Here I am at the foothills of the Himalayas – just gazing at the awe inspiring mountain range, shimmering in the sun, strong and steady, unshakable and resolute! These mountains have been here for 20 million years, giving rise to life-giving rivers for large masses of people for hundreds of generations! Their sheer magnificence is breath taking! Me and my problems seem tiny in front of them.
Today I was on the phone for an hour with the investigators of the case and had to relive a lot of facts and feelings from the recent past. It was painful to say the least. I had to sit down with my eyes closed for an hour, breathing and meditating, before I could gather myself up again. I don’t know what I would do if I did not have these basic tools to help me deal with my emotions. It is sad that in school we all are taught stuff that enables us to make a living but not enough to help us live artfully. In fact some of us may not even know the difference between these two.
Very few children have any exposure to practices that help them take their attention inwards. It may sound unnatural to even expect them to be able to do that. But, it is not. It is a basic life skill. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to learn and practise these skills at the age of 40. Better late than never. 🙂