“Recognizing the origins of stress from a spiritual perspective, we find a key to dismantling the thoughts that produce it. Stress is simply the inevitable consequence of thinking the unreal is real. In that sense, stress is a choice.
If an issue is “of the world,” then attaching to it our sense of success or failure, satisfaction or lack of satisfaction, is a setup. Nothing in the world can give us a deeper peace because the spirit is not at home in the world. To the extent that our sense of well-being is tied in any way to the things of the material world, we will be prone to worry and anxiety.
Yet we almost feel we have to stress when there’s so much to do, so much that can happen, so much to consider all the time! That, however, is the joke: the only reason things seem to press upon us so heavily is because we think they are so heavy.”
Marianne Williamson, in “The Gift of Change”
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