What Does it Take to Live Life Holistically?
It definitely does not require a degree from a well known university, a high paying job, or a huge bank balance. Holistic living has nothing to do with all that! Holistic living simply means:
- Enjoying positive health and wellness with one’s physical body.
- Having a sharp and alert mind.
- Having positive emotions such as zest, love, and joy.
- Being aware spiritually.
Holistic living is all about being human!
The Effect of Negative
The majority of people who have had too many negative experiences in life get stuck with negative polarity. In such cases, living holistically takes commitment, practice with patience, and a clear intention to create balance and to consciously evolve wholeness.
Holistic living is to emphasize the positive in all dimensions. To begin with, create wholeness in the grosser trio of body-mind-emotions. Once these grosser dimensions are brought into a state of balance, then we can actualize the more subtle dimensions.
The Effect of Positive
A simple practice, like smiling more often, can have a profound impact on our personality. Smiling is one of the most natural and simple things we can do, and it doesn’t cost us anything! Scientific studies have shown that a simple smile has an uplifting effect on the mind and emotions.
Conscious attention on the breath is another simple practice. It is simple practices such as these, that can create balance between the negative and positive polarities. By being diligent in the practice of life affirmative techniques, we can make a profound shift in our state of being.
The Effect of Kriya
The conscious practise of tatwa breathing (or elemental breathing) also helps to bring balance. To start, take a couple of deep breaths. Now take four short breaths and end with a long breath. This makes a train of five connected breaths. Repeat the train five times to complete the kriya (or practice). Note that all 25 breaths should be connected without stopping inbetween.
Tatwa breathing is based on the fact that our body is made of five tatwas (or elements), namely earth, water, fire, air and ether. Once these five elements are balanced within our body, we experience wellness! It is such a simple practice, which does not cost you anything; you don’t need to follow a cassette, nor do you need to travel to attend a group to practice this kriya. For the next few days, simply focus on the practice of this simple kriya. Also focus on simplicity with regards to your holistic lifestyle.
Practice kriya regularly. It takes less than half a minute to practice, and you can do it silently while standing, sitting or lying down. Nobody will know about it, except you! You can repeat it every hour, or anytime that you feel you’re drifting into negative habits.
The Effect of Meditation
Once you practice kriya, which prepares the background, it naturally throws you into a space of non-thinking, called meditation. It creates the high levels of prana (or life force) in your body-brain system that makes it easier for you to be simultaneously aware of your breath and your thoughts. You can easily get the knack of meditation when you do this kriya. Simply remain silent after doing kriya, and keep your attention on your natural breathing process. Simultaneously keep witnessing your thoughts. You will experience very low levels of thought traffic, as in the high prana state thoughts cannot linger for long. Even if the no-thought state remains just for a few seconds, you will experience a surge of energy and vitality, bringing back the positive qualities of zest, love and joy!
Half a minute of kriya and five to ten minutes of meditation can be very refreshing during hectic work days, if you plan for these mini-breaks in your work schedule. You can make it a habit to practice consciously before lunch, before tea, or before starting a meeting. It has the power to increase your personal effectiveness, and you are bound to see your work quality and productivity go up with effortless ease! This is one of the easiest ways to manage your stress too!
Through your commitment to the practice of kriya and meditation, you will emphasize the positive, and increase balance. That balance is the basis of wholeness and fulfillment. What begins as a simple balancing technique can become a powerful tool for life transformation.