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Peace and Happiness

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Gudrun Dreher

on 8 April 2015

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Transcript of Peace and Happiness

Stress -
Purpose & Problems
The Original Function of Stress
Do You Feel Stressed?
Check the Signs
The Effects of Stress
Peace & Happiness
in Times of Stress

Strategies for Creating
Peace & Happiness
during Stressful Times
1. Breathing
2. Meditation
3. Yoga
7. Laughter
4. Movement
5. Sound
8. Attitude
6. Creativity
Breathing
* Deep Breathing
* The Focussed 12
* Kapalabhathi
= 'makes the head shine'
* Anuloma Viloma
R = Pingala > Sun Breath
L = Ida > Moon Breath
Meditation
Ways in:
* Focus on Breath
* Mantra
* Movement
(e.g. walkig, tai chi)
* Focus on Image
(e.g. candle, yantra)
Mantra
Examples of Mantras:
Soham = I Am
Shanti = Peace
Ananda Hum = I am Bliss
Sheevo Hum = I am Infinity
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu =
May All Being Be Happy and Free
Mantra = repetition of sounds -
often "seed syllables" like om, yam, ram -
used to relax the mind
Examples of Yantras
Yoga
Aim of Yoga:
to re-establish the original union
between the individual
and the universal self
by seeing though the illusion
(= maya) and thus perceiving
the true reality -
which is unchanging
& unmoving
Yama: ethical conduct towards others
Niyama: ethical conduct towards self
Asanas: Yoga poses
> aim: to control the body
Pranayama: breathing exercises
> aim: to control the mind
Pratyahara: withdrawing one’s attention from the senses
Dharana: concentration of the mind
Dhyana: meditation
Samadhi: uninterrupted contemplation of reality
The 8 Limbs of Yoga
The Benefits of
the Yoga Asanas
Practice of the Asanas (= Yoga Poses) helps to balance, re-align & cleanse
the Chakras as well as the Nadis
in particular if done in combination
with Pranayama (breathing exercises)
and Meditation
Movement
since the body has been designed for
an effective flight/fight response, ANY form of movement
relieves stress!

fast walking, running, biking, dancing, gym workout, soccer or volleyball,
martial arts, gymnastics, etc

Examples:

Sound
Experiments suggest
that everything in the universe
is based on vibrations or sounds

Cymatics
Water Crystals

Experiments by
Dr. Masaru Emoto
Words
Music
Actions
Heavey Metal Mozart
after Meditation

Beethoven
Music
Listen
to what makes you happy -
or even better:
play or sing it!
Chanting
Frequencies
Sound frequencies influence your brain waves
and help you get into whatever state of mind
you prefer at any given moment.
Creativity
Doing something creative
is usually fun & very fulfilling:
cook something new,
dance by yourself to some music you love, invent a song,
make a collage about who you are,
use paint and get dirty
or go to the beach and take some pictures - anything you enjoy is fine!

Laughter
Laughter reduces stress
& increases happiness!
Even smiling helps!
Try laughing for no reason -
it's catching as well....
Attitude
There has been proof that thoughts and emotions have
quite a bit of influence on reality and our experience of it.
This means: both stress and happiness are created
by our interpretation of a given situation:
problem vs opportunity; disaster vs learning experience
Happiness Formula
according to Deepak Chopra:
H = S + C + V
H = Happinss
S = Set Point (50%) < Attitude!
C = Conditions/ Circumstances (10%)
V = Voluntary Actions/ Choices (40%)
Helpful Attitudes:
Gratitude - Appreciation - Love -
Compassion - Kindness - Generosity - Caring - Respect
"Happiness is a Decision"
according to Bashar
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