Five things I learned from the art of living

Joining the Art of Living course was an incident that initiated my journey to self-discovery. It was when I have discovered the road to a peaceful mind, which is something attainable through the act of meditation.

My world has transformed into a life full of feelings. The deeper I delved the more I discovered the secrets of life. It reminded me of the discoveries and the beauty I’ve seen when diving deep into the ocean while scuba diving. The deeper I go, the more I see, the more beauty I encounter, and the more I learn.

  1. Live in the now

It’s important to focus on the now and not to be lost and caught up between yesterday and tomorrow. Be grateful and satisfied for what you have because true happiness is in enjoying the present. The lack of acceptance and satisfaction is generated from comparing things to the past or caring too much about your future, this will hinder you from living life to the fullest. Therefore, it is a must that you focus on the now, and not to miss the moment. Besides, you should accept others for who they are and who they are not. Always remember, after darkness comes light. Bad things must happen in life so that we can appreciate the good ones.

  1.  Learn the art of breathing

We are so unaware of our breathing because we take it for granted as something that will happen automatically. Yet, the art of breathing is a kind of art that helps the body rid itself of stress. Each breath travels to every part of our body. It is one of our utmost important possessions, and without it, we will cease to exist. Furthermore, I teach my participants how to relax their bodies and minds through the art of meditation. It’s a deep relaxation method that stills your mind and stops the constant chatter in your head.

  1. Make time for silence and solitude

I’ve also learned is how to spend ten days in silence through the Art of Living advanced course. It cools the system down and allows the body and mind to rest and relax. Life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can enjoy it. These courses will enable us to rebel against the hectic lifestyle, focus on the important things in life and enjoy the now.

  1. Be appreciative and grateful

 The art of living has taught me gratitude and appreciation. I have stopped taking things for granted. I learned how to be appreciative and grateful for everything I have, no matter how small it was. Every morning when I wake up, I write ten things that I am grateful for, which jump-starts the day on the right track and proceeds to be a day full of positivity.

  1. Learn the art of giving

With more awareness and understanding I realized that happiness is not about having all you want, it is not even about the “you” itself, rather, true happiness is achieved through giving, not to buy or have, but to GIVE. Giving gives us a better feeling towards ourselves, strengthens our connections, and builds a better society for everyone.