“Every obstacle has an opportunity!” This is one of the most motivating quote, we all keep hearing. But, I got to experience the true essence of this profound one-liner, when I faced a drastic downfall in my life. My health wasn’t good, I lost my decently good-paying yet amazing job and my relationship was also undergoing a bad phase too. In short, I was at the rock-bottom phase of life.
There is another quote “When Nothing Goes Right, Take Left”! Though this quote is said in a humorous manner but it does make a sense, sometimes. So, when nothing was going “Right” in my life, I decided to take a “Left”. That left was attending the Art of Living – Happiness program.
What is the Art of Living – Happiness program all about?
As the same suggest “Art of Living”, it teaches us the right way of living (not just surviving) in the world, which is full of chaos. Many of us, fall in the trap of “OVER”; OVEReating, OVERthinking, OVERworrying and OVERworking, which makes our lives worse than hell. This program is designed to help up OVERcome this “OVER Factor”
The dominant part of the Art of Living – Happiness Program is a unique and intense breathing technique. In this program, breath is used as an instrument to restore body, mind, and spirit into their natural cadence. This technique is given a name “Sudarshan Kriya” which is originated by the founder of Art of Living Foundation – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. In addition to teaching and performing Sudarshan Kriya, this happiness program is loaded with fun activities, which are suitable for every age group. These activities are tactically designed to teach us the lessons for life and make you grounded.
All this form an amazing 3-day workshop (earlier it was a 6-day workshop). I had a transformation experience during this workshop.
What do I want to share about Happiness Program?
- Sudarshan Kriya is Powerful
We often hear meditation calms down the mind, it helps you release the stress, etc. on the very first day of the workshop, and I didn’t feel any difference at all during the Kriya. My mind was as anxious as it was earlier. I even doubted my decision to join the workshop. Nevertheless, day 1 passed and I came back home. To my surprise, I slept so well that night after many months.
This was the very first positive experience that I had with Sudarshan Kriya.
In the next session (on Next day) I could actually feel the state of calmness and Trans, which actually helped me release the pain I was feeling in my back and shoulders since past few months.
For me this was miraculous!
With every passing day of the workshop, I had experienced not only mental benefits but also on physical levels. This was for the first time, that I realized that there are health benefits of meditation too.
Sudarshan Kriya is a combination of Pranayama, Aum Chants, a specific breathing pattern (initiated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) and the moments of deep silence.
(Please note that just like any other practice, practitioners are not supposed to share the entire process in detail. No one can teach you anything better than the trained teachers).
It’s been six years that I am practicing Kriya and I can claim undoubtedly that I m a much healthier and happier person than before.
- Happiness Program isn’t dull
The most common conception about any spiritual workshop is that they aren’t interesting and there is only a flow of bookish Gyan. But this is not true with this workshop. The fun activities, humorous interpretation, and interactive environment makes it really interesting.
It brings out the hidden (sometimes dead), child inside you. Some of the activities are designed to help you to effortlessly release the guild, anger or anger from the past you are holding, through fun and laughter.
- Teachers of Happiness Program are the Guys (and the girls) next door
The best part about the program is that the teachers are highly interactive and talk to you as if you are a close friend to them. Although, there is no provision of sharing your problems with anyone (the whole idea of this program is to go within and look for the solution to your own problem.), but the wonderful teachers are always there to listen out to you if needed.
These teachers are highly educated and well-spoken.
- Happiness program is a perfect blend of Modern Science and Spirituality
Well, I think spirituality is a deeper science than modern science. Inner science certainly was discovered way before human beings invented even a bicycle. Solutions to all the problems, mankind is facing today lies within. All we need to do it is shut down the outer distraction and get inside to look for the solution.
This is the core of the AOL-Happiness program. In the program, they have touched the common problems such as the effects of influence of others and how to deal with the expectations of the others, overuse of technology and how to overcome the addiction, priority setting and time management, team management and much more. All this is taught in the form of fun-filled activities and question-answer session.
In general, no one will surely get bored during the entire course.
It doesn’t matter, which form of meditation you follow, it should uplift you and help you tackle the stressful situations of life.
Art of Living – Happiness program not only gives you a meditation modality – Sudarshan Kriya, but in just 3 days, 3 hours a day, it will raise your positive vibration making you happier, joyful and stress-free.
It also helps you to release the painful past, move on and stay in the present without worrying about the future.
In simple words, you just liberate yourself from the past & future and enjoy the present moment where life actually exists.
Do you meditate? Have you experienced any improvements in your life through meditation? Please do share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box.
PS: What I have shared in this post is strictly my opinion and experience with AOL and Sudharshan Kriya. I do not intend to hurt anyone’s believes.
About the Author
Jais is a Lifestyle blogger and a passionate practitioner of yoga and meditation. She’s a creative-writer, confident, Nature Lover, Animal Lover, an observer, a traveller on the path to self-discovery. Focused on Raising Happiness level and simplifying life. Love to Live. Live to Love. She blogs at Get Set Happy.
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