Cry

EDIT – Reblogged from the website: https://musingsbyamedstudent.wordpress.com/

There’s a common misconception that crying is a sign of weakness. And it’s a stereotype we need to break. Crying is often therapeutic and it’s a healthy way to express emotion. It’s a way to overcome difficult feelings, and must be normalized for men, women, parents and kids. To describe that, I’ve written a short […]

Cry

Sanskrit Times – Episode 2

Today I am going to write the verses being chanted during the Hindu wedding ceremonies in India. This part is called as “Saptapadi” literally means “Seven Steps”. The couple is asked to walk around the “Holy Fire” seven times – which is the necessary part in any Hindu ritual.

Each of this verse is chanted one-by-one and only when the couple has finished taking this vow, they are declared as married. So, let’s see the Sanskrit verses and their translated meaning in English.

iṣā ekapadī bhava iti prathamam
ūrje dvipadī bhava iti dvitīyam
vratāya tripadī bhava iti tṛtīyam
māyo bhavāya catuśpadī bhava iti caturtham
paśubhyā paṃcapadī bhava iti paṃcamam
rāyaspoṣāya ṣaṭpadī bhava iti ṣaṣṭam
hotrebhyaḥ saptapadī bhava iti saptamam

With this first step, we provide for and support each other
With this second step, we will be resilient and strong in body, mind and spirit
With this third step, we will share all worldly possessions
With this fourth step, we will live in harmony offering constant love to one another
With this fifth step, we will have a family and nurture them together
With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons
With this seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other

My favorite “steps” are the fourth, the sixth and the seventh – of course, I love this ritual very much overall and it excites me every time I read or listen.

What about yours?

Thank you for reading!

What if God…

What if God is an introverted person who stays back at His/Her home, reading a lot of books, painting the walls with creative arts, drinking a few cups of herbal tea everyday?

What if God sits in meditation from time-to-time, to recharge his body, and mind for indulging in more creative thoughts?

What if God isn’t so religious that He/She doesn’t periodically visit the Temples, Churches or Mosques?

What if God is so shy and doesn’t go out much?

What if God doesn’t answer phone calls ? And even if God answers phone calls, what if He/She remains in Silence most of the times to be a compassionate listener to all our mind-created fictional stories about life?

Given that all the fore-mentioned personality traits of the God, how does one reach the Him/Her ever?

The only possible way to reach the God, as I could think of, is evolving one’s own Consciousness to that of God’s – so as to be in an Union with Him/Her.

A Tale of Life and Death

Imagine yourself to be a space of emptiness or air.

You exist, everyone could feel you, but they don’t see you.

You are aware of yourself, and everybody else’s physical existence.

You’re now given a body and 5 senses. What would you do?

You’ll begin to experience your life differently.

Now you’re also given a mind to think, to reason out.

With this gift comes also a curse: You forget who you really are.

You think you’re this body, and these senses.

But you are given ‘like-minded’ friends to spend your time with.

You look around what others in your culture doing.

You follow the norms to be one among them.

You want to feel safe about your life. You add more and more material wealth to you.

Sometimes you involve in ‘wrong’ doings to achieve these goals.

But then, there comes a day, where you are asked to give back everything you were given.

You cry!

You cry because you think your gained knowledge, and wealth are taken away.

You perceived all these gifts to be ‘always’ yours, and these gifts are you yourself,

You cry harder because you now feel you lose yourself.

You cry yourself to ‘Death’.

You go back to your Origin.

You become aware of your Truth, once again.

You realize everything uptil your last cry is nothing but a ‘Dream’.

Someone comes to you and offers a handful of gifts again: The body, the mind, the senses, and people.

Now, you are aware that these gifts are not your possessions; nor they are you.

You choose to accept these gifts once again but you are more conscious of your Truth.

Now, the life becomes more interesting. You experience all the shades of life, the gift that was given to you.

Pleasure and Pain are alike to you.

And when the day arrives, you don’t cry anymore, unlike the last time.

You happily depart back to your Home.

Breathe! You’re alive!

It is not uncommon to think that our mind (which is a functional result of our brain) is different from our body. However, the mind-body connection is something real and I feel it is essential to explore this connection through our own experiences. This article is aimed at bringing you some facts on different patterns of our breathing and their direct relationship with our physical and emotional health.

Is breathing merely a physiological process? If you think so, I invite you to observe your breath when you’re angry, sad, anxious and joyful. You might observe a clear difference in the way you breath experiencing the fore-mentioned emotions. Each emotion creates a unique, significant pattern of sensations in the body. For example, if you’re angry, your breath is moderately deeper with a faster rate. Instead, if you’re anxious, your breath is shallow with a faster rate.

If you agree with what being said so far, the next question you might ask yourself if this mind-body relationship is uni-directional (i.e., mind -> body) or bi-directional (i.e., mind <-> body). In other words, can we alter our emotional state simply by regulating the way we breath? The short answer is, yes.

Everyone of us wants to be happy, joyful. However, we often do not find the ‘right’ ways to achieve that state of mind. If we learn to inhale and exhale slowly and deeply and maintain a regular breath with your ribcage quite relaxed, we are not far away from happiness.

Here are my 2 cents for the beginners:

  1. Whenever you find free time, take a pen and a paper and you may gently ask yourself: “How am I breathing now?”.  It is important you do not judge the breathing. Just be completely honest yourself and be willing to accept your breathing the way it is, in the very moment. Write a few words about it such as “shallow”, or “deep”, “heavy breathing”, or “irregular breathing”. I’m not asking you to be obsessed with your breathing but try to periodically check your breathing just the way you’re checking your dog or the notifications on your smartphone.
  2. In the beginning, you might feel unpleasant sensations. You might feel a lot of anxiety observing your breath. Your mind might send out a warning signal as if you’re in danger. But this is only temporary. As you stay diligent in your practice, your mind will get adjusted to this new practice.
  3. Whenever you feel intense emotions, go back to your breath and sit with it. “Sitting with it” implies observing your breath as it is without any judgments and if possible, with a lot of compassion and love for yourself.

Happy breathing!