Live Healthy Till You are One Hundred Years Old - Page 2
Niyama — observances or inner discipline (how you treat yourself):
1. Purity: External purity, that is, purity of the body and environment and internal purity, of speech, actions and thoughts make us human. The more human we become, the more divine we get.
2. Contentment: All pointless struggle disappears when one is contented. Contentment does not mean that we cannot aim high, it simply means that we be happy with what we are blessed with.
3. Self discipline: There is much less to worry about and organize when you live your life with a certain degree of discipline. Right things at the right place, right actions at the right time, right thoughts for the right person; this is discipline in a nutshell.
4. Self-study: Self-study is not just studying the books, it is studying yourself. Do you know yourself? Do you know what ticks you or makes you cross? A study of the self can reveal things that you never knew about you. When you know yourself better, you understand everyone else much better.
5. Mindfulness: Although Patanjali uses a term meaning devotion and awareness. It is when we lose mindfulness of right from wrong, moral from immoral, true from false that we do things we regret later on. Just maintaining an awareness naturally filters negative and subversive thoughts and consequently there is no engagement in bad karma.
Peace of mind is never based on what we do or don't have. If it was, all rich would be peaceful. On the contrary, when we base happiness, our peace on our goals or acquisitions, life becomes an endless struggle. Mortality is a fact of life, in fact, it is just the flip side of life. A lot more important than living a hundred years is to ensure that whatever years we do live are full of gratitude, bliss and compassion.
Be postive. Be happy. Squeeze the best out of every moment.
Live. Love. Laugh. Oh, and let others do the same!