In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, in the mad rush of trying to meet deadlines, we end up most of the time freaked out, burnt out, feeling tensed and agitated. We are stressed out, unable to find our calm selves. We become quick to anger, unhappy, irritable and we make ourselves vulnerable. Most of us don’t really know how to handle such situations. What is more disturbing is we don’t know how to get out of this web we have got ourselves into.
Fortunately, we have people who have answers for us, these are people who have spent years seeking the peace, calm, freshness and solidity we want in our daily lives.
They are compassionate enough to readily share the methods they have seek and have used available to us, to help us navigate through our daily choppy seas. These are simple techniques and what is more wonderful is that they work! That’s if we are prepared to do our part, which is to take only few minutes each day to practise them.
Thich Nhat Hanh, an accomplished meditation master, has perfected a few simple breathing exercises to help us through our days:
- The Space Free Meditation – to bring space, both inner and outer space, to others and to ourselves. He says space is the symbol of liberty, thus creating space in our lives is giving liberty to others and to ourselves.
- The Flower Fresh Meditation – this exercise brings freshness to those around us and to ourselves. With such freshness, only then can we be happy. With the happiness we can enjoy what we are doing.
- The Mountain Solid Meditation – without being solid we are agitated, vulnerable and breakable. If we do this simple exercise, we can bring stability to our body which in turn, can bring stability to our mind. If we were to practise this technique, we would be able to handle our emotions and not feel overwhelmed by the destructive emotions.
- The Water Reflecting Meditation – this is to help bring calmness into our lives. For without calmness we distort what others say and do, we do not receive the messages of others and we do not receive the truth from other human beings.
These four simple techniques are audio meditations which can be accessed at http://www.oprah.com/media/20080731/_orig_ThichNhatHanh
Sincerely believe these are useful to bring calm, peaceful happiness to ourselves and to others who share our daily activities. But you have to apply them to see their effects. Try them, it is worth your little investment.
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