What You Want In Life – Just Ask by Dr. Madan Kataria

Who says life is a struggle and one has to work hard to get what one wants? On the contrary, it can be very simple if you gather enough courage to ask for what you want. This is based on the Universal Law of Abundance. It’s like the Universe is full of things; to get something from it all you need is to be sure of your intentions, your dreams and your purpose, and you will get it.

Most people are conditioned to believe that things in life don’t come easily; one has to constantly struggle to get what one wants. Presuming this, we always expect things to take a complicated route. We hesitate to ask others because we feel they may not give us what we want which can get embarrassing and hurtful. We may be besieged by feelings of worthlessness and failure, which make us believe we did a wrong thing by ‘Asking’.

Here is an interesting story of a business tycoon from India named Dhirubhai who made his fortune and became the number one industrialist from a small-time share broker! He went to Portugal in search of a job, hoping to strike it rich. He constantly bothered an Indian friend there to give him a break. Fed up, his friend decided to pull his leg and invited him to play golf though he was fully aware that he did not know even the basics of the game. At the golf course, the friend asked Dhirubhai to put the ball into the hole and promised him a job if he did so. Dhirubhai saw the ball lying a few feet away from the hole. He had no idea how the game was played, so he quietly picked up the ball with his hand and put it in the hole with a smile on his face. The friend was completely taken up by his amazing presence of mind and gave him a job. Such was Dhirubhai’s commitment towards his conviction that nothing deterred him from his mission of getting a job.

This is what happens in life. Sometimes, what we want is just a few feet away, but years of conditioning and undue sensitivities create a block in our minds and stop us from grabbing it. We fail to make the concerted effort.

An opposing example to the one above is about life in a village. People in the village are simple, unaware of finer nuances of urban living. Being brought up in a small village in Punjab, I was exposed to their straightforward ways and uncomplicated lifestyle. They could ask anyone for almost anything without a hitch.

I remember accompanying my mother for shopping and meeting people on social gatherings or just sitting outside the house watching strangers pass by. It was amazing to see her communicate with all and sundry, as if she had known them for years. There was an effortless ease with which she asked people for what she wanted and got it most of the time. I think it was the purity of her heart and the innocence of her good intentions which made this possible. Another factor worth mentioning is the prevalent belief system in the village which remains untarnished by vanity and conditioning. People are more open and light hearted to ask for anything unlike their city counterparts who lack such simplicity of emotions and sentiments.

In my process of transition from a village boy to a medical doctor, I adopted the same philosophy. When I shifted from my village to the city, I communicated with everyone and asked for what I wanted and fortunately, most of the time I got it. I sometimes tried for the impossible and was surprised to find that even that was not difficult… ha ha ha

Madan KatariaDr. Madan Kataria, was coined by the London Times as the ‘Guru of Giggling.’ His invention has grown into a worldwide movement of more than 6000 Laughter Yoga clubs in over 60 countries, and has been covered by prestigious publications like TIME magazine, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal and been featured on CNN, BBC, US networks and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Kataria is a keynote and motivational speaker for companies, corporations and organizations all over the world. He has done seminars and workshops with IBM, Hewlett Packard, YPO (Young President Association), SAS and Emirates Airlines, Volvo Automobiles, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare, Singapore Government, Western Australian Parliament, Dubai (UAE), and HRD Congress Malaysia.

To learn more about Dr. Madan Kataria, please visit www.LaughterYoga.org

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One Response to What You Want In Life – Just Ask by Dr. Madan Kataria

  1. Peter says:

    After coming acsros this post I feel the need to respond. I am a Laughter Yoga Teacher and grew up in an evangelical household with a father who was a seminary professor. Laughter Yoga is not traditional yoga at all. There is no weird, pretzel stretching (yoga poses) or religious content or context in pure Laughter Yoga as taught by Dr. Kataria. It is basically laughing in a group for an extended period of time. The only reason the term yoga is part of the title is because it was started by a medical doctor in India and in between the laughing they added deep breathing simply because laughing for an extended period is very aerobic! What most westerners don’t realize is that the term yoga comes from the Sanskrit word for yoke and simply means union. In India, there are various types of yoga, not all of which are religious in nature; the term yoga is used for many things. Yes, it was developed for religious purposes thousands of years ago, but much has changed. The yoga of breath is called pranayama and that is why the reference to yoga’ in Laughter Yoga. It is really a reference to deep breathing, but a reference that most Westerners do not get. Many of the breathing exercises are not even taken from yoga, but are silly things like pretending to smell your favorite flower & exhaling with a sigh or pretending to blow bubbles on the out breathe. Bhakti Yoga is devotional yoga and thus religious, but it is not common in the US. Even most stretching yoga (Hatha Yoga) at US gyms etc. has been stripped of the religious undertones and is more about health, strength and flexibility. Simply put, Laughter Yoga is the union of breath and laughter. To get the scientifically proven health benefits of laughter, laughing must be hearty and sustained, so a joke here or there is not enough (For more information look at Dr. Lee Berk’s research). A Laughter Yoga session or a really funny movie are usually the only ways most people can get 10+ minutes of aerobic laughter. If you are not allowed to breath or laugh in your denomination I would really dislike attending your church! God meant for us to be joyful and take care of our bodies. Laughter is a great way to bond with others in joy and increase your health. Please do a little more research before publishing in the future. If you had watched a video of a laughter yoga session you might have realized that it has more to do with laughing, pretending and play than with your concept of yoga .

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