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We all are floating in a sea of stress. What few of us realize is that stress is tied to the habits our younger selves adopted to get along in the world. But we are not those habits. And we can learn how to first recognize, then free ourselves from our automatic behaviors and end our suffering. Drawing on the teachings of medical science and yoga, Dr. Todd A. Hoover charts a path to managing stress and experiencing true contentment. Chapter by chapter, he shows the way to overcome our mental limitations, accept and love ourselves, and conduct our lives from a place of true authenticity and freedom.

About This Book

This book is designed to bring together fundamental aspects of psychology, developmental neuroscience, social theory, and yoga science to reveal the causes and management of stressful events that occur in every human being. Stress tends to occur across a spectrum of severity, from the mild everyday stresses to those catastrophic events that make news headlines. An extensive discussion of the nature of stress, the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of human stress responses and potential strategies for enhancing stress adaptation are presented in a step-by-step format.

This book has been organized into three sections within two volumes. Volume I is titled "The Binding of the Soul" and Volume II is titled "Ancient Tools for Modern Problems".

Volume I: Section I: Individual Stress Response

Volume II: Section II: Self Awareness

Section III: Stress Management

In Section I, you will learn critical aspects of the social and physiological causes of stress. To help reinforce this understanding, a basic overview of human psychosocial development is presented. The mechanisms of behavioral trait development and habit formation are explored in depth. Automatic behaviors form most of our reactions, but these automatic reactions are predominantly learned in early childhood. Understanding the mechanisms by which these patterns are acquired from our family and social peers is critical to helping us create the power to change our behaviors. This process of psychosocial development is further defined through the fundamental tenets of yoga philosophy regarding the Soul and the Gross Body. You will discover how the Soul or inner nature is progressively bound by learning and experience through the lifetime. Finally, the information will help clarify the difference between human (species) types of common responses to stress and those responses that are more particular to an individual.

Section II is the pivotal section of this text. Self-awareness can help move an individual from automatically deploying unconscious patterns of reaction to developing an awareness of which reaction patterns are operating. Prior to the development of Self-awareness, individuals are at the mercy of their unconscious training and habits. As awareness increases, individuals acquire more power of choice. Self-awareness is the key to move from the Ego-identified self to the Soul-identified Self. This shift opens the door to liberation from stress.

Section III presents a variety of stress-management techniques and strategies. The goal here is to produce happiness and relative freedom from the negative effects of stress. While the strategies will be effective even without any significant self-awareness, they will become much more powerful for the individual who garners some insight into their being. Both conventional and yoga-based strategies for stress management are discussed. The goal of the practice of yoga is to liberate the individual from stress and to experience the ultimate state of awareness of the Self, or Soul. Choosing to move toward this goal of absolute freedom will help anyone reduce stress in their life even if they are never able to reach that final state of liberation.

While it may be appealing to immediately jump to Section III of the text, I suggest you take the time to learn the practical underpinnings of how your body and mind have learned to adapt to stress, and how those habitual responses now automatically determine your daily response to any threat or trauma. This understanding will greatly increase your ability to utilize the tools presented in Section Ill, both in supporting yourself and others. Without taking these important steps, the techniques of stress management will remain hollow forms without true grit and substance.

The content of this book reflects many of the personal and professional experiences of my life. As a medical director for a Fortune 50 company and as a family physician practicing integrative medicine for more than twenty years, I helped individual patients and also designed programs to help employees manage the stress associated with work. In my private practice I personalized the healthcare approach with each patient through a lengthy exploration of the various stressors in his or her life. In nearly every case I found a clear link between life stressors and disease development. Such repeated observations convince me of the critical importance of this subject for anyone interested in maintaining health and well-being.

About the Author 

In addition to my solo integrative medical practice, I have practiced medicine in the U.S. Navy, the emergency room, and as a medical director for a Fortune 50 company. My training as a yoga teacher in 1989 was one step of many in my life practice of personal growth and the search for greater freedom from habitual and restrictive thinking. My commitment to community development has led to roles including President of the American Institute of Homeopathy, U.S. representative to the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and trustee for the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. I retired from medical practice in 2014 to pursue additional yoga training at the Lakulish University in India. My greatest accomplishments to date include graduating Jefferson Medical College when I turned 23, living each day fully with my loving wife for the past 25 years, raising a powerful daughter, and developing a growing understanding of individual human suffering. These experiences have intermingled, melded, and inspired the content within. Please read and enjoy!

Introduction

Section I presents a comprehensive understanding of the stress response of the average human. The nature and types of internal and external stressors are explored in depth. Human development, learning, acculturation, genetic inheritance, and direct experience all play a primary role in creating a complex array of potential responses to any stressful experience. Human beings are highly evolved organisms: just as our immune system has developed into a complex and adaptive defense against physical threats to our bodies, so too has our psyche developed complex and adaptive tools to defend against all types of stress.

Later in this section I present an investigation of how childhood learning leads to habituation of behavior and ultimately formation of our character, which contains our primary stress-defense posture. Remaining introspective as you read will help you identify those characteristics and behaviors that may have become regimented or automated during your own developmental years. The process of character development helps to make our stress response very powerful and efficient, but may also cause us to cordon off different options for our learning and growth potential.

Each of us has the opportunity to use our own life experiences to help test the validity of what we read. I encourage you to look carefully at your own experiences to determine what information resonates with you, as well as to see whether your experiences may be incomplete relative to the conceptual information presented here. Learning is an unfolding process. Some concepts are relatively obvious to the student immediately, while others gradually become clear as one's life continues to unfold. Personal growth and learning enable us to become more adaptive with relation to stress and are encouraged in everyone who reads this text. In the process of mastery, one moves from a state of ignorance, to learning, to experience, and finally to true understanding or knowledge. By adopting an attitude of experiential relearning, you have the potential to master the ability to manage any stress that occurs in your life. Such mastery is invaluable to your own health and well-being, and is essential for anyone who plans to help others with stress management.

Contents

About This Book 4
Table of Contents 9
SECTION I: INDIVIDUAL STRESS RESPONSE 13
Introduction 14
Chapter 1: DEFINING STRESS 15
Global Statistics 15
Defining Stress 17
Types of Stress 19
Exercise # 1 20
Stress and Emotions 22
Exercise #2 25
Discussion 28
Summary 29
Chapter 2: STRESS RESPONSE PHYSIOLOGY 30
Alarm Phase 30
Resistance Phase 35
Exhaustion Phase 38
Brain Cortex Function in Stress 41
Exercise 42
Summary 44
Chapter 3: EARLY STRESS RESPONSE DEVELOPMENT 46
Before Birth 46
Birth 50
Infants (0-3 months old) 52
Late Infancy (3-9 months old) 56
Toddlers (9 months-2 years old) 58
Mechanisms of Social Learning and Development 60
Summary 62
Chapter 4: YOGA PERSPECTIVE ON EARLY DEVELOPMENT 65
Gross Body 65
Subtle Body 66
Causal Body 68
Atma (Soul) 69
Conception and Birth 71
Infants 74
Toddlers 75
Exercise 76
Summary and Discussion 80
Chapter 5: LATER PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 83
Early Childhood (ages 2-5) 83
Late Childhood (ages 5-12) 85
Adolescence (ages 12-20) 87
Younger Adult (ages 20-40) 89
Older Adult (ages 40-65) 90
Elder Years (age 65 and older) 91
Energy and Adaptability 93
Summary and Discussion 97
Chapter 6: MOTIVATION 99
Physiological Needs 101
Safety Needs 102
Love/Belonging Needs 103
Esteem Needs 104
Cognitive Desire 105
Aesthetic Desire 107
Self-actualization Desire 108
Transcendence Desire 109
Meta-motivators 110
Exercise 112
Four Purusharths 114
Summary 116
Chapter 7: CATASTROPHIC STRESS 117
Common Response Patterns 117
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 120
Adverse Childhood Experiences 122
Summary 125
Chapter 8: DEFENSE MECHANISMS 126
Id, Ego, and Superego 126
Primitive Defense Mechanisms 128
More Evolved Defense Mechanisms 132
Mature Defense Mechanisms 136
Evolution of Defense Mechanisms 139
Defense Mechanisms in Action 141
Exercise 142
How Defense Mechanisms Relate to Personality and Happiness 148
Defense Mechanisms and Health 150
Shadripus 152
Summary 153
Chapter 9: HABITS AND AUTOMATIC BEHAVIOR 155
What Are Habits? 156
Research on Habit Formation 156
How Long for a Habit to Form? 159
When Do Habits Form? 160
Pleasure and Pain 162
Motivation and Habits 164
Personality Formation 166
Ego Attachment 167
Stubborn Habits 169
Restriction and Bondage 170
Karma and Destiny 171
Exercise 1 173
Exercise 2 174
Exercise 3 175
Summary 177
Chapter 10: STRESS MANIFESTING AS DISEASE 180
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Stress 180
Qualities of Stress 182
Personality and Stress 185
Yoga Perspective on Personality Types 189
Understanding Resilience 19 0
Evolution of Chronic Disease 192
Acute Stress Reactions 196
"Never Well Since" 198
Psychological Disorders Due to Stress 199
Substance Abuse and Dependency 203
Physical Ailments Due to Stress 208
Immune System 211
Reversibility of Health Problems 212
Exercise 213
Summary 217
Appendix I: Photo Credits 218
Index 22


Vol-II

About This Book 4
Table of Contents 9
SECTION II: SELF - AWARENESS 14
SELF - AWARENESS 14 .
Introduction 15
Chapter II: EXAMINING THOUGHTS 19
Emergence of Self-Awareness 19
Four Functions of the Mind 23
The Relationship of the Four Functions 26
Conditioned Thoughts 29
Exercise 31
Five States of Mind 32
The Witness 34
Exercise 36
Summary 38
Chapter 12: OUR EMOTIONAL SELF 41
Defining emotion 41
Types of Emotions 43
Neurobiology of Emotion 45
Function of Emotions 47
Emotion Acquisition 50
Emotions and Self-Awareness 52
Exercise 1 55
Exercise 2 58
Summary 62
Chapter 13: OUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR 64
Stress Revisited 64
Adaptive Behavior 65
Functional or Dysfunctional 66
Speech: A Specialized Form of Behavior 67
Action and Reaction 71
Action Creates Karma 74
Increasing Behavioral Awareness 76
Exercise 1 81
Exercise 2 84
Summary 88
Chapter 14: WHO AM I? 89
Our Three Observable Bodies 89
Intuition 90
Our Holographic Being 92
The Niche of Life 96
The Past Self 98
Present Self 100
Future Self 102
-Who Gets Stressed? 103
Exercise 106
Summary 107
SECTION III: STRESS MANAGEMENT 110
STRESS MANAGEMENT 110
Introduction 111
Chapter.15: A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT 113
Proper Diet 113
Proper Exercise 116
Proper Sleep 117
Proper Sex 120
Proper Work 123
Proper Recreation 124
Proper Living Space 125
Proper Company 126
Sant Sangate 128
Exercise 129
Summary 131
Chapter 16: Self-Acceptance 132
Guilt and Shame 132
Forgiveness 136
Authenticity 138
Courage 140
Self-love 141
Exercise 142
Summary 145
Chapter 17: THE DIRECTION OF HAPPINESS 147
Moral Codes 147
Ahimsa - Non-Violence 149
Satya - Truthfulness 152
Asteya - Non-stealing 153
Brahmcharya - Restraint of the Senses 154
Aparigrah - Non-Possession 156
Sauch - Purity 157
Santosh - Contentment 158
Exercise 159
Summary 162
Chapter 18: SETTING GOALS 164
Choosing Goals 164
SMART Goal Approach 166
Specific 167
Measurable 167
Attainable 168
Relevant 170
Time-specific 170
Exercise 171
Summary 173
Chapter 19: Taking Action on Goals 175
Vivek - Discrimination 175
Implementing Goals 176
Tapa - Self-Discipline 177
Achieving Success 179
Abhyasa - Practice 183
Vairagya - Detachment 184
Exercise 185
Summary 187
Chapter 20: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 189
Lifestyle 189
Addictions 189
Time 190
Money 191
Setbacks 192
Exercise 19 3
Summary 19 5
Chapter 21: CONVENTIONAL STRESS-MANAGEMENT TOOLS 197
Stress Avoidance 197
Visualization 198
Guided Imagery 199
Journaling 200
Personal Growth Workshops 201
Support Groups 202
Life Coaching 202
Psychotherapy 203
Allopathic and Integrative Medicine 204
Summary 206
Chapter 22: YOGA TOOLS FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT 207
Svadhyay - Study of Self 2 07
Asan 208
Pranayam 211
Meditation 216
Path of Surrender 217
Ishvar Pranidhan - Dedication to God 218
Liberation from Stress 219
Exercise 1 220
Exercise 2 221
Summary 222
Chapter 23: STRESS MANAGEMENT: MY CASE EXAMPLE 224
While Writing This Book 224
Applying Stress and Adaptability Models to My Case Example 228
Stress Management Tools Used in My Case Example 230
Summary 234
Appendix I: Photo Credits 236

 












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We all are floating in a sea of stress. What few of us realize is that stress is tied to the habits our younger selves adopted to get along in the world. But we are not those habits. And we can learn how to first recognize, then free ourselves from our automatic behaviors and end our suffering. Drawing on the teachings of medical science and yoga, Dr. Todd A. Hoover charts a path to managing stress and experiencing true contentment. Chapter by chapter, he shows the way to overcome our mental limitations, accept and love ourselves, and conduct our lives from a place of true authenticity and freedom.

About This Book

This book is designed to bring together fundamental aspects of psychology, developmental neuroscience, social theory, and yoga science to reveal the causes and management of stressful events that occur in every human being. Stress tends to occur across a spectrum of severity, from the mild everyday stresses to those catastrophic events that make news headlines. An extensive discussion of the nature of stress, the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of human stress responses and potential strategies for enhancing stress adaptation are presented in a step-by-step format.

This book has been organized into three sections within two volumes. Volume I is titled "The Binding of the Soul" and Volume II is titled "Ancient Tools for Modern Problems".

Volume I: Section I: Individual Stress Response

Volume II: Section II: Self Awareness

Section III: Stress Management

In Section I, you will learn critical aspects of the social and physiological causes of stress. To help reinforce this understanding, a basic overview of human psychosocial development is presented. The mechanisms of behavioral trait development and habit formation are explored in depth. Automatic behaviors form most of our reactions, but these automatic reactions are predominantly learned in early childhood. Understanding the mechanisms by which these patterns are acquired from our family and social peers is critical to helping us create the power to change our behaviors. This process of psychosocial development is further defined through the fundamental tenets of yoga philosophy regarding the Soul and the Gross Body. You will discover how the Soul or inner nature is progressively bound by learning and experience through the lifetime. Finally, the information will help clarify the difference between human (species) types of common responses to stress and those responses that are more particular to an individual.

Section II is the pivotal section of this text. Self-awareness can help move an individual from automatically deploying unconscious patterns of reaction to developing an awareness of which reaction patterns are operating. Prior to the development of Self-awareness, individuals are at the mercy of their unconscious training and habits. As awareness increases, individuals acquire more power of choice. Self-awareness is the key to move from the Ego-identified self to the Soul-identified Self. This shift opens the door to liberation from stress.

Section III presents a variety of stress-management techniques and strategies. The goal here is to produce happiness and relative freedom from the negative effects of stress. While the strategies will be effective even without any significant self-awareness, they will become much more powerful for the individual who garners some insight into their being. Both conventional and yoga-based strategies for stress management are discussed. The goal of the practice of yoga is to liberate the individual from stress and to experience the ultimate state of awareness of the Self, or Soul. Choosing to move toward this goal of absolute freedom will help anyone reduce stress in their life even if they are never able to reach that final state of liberation.

While it may be appealing to immediately jump to Section III of the text, I suggest you take the time to learn the practical underpinnings of how your body and mind have learned to adapt to stress, and how those habitual responses now automatically determine your daily response to any threat or trauma. This understanding will greatly increase your ability to utilize the tools presented in Section Ill, both in supporting yourself and others. Without taking these important steps, the techniques of stress management will remain hollow forms without true grit and substance.

The content of this book reflects many of the personal and professional experiences of my life. As a medical director for a Fortune 50 company and as a family physician practicing integrative medicine for more than twenty years, I helped individual patients and also designed programs to help employees manage the stress associated with work. In my private practice I personalized the healthcare approach with each patient through a lengthy exploration of the various stressors in his or her life. In nearly every case I found a clear link between life stressors and disease development. Such repeated observations convince me of the critical importance of this subject for anyone interested in maintaining health and well-being.

About the Author 

In addition to my solo integrative medical practice, I have practiced medicine in the U.S. Navy, the emergency room, and as a medical director for a Fortune 50 company. My training as a yoga teacher in 1989 was one step of many in my life practice of personal growth and the search for greater freedom from habitual and restrictive thinking. My commitment to community development has led to roles including President of the American Institute of Homeopathy, U.S. representative to the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and trustee for the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. I retired from medical practice in 2014 to pursue additional yoga training at the Lakulish University in India. My greatest accomplishments to date include graduating Jefferson Medical College when I turned 23, living each day fully with my loving wife for the past 25 years, raising a powerful daughter, and developing a growing understanding of individual human suffering. These experiences have intermingled, melded, and inspired the content within. Please read and enjoy!

Introduction

Section I presents a comprehensive understanding of the stress response of the average human. The nature and types of internal and external stressors are explored in depth. Human development, learning, acculturation, genetic inheritance, and direct experience all play a primary role in creating a complex array of potential responses to any stressful experience. Human beings are highly evolved organisms: just as our immune system has developed into a complex and adaptive defense against physical threats to our bodies, so too has our psyche developed complex and adaptive tools to defend against all types of stress.

Later in this section I present an investigation of how childhood learning leads to habituation of behavior and ultimately formation of our character, which contains our primary stress-defense posture. Remaining introspective as you read will help you identify those characteristics and behaviors that may have become regimented or automated during your own developmental years. The process of character development helps to make our stress response very powerful and efficient, but may also cause us to cordon off different options for our learning and growth potential.

Each of us has the opportunity to use our own life experiences to help test the validity of what we read. I encourage you to look carefully at your own experiences to determine what information resonates with you, as well as to see whether your experiences may be incomplete relative to the conceptual information presented here. Learning is an unfolding process. Some concepts are relatively obvious to the student immediately, while others gradually become clear as one's life continues to unfold. Personal growth and learning enable us to become more adaptive with relation to stress and are encouraged in everyone who reads this text. In the process of mastery, one moves from a state of ignorance, to learning, to experience, and finally to true understanding or knowledge. By adopting an attitude of experiential relearning, you have the potential to master the ability to manage any stress that occurs in your life. Such mastery is invaluable to your own health and well-being, and is essential for anyone who plans to help others with stress management.

Contents

About This Book 4
Table of Contents 9
SECTION I: INDIVIDUAL STRESS RESPONSE 13
Introduction 14
Chapter 1: DEFINING STRESS 15
Global Statistics 15
Defining Stress 17
Types of Stress 19
Exercise # 1 20
Stress and Emotions 22
Exercise #2 25
Discussion 28
Summary 29
Chapter 2: STRESS RESPONSE PHYSIOLOGY 30
Alarm Phase 30
Resistance Phase 35
Exhaustion Phase 38
Brain Cortex Function in Stress 41
Exercise 42
Summary 44
Chapter 3: EARLY STRESS RESPONSE DEVELOPMENT 46
Before Birth 46
Birth 50
Infants (0-3 months old) 52
Late Infancy (3-9 months old) 56
Toddlers (9 months-2 years old) 58
Mechanisms of Social Learning and Development 60
Summary 62
Chapter 4: YOGA PERSPECTIVE ON EARLY DEVELOPMENT 65
Gross Body 65
Subtle Body 66
Causal Body 68
Atma (Soul) 69
Conception and Birth 71
Infants 74
Toddlers 75
Exercise 76
Summary and Discussion 80
Chapter 5: LATER PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 83
Early Childhood (ages 2-5) 83
Late Childhood (ages 5-12) 85
Adolescence (ages 12-20) 87
Younger Adult (ages 20-40) 89
Older Adult (ages 40-65) 90
Elder Years (age 65 and older) 91
Energy and Adaptability 93
Summary and Discussion 97
Chapter 6: MOTIVATION 99
Physiological Needs 101
Safety Needs 102
Love/Belonging Needs 103
Esteem Needs 104
Cognitive Desire 105
Aesthetic Desire 107
Self-actualization Desire 108
Transcendence Desire 109
Meta-motivators 110
Exercise 112
Four Purusharths 114
Summary 116
Chapter 7: CATASTROPHIC STRESS 117
Common Response Patterns 117
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 120
Adverse Childhood Experiences 122
Summary 125
Chapter 8: DEFENSE MECHANISMS 126
Id, Ego, and Superego 126
Primitive Defense Mechanisms 128
More Evolved Defense Mechanisms 132
Mature Defense Mechanisms 136
Evolution of Defense Mechanisms 139
Defense Mechanisms in Action 141
Exercise 142
How Defense Mechanisms Relate to Personality and Happiness 148
Defense Mechanisms and Health 150
Shadripus 152
Summary 153
Chapter 9: HABITS AND AUTOMATIC BEHAVIOR 155
What Are Habits? 156
Research on Habit Formation 156
How Long for a Habit to Form? 159
When Do Habits Form? 160
Pleasure and Pain 162
Motivation and Habits 164
Personality Formation 166
Ego Attachment 167
Stubborn Habits 169
Restriction and Bondage 170
Karma and Destiny 171
Exercise 1 173
Exercise 2 174
Exercise 3 175
Summary 177
Chapter 10: STRESS MANIFESTING AS DISEASE 180
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Stress 180
Qualities of Stress 182
Personality and Stress 185
Yoga Perspective on Personality Types 189
Understanding Resilience 19 0
Evolution of Chronic Disease 192
Acute Stress Reactions 196
"Never Well Since" 198
Psychological Disorders Due to Stress 199
Substance Abuse and Dependency 203
Physical Ailments Due to Stress 208
Immune System 211
Reversibility of Health Problems 212
Exercise 213
Summary 217
Appendix I: Photo Credits 218
Index 22


Vol-II

About This Book 4
Table of Contents 9
SECTION II: SELF - AWARENESS 14
SELF - AWARENESS 14 .
Introduction 15
Chapter II: EXAMINING THOUGHTS 19
Emergence of Self-Awareness 19
Four Functions of the Mind 23
The Relationship of the Four Functions 26
Conditioned Thoughts 29
Exercise 31
Five States of Mind 32
The Witness 34
Exercise 36
Summary 38
Chapter 12: OUR EMOTIONAL SELF 41
Defining emotion 41
Types of Emotions 43
Neurobiology of Emotion 45
Function of Emotions 47
Emotion Acquisition 50
Emotions and Self-Awareness 52
Exercise 1 55
Exercise 2 58
Summary 62
Chapter 13: OUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR 64
Stress Revisited 64
Adaptive Behavior 65
Functional or Dysfunctional 66
Speech: A Specialized Form of Behavior 67
Action and Reaction 71
Action Creates Karma 74
Increasing Behavioral Awareness 76
Exercise 1 81
Exercise 2 84
Summary 88
Chapter 14: WHO AM I? 89
Our Three Observable Bodies 89
Intuition 90
Our Holographic Being 92
The Niche of Life 96
The Past Self 98
Present Self 100
Future Self 102
-Who Gets Stressed? 103
Exercise 106
Summary 107
SECTION III: STRESS MANAGEMENT 110
STRESS MANAGEMENT 110
Introduction 111
Chapter.15: A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT 113
Proper Diet 113
Proper Exercise 116
Proper Sleep 117
Proper Sex 120
Proper Work 123
Proper Recreation 124
Proper Living Space 125
Proper Company 126
Sant Sangate 128
Exercise 129
Summary 131
Chapter 16: Self-Acceptance 132
Guilt and Shame 132
Forgiveness 136
Authenticity 138
Courage 140
Self-love 141
Exercise 142
Summary 145
Chapter 17: THE DIRECTION OF HAPPINESS 147
Moral Codes 147
Ahimsa - Non-Violence 149
Satya - Truthfulness 152
Asteya - Non-stealing 153
Brahmcharya - Restraint of the Senses 154
Aparigrah - Non-Possession 156
Sauch - Purity 157
Santosh - Contentment 158
Exercise 159
Summary 162
Chapter 18: SETTING GOALS 164
Choosing Goals 164
SMART Goal Approach 166
Specific 167
Measurable 167
Attainable 168
Relevant 170
Time-specific 170
Exercise 171
Summary 173
Chapter 19: Taking Action on Goals 175
Vivek - Discrimination 175
Implementing Goals 176
Tapa - Self-Discipline 177
Achieving Success 179
Abhyasa - Practice 183
Vairagya - Detachment 184
Exercise 185
Summary 187
Chapter 20: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 189
Lifestyle 189
Addictions 189
Time 190
Money 191
Setbacks 192
Exercise 19 3
Summary 19 5
Chapter 21: CONVENTIONAL STRESS-MANAGEMENT TOOLS 197
Stress Avoidance 197
Visualization 198
Guided Imagery 199
Journaling 200
Personal Growth Workshops 201
Support Groups 202
Life Coaching 202
Psychotherapy 203
Allopathic and Integrative Medicine 204
Summary 206
Chapter 22: YOGA TOOLS FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT 207
Svadhyay - Study of Self 2 07
Asan 208
Pranayam 211
Meditation 216
Path of Surrender 217
Ishvar Pranidhan - Dedication to God 218
Liberation from Stress 219
Exercise 1 220
Exercise 2 221
Summary 222
Chapter 23: STRESS MANAGEMENT: MY CASE EXAMPLE 224
While Writing This Book 224
Applying Stress and Adaptability Models to My Case Example 228
Stress Management Tools Used in My Case Example 230
Summary 234
Appendix I: Photo Credits 236

 












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