Madhukarji commented (in response to a previous post): I believe you need a lot of trust and faith in yourself and in your body to let it heal itself or find the balance on its own. We all have been too conditioned to trust the others "specialists" who tell us what is good for us and what is not.
I think we can apply this to situations, relationships as well.
Thanks for the insight, have just added another goal to achieve.
I feel that a short response would have got lost in the Comments portion, ergo this post...
Madhukarji: The trust and faith was not easy to come by initially but has developed over time. It was tough back in 2002-2003 when my guides asked me to stop doing all that was sustaining me energetically like Reiki, Crystals, 3 Step Rhythmic Breathing, Pranayama, Exercise routines etc. I also had to stop following the routine of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The faith and trust also required that I feed the body Chocolates, Fried Stuff, Pure Ghee, Alcohol etc. if that is what I felt like having.
I slowly let go of all that I was accustomed to. The only thing that sustained me was natural breathing. But then this is what I had been searching for all my life. For some stupid reason a part of me had always believed that Yoga, Pranayama, Reiki etc. were not natural in the sense that these had to be learnt in a classroom and not something that we picked up in the process of growing up.
Over the next couple of years, the faith grew as I observed that my breathing rate was coming down and that the natural movement of my diaphragm was becoming better and better. This was confirmed by the Medical tests that I took in 2005. One look at the report and I knew that even that little bit of effort required for doing Yoga, Pranayama, Reiki and Crystals would not be needed anymore.
Another Leap of Faith was required in the year 2008 when the High Blood Sugar situation was revealed to me. It was then that I needed to decide whether or not to take the route of medications. The decision not to take medications also came easily as the positive results in the other areas of life were already there for me to see.
As of now, I do lie down for an occasional session of deep breathing every now and then but these are becoming fewer and fewer. I am in a natural deep breathing mode of around 6 to 8 breaths per minute generally. The need for these sessions arises when I realize that the mind is getting too occupied with some trivial issues of life. The relatively higher breathing rate (of around 15 bpm) and the accompanying state of mind in those moments tell me that I need to slow down. I have also realized that I am not able to apply the basic lessons (that have helped me get here) when the mind is a bit disturbed.
So in that sense, it is not about achieving any particular goal as you have put it. The journey called Life is not as tough as it used to be as there is a certain belief that all the tricky situations in life will get transformed anyway – at times on their own and at times with a bit of application. But like all the other journeys, this journey has to be undertaken from moment to moment, one step at a time. It definitely is not about going after any goals which would take the focus off from the present moments.
There is a comfort in knowing that Darkness is no longer scary…
…and so it is.