It's a lesson we are reminded of every time we are a passenger on an airplane. During the pre-flight safety announcements, the flight attendants instruct us if we happen to experience a change in cabin pressure and the oxygen masks drop, we should first put on our own masks before assisting other passengers.
For many of us, myself included, this instruction is counterintuitive. Our altruistic nature dictates that we help everyone else first, and only then we can help ourselves. This is the way we go about our lives, tending to everyone else's needs before our own--our partners, our children, our bosses and coworkers, our family and friends. Often, we are so exhausted from taking care of others that we don't get to everyone, including ourselves.
Understand the meaning behind the flight attendants' instructions. When you are suffocating (i.e., when you are stressed, anxious, tense, and exhausted), you can only help so much. When you put your mask on first (i.e., when you meditate and feel calm, relaxed, grounded, and equanimous), you can give the very best of yourself. The people in your life deserve that, and so do you.
Vedic Meditation is simple, easy, and enjoyable to practice. It removes stress from the body and brings you to a place of peace and clarity, where both you and the world can truly experience the best of what you have to offer.
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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