Life is a journey of ups and downs and it often tires us and makes us dull. We get so much burdened by our responsibilities and get caught up in the happenings of the outside world, that it suppresses the natural joy and enthusiasm which we used to have as a child.
All the teachings we go through our life is about earning our livelihood and making our life comfortable. Somehow in this race to be successful we have lost that charm for life itself and have become dull and stressed. Neither at school nor at home are we taught how to get rid of the negative tendencies of mind and be enthusiastic and happy in our life.
What are these negative tendencies? Fear and anxiety about the uncertainties of future, and anger and frustration about past happenings, these are the negative tendencies which stops us from experiencing the joy in every moment of our life.
What is the root cause of all these negative tendencies of mind? If we observe our mind it is either worrying about the future to secure it or is thinking about past. When we think about the uncertainty of future we generate anxiety in our system, if we brood over things which has already happened, we generate anger and frustration in our system. This vacillation of mind between past and future is the root cause of all our negative emotion and stress in our system. Only way to experience true joy in life is to be in present moment. Our mind is always busy fixing things endlessly. The only way to de-stress our self is to give our mind a deep rest. These moments of deep relaxation rejuvenates our system and brings back the lost joy and enthusiasm in our life. The real freedom in life is to be free from the worries of future and be free from the happenings of past and be able to enjoy the life which is happening moment to moment now.
The big question is how to give that deep relaxation to our mind. The secret to this is our breath. Breath is the most powerful tool to get rid of negative tendencies and distress our system. Every emotion has a corresponding pattern in breath. Like when we are angry our breath is shallow and fast. If we are depressed our incoming breath is very sallow and outgoing breath is long. But if we are relaxed and joyful, our breath is deep, calm and relaxed. We can not have a deep relaxed calm breath and still be angry. A little awareness about our breath and breathing techniques has power to immediately calm and relax our mind. So by using breath, which is very tangible, we can change the state of our not so tangible mind and bring it to the moment. That is why breath has been an integral part of all our ancient practices. Art of living teaches us one of the most powerful breathing techniques called “Sudarshan Kriya”, which gives us that deep experience of peace and joy within us. The program also covers other tools like yoga, mediation, knowledge and pranayaamas to give us that complete experience of our true nature. And it empowers us to start living a fulfilling and joyful life.
After practicing Sudarshan Kriya I see the experience of who I am has changed and I feel lighter and lighter. It has given the ability to see things in a wider perspective and the problem which normally would have been a big issue does not trouble much now. Life has got more meaning and world no more seems to be a big burden or responsibility but seems more like a game where you can enjoy every ups and down with smile.