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Yogi Bhajan Quotes on Stress

You are only free when you are above time and space. When you are afraid of what will happen tomorrow, you are not living. You are just dragging. That is how it is.
7/29/78

The real game is for you to make your mind follow you, so you can become a sage. If you choose instead to follow your mind, it will make you crazy and weak. In this game, mastery is the goal and your main enemy is stress. When you are under stress you begin to lose your mind slowly, to a very polite degree. Your mind starts to wander on its own. It looks elsewhere for shelter and hope. It looks into your subconscious and pulls out of it every memory and every fragment of intentions and actions left incomplete in your life. You begin to live in the past. You do not act in the present but according to overlays from your past.
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Spiritual path is the most delicate path. It is a path of those who know no time, because spiritual path enables you to go above time and space. When you are subject to time and space, you are just insane. You can never be happy because the pressure of time and space shall not let you be happy. You have to pull your head above time and space. That is why it is very essential to do Sadhana in the morning, so that you have yourself totally tuned up.
4/5/78

Stress is not from any outside quarter. Stress is when an outside pressure is not matched and overcome by your inside intelligence.
4/10/80

Man is not made to change under pressure, period. Man is made to surmount time and space. Pressure is time and space. You know it's just very cloudy, it's very dark, but once you take a plane and go above these clouds, you see there is beautiful sunshine; there is a different planet. So you have to have a mind which knows to go above time and space.
5/8/79

You have to develop your strength to face your world. You must be in a position to understand what the pressures are. If the pressure is on you and your flexibility and your springs do not give you resurrection to go above it, you will be facing a storm of life. That's how the majority of people at this moment are going through this change. 
4/18/93

Stress fades away your judgment. Under stress you are not competent to perform. 
4/10/80

We do not cultivate tranquility. There is no space, no stress-free zone. You do not know the beauty of being stress-free. It is marvelous. It is the highest richness you can touch. 
Vitality and Stress Manual

When you are stress-free, you become God. 
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Where there is anxiety, uncertainty, and challenge, self must compute the relevance of the entire thing and then not stop there, that's the most important thing. It must give you the answer how to overcome the time and space, and the time and space to follow. 
4/10/80

The creative intelligence in you is always there. You don't do your Sadhana—you fall apart. Why? Because of the imbalance in your glandular and nervous systems and in your circulatory impurities when you do not have all the elementary balance. Everything else falls apart and you are not in a position to cope with the work. You end up with stress.
4/10/80

To have energy and to contain it and to maintain it is the act of a saint. That is why a human becomes a saint. Otherwise your own energy will become your own destruction. You have to remain stress-free and to do that you must subject yourself to a point of order. You have to understand and confront the fact that the stress you are causing to yourself dumps you deeper and deeper into not knowing your Self.
Vitality and Stress Manual

In the future stress will become a disease of the modern time which shall eat every person. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are. The fatality of stress will become more than cancer and heart failure. The fact is, the basic disease is stress. 
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A life of stress is faced by those who forget living, and start hassling. When you are just living, there is no stress because you live as breath comes in.
5/8/79

Between you and living life, the link is breath. If you can regulate your breath, you can always overcome the circumstances which are overpowering you. You control your breath, you can overpower the pressure, because pressure is causing a certain amount of inlet of air, for a certain amount of inlet of time. Breath is the only automatic which responds to stress and strain, relaxation and enjoyment. You take care of it, take it off the automatic, you'll beat it. It's the simplest law.
12/13/79 

We are not educated or trained to answer under pressure. We are not educated or trained to have stainless steel nerves. We give in to stress. The problem is very simple. The answer is also simple. If you don't give in to your Self and there is a stress, then you cannot meet the stress. You are not you. . . . There is a gap. Then, in reaction, you have to make that gap up, you have to cover up. That is dead painful—that gap from your Self. 
3/3/89

Man under stress is his own enemy.
4/10/80