Sadhguru: The last year has been a challenging time for all of us. When things are not going the way you want them to go, that is when your capability is most needed. But if you are anxious, worried and get into a panic, you will be paralyzed. A human being who is joyful, sensible and responsible can deal with situations much better than one who is fearful.
#1 Keep Accounts of Your Joyfulness
In business, only one who keeps accounts knows whether he is making money or going down. Similarly, you must maintain an account – “How many moments of joy did I have today?” We are not using joy as a goal. Joy does not mean that you attained to something. Joy is a measure – it simply means life has come to ease, you are not messing yourself up.
Every day, if you keep accounts, you will see that no matter what the hell happens in life situations, you will not go down.
#2 Eat with Gratitude
I am not trying to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. You eat whatever you want but being a human being, the most important thing is that you do it consciously. Not just what you eat – how you eat is equally important, including how food goes into you, from whose hands it comes to you, and how you approach it. Above all, the food that you eat is life. Other forms are giving up their life to sustain us. If we can eat with enormous gratitude for all the living things which give up their life to sustain our lives, food will behave in a very different way within us.
#3 Connecting with the Earth
One simple thing everyone can do is, on a daily basis, create ways for yourself to be in touch with the planet. The earth that you walk upon has a sense of intelligence and memory. All life – yours and that of every other creature – has come from this earth. Even if you live in a concrete jungle, it is important to keep in touch with the earth. If your bare hands and bare feet – particularly the palms and soles – come in touch with the earth on a daily basis, it will harmonize the physiological process in your system.
#4 Wake Up with a Smile
When you get up in the morning, the first thing you should do is smile because just the fact that you woke up is not a small thing. Thousands of people who slept last night did not wake up today, but you did. So smile because you woke up. Then look around and if there is someone, smile at them. For millions of people, someone dear to them did not wake up this morning. Everyone who is dear to you woke up – Wow! It’s a great day, isn’t it?
You may think this is ridiculous, but this is the most valuable thing – that you are alive and everything that matters to you is alive. Try to appreciate it and smile.
#5 Make A Resolution
One resolution you should take forwards is, “I meditate.” Right now your mind is the boss and you are the slave. As you become more meditative, you become the boss and your mind becomes the slave; there is a clear space between you and your body and mind. Once there is a distinct separation, this is the end of suffering, because there are only two kinds of suffering you have known – physical and mental. Only when there is no fear of suffering, you will dare to explore the full scope of what it means to be human.
Sadhguru is a humanitarian, renowned public speaker and a New York Times bestselling author. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru’s work has touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programmes. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers powerful and proven methods for self-transformation. Sadhguru’s flagship programme, Inner Engineering Online, is currently free for healthcare professionals.
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