Focussing on health
Lonely, withdrawn and dissatisfied, Peter came to India to seek help, T.K.V DESIKACHAR writes.
"I DO not trust anyone," cried Peter, and slowly added "except you, sir." While he paused for breath, I observed how he was trembling. Peter was just a year old when his father died in a road accident. His mother and brother (older to him by 18 years) were his family. Peter's mother was the earning member and his brother looked after him like a father. All was well until his brother got married and had a boy of his own.
This changed Peter's life. His mother had little time for him because she was working and his brother had a family of his own. Peter now felt very lonely. He was withdrawn, with no friends. He was never satisfied and found fault with everything. He tried studying medicine in the university but did not complete the course. He had a girlfriend for a short time but when she could no longer cope with his moods and personality, she withdrew from the relationship. In course of time, Peter developed frequent headaches that made it difficult for him to concentrate.
Determined that he needed help, he came to India. He approached me with a keen interest in yoga. After meeting him a couple of time I noticed that he was very artistic. I asked him, "Have you ever tried photography?"
"No," he replied coldly, "but why do you ask?" I instructed him, "buy a simple camera and take black and white pictures of anything you see around you." His perpetual doubting nature questioned me as to why this was necessary to learn yoga. Nevertheless, he decided to listen to me and began this assignment.
In a short while, he began a new journey. He was more positive and open to things that happened to him and complained much less. This made a big difference to his life. His headaches disappeared and he felt healthy enough to concentrate on his education. He completed his course in medicine and began research. In addition to enjoying a steady relationship now, he has been invited to display his photographs at a prestigious exhibition.
This new focus made him see the world through the lens of a camera. He saw things the way they really appeared. Something within him changed during this process and made his outlook of people and things around him more open and friendly.
Now, what was it that I did here? Nothing. Our interactions merely helped him looked at life differently. This change from within him changed everything around his life and healed him. The resource is within us. It is only that we are not always in contact with it.
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