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Countering Stress and Boredom

The worldly life is a journey that is essentially characterized by its monotony. In the mundane world, we see that there are hardly any new vistas of opportunity and creativity for the individual to indulge in. Often we see that the human life ends up being naught but a recursive journey in itself. The human life gets slowly institutionalized and boxed in as man starts to look at life simply in the terms of weekdays and weekends. He work hard all the week just to get a few moments of respite and enjoyment in the weekends. This completely expunges any creativity that he has within himself; he loses the ability to re-invent himself; and consequently he starts to lose all joy in his life.

The aforementioned characteristics are classical symptoms of boredom. Boredom typically sets in owing to the overbearing monotony of the mundane world. Many times, when an individual is made to the same work much like a government mule, he truly feels that he is under-achieving not as a professional, but as an individual. We all yearn happiness and joy in our lives. Sadly, our jobs and our lifestyle is not equipped to provide us with the same; add to that the mounting stress-levels at the workplace and you have got yourself a real mess at your hands. So how can an individual get out of this stress-inducing lifestyle that instills naught but boredom in his heart?

The point that the individual has to realize over here is that he essentially needs to find new ways to reinvent himself. Our spirit expresses through ceativity; and when it is unable to find this expression in the workplace, it is reduced to shambles. Thus the essential thing to note is that an individual must always find new and innovative ways to stay creative in life; not for the sake of others, but simply for his own sake. The new-found creative expression would surely inject him with great joy and enthusiasm to go through life with a renewed sense of pleasure. When you find something of your own to indulge in, you won’t seek creative expression in the workplace; for that is essentially what most of us do. We seek a creative outlet in the workplace; and when we fail to get one, we get despondent and dejected. However the fact of the matter is that the workplace is not meant to give you a creative expression. Your work is simply a means of your livelyhood. Realize that and you will automatically start to look at it from a different perspective. Find a creative pursuit and then you will surely marvel at the wonders that it weaves in your lifestyle.

Write; Sing; Dance. Give an expression to your inner turmoil. Whenever you feel that the inner voice is raging against the prevailing circumstances, vent it out on a piece of paper. It will not only result in pacifying your sentiments, but it would also give you another perspective to look at yourself. Then afterwards when you would read, you would surely laugh at it. With time, this practice would ensure that you won’t have any undesirable undertones of dissatisfaction within yourself. You would be clean and fresh like the morning dew, ready to spring forth into each day with bounding joy in your heart…

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Chapter 5: “Stress & Boredom”

In today’s world when an individual hardly gets any time for recreation and rejuvenation, stress and boredom pose a great problem. In this chapter Rutugandha recounts the day when the master spoke of worldly stress and ways to overcome boredom. What is boredom? Why does it set it? How can one truly overcome it?
Listen to the following audio snippet to find the answer…

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