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Relaxed mind with Meditation


Mrs. Varsha Pandey also organized Sahaj Samadhi Meditation along with DSN. The objective of the course is to reach to true relaxation with the help of meditation. The meditation technique taught in the program helps the practitioner in getting relieved from stress. Regular practice of this can transform the quality of life of the practitioners. 

The following are the benefits of the program:

 Clear Thinking

 Increased Energy

 Better Physical Health

 Improved Relationships

 Greater Peace of Mind

Around 12 participants experienced this and came to know about mantra and meditation. We are sharing feedbacks of few of them.

I am feeling very peaceful after the course. I will keep on doing this on regular basis. The process itself is very peaceful and pleasant. – Sunita Upadhyay

It’s an amazing process, which provides a great peaceful feeling. I have never felt like before. I think one and all should experience the beautiful feeling of the meditation. – Deepak Pandey

Feeling peaceful, stress-free and relaxed. It’s an amazing process, which will help me in improving myself. – Pramod Singh

I felt awesome after the meditation. I think that I will have a peaceful life ahead. – Amit Mishra

After completion of the program, I came to know that the importance of Mantra is too much in my life. I was unaware about the process and I came to know that this simple mantra is a key to peaceful life. I think we should practise this on regular basis. Special thanks to Mr. Rajendra Singh Gandhi. –Himanshu Kumar

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Meditation Radiates Love In You – Inside Out


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Love is not an emotion; it is your very existence – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Yet, we keep yearning for love all our life. Ironic, isn’t it? If love is our very existence, if that is what we are made up of, then why do we keep searching for love outside? Why do we base our happiness on being loved by someone else? And if we are full of love, what is it that we still lack?

Like a lit candle can light another candle, only one who has, can give. One who is love can kindle the love – Sri Sri.

Here’s a true story of Ayesha, a 20-year-old girl studying engineering from a reputed college. The only daughter of affluent parents, Ayesha was provided with all the riches that she could dream of. But, she was not happy. She always lacked something. There was a strange loneliness in her heart. Strange because deep within she wanted friends, wanted to be loved. She felt that nobody loved her so she would not allow anyone to come close. Slowly, she started feeling depressed.

Her mother then introduced her to meditation. Since Ayesha was told that it’s all about “being with yourself”, she was easily convinced to join the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course. After about a month of daily practice, Ayesha shares that she was no longer her depressed self and was more loving and friendly to people around. With deep content in her heart for all that life had bestowed on her, Ayesha shares, “Meditation filled the lack in my life. Complete with joy and positivity within me, I started to love myself with all imperfections. This gave me the ability to accept everyone around me, to radiate the same in my attitude towards others. My face simply mirrored the emotions I was feeing within – happiness, fulfillment and love”.

If you are loving, then you are welcome everywhere in the world. If you feel and be one with people anywhere you go, then people are ready to do anything for you – Sri Sri.

John was a perfect example to this. In his 50s, he decided to join a consultancy firm, simply to kill time. The team he was supposed to work with primarily comprised young men and women aged between 20 and 35 years. As John humorously puts it, “They were all a bit reserved in their welcome to this new ‘old’ team member. But I had no such reservations”. John was a young man at heart, full of vigor, life and love. With his jolly and loving nature, he had the ability to bring humor in any situation and keep everyone around him rolling with laughter. Soon, all his team mates started enjoying his pleasant company and would spend more and more time around him, feeling loved and comfortable.

Sharing the secret behind his jovial personality, John says, “I’m a daily meditator and meditation brings that radiance on my face, the love and charm in my presence that attracts people, despite my mature age”.

These two stories convey a single message – meditation has the ability to elicit the joy and love embedded deep within you. Only when there is inner joy and peace, it gets reflected in the world outside. When these emotions start shining on the surface, you naturally feel like sharing them with everybody around. You become more comfortable with people and vice versa. This is the magic of meditation which only needs to be experienced at a personal level.

Friendly Advice For A happy Life

  • Make meditation a part of your everyday life – it is a daily bath for your mind; keep your mind clean and happy by bathing it twice a day for at least 20 minutes.
  • Spend some time with nature – it is your best friend, really.
  • Don’t waste time brooding over the past – the present moment is a gift to you. That is why, it’s called the ‘present’.
  • Be 100% satisfied with the work you have done and then quit worrying over the results.
  • Take time out to do something creative – play music, dance or paint.
  • Before you go to bed, remember the good things you have done for somebody today – it makes you feel good.
  • Wake up every morning, look at your hands and say – “These hands will do good work today”.
  • When you are upset with someone, tell them. Communication is the best solution to every problem.

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Meditation for Clarity of Mind


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Have you ever felt that you’ve almost made up our mind, but then, from nowhere, a black cloud of doubt appears that doesn’t seem to clear? Such doubts are like ripples in the water that give us a distorted reflection of ourselves and all that are around us. But once the ripples settle down, everything becomes crystal clear.

What will You get by Improving Mental Clarity?

You will be able to

1 – perform well in your job or

2 – learn and retain information much longer, or

3 – work on any sort of complex problem, or

It will help you

1 – if you’re unsure of your purpose or direction in life, or

2 – if you’re stressed and struggling to relax and think clearly, or

3 – if you are seeking clarity in uncertain times

Is it possible to achieve that crystal-clear state of mind or is it just a fool’s paradise? Fortunately, it is very much possible with regular practice of meditation. Meditation, a time-tested technique, is like that signboard that shows you the way out of your jungle of thoughts. It is the unseen force that settles the ripples of doubts in your mind and gives clarity in what you think and how you act. How can meditation transform the quality of our thoughts? What’s the science behind it? Let’s discover in the following sections.

1 Meditation Induces a Sense of Calm

You might have come across this Chinese proverb: “When you feel confused, take a pillow and go to bed”. They probably knew that sleep can calm down your confused mind. But, do you know that meditation can replicate this calming effect? Did you know that when in meditation, our body’s oxygen requirement goes down by 10 to 20 percent, which otherwise goes down by only 8 percent during sleeping? A lower oxygen requirement is an indication of a heightened sense of calm, which gives our body its much-needed rest. A calm mind can think more clearly than a restless mind because it is not scattered all over the place.

2 Meditation Increases Your System’s Energy

The mechanics of meditation we discussed in the previous point shows that meditation increases our energy levels. When this happens, all doubts and confusion give way to clarity of mind. Have you noticed that when you were sad or feeling low, you were not clear in your mind? And do you also remember being happy when you knew just what needed to be done? Clearing your mind of confusion is like clearing the dust from the window. You can see and sense better when you are happy. It can happen when our energy levels are high. This way, meditation can be your energy booster. Dust is like doubt and a clean window is like clarity of mind, which will inevitably also reflect in our actions. It will all come with a few minutes in meditation.

3 Meditation Makes You Focused

Have you observed yourself at the times you felt you were very focused on your work or whatever you were doing? At all such times, you were probably also high on energy. That is because your energy is not diverted to other wasteful thoughts. Our mind is like a computer’s RAM (the part of a computer that does all the thinking, analyzing, and interpreting). So, when there are too many programs (thoughts) running in the background on a computer, the more important programs slow down. This is a near-perfect analogy for our scattered mind, and meditation helps you shut down these unwanted programs. Meditation can clear your mind of wasteful, noisy thoughts. That undoubtedly makes us clear in the mind, and we are able to work and take decisions with clarity.

4 Meditation Improves Observation, Perception, and Expression

You undoubtedly know that your eyes are your window to the world outside? Can you see clearly when you have a speck of dust in your eye? Similarly, is it possible to perceive things clearly when you have stress in your nervous system? We start doubting ourselves and others when our mind is shrouded by the emotions of anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, fear, and/or regret. Meditation makes us centered, and such feelings don’t bother us much.

At the same time, it improves our observation of the world inside and out. We are more receptive to how we feel and how others feel about us. Once we start listening to ourselves, it becomes easier to have a say on our feelings and emotions. Clearer observation means a clearer understanding of the situation and clearer distinction of right from wrong, which inevitably affects our decision making.

Undoubtedly, this is also going to improve your communication skills and make the content of your communication richer. When your perception and observation are clear, you know what to express and how to do it.

5 Meditation Retains Clarity For a Longer Time

While we’ve already understood how meditation clears the garbage from our mind and helps us grasp, think, and express clearly, it is also necessary to understand how to retain this clarity over the long term. That will come when we meditate regularly. Morning is a good time to meditate because there is less chaos and we can meditate deeply. Daily meditation sustains our energy at higher levels. It also helps us maintain a perpetual state of calm, which we can otherwise lose easily when we face difficult situations. Not just that, meditation also keeps us grounded when we are overcome with happiness. The benefits of meditation are plenty.

Let’s hear what one of our regular meditators have to say about meditation and the clarity of mind

With Meditation, I Brush Away The Clouds of Doubt

It’s quite okay to be unclear about life and life’s goals when you are young. I feel that’s because we are inexperienced and still testing the waters. But there were times when over-thinking made things worse for me. I felt my thoughts were like a tangled ball of wool stuck in my head. When decisions had to be taken, I was never sure if I am going to make the right one. I would ponder over it again and again, have doubts, over-analyze things, and finally when I would come to a conclusion, I’d immediately start doubting it. And the whole process would start over, until my brain was boiling.

My confusions and problems would chase me until I started meditating regularly. Today, I can’t imagine starting my day without meditation, which for me is the best tool to clear my mind and keep it calm, relaxed, and focused, all at the same time.

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Levels of Existence


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Meditation & Levels of Existence

Spirituality is observing your own existence. Have you experienced your own body? Experiencing the various levels of existence – your own body, your breath, your mind, your emotion, and the source of your life – is meditation. Meditation is experiencing the life force and being conscious of it – and this is done effortlessly.

Have you noticed – that the mind and body function on completely opposite laws? In the realm of mind, effortlessness is the key. You cannot remember something by putting effort. The moment you relax the memory comes back. Creativity, intelligence, and memory — all these faculties within us happen effortlessly. But you can build muscles only when you put effort.

Body

With meditation, your physiology undergoes a change, and every cell in the body is filled with “prana”. You bubble with joy, as the level of “prana” in your body rises.

On a physical level, meditation helps:

  • To decrease any tension-related pain.
  • To turn your body into a powerhouse, as you generate an inner source of energy.

Breath

When you sit for meditation, observe your breath.

Is your breath steady? Is the prana is haphazard or is it going smooth and normal?

When you are not feeling so good, or when you are down, unhappy or afraid, observe your prana – it is very shaky.

Steadiness in Prana is essential for meditation.

When the senses get steady – then the prana (which was shaky inside you) also becomes stable.

The four-fold inner equipment

It is the same consciousness that functions as mann (mind), buddhi (intellect), chitta (memory), ahankaara (ego). In ancient times, people have grouped these four different faculties as Antahkaran Chadushtaya (the four-fold inner equipment).

Mind

How do you listen? The sounds fall on the eardrums – but if the mind is elsewhere, can you hear? You are listening through the faculty in you – that is called the mind. Similarly, you experience all the other senses – through the mind.

Mind gallops towards world of five senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch). You may sit quiet – with closed or open eyes. If your eyes are going all over the place, the mind is not in a meditative state. Only when the mind withdraws from the senses, it is ready for meditation.

If you have a positive state of mind you become creative, and successful in anything you do. People in the West, talk about affirmation. Affirmation is, you wake up in the morning, sit on your bed and affirm to yourself, ‘‘I will be good from today and that I will love myself’’. All these affirmations that you force on yourself – is not a healthy thing.

Meditation is the only way you can transcend the negative thoughts, and then positive thoughts will come spontaneously and automatically.

Stress and tension cause negative attitude. Suppose you don’t sleep for two days small things can irritate you. And if you have rested well, the situation is different.

With regular practice of meditation, the mind becomes fresh, energetic, and intuitive.

Intellect

When you are listening, you are either agreeing or disagreeing. Notice whether you are saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’. This something by which we say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – is called the intellect.

Life is very complex. There is no set formula. When you think that you are very honest, that you are righteous, you become a little stiff inside, without even knowing it. You point your finger towards others and become intolerant. When you recognize that there are flaws in you, you are then able to accommodate the flaws in other persons.

That’s why it is said, ‘‘do a good deed and forget about it’’. It is not only your vices or bad qualities that will harm you. Even your good qualities can make you stiff, rude and angry. That is why you should surrender both bad and good qualities. With meditation, you can relax and let go – of the judging nature of the intellect.

Memory

If you observe memory, it clings onto something that is negative. You will forget ten compliments from someone, but one insult from a person will stick to your mind.

This needs to be reversed; and the process of reversing this tendency of the mind from clinging to the negative and moving to something positive is called yoga. Yoga makes you like a baby again. It not only revives your nature, it also keeps your heart and mind young and bright.

Memory can make you either sad or enlightened. Through meditation and pranayams, you can overcome painful memories.

Meditation can bring that shift in your memory – to let go of the trivial, and to recognize your infinite nature. With meditation, you can regain the memory of “Who am I”. When people get enlightened, they say, “I remember.” They have remembered – their true nature.

Ego and your emotions

You need to take a look at your own thought patterns and emotional patterns – there is a rhythm in them. And there is a rhythm in the consciousness. We need to find a harmony between all these rhythms within us – and that’s called spirituality.

Just look at yourself. Have you always agreed with yourself? You had some idea yesterday; today you may have a different idea. Five years back you had other ideas – that do not necessarily agree with the ideas that you have today. So when you have disagreement with yourself, why should it not happen with someone else? The ‘someone’ you have a disagreement with -is just a photocopy of your old or the new self.

For maintaining interpersonal relationships:

  • Have a relationship with yourself – this is called integrity.
  • Be informal – for it gives space for mistakes to happen. This keeps your interpersonal relationship strong. You cannot expect perfection in any relationship or situation.

Today one of the biggest problems with the world is emotional instability. When we create an informal outlook and cordial environment around us, we grease the friction and become the master of our environment.

Take life as it comes. Sometimes you are upset or angry; it’s OK to be upset or angry. Life does not stop for anything; it moves. Meditate and just move with the flow.

Q. What can make us centered? If we are shaken, how can we come back to ourselves?

Sri Sri: Become more hollow, and empty. Practice more meditation. Do more seva. Seva brings the merit to go deep in. When you go deep in, the mind becomes fresh, energetic, and intuitive to do more seva.

Meditation is the only way you can transcend the negative thoughts; and then positive thoughts will come spontaneously and automatically.

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Benefits of Meditation


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Physical Benefits of Meditation

With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy

Mental Benefits of Meditation

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:

  • Anxiety decreases
  • Emotional stability improves
  • Creativity increases
  • Happiness increases
  • Intuition develops
  • Gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Problems become smaller
  • Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
  • A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
  • An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
  • The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.

Other Benefits of Meditation

Emotional steadiness and harmony

It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you, whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.

Meditation brings harmony in creation

When you meditate, you are in the space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.

Personal Transformation

Meditation can bring about a true personal transformation. As you learn more about yourself, you’ll naturally start discovering more about yourself

How To Get The Benefits

To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!

Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.

Busy people from all backgrounds are grateful to pause and enjoy a refreshing few minutes of meditation each day. Dive deep into yourself and enrich your life.

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Meditation For Peace Of Mind


Respond Instead of React

Have you observed your mind when turbulent situations arise? These situations trigger powerful emotions in us. When emotions are on a high, the tendency is to react and be impulsive. Further, we can get very easily carried away by our emotions and our awareness of the present moment is lost. We start thinking, why did this happen to me? What have I done? and so on, instead of focusing on the action to be taken. We also worry and are anxious about the future-of how things can return to normal again. This continuous bombardment of thoughts reduces our ability to think clearly and we often end up reacting to the situation, instead of responding.

Prepare the Mind to Become Still

A turbulent mind filled with such uncontrolled thoughts drains out the energy called prana (life force energy), leaving us completely tired, exhausted and frustrated. So how do we move from this turbulence to tranquility? How can we respond to such situations with a peaceful mind? Explains Shriram Sarvotham, senior Art of Living Yoga teacher, “We cannot directly force or demand the peace of mind but we can prepare the mind to become still.” Meditation prepares the mind to calm down effortlessly.

Act with Complete Awareness

Meditation releases the stresses that are accumulated in our mind and leaves it fresh and clear. It brings the mind to the present moment which is the field of action. See, can we smile yesterday? Can we smile two hours later? We can only plan for it. But, we can smile NOW. That is in our hands. Any action is possible only in the present moment. When we act with complete awareness of our action, when the mind is totally attentive to the moment, the action is perfect and mistakes do not happen.

Spread The Waves Of Peace

An interesting aspect is that we have the ability to influence our surroundings- When we enter a room where a fight has happened, we feel a little uneasy; whereas when we enter a room where a baby is playing, the enthusiasm and joy catches on to us even if we are tired. Similarly, even in a tumultuous situation if we have inner peace, we can spread the vibrations of peace around us which can help reduce the turbulence. A few minutes of meditation daily helps remain calm during any situation.

Meditation

  1. makes us mentally strong so we can face any situation with a smile.
  2. makes you peaceful. Inner peace
    reflects in outer situations also.
  3. increases emotional resilience.
  4. reduces the tendency to react and
    increases the tendency to respond.
  5. is an effective way to de-stress your mind.

A Few Minutes Just For You- Your Meditation Time

Wondering how to break the knots of daily work along with other responsibilities, to find just a few minutes of meditation time? A good time to meditate is in the morning, as it will help you remain peaceful during the day. You could meditate when you wish to take a break from your work, for instance, before your evening coffee. This is the time you can just be with yourself, shutting down the doors of daily chatter in your mind and just relax completely. You can make the most of this time and enhance your experience ofmeditation with a few quick tips.

Meditation Made Easy : Follow These Tips

  • Comfortable surrounding – It is advisable to meditate in a quiet place. This saves you from distraction and helps you go deeper in your experience.
  • Be regular with the practice – It is a good idea to meditate at least twice a day and be regular with the practice. Only then will you be able to observe its positive effects with each passing day.
  • Meditate with your buddies – You could get together with some of your close buddies and meditate in a group. This will enhance your experience; it will also help you to be regular with your practice.
  • Try some stretches before meditating –This helps release the stress and tension in various parts of your body and helps you relax to have a more enjoyable meditation.
  • Observe your thoughts – Do not make an effort to resist your thoughts. Let them flow. Meditation is effortless.
  • Take it easy – Make sure you meditate for at least 10-15 minutes. Do not be in a hurry to open your eyes.
  • Make sure your stomach is not full – This will prevent you from falling asleep!

Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s wisdom talks

By Divya Sachdev and graphics by Niladri Dutta

“Meditation gives me inner strength to handle any situation,” shares Nikita Vasa

“Meditation makes me calm so I am able to smile through all kinds of odds,” says Gauri Bhake

“”For any suggestions or any feedback, email us at webteam.india@artofliving.org“”

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Control your Anger before it Controls You


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When you are in a calm, meditative state of mind, you get angry less often

This is continued from the previous article on Tips to Reduce Anger

Below are a few more ways by which you can reduce anger.

Cleansing the mind of impressions

Breathe out Stress

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique that helps to release stresses accumulated in our body and in the mind as impressions. It purifies and harmonizes our entire system.

“Earlier my anger always used to be on the peak and my friends would avoid spending time with me. With regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya, my anger has really come down and now my friends share that they feel more comfortable with me,” shares Aditya Singh Taneja.

Unshakable Calmness

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation takes the help of a mantra to lead the meditator towards a deep experience. The mantra is very powerful and helps to clear the layers of our consciousness from the impressions that are stored in it. Regular practice of Sahaj Samadhi meditation brings tremendous clarity of perception and an unshakeable calmness.

Integrate Wisdom into Your Life

Nail Your Anger

Perhaps you heard the story of the boy who used to nail the fence every time he would get angry. You obviously do not need to do that but the moment you start getting angry, become aware of the emotion rising you. When you become aware, a shift happens in the mind and the anger drops. However, regular practice of meditation is required to give you the ability to witness your own mind and the rise and fall of emotions in it.

Good Work = Calm Mind

“Anger happens because of your love for perfection.” – Sri Sri

This simply means that you get angry when something does not happen the way you wanted it to be. But most of the time when you get angry, you end up regretting or feeling bad later on, isn’t? This regret further creates agitation in the mind.

The key lies in accepting the situation. Know that it is ‘ok’ that you got angry. Just accepting yourself for getting angry will calm you down. A calm mind gives you the ability to think constructively and do the needful. Remember, good work always happens with a calm mind.

When the mind is joyful and contented, when you are in calm, meditative state of mind, you don’t get angry in the first place. Know that no mistake can be corrected with anger. Only with awareness can anything be corrected.

If you are getting angry too often, then:

  • Watch your food. Make sure you eat
    healthy vegetarian food that includes
    grains, green vegetables, fruits
    and salads.
  • Ensure that you rest for at least
    6-8 hours a day.
  • Meditate daily! You could meditate
    any time of the day. Meditating in a
    quiet place will keep you
    away from distractions and ensure that
    you get a deeper experience.
    You can also meditate with your
    friends – meditating in a group has a
    greater impact.

Show Anger rather than getting Angry

At times it may seem like getting angry is important to get things done. For instance, if you are a parent with a small child then you may need to be firm and show anger to your child sometimes. But know that showing anger is different from getting angry. When you show anger, you are only pretending to be angry but deep inside you are calm. With regular practice of meditation, you are able to show anger (where needed) instead of getting angry.

“Regular meditation has helped me to keep my mind calm in every situation. So, now even if the situation demands, I do not burn with anger, yet I am able to show anger, staying peaceful inside,” shares Deepti Sachdev.

Make Your Anger Expensive and Smile Cheap

Smile more often. You cannot get angry when you are busy smiling. Be proud of being a person who hardly gets angry and is ever-smiling.

Drop all Labels

You get angry at something that is happening in the present. Sri Sri says, “Any emotion should persist for the same time as that of a line drawn on water.” The same goes for your anger. It comes and it will go. However, as you continue your spiritual practices, the frequency with which anger arises will drop noticeably. You will find that situations that disturbed you before do not even bother you anymore.

It is very important that we do not allow the anger in our mind to ferment and become hatred. This removes the joy and love in our life. Being happy is not a luxury, it is a necessity and the real key to happiness lies in our ability to connect with ourself through meditation.

Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s wisdom talks

Written by Divya Sachdev. Based on inputs by Bharathy Harish, a meditation expert

& Published By :AOL Team Buxar