Yesterday I had a wonderful completion session with a group of children from the contact class of Online Nithyananda Gurukul (previously known as Nithyananda Weekend Gurukul). The powerful cognition they were introduced last week was overcoming their attention need from others. Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam (fondly known as Swamiji), a living Avatar, revealed that unconsciously, almost everything we do is designed to get us attention. Whatever we do and whatever we think, we are seeking approval from the people around us in some subtle ways. We are keen that we should earn a good name from everyone, we may not do this in very obvious fashion, but, if you analyse deeply you will not be at ease without the appreciation and endorsement of people around you. This endorsement or approval is called attention need. At least 80% of our problem is due to asking for attention and approval. You will find that 24 hours, all your life time you are involved in getting approval from others. This attention seeking pattern blocks the Anahata chakra, the heart energy center. This energy center relates to flowing expression of selfless love. Hence whenever our heart center shrinks, we feel depressed from the lack of love and look to find love and attention from others. Their attention feeds us with energy.
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From my recent cases with my clients, I am beginning to realize the importance of having a clear inner image about oneself – the very idea you carry about you and being authentic about this inner image plays a major role in opening the heart center for the flow of loving energy. When you are not authentic about who you hold yourself for yourself, you will be suffering from a constant need for attention and approval from others. This pattern actually blocks the heart center (Anahata chakra) and make you insensitive and violent.
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The inspiration for this article came into my inner space with this thought – how important it is for anyone to be his or her own energy source! To me, it is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity for basic survival in this increasing complex world where we are constantly inundated with choices, distractions and unconscious temptations. Unfortunately, we were neither trained by the school system nor society to find our own energy source. Quite often, it is only when we finally hit the wall of reality and suffer from depression then we start seeking the right answers to the real problem. Our future generation can avoid this unnecessary suffering if they are given the right understanding at a young age.
According to a new research by World Mental Health (WHM) published in Biomed after interviewing over 89,000 people in 18 countries across the world in July 2011, it is found that depression affects over 121 million people worldwide. At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide and is responsible for at least 850,000 deaths every year. Depression is a significant public health concern across all regions of the world and is strongly linked to social conditions.
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