21st Century has made our lives to run faster than ever before. Faster than the next person in order to reach the goal what we see in terms of his/her own ideology and thinking.
Comparing with other person, organization, events etc., has triggered stress to be better and be qualified to overtake than others. In one way, positive competition and stress is good, but then when it turns into obsession, creates anxiety.
Let us understand on what happens within our body.
Our thinking pattern affects our breathing. Breathing is an automatic function of the body that is controlled by the respiratory centre of the brain. When we feel stressed, our breathing rate and pattern changes as part of the ‘fight-or-flight response’.
Fortunately, we also have the power to deliberately change our own breathing. Scientific studies have shown that controlling your breath can help to manage stress and stress-related conditions. Breath control is also used in practices such as yoga, tai chi and meditation.
In the quest of advancement in our career, finances and Gross Domestic Income, we have failed to realize the effect it has over our body. When we don’t achieve what we thought could have been achieved, triggers following responses.
1. Anxiety – Of things not happening to our liking and what we can do.
2. Fear – Fear of failure and doing something to make that change.
3. Anger – When fear increases with anxiety, converts into anger since we don’t know how to manage this failure which we think it is.
4. Depression – With anger, the body spends the energy and when we know that somehow, we could not achieve what we thought we could, turns into depression.
5. Isolation – Can be of two kinds, [a] – Self isolation where the person does not want to mingle anymore or show his/her face to the outside world.
[b] – Dejection where the person is not accepted by the society or friends at large as they see him/her as a failure material.
6. Hatredness – Since the/she does not see himself/herself acceptable by self or by others, results in hatredness and cold shoulder attitude with others.
With all these symptoms of disaster, our body knows how to show it. It shows up through shallow breathing where the person is gasping for breath. Can be seen when a person gets angry and does not get words and fumbles since the breathing has become to brisk and shallow.
In recent years, we have been tuned to the thought process that “Future would be bright” and hence we need to “burn” ourselves “today”. With that in mind, all that we want to do is to achieve material comforts more and more than the other person/persons so that we can lead a “perfectly” good life later….
This thinking has even got into our breathing. If someone were to say that his/her breathing is shallow and is under stress/anxiety, that other person would comment “right now I don’t have time for all these. After retirement, would concentrate on my breathing”
The question comes on why is that possibly we are doing this knowing very well that everything in world is impermanence and ever changing, but still we consciously accept that we can be happy after 60 yrs, 70 or later rather than today.
Especially so in India due to huge population and expectations from peers, parents, organization or by self that we tend to forget that “Past cannot be corrected, Future cannot be predicted and Present is the only reality”. What we do at that moment is the only thing which can be said as “Done” and every other event is either a past or yet to happen. We might or might not witness that future.
Now, what has breathing has got to do with Past, Present and Future?
By correcting the past, we create stress and forget the present moment, and by dreaming the future, we miss what we were to do now and create anxiety of things not happening to our wishes.
To break this vicious circle, we need to take vacation to a solitude place where these unwanted thoughts could be unwound, body recharged and indulge in deep breathing. If you see any region of Himalayas, there is calmness in nature, blissful due to various people centuries ago and now meditating in caves and causing positive vibes or vibrations which helps people like us to unwind and be stress free.
Especially in India with so much of population and then Himalayas is in India, Nepal and Bhutan which is accessible easily, making much use of it brings about connecting to the source or to nature. Taking a forced vacation every 6 months helps in regulating oneself from modern day stressful living to blissful living.
At Himalayan Fantasy, we practice and mentor on following key ideals:
- 1. Breath completely and realize abdominal breathing.
- 2. Removing stress and anxiety
- 3, Visiting places which would change our attitudes towards others, work and bringing calm mindset.
- 4. Learn to enjoy every moment and living life rather than planning to live.
- 5. Stop planning for breathing but enjoy breathing.
These approaches would help not only increase the life span of a person, but makes him stronger from inside to meet up challenges everyday with courage and required mental and physical fitness level. In turn at the physiological level, the person is able to analyze and act on situations and apply his intellect rather than reaction and creating negative tendencies.
Come and explore Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Himachal, Kashmir and Nepal Himalayas with us to lead a “Stress Free Life”