Few years back, I was a part of a football team which had a couple of talented individuals. However, being unable to work together as a team, we never ended up winning the finals. All the four years of my college, I kept on dreaming and wishing for us to win. More than wishing, I ended up blaming others for the failure.
Looking back, I feel that the moment was ours. However, the constant blaming that happened in my head prevented me to communicate my feelings to other players. Also, this led to more negative thoughts about winning the game and it prevented me from giving my 100%. By proper communication, it would have been possible to realize our potential as a team and win the finals. This is quite true when working towards common goals as a team. Many of us are caught up in similar situations, where division with others in our thoughts prevents us from standing united and reaching common goals.
Currently, I am participating in a campaign organized by Art of Living (founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, http://stressfreeviolencefree.org). The campaign is aimed at making our community stress free and violence free. One of the motivating factors behind the campaign is not to isolate ourselves, rather connect with people. Connecting with people gives us a better chance to work as a team and solve bigger problems in an effective and less stress free manner. Perhaps, the greater lesson is to make the change within us and apply it to others. By doing so, our own actions will make our dreams come true. This will help us take bigger responsibility in our own community and our very own planet earth.
Stress manifests in anger. Anger can manifest in violence. By finding the inner peace, one is able to control one’s anger and become stress free and violence free. Meditations taught by the Art of Living foundation (started by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) help us go inwards and achieve the required inner peace. In an attempt to reduce stress and violence, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is launching a campaign in Bay Area (http://stressfreeviolencefree.org/). Don’t be caught in your violent nature, your nature is love, join the campaign and spread the message of peace.
With our paced life, we are caught up in day to day activities. We have to check the social pages like facebook, Google plus or tweet someone. So many phone calls to attend. Look for our favorite TV shows or listen to radio shows. Drive through the busy traffic, go to work and come back. Or perhaps find a more entertaining commute like train or an hour long bus. Deal with folks at work and the ever moving targets. People getting ahead of us, or we are trying to get ahead of people. Stock markets, investments, loans, mortgage and the list goes on and on. So much has happened in our past and the expectation of having happiness, power, security and lot of money keeps growing in the present moment. As a result, our mind keeps struggling and building a wave of emotions. With such a confused state of mind, one cannot be at rest. So stress builds and we want a way out of all this. This can be achieved by finding inner peace which starts by going inwards. The meditation techniques taught by Art of Living foundation (started by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) have helped me to connect with myself and be at peace. This has helped me to deal with my day to day actitivities. At peace, I am not angry and can conduct myself in tough situations. Also, anyone at peace is less likely to get violent in nature. Therefore, being stress free helps us to be violence free as well. Being able to apply this idea to the society will generate a wave of peace and happiness, and lesser violence cases.
On March 24th Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (founder of The Art of Living foundation) is going to launch a Stress free and Violence Free campaign in Bay Area, which aims to bring peace and happiness to the community. Come and support this campaign (http://stressfreeviolencefree.org/)
The ocean of life offers us many challenges. Challenges look big when we think they are difficult. Anything that looks difficult grows a negative thought in our mind which makes the challenge more difficult. Also, this induction of negativity makes us feel low and depressed. In order to overcome such situations one has to stay calm and quiet with a clear mind. The meditations taught by the Art of Living foundation (started by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) have given me the clarity of mind and the ability to be in the present moment. As a result, whenever life is hit by challenges, I see them as opportunities and deal with them with a positive outlook. Sometimes, I imagine myself like an earthworm being given the ability to go faster and change the trend.