Mental and Emotional Changes

Mental and Emotional Changes

For me Pranayama has been like the big wave that came and erased the writing in the sand. It has given me a clean slate by erasing uninvited, involuntary thoughts and emotions that had troubled me all through my life. It has removed the turbulence of an uncontrolled mind and has allowed me the freedom to be able to choose when to “let go” of things and situations that arise during the course of my life that are of no value to my emotional, mental, or physical health.

Pranayama has given me a much sought-after peace of mind. It has brought me emotional balance and stability. I’m no longer governed by extreme emotional highs and lows. I am enjoying my life as it comes, with its ups and downs. Small things don’t touch me or affect me as much, and major crises I am able to face with calmness and a responsive, non-reactive manner. It has become easier for me to maintain my balance and sense of perspective in difficult circumstances. I have become more aware of my emotions and less likely to be carried away by them.

On a physical level, my breath is deeper and more stable. During the course of the day, my body is manifesting this innate wisdom of reminding me of when I need to take some conscious and deep breaths to maintain stability of mind and release any stress that may have been accumulating. When I breathe deeply I experience a sense of gratitude for this gift that has been given to me – the gift of life. In addition, my heart has stopped pounding when I’m faced with a stressful situation. This morning I was pulled over for failing to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Before pranayama, just the mere sight of the police car following me with its lights on would have increased my heart rate to a million beats per minute and my breath to become erratic, short and shallow. This time I experienced nothing of the sort. My body did not respond like it used to – it maintained its natural rhythm.

There is no doubt in my mind and in my heart the pranayama is affecting some very subtle core of my being. In addition to pranayama, I also practice meditation. Not until I practiced pranayama did my meditation reach a turning point and became very deep. I am now able to experience deep states of union, serenity and peace. I no longer have to put much effort into quieting my mind – it happens naturally. As soon as I sit down for meditation I can reach a deep meditative state effortlessly. Five minutes of pranayama before meditation creates the stage for a truly spiritual experience. With pranayama meditation happens effortlessly. For people practicing meditation, pranayama will be a wonderful tool. I could go on and on about the changes I have seen in me through the regular practice of pranayama. It is my firm belief though that one should create their own experiences and miracles through practice, practice, practice. The rest is just information…and will remain just that until it is experienced on a personal level. I’m only writing all this with the hope to inspire people to give pranayama a chance. It’s easy, it’s free, it’s effective, and the results are immediate and everlasting.