Photo courtesy of People’s Revolution.
Cited as one of India’s 50 most powerful people, internationally acclaimed yogi, mystic and speaker Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev) is headed to Long Beach to lead his popular meditation program, Inner Engineering, on Saturday and Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center.
As YouTube’s most-watched guru in the world with 1.2 million subscribers, Sadhguru’s Inner Engineering program is a meditation tool composed of thousands of years of teachings sped up to resonate with the lives of the more than 2 million people who have completed the program.
While the Long Beach event is full, a free webinar about the Inner Engineering program will be held tonight at 6:00PM. For more information visit the website here.
Sadhguru has also offered Long Beach Post readers some sage advice for the oftentimes stress-inducing situation that is finding parking around town. While feeling frustrated and trapped circling in your car, here are some tips to maintaining a more pleasant state of mind:
Take Deep Breaths
“Breath is not just the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. For different levels of
thought and emotion that you go through, your breath takes on different types of
patterns. When you are angry, peaceful, happy or sad, your breathe goes through subtle
changes. Whichever way you breathe, that is the way you think. Whichever way you
think, that is the way you breathe.”
Ever hear of the expression: Take a deep breath and count to ten when you are angry or
stressed? There is so much practical wisdom in that statement. Many of us are feeling
overworked, disengaged, and burned out.
The breath can be used as a tool to do many things with the body and the mind. Pranayama is the science where, by consciously breathing in a particular way, the very way you think, feel, understand and experience life can be changed.”
Change Your Perception of Stress
“When I first went to the United States a few years ago, wherever I went, everybody
was talking about ‘stress management’. I really didn’t get this because in my
understanding, we manage things which are precious to us – our business, our family,
our money, our wealth, our children. Why would anyone manage stress? It took me a
while to understand that people have concluded that stress is a part of their lives.”
Stress should not be an accepted part of life, he said, as the feeling comes from an inability to manage your body, mind, emotions and energies. What is stressful for one person, is not stressful to another, so why not choose “blissfulness?”
“Manage yourself, not your stress. Stress is just an inability to manage the inner situation, not the outer situation.”
Change the Context
“Essentially, the quality of our lives change and transform not because we change the
content of our lives, but only because we change the context of our lives. How simple
or complex an activity is doesn’t change the quality of your life. With what context you
do it changes the quality of your life.
Here’s a story for you, on a certain day, three men were working in one place. Another
man came by and asked the first man, ‘What are you doing here?’ The man looked up
and said, ‘Are you blind? Can’t you see I’m cutting stone?’ This person moved on to the
next man and asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ That man looked up and said,
‘Something to fill my belly. So I come here and do whatever they ask me to do. I just
have to fill my belly, that’s all.’ He went to the third man and asked, ‘What are you
doing here?’ That man stood up in great joy and said, ‘I’m building a beautiful temple
here!’ All of them were doing the same thing, but their experience of what they were
doing was worlds apart.”
So the next time you’re driving through the neighborhood with not a vacant parking spot in sight, keep these peaceful tips in mind.
Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]
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