Breathing keeps us alive. To a great extent, our mental health is also dependent on the air we inhale and exhale. Breathing can regulate our thoughts. This is because mind which is the cause of all thought processes and breathing which supports life force are one and the same. The vibrations of the nerve centres in our body are responsible for positive and negative thoughts.
It has been observed that our breathing pattern changes when we are placed in different situations or locations. For instance, when we are in the midst of good people or in the company of a saintly man/woman, we feel happy. Similarly, when we go to a temple or witness an aarti or listen to abhajan we feel ecstatic. It is said that higher type of happiness results in exhalation through right nostril. Sensory pleasures, sex, etc. activate exhalation through the left nostril. Similarly, when a person is angry his breathing pattern undergoes a change.
People who are leading a spiritual life are often found to be very positive and balanced in their outlook. Satsang and social service activities also elevate a person spiritually. When we do things prayerfully, all sensations are synthesized. Then our breathing becomes slow, regular and equal through both nostrils.
Ideally, all members of the family should join in the prayers, as this will create positive vibrations in the surrounding. Encourage children to religiously do the prayers: this will have magical impact on their personality. The ideal time for prayers is during twilight periods in the morning and evening. Morning twilight is the period when there is sunlight but sun has not set in. In the evening, it is just before the nightfall. During these occasions a lot of atmospheric changes take place.
All members of the family should join in the prayers, as this will create positive vibrations in the surrounding. Encourage children to religiously do the prayers: this will have magical impact on their personality.
Although these are not essential ingredients for prayers, lighting a lamp, anagarbathi or dhoop, bells, etc. help us focus our minds. Perform aarti at the end of the prayers. For this camphor may be used. Keep something sweet such as misri as prasad and distribute it to all those around after the prayers.
Earlier, Hindu families used to regularly and religiously do pujas in the morning and evening. Pressures of modern living is the main reason for many of them to stray away. People who can’t afford time in the evening or morning can do this at least once a week. You will experience magical changes in your family and surroundings.