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YOGA AND RELATIONSHIPS

Pauline Sebina

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We continue on yoga and relationships, it be marriage or just partners…

One participant testified that the Art of Living Happiness course had saved their marriage, which was on the verge of a divorce. During the course, upon doing the different processes, the participant realized their contribution to the unpleasant state of their marriage. That introspection was a revelation, coming from inside.

A few months later they did the course together with the spouse. The spouse kept on wondering why it had taken them so long to do the course. They felt great and their marriage got saved. This is just but one example to show that yoga does offer a practical solution to relationships, where each person goes inward to empty their own invisible bag that make our lives miserable.

The Happiness course teaches special breathing techniques/ pranayama, a bit of yoga stretches and a bit of meditation. It is a beautiful combination that causes you to release tension, the heaviness we carry from the past, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and any other unpleasant emotion you can think of. The breath and emotions are linked. The more we learn to work with the breath, the better control we have of our emotions.

When other people give their views about your relationship, especially if the finger points towards you, the tendency is to defend oneself and only see the problem to be from the other person or the environment. Yoga is very personal, the only person it addresses is you. It has that ability to bring out the truth from inside. No one can argue with inner truth. It causes you to pause as you realize that the problem is not just from outside, it is largely from within.

Wouldn’t it be a better and stable world particularly for our children, to be in a space where we use the available natural tools like yoga, which give you a mirror to look within and find the well of happiness and contentment that we’ve been Blessed with, and not finding blame?

As we visit the court-houses we find divorce cases are frequent. Involved parties may consider wholistic yoga, to individually get to the root of their differences and possibly restore their marriages.

In 2019 Art of Living will conduct yoga retreats / workshops for couples who are willing to enrich or revive their relationships.
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YOGA AND GOOD HEALTH

Pauline Sebina

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While we’re still on the mental benefits of meditation, I wish to take a moment to appreciate the increasing awareness about wholistic yoga (yoga stretches, breathing exercises and meditation) in Botswana, judging from the inquiries we receive at Art of Living, especially the referrals from medical doctors and practitioners of mental wellness.

The reality is that meditation is a practical tool that addresses problems from the depth, not superficially. As you’ve seen from the previous articles, its benefits cut across many medical conditions but also just promotes a very good state of wellbeing. Let’s consider the next mental benefit of how meditation is the best tool to remove bad habits like smoking, or over indulgence in alcohol, for those who have an earnest desire to stop.

Meditation is good at helping get rid of bad habits because it creates or raises self-awareness. It reaches unimaginable depth of one’s core of existence, that only brings out the truth about us and our situation. It takes one past the delusions that one tends to hide behind to remain in a comfort zone.

When the truth gets revealed to you, there’s no argument or debate, no bias, no judgement, no justification, no need to defend yourself, it’s just the truth! This is unlike when someone tells you of your weakness or shortcoming. This is what makes meditation effective, and it becomes a lot easier to deal with as well as eliminate the habit from its root cause.

Consequently, you’re able to see the reality about life without that bad habit. Imagine how many lives, families, marriages, careers are destroyed due to bad habits by children, spouses, parents, workers, friends and so on. All is not lost, as meditation provides you with the chance to claim back your purposeful life.

Related to the benefit of breaking habits is that of breaking addictions. Meditation gives a natural “high” much better than the destructive “high” from drugs or alcohol which just leads to a regrettable crash. Meditation does not only deal with the addiction, but will also deal with the root cause of the addiction, presenting a longer lasting solution.

On 25th May 2019 at 3.30pm there’ll be a live Peace Meditation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar the Founder of Art of Living Foundation as part of his yearly peace initiative of “I Meditate Africa” – www.bit.ly/VoiceOfAfrica.

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YOGA AND GOOD HEALTH

Pauline Sebina

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We concluded last week’s Yoga Corner with the introduction of ‘meditation and good health’, highlighting the vastness of the subject and that there isn’t a part of our lives that is not touched or affected by meditation.

Starting with the category of physical benefits, and with probably the most favorite of slow aging, I’m sure that most us would like to slow down the aging process, especially in the most natural and harmless way.

Studies have shown that experienced meditators often look a lot younger than their «true» age, and they also arguably live longer than people who do not practice meditation as a lifestyle.
Scientific studies have been published, which I will not delve in to avoid being technical, explaining why meditation is the very best way to freeze “father time”, but I encourage those interested on the details to read more on the subject.

According to leading health and longevity researchers, stress accelerates our biological clock leaving us looking and feeling old long before our time (as you read this you may even think of one or two people yourself). Mediation is a natural tool to counter stress, hence slowing down the biological clock so to speak.

Granted there are very few people who are not yogis but still live even beyond a hundred. And if you were to interview these people, you would find that their general disposition is that of inner peace, very little or no stress at all. These are the fortunate ones. Most of us need to make an effort to reach the state of inner peace amidst chaotic surroundings. This is where meditation as part of yoga comes in.

The next physical benefit is that of beating addiction whether it is alcohol, tobacco, food, coffee, prescriptions, illegal substances, the list goes on. Researchers have found that there are physiological and psychological reasons why meditation is the best, most effective way to naturally overcome any addiction. It has been proven to give a “natural high” through the brain’s “happiness center”.

Indeed, the brain researchers have built a mountain of evidence showing that meditation can help immensely in beating addiction, healthily and naturally. When one practices meditation regularly, the mind develops the power as well as the inner strength to observe the coming and going of urges and cravings without emotions and in a detached manner. More next week……..

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