Day Two of this course is always a challenge… since this course contains more breathing and fewer processes than the normal Art of Living Course, it can tend to get boring for the vets, especially when they don’t know yet where it will be leading them… Denise and I did our best to mix it up with different kinds of breathing and challenging yoga but I could still sense that they were tired and a bit bored… after the guided meditation they were more peaceful and silent, and sat awaiting their next instruction…

We (The Vet’s Course Committee) recently decided that, in the future, we will divide the course up into two parts… Vets can opt out after the introductory breathing practices taught in  Part one to go home and practice their breathing for a while before the more intensive part of the course (now Part Two) which begins tomorrow… 

I took a deep breath, stood up and told our students that they could leave the course at the end of today without any judgement on our part and practice at home if they thought that it was the best choice for them, or they could continue on… and I told them all the things that they might experience if they did go on (possible flashbacks, physical unstressing, overpowering emotions etc.)

I also told them how they might be able to feel if they finished Part Two of the course ( more alive, fewer nightmares, rages and sleepless nights, more connection to others in the present moment,  more joy, energy and interest in life…) I then asked for  the hands of those who wanted to go on and finish Part Two of the course… and I held my breath… would we even have enough volunteers to have a Part Two? Who of the many who were struggling at that moment would opt out? To my amazement every single soldier in the room immediately raised their hand… not one person chose to leave… Either they were willing to undergo some short term pain for the chance to get big chunks of their lives back again, or they were not willing to let down  the other guys in their”unit” on the way to succesful completion of the mission… I was so proud of those guys that  I was rendered speechless for a moment, and had to blink away a  few tears … tomorrow starts part two…stay tuned…