Let us Breathe….not plan to Breathe

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.

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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.

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Visit Bhutan to see Gross National Happiness in action

 

 

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Visit Nepal to have a blissful effect of the Himalayan Ranges

 

 

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Visit Himachal to have bliss of lakes, monasteries and landscape over you.

 

 

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Enjoy a beautiful ride in 1892 make train and experience bliss at 17,000 feet

 

 

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Get mesmerized with natural beauty at Kashmir – Paradise on Earth

 

 

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”

 

What is in Bhutan to be called as a paradise?

Every time I reach Bhutan, one thought comes to my mind is on what makes it such a different paradise. How the country has kept itself for last 40 odd years without getting into mechanical life like most of us do.

Writing a small sketch about Bhutan as this is one paradise which should not be missed by anyone.

Bhutan is landlocked country with India and China, but has maintained its own pristine beauty and 80% of forest cover.

Here are 10 facts about Bhutan:

Bhutan organic1. Only organic food producing country in the world.

2. Air Pollution below 2% than 14% across the globe.

3. Country measuring the prosperity of people not by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but by Gross National Happiness (GNH)

4. Hardly any hospitals and medical stores which baffles imagination on whether that part of the world never falls “sick” or they just don’t want to end up in hospitals.

5. Relaxed life but committed to work and more productive in terms of overall development.

6. Out of South Asian countries, Bhutanese people are highly dignified, extremely friendly, hospitable beyond imagination and highly disciplined.

7. Bhutan for the last 40 years or more has retained the charm of the least crime country in the world. Crime rate is at 002% which means “No Crime”.

8. For a traveler like me who always would like to pack bags (both rucksack or briefcase) and visit Himalayan locations. Bhutan is the most safest country in the world and most friendly for travelers.

9. Highest amount of flora and fauna, medicinal plants are found in this country than anywhere else in the world.

10. Bhutan is the most orderly country. The citizen abides by all rules without being imposed or “told”. compared to the most unruly South Asian neighbors. Something that need to be learned by the citizens of those countries. Very sorry to say, but then that is the reality.

This is one country which kept on calling me all the time and every time I went here, met good people who became close friends and changed my outlook about life for ever.

Before being in Bhutan, all my thinking was on how to sustain daily life, how to earn money and always we were informed that “we need to earn to be happy”. But after my visits to Bhutan, realized that happiness cannot be bought or sold, but need to be acquired by the person himself or herself. Seeing Bhutanese people, made me think that how they are happy and what makes them happy.

For all of us, there are two kind of happiness. One which comes out of material comfort and another which comes from within. But then, due to our daily chores, we forget to be happy from within, and always start thinking that happiness need to be “acquired” through “material comforts” and more we get, the better.

This country has so much of heritage to it, and not wrong to be called as “Last-Shangrila” or “Paradise on Earth” due to the above factors which proves on Gross National Happiness.

Each one of us need to visit this place once to see what makes them different and how we can change our lives for better since the problems we encounter daily, most of it are self created.

Look at the traffic chaos in India. Most of us feel that it is “others” who create the problems on the roads. Road rage, anger, feeling agitated is some of the daily happenings in our lives. But then, if each of us were disciplined as Bhutanese are, then the “rage” in us turns to kindness and the traffic chaos would not be there. There are very simple things we can learn out of Bhutan and worth a place to be visited.

My love for travel to Himalayas fueled me to start a Travel and Trekking company and that is giving me plenty of opportunity to be in Bhutan and go deeper in understanding the unique architecture of Dzongs across Bhutan, culture and tradition –  especially the dance forms, locations of interest and unexplored areas along with my friend.

It is such a nice feeling that I’m again going to Bhutan to celebrate New Year eve in such a pristine and happiness country which is truly a paradise on earth and an opportunity never to be missed.

Bhutan also presents a picturesque sight. This is one place which can be reached very easily from India, Tibet (China) and Nepal. The winding yet beautifully surfaced roads, awesome Paro valley would leave you mesmerized with beauty.

Thimphu-Valley

The beautiful Dzongs which were earlier palaces now offices present a splendid look to understand Bhutanese architecture marvel. You would be amazed to know that not a nail has been put in these mammoth buildings.

Punaka Dzong. Visual wonder at Bhutan

Punaka Dzong. Visual wonder at Bhutan

Stairs at Punaka Dzong

Stairs at Punaka Dzong

Entering Punaka Dzong

Entering Punaka Dzong

Another fascinating place to visit is Tiger Nest or Taksang Monastery which is built on the cliff. There are various legends, but once you enter inside, will get to know what meditative powers hold this mammoth structure and its surroundings.

At Taksang monastery

At Taksang monastery

Taksang Monastery

Taksang Monastery

Don’t miss to visit this paradise not only for natural splendor but also to see how the people of that country stay happy and how the Government over there measures happiness.

Know more on Gross National Happiness of Bhutan here

You could also take a quick tour of Bhutan

Look forward to meet you in Bhutan while I travel from 28th Dec to 3rd Jan 2014 and celebrating New Year in this fascinating country called as Last Shangrila or Paradise on earth.

Appreciate your time for reading….

Bhutan in Pictures : Enter the land of Druk Yul

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Bhutan is landlocked country where to the East, West and South lie Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam respectively while to the North, Tibet’s Chumbi Valley sandwiched between North Bhutan and Sikkim. The most common interpretation of the name Bhutan comes from Bhot-stan which is land of the Bhotias. In Sanskrit, … Continue reading