From Stress to Serenity: Gaining Strength in the Trials of Life
“A political victory, a rise in rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace, but the triumph of principles.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
With a background in business and a lifelong interest in spirituality, Jenkinson brings a rich blend of professional and practical know-how, contemporary experience and ancient wisdom to tackling today’s common problem of stress. The experience of stress, he suggests, is related to one’s response to events just as much as it is to the events themselves.
Symptoms of stress can be seen as a kind of “advice” that helps us grow as individuals and develop the inner resources we need to meet the inevitable challenges of modern life. Such resources include courage and compassion, freedom and self-determination, clear thinking, positivity, and love. Thus equipped, we approach the adventure of life with serenity and create less stress for others as well.
This book offers advice, practical exercises, and insights from many traditions and diverse sources, including Rudolf Steiner, Jung, Nelson Mandela, Julian of Norwich, Marshall Rosenberg, and the Buddha. The result is an enlightening workbook and a thought-provoking analysis of the roots of stress and its meaning for our personal and spiritual development.
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Mission of Stress
2. Self-diagnosis: An Inner Workshop
3. Lifestyle Fundamentals
4. The True “I” and the Everyday Me
5. How Stress Creates Self-leadership
6. Exercises for Inner Development
7. Stresses of Temperament
8. Life and Work Techniques
9. When People Send Us Crazy
10. Trials that Guide Us to Our Higher Self
12. The Big Ideas
About the Author
Angus Jenkinson is a professor of integrated marketing and chairman of Stepping Stones Consultancy. His wide-ranging career in business has led him to coach leaders and facilitate change in multinationals as well as NGOs. A feature of his consultancy practice has been his use of insights gained through years of study of the spiritual and scientific traditions of the West and East, both modern and ancient. Having spent his childhood in Africa, Angus read English at Oxford. He is married with grown-up children, and is a keen photographer, poet and novelist. He is the author of Valuing Your Customers and a Fellow of the RSA and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
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