I think a reframing of stress is basically necessary. So that we see that stress in our life is actually a signpost to growth.
Stress is not a negative thing that we’d better shouldn’t have. It’s something that we need to relate to in ourselves, in our companies, in our institutions. It’s something that we need to relate to understand its depth, because I believe that always in the depth, there is a pearl of growth.
Sometimes stress is a word that we put in front of other experiences, where we are not actually fully clear what we experience.
I might call stress, for example, what actually is a postponing of experience. So I am in a conversation with my boss, actually I’am scared. But I tell myself that I’m stressed in the meeting, and then, afterwards I’m still thinking for half an hour about the conversation, it keeps me busy.
What happened actually that the fear is processing through my emotional system. But in that half an hour, I’m a bit restless, I’m not able to be present with other employees or other colleagues at my work, and I actually function in a lower presence, which means the ethic situation might again end up in a non-clarity in me.