The art of getting fun out of life is sure to help reduce tension in our day-to-day existence. I remember a recent incident of getting a phone call from a boy who was appearing for his Final Examination. The day before his science paper India and Pakistan were playing a cricket match in Bangalore. The parents of the boy obviously were not in favour of his watching the live telecast of the match on TV. The boy pleaded and being a sensible person the father finally agreed to his request. The entire family watched India win and much tension was avoided. Had the parents refused to allow their son to watch the match it is possible he would have failed miserably in the examination. By giving their permission they gave the boy an incentive to work harder and perform better without feeling depressed for having missed a crucial match.
This incident illustrates how essential it is to know how to get fun out of life. This maxim is also applicable in spiritual life. It is a mistaken notion that a spiritual person should always be gloomy with a sober countenance. Spirituality does not mean being a kill-joy because this is a crucial attitude for the process of overcoming mental tension.
At this point let me refer to one Dr. H.C. Wicks, a consultant physician at the Rachel Foster Hospital in Sydney, Australia. In her capacity as consultant physician she often had occasion to address conferences on how to get rid of nervous tension/ depression. From her long experience she found out three important ways by which mental tension can be overcome. She pointed out that problems originate in our mind and nervous system. Before beginning to help patients to find remedies for tension or depression she would emphasise a universal truth: though we have a mind and a soul, we also inhabit a body which we share with the animal kingdom.
What she meant by laying this emphasis on the existence of the body is to make us aware of the changes that take place at the physical level when our mind is disturbed. There are people of a certain temperament who expect life to be smooth, always. They are unable to accept challenges or adversity.