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Stress reduction and Namasté

WalterJ2010-07-04 16:22:58 +0000 #1
I had a few rough days last week and by Friday I was pretty much about as pleasant as a wolverine that someone was poking with a stick.

Saturday was not bad but it was busy and I was still not myself and I had no time at all to do any yoga. On Sunday Afternoon I finally had time to do Yoga and I did my usual routine and I then added another DVD that I found recently that I had forgotten about (Rodney Yee) and as it ended he said (per usual) Namasté which I believe translates to I bow to you (I could be wrong here).

But after that I began to think about my week and the people that had been the trigger for my pleasant disposition and I started to wonder if I could actually say Namasté to those people and if so would it reduce anger. I came to the conclusion that it is likely that I couldn’t, I am just not that enlightened, but the whole process of thinking about it and what it meant and what it would mean calmed me down considerably and per usual after yoga I felt great. It also gave me a different perspective on my past week.

I really do not know the point of this post and likely I am missing the point all together and I don’t even know why I posted it but I felt I needed to.

Thanks


Pandara2010-07-04 16:38:49 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by WalterJ



...but the whole process of thinking about it and what it meant and what it would mean calmed me down considerably and per usual after yoga I felt great. It also gave me a different perspective on my past week.

Namaste Walter,

Change your mind and your world will change eventually. What we think about must manifest at some stage as it is energy.

I have shared this a few times here on this forum, but I would like to share two things again: the breath of gratitude and the blessing breath. These are two practical things everybody can do anywhere. Try it.

Breath fo Gratitude: Give praise and thanks for those difficult and easy people and situations in your life (it is karma doing it's rounds). Do that 3 times and then conclude by saying inwardly I surround the person or situation with all my Love, Light, Peace and Harmony and do 3 Om's.

Blessing Breath: Bless the people or situations in your life, no matter how difficult. Do that 3 times and then conclude by saying inwardly I surround the person or situation with all my Love, Light, Peace and Harmony and do 3 Om's.

My teacher shared this with me years ago and it has changed my life in ways I cannot even start to explain.

Here is a beautiful explanation of Namaste:

Namaste.

This simple word

uttered with a gesture of folded hands

is among the finest salutations,

mankind has ever been able to vocalize.

It simply means:

I honour the place in you

In which the entire Universe dwells

That place of Love and Light

of Truth and of Peace

When you are in that place in you

And I am in that place in me

We are One.
JenW2010-07-04 16:37:43 +0000 #3
Thank you for sharing Pandara. I too had a Saturday something like WalterJ's.

And felt bad at the end of the day that I had been grumpy and short tempered and not behaved in way that I can be proud of

I think offering praise and blessings to the people around us is wonderful, however, it seems so with insight - when I have had time to reflect that my reactions were wrong.

I am wondering if it is wrong to offer these thanks and blessings when they are motivated by guilt in light of actions already past? Or do I first need to let go of guilt and practise without any agenda … but guilt is a pretty persistent thing
Pandara2010-07-04 16:35:38 +0000 #4
Namaste Jen,

Doing these two breaths are not easy, even I still find it sometimes very difficult in certain situations to do. But, when I do it, it always amazes me how things then suddenly start to fall into place, how I would change, how people would change all of a sudden. I was standing in a long que over the weekend, getting impatient with the staff who was slow and I am in a hurry. Eventually I said to myself, now calm down, deep breath in and out and I started to give praise and thanks for the situation and for my inpatience etc and then I blessed the que and the staff and as I said my last Om inwardly, three tellers suddenly appeared from nowhere and the que started to move along and in a matter of minutes I was helped by a friendly lady and on my way.

Now some people will say they would have come in any case, we will never know. I like to think this is the Divine working in mysterious ways if we learn to let go and flow.

What I am trying to say, give praise and thanks for the guilt and then bless those feelings of guilt and let go!
justwannabe2010-07-04 17:21:11 +0000 #5
My personal perception is that when I cannot forgive someone it is usually because I cannot forgive myself. When i am loving and kind to myself then I am loving and kind to others. If something irratates me about others it is usually because I am irratated about somehting in myself. I pose this to you, not to attack you but as a possibility for personal growth. Look in a mirror and ask yourself. Do I forgive myself for anything I think I need to be forgiven for, if there is anything you cannot forgive yourself for there will always be something you cannot forgive others for.

just my point of view from my limited perspective

my best to you

Neil

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