The Swami is considered by many to be the greatest living exponent of Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of life and living. His resume is impressive, having taught at Wharton, Kellogg and Harvard business schools, as well as Fortune 100 companies.
His basic message is that stress is an internal function and fully controllable. The Swami says stress is “mental agitation caused by unfulfilled desires.”
Here’s a bit more:
Our intellect, which enables us to think, reason, judge and decide, has to monitor our mind to control stress. We can build our intellect by not taking anything for granted and always questioning “why?”
Our mind is made up of emotions, feelings, impulses, likes and dislikes. And it’s our mind that plays havoc due to worries of the past and anxieties of the future.
He said the lack of – or wrong – assessment of an individual or situation, followed by unreasonable expectations leads to disappointment/stress.
Not sure I can get my arms, or my intellect, around all of that.
Oh – and according to the Swami, yoga is a physical activity only.