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Yes, busy lives can lead to stress proclaims the article in the paper.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/work-life-balance/stress-public-health-enemy-no-1/article1778188/ I am reminded of the most important quote from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in helping people to handle the stress in their lives using mindfulness.  He suggests that all of us have stressors and that having stressors is not the problem.  The problem is that we are not sure how to “handle the stressor” without it leading to stress.  The quote says:  “It is not the potential stressor itself but how you perceive it and then how you handle it that will determine whether or not it will lead to stress.”

I refer to this quote frequently when I teach people mindfulness as a resource fo “handling” the stressors in their lives.  I follow Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s approach called “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction”.  He started a stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and since that time, his “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” approach has spread throughout the world. http://www.umassmed.edu/content.aspx?id=41252 One of the reasons why interest in mindfulness has exploded is due to the increasing amount of scientific research which reports significant positive results when people use mindfulness as a resource for coping with challenges.

Busy life….yes.  It’s more than that.  It’s not only the busy life, it is our ways of handling this challenge and finding a way that doesn’t lead to stress!