Why did we choose The Art of Living?

Hi, Let me tell you an interesting story that my father told me.

A man walked on the roof of a forty-story building. He accidentally fell off the roof. As he passed the seventeenth floor, a person inside the building yelled out a question: “How’s it going?” The man answered back: “So far, so good!” We may find this story amusing because we know what is coming—the ground.  One moment, he will be alive, and the next moment, he will be dead.
My point in telling this story is we are all falling. The ground is coming for all of us. One moment, we will be alive, and the next moment, we will be dead. The key to happiness in our lives is to learn how to enjoy the trip. To do this, we’d better learn to master the “art of living,” that is, staying in the moment.

I love to surf the net and explore. Once, I came upon a few words said by Sri Ravi Shankar-“What is the Art of Living?
“Be in the present moment.
If you live fully now, tomorrow will take care of itself.
If you are happy now, the past will not torment you.
That is the Art of Living.”
How true! Happy is a person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present and what to plan for the future.

One of my friends once messaged me as follows-“When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss the fun of getting there. Life is not a race, so take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over”. I feel that there are five keywords to learn the art of living.
 My teacher says, firstly, one needs to acquire peace of mind. Everyone seeks peace and harmony, because this is what we lack in our lives. From time to time we experience agitation, irritation, dis-har­mony. Unhappiness permeates the atmosphere around someone who is miserable, and those who come in contact with such a person also become affected. Certainly this is not a skillful way to live. We ought to live at peace with ourselves, and at peace with others.

The technique of self-observation, is what is called Vipassana meditation, helps to develop the peace of mind. In the language of India in the time of the Buddha, passana meant seeing in the ordinary way, with one's eyes open; but vipassana is observing things as they actually are, not just as they appear to be. We become liberated from misery and experience true happiness.
Secondly, one must always learn to be happy. We become unhappy when we find someone behaving in a way that we don't like, or when we find something happening which we don't like. Unwanted things happen and we create tension within. Now, one way to solve this problem is to understand that if the pressures in life are crushing you down, think of the crushed grapes that produce the best wine. Let the pressures in life bring the best in you. 

Thirdly, one must learn to forgive and keep going on and on. We love ourselves even after doing many mistakes. Then how can we hate others for their one mistake? Seems strange, but true. Think before you hate someone…. The power of a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring has the potential to turn a life around. Next, keep yourself going on. When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you are trudging seems uphill, when stress is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must but never quit. Anyone can give up. It’s the easiest thing to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

Fourthly, one must always keep a positive outlook towards life. Life is a movie you see through your own eyes .It doesn’t matter what is happening out there. It‘s how you take it that counts. Hope yours is a blockbuster. One should never forget that –“If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?” Remember, smooth roads never make good drivers .A problem free life never makes a person strong. So, never ask life’ Why Me?’ Instead challenge it and say ‘Try Me’. Faith makes all things possible, hope makes all things work and love makes all things beautiful. If you believe you can, you will. If you believe you can’t, you won’t. Belief is an ignition that gets you off the launching pad. Believe in yourself!

Last but not the least, set your goal and work hard to achieve it. Use our thoughts about the future to set goals and make plans. Then return to the present to carry through with our plans. Let not your aim be like a garden, for people to walk over it, instead let it be like the sky, which everyone wishes to touch.

LEARN THE ART OF LIVING AND DO YOUR SHARE TODAY!

By Kashish Grover (TA)
St Mark’s Public School
Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India


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