Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. As George Carlin put it, “the paradox of our time in history is we have more….” (I’ll share more about this later.)
How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels
We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet.
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“Dukha, the bad stuff, happens to everyone. We must stop feeding our stress phobia thinking we are trying to eradicate the bad stuff. The real obstacle to spiritual practice is thinking that to be happy we must be stress-free. Obstacles are not the problem. Life is full of setbacks, traffic jams, heart breaks and road blocks. It is our reaction and hostaging of energy that is the real block to our happiness. Learning how to stress successfully is the answer to staying zen.”
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
#Mantra Defined: In the mythic storytelling of #Ganesha, the well loved deity to whom we chant to help us remain friendly with our obstacles.
Mantra “I Simplify”:
Take this quick simplification personal assessment. Remove your own obstacles.
Where am I? Where would I like to be? (in relation to these)
–Being busy and overwhelmed
–Putting the needs of others first
–Inner Peace and fulfillment
#TGIF #Ganesh Lens: #Bali
We all benefit from some pre-travel stress relief. One of our favorite breathing techniques to destress is Alternate nostril breathing.
Benefits: balancing, calming, anti-anxiety, and very relaxing
Sanskrit Name: Nadi Sodhana Pranayama
How to Do It:
Place the right hand in Vishnu Mudra (forefinger and middle finger bent towards the palm; thumb, ring, and pinkie in the air). To do one round: close off right nostril with the thumb and inhale into the left nostril; close left nostril with ring and pinkie fingers, open the right nostril and exhale through the right, then inhale into the right nostril; close the right nostril, open the left, and exhale through the left nostril. Continue, doing 5-20 rounds.