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Lesson 25 -
Effect of Meditation on High Stress Situations (Audio)
Date: Tue Dec 2, 2003 4:41pm
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Q: I am going through a difficult divorce. Will meditation help me get through it?
A: Yes it will, but keep in mind that meditation is not a Band-Aid designed to deal with
only the crisis at hand. It is a long-term practice that has many benefits. One of these
is the development of an increasing tolerance for high stress situations. So, meditation
will help in your current situation, but will also, over time of regular practice, make
you permanently more resilient in high stress situations in general.
Why is this so? It is an interesting and observable phenomenon relating to the gradual
rise of pure bliss consciousness in the nervous system. As we meditate, we find, over
time, that there is more "silence" in us. It is not that we become silent in our
outer life. We will probably seem much the same to others - perhaps a bit calmer. But
inside we are more still, not moving around randomly in our thoughts, feelings and inner
physical reactions as much as before. Less jangled, you know. This experience of inner
silence continues to grow as we continue to meditate every day for weeks, months and
years. As this is occurring, we notice that daily upheavals in life do not throw us off as
much. Things that used to upset us don't as much. We become steady inside. If there is a
sudden event, like a bang, that used to make us jump before, we may not even move now. We
will experience it from someplace that is not affected. It goes right through, leaving
little trace of tension. Does this mean we become cold and unfeeling? Not at all. We still
feel, actually become more compassionate, but we are not swept away by emotions as we were
This is the essential thing about not being undone by stressful situations: this inner
silence, this inner immovability.
From a spiritual perspective, it is well described by Jesus when he says, "The wise
man built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon the house, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a
If you build your house upon the rock of your inner silence, nothing will be able to knock
you off center. This is why meditation is one of the best stress therapies known. As with
preserving good health, meditation is best for cultivating the nervous system in advance,
stabilizing balance and inner silence before the storms of life rear up.
Besides these practical, everyday-living benefits, inner silence also is the foundation
for the rise of divine ecstasy in the nervous system, and refining our perception of the
world around us in a celestial way. The rise of silence in the nervous system is the first
stage of the enlightenment process.
The guru is in you.
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