Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Stress

“The problem of stress does not admit to simpleminded solutions or quick fixes. At root, stress is a natural part of living for which there is no more escape than from the human condition itself. Yet some people try to avoid stress by walling themselves from life experience: others attempt to anesthetize themselves one way or the other to escape it. Of course, it is only sensible to avoid undergoing unnecessary pain and hardship. Certainly we all need to distance ourselves from our troubles now and then. But if escape and avoidance become our habitual way of dealing with our problems, the problems just multiply. They don’t magically go away. What does go away or gets covered over when we tune out our problems, run away from them, or simply go numb is our power to continue to learn and grow, heal and change. When it comes right down to it facing our problems is usually the only way to get past them.”

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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