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Coping with Stress or Sudden Shock

Life is filled with sudden shocks, starting with birth itself. We all encounter unexpected change in our life and are subject to all the things we never expect: losing our job, the death of a friend or loved one, accidents, natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes.

How do we prepare to keep our self and our sense of identity steady when life shakes us up?

Yogi Bhajan explained that sudden shocks—like earthquakes—change the action of our brain’s hemispheres. On the physical level there are disruptions in the magnetic field when the earth shifts. There are changes in the pulse of environmental sounds—both sonic and subsonic.

Our own personal sense of balance changes—that motor sense that helps us locate ourselves in the world, our feeling of space and of being in the body. We are very sensitive to the smallest changes in that sensory experience—anxiety, mild vertigo and sea sickness from motion, or imagined motion, often accompanies these unexpected shifts.

If you have experienced a strong earthquake, you know what this can be like and how varied peoples’ reactions can be. Just imagine how the brain feels under such shocks. Imagine waking up in a foreign country where you don’t know the language, customs or how you got there! How would your body feel? How would your thoughts run? What would you do to feel secure? How would you locate a sense of your self and know what to do?

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©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, KRI Level 2 Stress and Vitality Manual