Article in Vaagmi (Journal by Public Relations Council of India)
Breath - our subscription to the Living Net
It is a chaotic world out there. Pol- itics, bureaucracy, traffic, pollu- tion, confusions of identity, emotion, visibility/transparency, distortion of facts are common affects. It cannot but rub off on our internal world as individuals and as a collective, and on our sense of belonging and relat- edness. Communication – the life vein of relatedness – is the most chal- lenged and strained. Our dependency on technology does not help to bet- ter the relatedness where cell phones predominate the tension between survival necessities and healthy living sensibilities.
While the internet enables faster and better technological communication in our external world, few know about the already existing eth- ernet that connects us as living be- ings, that I call the Living Net. Just as Earth proves to be alive due to the interconnectedness of all that exists in it forming a nice ecosystem that subsists and sustains Life. Philoso- phy of Advaita speaks of in- terconnectedness of all life as one living breathing or- ganism that they call Self of all beings, and it breathes the Breath of Life. There is a communica- tion line to this Living Net – our breath. It has been present since we were born and will be amongst the last to leave on death. Buddha speaks of the idea of be- coming aware of breath to calm the mind and for coming to the present. What may be new to most is that feel- ing the breath, preferably at the tip of the nose, could help clean out the physical/ emotional/ mental/ intellec- tual/ spiritual bodies once you know how to. There are advanced tech- niques towards it. Explained in this article is a basic method for it. It helps to bring a disjointed world within the person and in the collective to a more connected, integrated healthy coexis- tence. In a chaotic world, this aware- ness could help clean the internal and external environment of stress, dis- equilibrium and even violence. I was volunteering with a group named Vistaara, who were being kind enough to donate student stationery to an ashram. Things happen to get unruly as these kids from poor back- grounds did not want to have not re- ceived. I could not stand the disorder and started observing my breath and the mob settled immediately thereaf- ter. I happen to be practicing this for some years now and what I did is kind of advanced, but the point is I got to see the effect of what becomes possi- ble over time when a person routinely takes time to bring order in ones in- ternal environment. It is chaos with- in that cause chaos outside, which is usually why people do chaotic things, and chaos is basically an uncleaned physical/motional/mental/intellectu- al/spiritual ‘house’ that quintessen- tially is the body we each have where- in the brick and mortar house is the external manifestation of the ‘house’ within. The wise always advice you to be- gin with yourself before you try to change the world for the better for it is. ‘I’ the person who sees the world and what the eye of the ‘I’ sees could simply be a case of seeing the half glass empty of water rather than the half glass full. So, here is a tip that could start you, dear Reader, on the Buddha’s means to the truth and any way which you see it, it at least helps you be in the present. Feel the breath at the tip of your nostril. Feel the temperature (could be cool or warm or hot), den- sity of air (thick or thin), texture of air (heavy like iron or light like water). The length of breath could increase with time and when that happens, it is the sign that you are more able to be in the good currents of the present rather than the reactivating ‘bad’ or chaotic currents. This is a form of meditation, thoughts and emotions and dis- tractions are most likely to be there. The point is to keep coming back to remembering to feel the breath at the tip of the nose. The benefits of this are only going to be realized with time but the benefits are definitely there. The Buddha is proof of it!
Article in Chanakya (House Journal of Public Relations Council of India - PRCI)
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