we can begin to change the habits that precipitate the stress response and change our habitual behaviour to become a more calm and happier person. This is a handbook that explains how stressful patterns of behaviour manifest and how we can develop new pathways that can result in an alternative approach to difficult situations including relationships, work, financial and health issues.

Stress is a choice that we make to a situation, we do not have to make that choice and can decide to follow a different path. This is a guide to that path.

We all have experienced some level of stress at some stage in our life. This could be mild frustration at not getting what we want, when we want it, such as standing in a long queue at the supermarket or experiencing a computer crash just as we have completed a long email. Stress can also manifest as anger and even rage. Some people manage to overcome these events and quickly return to a calmer state of mind. Others cannot seem to let go of the stress and always feel on edge, or annoyed most of the time. When we feel frustrated, annoyed or in a bad mood we can very quickly descend into anger and despondency. This is because we are already stressed and any adverse event will trigger an even more stressful state of mind. The definition of stress is a physical, mental, or emotional response to events that causes bodily or mental tension. Therefore, stress is a mentally originating phenomenon, which will also have an effect upon the physical body and can manifest in many forms such as: Tension, frustration, anger, weakened immunity, ill health, and poor concentration. Prolonged exposure to stress will inevitably have an adverse effect upon the immune system. A fully functional immune system may only be minimally affected by stress. However, major stress events such as; a death in the family, change of job, redundancy, or moving house, can severely compromise immunity, and an already weakened immune system can be further damaged by even small causes of stress. It does not have to be that way and there is an alternative. This handbook will explain how stress develops and how anyone can train their mind to follow a different pattern of behaviour to become more calm and open minded and ultimately a happier person. So is stress inevitable in all of us? Why do we experience stress at all? Is it possible to avoid stress so that we can become more calm, happier and less agitated?

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Stress is a choice


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