Are you missing it? Missing what? What's happening right here, right now.
An ongoing Havard University study found that participants spent 46.9 percent of their time awake thinking about something other than what they are doing and this mind-wandering experience typically made them unhappy. Why?
When our mind is somewhere else we are suffering. Even if we are thinking back upon our very best day we are not nearly as happy as when we were there experiencing it in realtime. That makes us suffer. And if we are thinking ahead, guessing, speculating, worrying about what the future may bring then we are really suffering because our level of accuracy in predicting the future is almost non-existent (how much of what happened in your life in the last year did you predict with any accuracy?).
So what can we do to be more present? Trying to be present does not help. When we are trying to be present we are not actually present, we are trying. Present moment awareness happens spontaneously (without trying). The best way to increase our ability to attend to the here and now is by decreasing our stress.
When we practice Vedic Meditation our body's chemical makeup is the exact opposite of when we feel overwhelmed and stressed. We have an influx of bliss chemistry (serotonin, dopamine, anandamide, oxytocin, beta-endorphin) and a decrease in stress chemistry (adrenaline, cortisol, lactic acid). Getting dosed with bliss chemistry regularly decreases our accumulated stress and makes us more resilient. We find ourselves happier and more aware and attentive to what is happening in our lives as it happens.
Being unhappy 50% of the time is unacceptable. The sooner we do something about it, the better.
I want to share a personal story with you about my path of finding Vedic Meditation.
I had been battling anxiety, depression, and insomnia for most of my life. When I started my career as a corporate attorney at a large New York law firm, the burden became unbearable. That's when I found Vedic Meditation and it made the most immediate and profoundly positive impact on my physical, mental, and emotional health.
A few years later, I decided to do something that could help the people in my life -- and that’s why I became a teacher of Vedic Meditation.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joy-filled time of year, yet it can also be very challenging. We are faced with high levels of demands and expectations as the days continue to grow shorter and colder, our schedules fill up with holiday parties, even trips to visit family, or a vacation somewhere warm to escape the cold of winter. The choice is often to "power through" and we end up missing a very special time of year being over-stressed. Vedic Meditation gives us a way to find balance, inner peace and a profoundly deep level of rest that allows us to enjoy the holiday season and begin the new year grounded, with clarity and grace.
Many of us view the new year as a clean slate, a time to re-prioritize our choices and dedicate ourselves to improving our lives and our relationships with our best intentions at hand.
The challenge is not in the choosing itself--for the most part, we know what we should be doing. Spending time with family and friends, exercising regularly, eating healthy nutritious food, finding time to relax, being patient, kind and compassionate to others. The list goes on. The problem we face is that regardless of our intention, we are destined behave and act according to the baseline level of stress that we've accumulated in our minds and bodies...
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