Stress and its Expression According to Contemporary Science and Ancient Indian Wisdom: Perseverative Cognition and the Panca kosas
Mens sana monographs
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2014
Pages: 139 - 152
Source ID: shanti-sources-69566
Collection: Yoga-Based Interventions for Stress and Anxiety
Abstract: Stress is recognised as the most challenging issue of modern times. Contemporary science has understood this phenomenon from one aspect and Indian philosophy gives its traditional reasons based on classical texts. Modern science has recently proposed a concept of perseverative cognition (PC) as an important reason for chronic stress. This has shown how constant rumination on an unpalatable event, object or person leads to various lifestyle disorders. Similarly classical yoga texts like the Taittiriya Upanishad, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Vashistha describe stress in their unique ways. We have here attempted a detailed classification, description, manifestation, and development of a disease and its management through these models. This paper in a nutshell projects these two models of stress and shows how they could be used in future for harmonious management of lifestyle disorders.