For example, illness later on in life can be avoided as a life full of peace, energy, and positivity is a healthier one. The bad news is this can take quite a while. A Yogi senses the inner conflict and uses the proper techniques to dissolve the tension. A person can work for the conditions best suited to enlightenment, but the grace comes from God. We visualize ourselves as a Buddha, Shiva or Goddess. I don’t believe in righteous. For example, you can mentally be happy at an event or for someone else while your overarching mood is sad. The body and the soul are connected, and in order to relieve ourselves of inner tension, we should practice spiritual exercises for both elements. And everything in balance, in the right moment and with the right technik. There are various types of meditation, such as focused attention, or mindfulness meditation, which is the most widely studied form of meditation in modern science. Happiness can be learnt. It is often hard to capture happiness and to bottle it. Nils: I consider it a mistake to not accept help from enlightened teachers, but everyone has his or her own way. Stop thinking = We stop a minute every thought. Nils: An enlightened individual has feelings just like a non-enlightened person: feelings of grief and joy. I recommend that you center yourself in your own wisdom, and view the master’s wisdom as additional help. Then we relax completely. I keep the note he wrote for me everywhere I go. Inner voice = What tells your inner voice now? A good way to go about curing oneself of this life force robbing negativity is to practice several spiritual exercises every day. Most people in today’s day and age are on a march in the opposite direction. The deeper purpose of life is to reach enlightenment. So simple.’. The secret here is the right application of the right technique at the right moment. Om inner wisdom. Follow your own wisdom. I can create this energy through my spiritual exercises and spiritually control this energy and transfer it to other people. Other childhood sources of learned conflict stem from television. He asks, “What is right at the moment? Inner tension and inner conflict occur when people prevent themselves from being at peace and from experiencing true happiness at a deeper level. Enlightenment, a European intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that emphasized the use of reason to advance understanding of the universe and to improve the human condition. Remember how we talked about the ego yesterday?’. The task of all souls is to develop towards enlightenment. Chapter 14: What are the Eight Limbs of Yoga? You see that we are all made of the same stuff. Happiness is one of those traits which is described as both a mental and emotional state. We need exercises for the body (Yoga, Meditation) and for the soul (reflection, Positiv Thinking). Chapter 1 & 2 – Yoga Sutra – A Seeker’s Story Part 1, Chapter 4 – Yoga’s Theory of Creation. When the spirit seems to rebel against the spiritual way, a book on spiritual topics helps to bring back the conviction towards enlightenment. Meditative practices were developed as part of the path towards enlightenment, self-realisation and the end of suffering. The amount of inner peace a person possesses correlates opposingly to the amount of tension in one’s body and spirit. And because I chose a job that I really wanted to do, it feels more like a hobby than work. Tensions and inner conflicts (inner stress) must be dissolved layer by layer. The fifth activity consists of enjoying life. On my final day yogi ji wrote down some words for me as a going away present. Find your personal meditation practice. You combine your intellect and your feeling. Given that it is a spiritual phenomenon, it is not possible to simply read what its true nature is or how to achieve it from a book. If a person practices spiritually long enough, he or she develops inner happiness. He has studied yoga across the world including various parts of his native India including Dharamshala, Rishikesh and Mysore. Meditation can be practiced either in a sitting position or lying down. Nils: That is a big mistake. Tension in turn then comes from professional stress, strained relationships, divorce, and more, as these children grow up to face similar challenges as their parents face or once faced. Chapter 11: Why do We Do Postures in Yoga? There are two ways to approach feelings in spirituality. Woman: To be “free from joy and pain“ is nothing I consider worth striving for. What a marvellous balancing feat this was. I just kept staring at the fish in the lake, at the flowers and the plants around the lake and there seemed to be a harmony to it all. When I came back to England I thought a lot about what it means to live a life in balance. It is important though, to pay attention to the amount with which we busy ourselves with enjoyment. Enlightenment occurs when a person dissolves his or her inner tension through spiritual techniques such as meditation and thought work. The center of initiation in yoga is the transfer of enlightenment energy. However, the state can lead to higher levels of contentment, which … Also, too much direct contact with other people during the development of inner happiness should be avoided. Ed Gould examines the ideas of leading psychologist Rick. This basic model of stress resolution can be extended to the way of the five activities.The five activities are: lying down (or sitting and meditating), reading, walking (or Yoga asanas), doing good for others (work), and to enjoy life. We sit in our meditation seat (cross-legged, heel seat, chair) and in our meditation posture (hands on the legs or in the lap). Becoming enlightened isn’t a way to measure your … American researchers who studied the topic of happiness found that to be the case. As such, enlightenment can be considered to be for the good of society as well as those who are taking a more spiritual path in their lives. 7. May the world be happy. It is just about enjoying everything. Spiritually, humans can be compared to onions. ‘But sometimes I can see that I am better than others yogi ji’ I interrupted. We should bring joy into our lives. I was not about to earn a fortune but I would earn enough to live the type of contended life that made me feel happy. He is also a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and has worked the Pharmacist Advisor to NHS Direct. This inner tension and conflict takes energy, destroys any chance for contentment, and lower one’s overall spiritual positivity. We are all here to live together. Namit Kathoria has a Bachelors Degree from King’s College London in Pharmacy and a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Queen’s University Belfast. Wherever the neurotic tendency to feel repelled towards something is usually the way to the light. A highly tense and conflicted person tends to have negative thoughts. You let the thoughts and feelings come and go as they would. Of course I had a friend who had inspired me to share. My life has changed for the better in many ways. The cosmos has given humans the ability to move to wisdom. He cultivates feelings such as all-encompassing love and empathy. Those who have experienced intense suffering and intense happiness in life, know their lives’ challenges. And the honest truth is that is exactly what I was feeling. Another activity of those seeking enlightenment is movement, particularly cardiovascular sports such as walking, running, biking, swimming. Both need to be avoided with daily exercised self-discipline. In the cosmos, everything develops towards a higher purpose. There is an absolute righteousness. We move our toes a little and think the mantra: "I am a goddess (Buddha, Shiva) of peace. Chapter 10 – What is Prana? Everyone can read books to obtain spiritual inspiration. I think I just enjoy sharing things with others including knowledge. May the world be happy. I have experienced great pain and great happiness. When we keep inner calm, inner happiness appears. Of course, it is an entirely subjective matter, and what makes one person happy may be very different from how someone else might think about it. But live life in order to enjoy it Jake. Meditation refers to a variety of mental exercises which have their origin in ancient times and became increasingly popular in the western world over the last decades. Man: I can think for myself, and decide for myself. I flow positive with the live. Inner happiness can manifest on a deeper level only when we cleanse ourselves of this inner tension. It is ok for a beginner to read spiritual books and to look for the wisdom within, but if you wish to make real progress, it helps to have a teacher. We can develop our true selves, and our sense of life.