Peace in the world begins with peace within oneself. A broken person brings brokenness where ever he/she goes. True and lasting peace has three interrelated dimensions. It is personal, social and ecological.
Individual and social peace will be disturbed if we do not live in harmony with nature. Over exploitation of nature can have far reaching consequences.
Human family with all other living and non living beings constitutes the”Earth family”. The earth family consciousness helps to promote global peace. Human being is a combination of body, mind and soul. Only a healthy body can hold a healthy mind and the combination of the two will bring a healthy spirit. The balance of the three jointly promotes peace and inner harmony. The result is wholeness, wellbeing and holiness.
Spiritual seekers are in search of peace. How to bring harmony between body, mind and spirit is the biggest question in seeking spirituality of peace.
From my personal experience I can say that meditation is one technique we can use to experience peace, awaken the divine spirit and inner harmony in a person. During mediatation, we experience freshness, calmness, stillness and inner harmony. It helps us to achieve inner peace in ourselves.
Meditation Part 3
In my daily conversation with colleagues and friends, I often hear people saying: I am very busy. In this modern busy world, we have lost the culture of inner peace and silence. Tension and stress is often the result of over activity. Meditation is a simple technique that helps us to experience deep peace and inner harmony within us and our surroundings. Often, our mind is over active as it is thinking of one thing after another.The mind is like an open basket with all kinds of thoughts falling through the activity of the five senses. The art of mastery over our mind and senses can be achieved through meditation. Only a disciplined mind can control our senses. The five senses are pushing and pulling us with likes and dislikes which ultimately forms the basis of our attachments and detachments. Often, it is said that desire is the cause of all sorrows. In order to practice meditation, we need a culture of silence, inner harmony and stillness. Ultimately, an effective meditation can help us to overcome the fragmentation and disunity in our thoughts, words and deeds. It brings harmony for the head(thought patterns), heart(feelings), hands(work) and health. That is why spiritual masters call this the state of the union of body, mind and soul.
How busy are you in your daily life?
Do you take quality time to listen to yourself?
Do you experience stress, tension and fragmentation in your thoughts, words and deeds?
A simple form of meditation for self awareness:
Sit calmly in a composed posture.
Begin with a simple breathing exercise. Breathe in deeply and breathe out very gently for about five to seven minutes.
Try to get in touch with your important thoughts and feelings of the day. If you have difficulty, try the following:
• What kind of people did you meet and interacted with?
• What activities have you participated in?
• Which idea and thought touched or inspired you most?
• What are the new insights that you have learned or made you happy?
• Did you feel calm and centered (focused)?
Conclude by sitting still, just observing your breathing for five minutes. If you still feel something, go ahead and write it down. If your heart is heavy, consider surrendering that feeling to a Greater Power – GOD.
If the heavy feeling persist, consider talking to someone whom you trust or seek help and guidance to learn the art of letting go.
Meditation: A psycho-spiritual exercise
You can sit or stand in a comfortable position
If you like, close your eyes and smile gently before you begin the exercise
Relax and spend a few moments breathing in and out
As you breathe in and out, relax the different parts of your body from head to foot
Get in touch with your thoughts and feelings for a few moments but do not get attached to any particular thought or feeling
Just be an observer of your thoughts
Learn to sit still, this is the beginning of meditation
When you come in conflict with someone, begin first with self examination. Take the initiative to begin a dialogue. During the dialogue, try to come to consensus by giving a chance to the other to speak and express his view. Ask questions if you need clarifications. Summarize each others position and points of view and note any differences.
Ask yourself: What would you have done if you were in the other’s position?
Do not be in a hurry in taking decisions but first try to understand the goal and motive of the other. Give sufficient time and space to the other to come up with the decision. Examine the underlying reasons, values, vision and goal before imposing your views. Make room for new ideas. Give space for the view of the other from a higher perspective than when you started. Be open, in your doing and thinking to resolve the conflict.
Meaning of Hope:The moment you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on to the same thing for so long
- A hopeful person can hang on to the good memories of the past and wait patiently for a new passage in life
- Hope can assist us in waiting patiently for something new to happen
- Hopefulness challenges us to see the reason for hopelessness
- A hopeful way of thinking can help to bring renewal and reform in life
- A hopeful person can begin a partnership with people with similar ideas
- Finally, hope can help us to begin life all over again with an open mind
Sometimes, in life, there are challenging situations. Some people call it “A Crisis”. What does this mean?
- A sign of loss of meaning
- Loss of relevance and fulfillment in life
- No vitality or creative ideas to keep going
- A struggle in keeping things moving
- A feeling that time is slow in passing and the day is too long
Often, there is no short cut to avoid such situations. We have to face it with patience, courage and hope. Try to see or talk to a friend who is trustworthy or consult a wise person or a sacredbook. Spend some time to listen to your inner voice. Then, see, judge and act with calmness and integrity.
Very often, when difficulties and challenges come our way, we think of giving up. But, let me tell you: Never! Never! Never! give up your convictions. The reasons are :
.You are never too old to set a new goal to dream
·Do not dream your life but live your dream
·Most of the things you worry about never happen
·The greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and to be loved
.Yesterday is history
·Tomorrow is a mystery
.Today is a gift
·That is why we call it the present
·Take one day at a time to live and find creative ways to live your day
How to be creative ?
Always carry a note book or dairy to note interesting news and new ideas
Try writing in your free time
Know your talents and limitations
Be open to people, new situations and opportunities
Listen carefully to others on what they say and get feed back
Do not give up easily while in difficulty and during a crisis
Mistakes may happen, but learn from it and make it as a stepping stone to success
Go somewhere to relax, take a break and reflect on your life issues
Count your blessings and have a positive outlook in life
Dare to take risks in life
Do not force people and yourself to be kind and gentle
Clear your work place daily/weekly
Finish what you begin and do one thing at a time
Think of every day as a new beginning.
Friends often come and go in the journey of our life. Some would stay with us only for a short time while others would stay longer. In order to keep our friendship growing and alive, we have to nurture it. We could, for example, express our gratitude by writing a card or making a phone call. If you know that your friend is going through a rough time at home or at work or having a health problem, give encouragement, by making a phone call or send a getwell card or email. Sometimes, even going out together for a film or a meal or for an outdoor activity with your friend could be of great help in nurturing your friendship. Giving a meaningful gift could be another way to nurture your friendship. The gift need not be big or very expensive. Often, the smallest but thoughtful gifts are the best.If you could give something that your friend is looking for, it could give a spark of great joy. Sometimes, good friendship end with small conflicts and misunderstandings. You learn to argue if needed, in a healthy way and work through the issues staying calm and being open. What are your expectations from your close friend? How do you nurture your friendship?