Epiphany in the trenches

A Breeze-Caressed Caribbean beach. A Japanese park shimmering with morning mist. These are venues where it might seem easy to find asylum from the stresses of modern life.

But, realistically, most of us need to find peace in a more accessible way. And often, we need to find it under fire—in the trenches of daily life. In the midst of traffic snarls, computer glitches, family tensions, layoff rumors. And sometimes even in the trauma of warfare.

Experts point to a multitude of possible cures for stress: sedatives, hypnosis, exercise, diet, visualization. Yet these haven't kept the worry level from climbing. Seven out of ten Americans say they feel stressed.

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April 10, 2000

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