Have not suffered stress since I had my almost fatal heart attack, puts things into perspective.
But I do not recommend that as a "cure"!!
My mental condition is triggered by stress. I feel you on that one.
Though very difficult to achieve, for most, the recognition and avoidance of stress "triggers" can help a grest deal. Violent games, computer or otherwise, might help for some but make others worse.
"Contemplative" violence, as with some Eastern martial arts, carried out with the right motive, seems to have helped some find a new place within themselves. But it can be a "side effect" that requires constant "topping up." Perhaps a therapy rather than a cure.
That's interesting. Never heard of "contemplative violence" before. I may have used it before but only in verbal fights.
I was thinking about martial arts as an art, not earning it st to be able to beat others up. But you need to find a good, traditional, instructor
In the RAF I joined the judo club whilst in training. At 5ft 3in and a lightweight, with little confidence and a history of being bullied, I started off just wanting to be able to kick-ass a little.Cpl Marcantonio, an inch taller than me but about the same across the shoulders, had other ideas for us. We did no fighting for the first quarter of each session,
Can't call it meditation in the sense most think of that, more a case of "contemplating" our perception of the moment, our environment, our physical being, what we wanted to achieve in the lesson. The latter moved on from "kick-ass" to achieving the best we were capable of. After a few months I did not want to kick-ass anymore, was enjoying the balletic/athletic quality, the strategy, the psychology and the sense of success that even a lost fight might give - with a worthy opponent.
Ineresting thing was the captain of the second rugby eleven refused to fight me twice in friendly matches - though he must have been double my weight!
Marcantonio spent every leave he could get going to Japan to advance himself in the art - wonder what happened to him?
There is a lot of myth about the martial arts, 'cept maybe it is not all myth . . .
One of the few happy memories of my RAF service.