Learning the art of relaxation


Krishna says in the Bhagwad Gita – ’Gahana karmano gatih’ (karma runs indescribably deep). Its ways are inexorable. Whether a particular action clears our debts or earns us equity is not for us to know. So, although we try to redeem ourselves of our past actions done in ignorance by acting in accordance with the Law of Karma, we are still unsure of how heavy our baggage of debts maybe. This causes a certain dread in us for the future. Based on this premise, we live our life (consciously or unconsciously), day after day, phase after phase. We are told that the experiences of our life make us wiser, it teaches us how to deal with life with panache; we learn from our past mistakes and forge ahead into the future and so on and so forth. The ugly truth – our mistakes reflect a pattern. We commit the same mistakes over and over again. And no matter how far ahead we have lived, we are still as unsure and anxious about our future as we were when we embarked consciously on this journey called life. Moment to moment life demands action by way of thought and decision. In his book, ‘if you meet Buddha on the Road, kill him’, author Sheldon B Kopp writes- ‘in my life there are disappointments that I cannot evade, frustrations that I do not choose and losses that I am helpless to do anything about.’ So how does one deal with the constant demands of the changing scenario of life without caving in to anxiety and despair? What life’s experiences really teach us is that there is only so much that we are in control of. The trick to deal with life is to operate with trust rather than fear. Trust helps us relax, fear makes us anxious. There’s nothing that we are incapable of dealing with except fear. As the popular saying goes – ‘There’s nothing to fear but fear itself’. Fear impairs our judgement and renders us incapable of action. We regret in hindsight of all the cherished moments we wasted in fear of anticipated disasters. We overshadow our frivolous and joyous moments with imagined clouds of doom looming over us and what a waste of a life it is. So, the need is to make a conscious effort to let go and learn the art of relaxation. Yoga, (which is Sanskrit for ‘union’) and meditation suggest certain distinctive mental and physical exercises which aim to control the mind by withdrawing attention from the body and the senses. This has a tranquilizing effect on the mind and one feels rejuvenated enough to sing – ‘que sera sera, what will be, will be’. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/karma-sutra-learning-the-art-of-relaxation/#sthash.nIHFPTOY.dpuf

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