I was born free of thoughts.
Was happy living like everyone else… no one taught me how to live and I never gave a thought to living. I assumed the art of living was that I was living…
My life like anyone else’s life was filled with ups and downs – tensions and no tension times – good times and bad times. I used to be bored easily with nothing to do. Did not know how to spend time with myself. Not sure if I knew how to be happy with whatever I have, had no opinion on anything which would affect my life (or anyone’s life)? Infect I was scared to give any opinion. Hardly knew what I want from life and what my purpose of living is.
And all of the sudden I was made to realize I have grown up. I was responsible for what I say. I was expected to give opinion on things and expected to say right thing at the right time. I was still the same and was living.
Finally I thought of taking control of my life and decided to join the ‘Art of Living - foundation course’ (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s) between 17June2008 to 22June2008. The course spread over the course of 2 hours each for 6 days gives you nothing (according to me) but how to relax your body after making it soo tired that for sure you will need nothing but a few minutes of rest. Getting up early morning at 5am was enough reason to not go to the class, but still I pushed my limits to open my eyes and reach the class. Definitely after the class I used to feel more relaxed for a few hours, but I don’t know if the class really helped me with anything – due to lack of sleep I was always in the zombie state, annoyed at the slightest buzz and would loose my patience at anyone near me. Finally the class was over and I was relived that I could sleep.
For four days after my course was over my alarm buzzed every day at 6am and highly motivated (to learn the art of living) I used to get up and perform the ‘Art of Living’ courses gyan (Asana and exercises). On the fifth day the bug of laziness bit me again – I switched off the alarm and went back to my pleasurable sleep. Since then daily I am marking the recurring alarm not to ring the next day ;) – I guess by now the entire week is marked without alarm.
Don’t know if I learned anything different from the gyan which my parents, teachers, elders and everyone around used to teach me when I was young. Nor do I have answers to any of my queries with which my brains were disturbed from its lazy state before joining the course, but definitely I learned - 'Once we are lazy – we are always lazy. ' Not that I am planning to change this opinion!!
Anyways life goes on and I am still living … so I guess thats what is Art of Living.