The Science Of Mind Management
Swami Mukundananda's latest book, The Science of Mind Management, was released recently by Amazon’s Westland Publication. If you are looking to improve yourself, control your mind, develop positive attitudes, and achieve success in life, this is the book for you. You can obtain your personal copy on Amazon. Click on these links to obtain your copy in India, USA, and the UK. You can also order your Kindle copy there. For other countries, send your request here.
Reader, one of the hottest topics today is stress management. Stress has become a modern-day epidemic. It affects everyone in one way or another. Whether in personal relationships, at work, or in carrying out our responsibilities, stress has infiltrated every aspect of our lives.
You may not realize it, but stressful situations in themselves are not the cause of our strain and anxiety — it is the inability to handle them which stirs up emotional stress within. That is why someone may be perfectly calm and adjusted while administering a country, while another person may be a nervous wreck while managing a single family. Thus, the stress we experience is dependent on our own inner psyche, and not on the external situation. That is what we have to learn to manage.
Swamiji goes into great detail about stress and how to eliminate it in the book. We are going to share some special insights into this topic with you today!
How do we alleviate stress? Put in your best efforts without attachment to the results. The Bhagavad Gita instructs: karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana (2.47). “You have a right to perform your work, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions.” Relish your work, and offer the fruit of your efforts to God. Thus, wisdom demands that we put in our best efforts, and be content with whatever results we get.
Now, if we can learn to do this—at all times and in all situations—we will have a permanent solution to stress, and discover blissful peace. Swamiji refers to such an attitude with the acronym NATO, or “Not Attached to Outcome.” Let us apply this to a simple game of golf.
When people play golf, they are always focused upon the outcome of the game, which is their score on the board. They get so worked up about how much under- or over-par their score is that they miss out on enjoying the shot they play. For them, the game is all about the score, which is the outcome of their efforts. If it is good, they become happy and if it is bad they become sad. Instead, if they stop thinking of the score for a while, and just play their shots with focus and relish, they will find great joy in every shot they play.
Reader, likewise, the concept of NATO is applicable to more complex activities, such as work in professional organizations, in relationships, and so forth. Just focus on your efforts, without anxiety about the outcome. And because you will not be distracted by anxieties of the past or concerns about the future, your effectiveness in any situation will increase.
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