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Live an effortless life

columns Updated: May 17, 2013 02:07 IST
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj

It is a common belief in this world that nothing can be achieved without struggle. So if one wants to be at peace, just become a master of the self and in the process get rid of all hardships without any struggle.

The big question that emerges here is: “Can there be a life without struggle?”

Yes, why not? In order to live a life without struggle, first we must stop trying to control everything around us. The only entity that we can control is ourselves. If one isn’t in control of one’s self, then other people will take the opportunity to take over. Recognising that there is nothing we can control outside of ourselves allows us to let go and flow with life.

Secondly we must stop trying to compete with the world. Striving to keep up with others only adds stress to our life, making it devoid of happiness. One who is internally strong has no need to prove anything to anyone.

We must also stop constantly complaining and criticising. Learning to see the glass half full is an art we need to cultivate in ourselves. If one follows the right method, it would then be a simple task to be at peace without any kind of struggle. The key is to learn the lessons in life and move on.

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(The writer is an international speaker, spiritual educator and experienced meditation teacher.)