By Anuradha Vashisht December 2003 It is possible to live a day of fulfillment, of abundance, of divine inspiration, which can slowly transform one’s whole life. The cue lies in conscious breathing and being constantly aware of the Self and its actions, which comes from practicing the art of absolute attentiveness. So look at life as you create it, a day at a time, and discover harmony and happiness Peace. Harmony. Happiness. Unity. Wholeness. Abundance… What we are looking without is essentially within us. Only, we never plummet deep enough to bring it to the surface so that a delicate current becomes a wave, which becomes a tide, which sweeps off the entire humanity to a world more responsive. It takes but a day of fulfillment, 24 hours of completeness, for an individual to create that feeble, delicate current, which can propel him towards the tide which takes one towards deep personal fulfillment as well as universal harmony. But how to create that day of fullness, so complete that one day after another make a perfect string of beads, a wonderful rosary? First, this can only emerge from living each moment with total awareness, responsiveness and attentiveness. This means to consciously witness and perceive each action, each problem, and react and solve, or just watch things resolving by themselves, as you go along. Everything in the cosmos follows a rhythmic pattern. The same rhythm governs human lives, and pervades the body, mind and the soul of an individual. To flow with the rhythm and be perpetually aware of it takes us constantly away from growth-retarding process and towards higher realities. This is the second clue. Third is the unity in thought and action. We can achieve harmony in personal relations and in professional and public life when we can perceive everything objectively and rightly and then proceed with our actions. However, most of the time, we are reacting to a situation, to a circumstance, to an individual, or to a thought-our own or someone else’s-rather than acting through correct perception. Yes, easier said than done. Then, how to achieve all of the above? There are ways, methods and techniques to help us reach a certain degree of awareness. To benefit from them, conscious and determined effort is required to bring about some changes in our lifestyle. Here are some elementary tips to take us a few steps towards a day of harmony leading to a life of peace and happiness. One day at a time we can build a life more complete, more alive. In these times of overriding commercial considerations, I may say, a life more rich, where you get maximum returns from minimum investment. Flow with the body Human body is a micro-cosmos. This means that our bodies are made up of the same energy and matter as the entire creation. Therefore, it is important to be in sync with the Universe and our surroundings and flow with the current. In this, follow the instincts and be not chained to habit. Make a daily routine for yourself and try to follow it as regularly as possible. Build it according to the nature of your work, however, without compromising on important things. And let us not forget, that in the whole life-game, the most important player is the Self. And cannot we grant even an hour and a quarter of the 24-hour day to ourselves? It is important to remember that the more quality time we spend with the Self, the more deeply are we involving ourselves with the cosmos, and the more responsive will be the life force energies to us. The human body-as other creatures in the world-with a clockwork precision, follows the bio-rhythms of Nature. Each child of creation instinctively follows these bio-rhythms. If night is meant for rest and sleep, the day is certainly meant for activity. However, certain periods of the day and night are more conducive for certain activities and others for some other. For example, as the sun sets, certain biological activities in the body, like the secretion of the digestive juices, slow down. Therefore, the later we have our evening meal the more we are inviting digestive disorders. Similarly, going to sleep immediately after having the last meal of the day causes both indigestion and restless sleep. The pranic force Eschew all other pills, and rely on the one that is the best and the safest; in fact there is nothing like it-our breath, the pranic force, the life-giving and sustaining current which energises every element in the Universe. If we are able to wake up with an awareness of the breath, be conscious of it as we sink into slumber at night, and are constantly alert to its course through the day as we go about our daily routines, life would be as smooth a sail as one could desire. The only hurdle here is that we need to train ourselves for it, which is not as difficult as it appears on the face of it. Let us give it a try. Tune yourself to wake up as early as you can, and not after the sun is up. As you come into wakefulness, without opening your eyes, feel and be aware of each part of your body, your senses, the beating of the heart and the throbbing of your veins. Mentally scan how your body is feeling and what state your mind is in. Thus being a witness, it is highly unlikely that any thought will beep past. Stretch each part of your body a bit and then relax. While still lying down, with eyes closed, take 10 deep but slow breaths. All this while focusing completely on every activity that you are doing. Now, sit up slowly. It has been suggested in yogic kriyas that as one wakes up, if the right nostril breath is active get up from the left side, and if the left nostril breath is predominant, turn to the right side and then get up. This is to balance the solar and lunar currents, which flow through the right (Pingala nadi) and the left (Ida nadi) nostril, respectively. While still in the bed, sit cross-legged, hands in front, one over the other with palms facing upwards. Take a slow, deep breath and exhale with the sound of a deep AUM. Feel the vibrations as they pervade every iota of the body. Those who do not feel comfortable about saying AUM can get a similar effect by just reciting the humming sound of creation-a deep Mmmmmm… Do this three times. About 10 minutes thus spent in bed will infuse you with sufficient energy and well-being to see you bouncing through the day. Puran Brahma Dua, who teaches Hamsa Yoga, suggests another technique to get up fresh and energised from the bed. Before getting up, clasp your hands and put them under the head so that the palms touch the occipital lobes and breathe deeply four to five times. While the women should keep the left hand thumb up when clasping the hands, the men should keep the right thumb up. He also suggests that while women should get down from the left side of the bed, the men should do so from the right side. Similarly, touch the left or right foot first to the ground depending on which nostril the breath is predominantly flowing in. “As a principle, men should seek permission from Mother Earth before touching the ground, for She carries their burden for the entire day,” says Dua. Here, what appears much like superstition actually has a great impact on our body and mind, since our body currents get aligned with the electromagnetic currents of the Universe, which help dissolve energy blockages around us. As a result, we feel lighter in body and mind, and are better equipped to take life as it comes. Attitude of gratitude As we move out of the bed, the first thought that we may allow to come to our mind is that of gratitude. There is so much in this world and our lives to be thankful about; we could never express our gratefulness enough. The paucity, the wanting we find in our lives is just our inability to see the abundance within and without. Just for today, we can try to dip into this pool of abundance and check out the turn our lives take. It is important to remember that the more quality time we spend with the Self, the more deeply are we involving ourselves with the cosmos, and the more responsive will be the life force energies to us Those who are reiki channels would be familiar with the following five principles: Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitudeJust for today, I will not worryJust for today I will not angerJust for today I will do my work honestlyJust for today I will show love and respect for every living thingThis simple doctrine, if sincerely observed and absorbed by all, can have quite an impact in our professional and public lives. However, I have observed that a few weeks of reiki practice, and all… well… almost all… forget this very sound piece of advice. Which I do not find unnatural, since most of the times we are living between somnolent and half-wakeful states, as we get sucked into our routine chores and concerns. Therefore, as we get the of the bed, we might recite a small prayer silently after drawing in three deep conscious breaths: “I thank the Source of all life and creation for all that is bestowed upon me. I thank the Supreme Power for everything that I have and all that I do not have, since its profound wisdom will always give me what I need and not what I want. I am grateful for the light of this day, which I may use to glow the light within and spread it to wherever I go and in whatever I do. I thank the Universal Life Force for infusing in me the Pranic Breath of which I may always be aware and use it for a higher purpose in my life and for the good of the world.” The Nature walk After we arise from the bed and finish our daily morning rituals, go for a light walk. Over the years, my mother has ritualized her morning and evening walks as the time for conversations with Nature. These silent conversations, she tells me, make her walks the most enjoyable period of the day. She is totally centered within herself as she is acutely aware of the gentle breeze caressin
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