Inhale: I AM
Okay, so Yoda didn’t really say that, but it does sound like him.
Mattieu Ricard, the happiness guru (here pictured in New York Magazine Sept 2010), has been nicknamed by the British as “The Happiest Man in the World”. Neuroscientists studying meditation measured his brain scans and brain waves. It was found that these areas in his brain are highly active. (New York Magazine, Sept 27, 2010)
In his new book called Why Meditate, he says that people think of happiness as the absence of conflict, it’s actually a cluster of qualities: altruism, compassion, inner peace, inner freedom and inner strength. And it can be cultivated. Instead of physical training, we need to do compassion training, sitting in the morning for 20 minutes, bringing love and kindness to our minds. This will raise our baseline.
We can all find a few minutes a day to sit quietly and turn our brain off.
And if not, there’s always our 20,000 breath opportunities:
Inhale: I AM
Now Believe it.
Love You. I Do.
The best part about meditation is that we can do it anywhere. Whether in the serenity of our homes, on the train, bus, cab, yoga mat, in the shower, and in the rain! However, while operating heavy machinery, meditation is strongly ill-advised. It’s said we breathe 20,000 times a day — SO many opportunities to send out love, peace, and inspiration.
Just close your eyes and focus on the space between your eye brows, your third-eye and the window to your imagination and INHALE I Am, EXHALE Happiness. Rinse, Breathe, Repeat (no matter where you may be).
Laughing is Contagious, it Starts with You.
With Prem, Parvati
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