Those who cling to the comfort zone, believe it to be a place of safety and security. They think that risk and even danger lie outside the comfort zone. This is the exact reverse of the truth. While life in the comfort zone can seem predictable and secure, it is in fact subject to unforeseen events that come out of left field. The random events of life show us the problem with acting as if everything will proceed in a straight predictable line!
People who are good company, are seekers of higher wisdom. They encourage their companions, are enthusiastic, and offer a helping hand when there is the occasional misstep. Our teacher told us that it was almost impossible to act badly when we are in good company; and it was equally difficult to act well in bad company. Satsanga is therefore considered one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
In my blogposts I like to explain an idea, usually derived from the wisdom of Sanskrit. I try to illustrate that idea with stories and anecdotes, often from my own life and experience, and I round things off with a practical tip or two which can cement the experience in your life as well.
I get a lot of questions from people, often young people, who have become interested in the world of spirit. They want to know how ancient teachings can be applied in the twenty-first century. Often they have read my book Conscious Confidence: Use the Wisdom of Sanskrit to Find Clarity and Success, or other similar books. Perhaps they have encountered spiritual ideas elsewhere. They want clarity and guidance to keep them focused on the journey to greater wakefulness, awareness and consciousness.
What is Sanskrit? It is an ancient language, some would say timeless. It is described as the language of the Universe, and a Mother of Languages. These are grand claims to be sure, so let’s look at Sanskrit on two levels.
The best advice I was ever given by my spiritual teachers was a simple three step practice that can be done anywhere, any time by anyone: Fall still, Remember who you are, Give full attention to the matter in hand.
The Sanskrit word ‘prāna’ (प्राण) means the ‘life force’. It means ‘the breath of life, spirit and vitality’. Prāna is the energy that enlivens us, makes us think, feel, wonder and create. Spirit and Life and Breath are all intimately connected, and in turn they connect everything and everyone.
For decades meditation and similar practices have entered the mainstream and lots of research has now been done into the benefits of meditation. Let’s summarise the main benefits as identified by neurologists, psychologists and by regular meditators.