Can we surrender to the natural process, allowing it to heal us?

Tom:
These days I need very much to clear my head. Stress is like a jacket that I can’t take off. I will breath and sit and walk. Seek solitude, stillness. I will regain myself.

Me:
Like never before, these last days I have been under a lot of pressure too. Stress has felt like a straitjacket. Really as if there was no escape.

So in those moments you feel totally cornered. Choice-less. As if whatever you try is of no avail.

Oftentimes I realize with astonishment that we might just as well have given ourselves the right answers long before, but have a hard time to integrate and act on them. In this sense your earlier comment is very enlightening:

“What I pursue always eludes me. What I treasure simply comes to me.

This is such an important thing. To pursue an objective is to set up a duality that dooms the very effort. We feel a sense of failure when we don’t get our hands on what we seek. And we feel unsatisfied when we do.”

Now, this may sound infeasible:

But against all odds, and without any sentimentality, COULD WE TREASURE THIS ANGUISH, OR STRESS – as we call it – as if it was a precious treasure? Could we…?

Instead of hardly struggling to take it off, to get rid of it through different “methods” – breathing and sitting and seeking solitude – , could we just contemplate our harsh predicament with greatest equanimity?…

Can we apply your insight here, namely to let go of the “duality that dooms the very effort”, seeing the pursuit to heal as a total failure, and instead surrender to the natural process, allowing it to truly heal us?…

Only the projection – which is the outcome of duality – can be “regained”, whereas Oneness – who we really are – can neither be gained nor lost.

The pathology of normalcy

Stress, loneliness, depression, boredom – the madness of everyday life. Ever-greater levels of sadness, implying a recognition, on the visceral level at least, that things could be different. How much joy is there left in the technological society, this field of alienation and anxiety? Mental health epidemiologists suspect that no more than twenty percent of us are free of psychopathological symptoms. Thus we act out a “pathology of normalcy” marked by the chronic psychic impoverishment of a qualitatively unhealthy society.

– John Zerzan

For those interested to read more I much recomment this link:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/john-zerzan-the-mass-psychology-of-misery

I am stressed therefore I live

Everything seems to be a reason for stress nowadays.
“I have done this, been there, worked hard…I am exhausted…”
Working hard for everything seems to be the thing.
Calm and seamless living, you say, inspiration…- what is that…?

My virtue is my stress.

I resist my natural emotion therfore I exist

“Oh, I am so tired…I am really tired…worn out…”

Everything seems to be a reason for stress nowadays. Yes, you invariably hear this chorus everywhere – “I am tired, I am so stressed…
I have done this, been there, worked hard…I am exhausted…”
Working hard for everything seems to be the thing.
Calm and seamless living, what is that…? My virtue is my stress.

I´ve given this a lot of thought, so when I hear all this inane wailing I realize that it is not the effort or hard work which is to blame. This tiredness is the outcome of inner resistance:
“I AM THINKING TOO MUCH, I constantly and perseveringly resist my natural urges,
Self-tribulation is my virtue.”

These lamenting people are tired cause – I repeat – they are thwarting against and kill every natural spontaneous emotion; bluntly put, “I AM TIRED CAUSE I DON´T HAVE A LIFE”…What can you be other than worried and down when you know deep inside that despite all your actual achievements you don´t really live…

When not alive, what else can you feel other than fatigue, stress and pervading torment?

Get a life instead of stress!

Round and round

They live in permanent stress, going round and round chasing their tail, being in a constant hurry to come nowhere.