30 October 2007

The only way to stress less is to let it go

The NYT covers an emerging trend in affluent US high schools, where a culture of "super-achievement" has taken over.

Relaxation, like stress, is a habitual behavior based on learned techniques.
(Photo by Jodi Hilton for NYT)

I have a feeling that many people will view requiring stressed out high school seniors to take yoga (and the like) as a kind of fad aimed at making kids even more well rounded. But I would suggest that such efforts may really reflect the first wave of a shift in consciousness which sees clearly that the habits kids acquire in school become the backbones of their respective characters. And being stressed by work is one of those habits. (And remember, this is all high school level coursework--i.e., almost completely insignificant.)