Don’t give up on the person you’re becoming. #staythecourse #yougotthis

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Don’t give up on the person you’re becoming. #staythecourse #yougotthis

They stabbed me in the back? It’s ok. They lied to me? It’s ok. They used me? It’s ok. I keep working. I keep pushing. I Overcome it all – One day at a time. Let Go … Let God. It is not that easy. It takes a great deal, your energy, your entire life but is worth.

The game begins when you stop giving up and keep pushing. #PUSH #PUSH & #PUSH ; This expression means that faith can change any situation in the field of personal relationships. If you trust Him, God shows you the way to “move mountains.” The enemy of the spiritual life is ignorance because it stops us from realizing that the strength and healing power of spirituality has been given by God – all we need do is discover it and appreciate it.

I was so negative earlier that I used have self pity and asked God “ Why me ?” Finally , the inner calling , “ You are not alone , all suffers.” When I am happy , I never ask God , “ Why me ?” I am grateful for every situation in my life . Whenever I feel disturbed , I find I am wrong somewhere and I stop fault finding in others. I remember on doha of Kabir , “ बुरा जो देखन मैं चला, बुरा न मिलिया कोय, जो दिल खोजा आपना, मुझसे बुरा न कोय।“ What I justified or unjustified I don’t know . Spiritual life is not a theory, I have to live it. I strive for progress not perfection. Mistake do happen but no pint of clinging, accept and move on.

There is a story narrated to me by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati , head of Bihar School of Yoga to me , when I was going through my horrible time , “Once upon a time there lived a man in a tranquil little village. It was a time when not many people lived on the planet, when human beings could commune with God, and demons and God lived together. Every morning people would go to their farms and every evening return to a warm house. Life was very contented and happy.

One day, God appeared in front of the man and said, “See that huge rock in the field. Go and push it.” The man looked at the rock and thought, “Well, for the first time in the history of humanity God has asked a human being to do something.” So from then on, every morning he would get up, perform his morning Asana, Pranayama and Shatkarmas, have his breakfast, go to the rock and start pushing.

After many years the man became a bit tired of going through the same routine day after day. This was the moment the devil had been waiting for. The devil entered the man’s head and said, “Look, you have been pushing this rock for many years now. What have you achieved? It has not moved at all, not even half an inch. What is the use of doing something you can never accomplish?” The man thought, “The devil is right. I have spent twenty years of my life pushing that rock. It has not moved an inch!” So he said, “No more!” and sat down. He stopped doing his morning Asana, Pranayama, and Shatkarmas.

When God returned, he saw that the man had not pushed the rock for many months. When he asked why, the man said, “This is a futile exercise. I have pushed the rock for twenty years and nothing has happened. The rock is still here! Nothing has moved. Not even an inch. I am only wasting my time. Knowing that it is an impossible feat, I have stopped making the effort.”

God looked at the man, smiled and said, “I asked you to push the rock. I did not ask you to move the rock; that was your own idea. My instruction was clear. As far as moving the rock is concerned, I can do it with a click of my fingers. The entire rock can become dust before you can even say my name. I asked you to push the rock and that is what you should have done.”

What should our perspective and attitude be in life? We are asked to push something and we expect it to move. Our focus and awareness is on moving, not on pushing. After every tiny bit of effort we put into pushing, we look down to see whether we are moving forward or not. So whenever you encounter an obstacle – Push. Push means Pray Until Something Happens !!!

 

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A DAILY DOSE OF SURYA-NAMASKARA – KEEPS ME GOING

A DAILY DOSE OF SURYA-NAMASKARA – KEEPS ME GOING

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Yoga is not about postures but how long one focus on it. There are many definitions of Yoga & asanas and pranayama are limbs of Yoga not Yoga in totality. It is said a sound mind stays in a healthy body. Disciplining the body with awareness leads to our mental balance and in totality everything.

Patanjali gives very simple advice on how to essentially sit still (asana), and states the benefit of sitting still. “Sthira Sukham Asanam” -this basically translates as, “postures should be stable and comfortable.” Another typical definition is a balance of “effort” and “ease.”

 

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Surya Namaskara is a complete exercise for the well being of entire body. There are basically Twelve posture in Surya- Namaskara . If you are living a busy life – a daily dose of 6 rounds with awareness , which will take hardly 15 min will make your day a blessing. It will make you fit overall. The 12 postures are –

  1. Pranamasana
  2. Hastauttanasana
  3. Hasta Padasana
  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
  5. Dandasana
  6. Ashtanga Namaskara
  7. Bhujangasana
  8. Parvatasana
  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
  10. Hasta Padasana
  11. Hastauttanasana
  12. Pranama asana

And if One does along mantras without any religious dogmas attached to it , it created great vibes otherwise strict to your views do the asansas /exercise with the help of a Yoga Instructor.

It has many benefits- It is a stress management in capsule. Endocrine, system, digestive system and nervous system all work well and obesity can be reduced if done properly. It has a total balancing effect on your mind and body. It is quite refreshing and promotes sleep and improves muscles flexibility.

There are some dos and don’ts . Before practising consult a Yoga Instructor.

Recovery , Rediscovery and Healing

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Abuses, assaults, injuries, taunts have changed my life. Undergone the metamorphosis and still flowing …this is life. Before you criticise me… “Just Walk a mile on my shoes.” It is for everyone. There is a pain behind every laughter.

Develop empathy towards such persons. It is the ability to understand the true picture from another person’s perspective; to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living status and to feel what it feels like to be that person. This is called Atmabhava, i.e. to feel the pain of others. Never underestimate anyone.

Life is not a bed of roses. It was that day 3 years ago; I realized the art of acceptance and taking everything easy. I started loving the small things in life …anything … anyone unconditionally with gratitude.

In my earlier days was not at all endorsing acceptance, keep on complaining … never satisfied … expectations… desires for material ….success. But finally when I lost everything, I found the calling. A deep peace hovered around me. I started loving small things in my life and felt grateful. The Sufi says, “Be thankful not only for what you have been given but also for all that You have been denied.”

I am quoting  Albert Camus here, ““Every person, on the foundation of his or her own sufferings and joys, builds for all.”  A prayers full gratitude change the pattern of life … Just a “THANK YOU.”  The ambition of life is to live now and humbly walking under the grace of God. This helps me in smooth sailing. The prayers , “God grant me the Serenity to accept, the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.

I don’t always have to carry the message; I am the message.

Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.-American Proverb

 

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To acquire a healthy body is gift of God  

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To acquire a healthy body is gift of God  

A run of 7km a day, heals me from emotional bankruptcy. If you still look cute at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough. God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can & the wisdom to know the difference. My sweat is my weapon.

A daily jog of 5-6 km and 12 rounds of Surya Namaskara , some backward bending asanas, standing and twisting asansas along with Pranayama . Keeps me fit. Sometimes weekend game of Tennis makes me feel good.

Self care is a divine responsibility. It is like first thing first priority. You don’t ever have to feel guilty about sharing your feelings. It isn’t desperate or pathetic or weak. It’s self-care and there is nothing shameful about taking care of yourself by unloading some of the pain you carry. Your feelings are important and they matter — you matter — and if you’re hurting, you’re allowed to reach out. You’re allowed to be honest and use your voice. You’re allowed to take up space and talk about what you’re feeling. You deserve to make self-care a priority.

I was an alcoholic. My lifestyle was hurting others and it was hurting me more. There was a calling inner. A willingness to change myself and adopting a Yogic and spiritual lifestyle. I forgot everything. Money, marriage, career became my secondary. Being Sober and recovery is my topmost priority. According to Paramhamsa Satyananda , founder of Bihar School of Yoga , “You must have the determination to carry a decision through. You must not waver, because karma, wealth, learning and death are all decided on the day of conception and man can only change it through determined efforts to keep his resolve. Love is the ultimate sankalpa On the spiritual path there are two important aspects: one is yourself and the other is God. There is no third aspect. That is what I also consider in my life. First, myself: I have to struggle, I have to survive. Then, God and His blessings. God can be reached only by love. There is no other way. The feeling of love that arises in the mind becomes the sankalpa. When you feel love, devotion and affection for someone, then whatever you think about that person becomes your pooja, your worship, your sankalpa.” This words of Him is quite inspiring to me.

I also have desires & ambitions but also I wish to grow rich is all aspects- materially, spiritually, professionally, my behaviors, character all aligned into one. The inspiring words of Sw Sivananda to Abdul Kalam when he was depressed when failed in air force exam were, “Defeat the defeatist attitude in you .” Those words were goose bumps.  According to Swami Niranjananda Saraswati , Bihar School of Yoga ,” Health is a subject which deals not only with the physical body and our perception of it, but extends right up to our spiritual nature. Health has always been the central point of our life. If we look at the history of humanity we will find that major breakthroughs and advances have been made in relation to health and well-being, but that only the physical, material aspect of the human body has been considered, not the total human picture.”

Normally people ask, “Does this mean you rank sobriety/health ahead of family, job, and the opinion of friends?”

I had experienced alcoholism as the life-or-death matter to me, the answer is plain. If I do not save my health, my life, then certainly I’ll have no family, no job, and no friends. If I value family, job, and friends, I must first save my own live in order to cherish all three. So health is a priority and I am selfish. I am grateful my Higher Power.

 

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WOW: That Day Before Sunrise

 

 

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WOW: That Day Before Sunrise

Life is all about Sunset and Sunrise. That day before sunrise was quite serene. The calling was quite clear- To Follow “Thy Will. “ – After hitting the rock bottom. After losing everything I found myself. I am grateful to every failures, taunts , abuses , insults because they are my teachers . I learnt after resentments. Not to dissent but to surrender to His will.

Many ask, “Why His will you often say ? You have have all power to change your destiny. “I stopped reacting to them . I cannot use my logic, argument, intellect because these things are obstacles to achieve my priority – self care. Intellect is a greatest barrier in achieving our priorities in our spiritual life. Einstein was highly evolved intellectually, but his final statement was ‘I do not understand anything’.

The little moments of the day are as important in building our foundation as the impact of great events. In the Bible, God tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Learn to silence the chattering of your ego, whether through prayer, meditation, or a long walk in the park. Find that place where you can detach from the pressures of the world. Find that place where your body and spirit work together in harmony.

Being aware of your true self is the best way to free yourself from the controlling, manipulative behaviors of others. You don’t need the right car, the right shoes, the right partner to be complete. All you really need is to be yourself. This I learned from my small life. Thy will , not mine , be done . O Shiva .

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WOW – The Unforgettable Friend/ Friendship

 

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WOW – The Unforgettable Friend/ Friendship

People may start their life’s journey from seemingly equal levels, but some achieve great heights in their careers where other settle into very ordinary lives. Throughout life, from grade school to the retirement home, friendship continues to confer health benefits, both mental & physical. But as life moves on, people’s priorities and responsibilities shift, and friendships are affected, for better, or often, sadly, for worse.

As days turn into months and months into years, it is still difficult to understand how to detach yourself from the people of your past and to accept the reality that they will no longer be part of your present. Finally, life is all alone. With the grace of the Higher Power we keep moving and accepting thins as it is.

The sayings in English goes like this “if you love something, let it go, if it comes back, it was meant to be.” I used to think this saying was simply thought for idealists. But there is an actual wisdom in it.

The unforgettable friend or friendship I cannot forget is story of Krishna and Sudhama. The story of Krishna and Sudama contains several hidden lessons that we could learn from. True friendship doesn’t distinguish between high & low status or between riches & poverty. Therefore today, even after thousands of years, the friendship of Krishna & Sudama is remembered all over the world as a symbol of true love.

 

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WOW- ‘Give Me A Magic Wand And I Will…’

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WOW- ‘Give Me A Magic Wand And I Will…’

Life is like a full circle. What goes around that comes around. The imagination gives us another tool: belief in ourselves. And the magic of believing offers us strength and capabilities even beyond our fondest hopes. It prepares us for the effort we need to make and for handling whatever outcome God has intended.

Although we can identify with other people’s feelings and situations, we are also not exactly the same. Our dreams and aspirations are different, our gifts and achievements vary,our personal individuality adds to the variety of life.Give me a magic wand and I will change my life. It is not selfish. Self care is not selfish. Sometimes in our lives, we can let go in an instant. We recognize that we’re dwelling on or obsessing about a particular situation, and we just let go. We drop it. Or we run into someone who has a problem, and we instinctively adapt a hands-off posture, knowing that it’s not our responsibility to takecare of other people. We say what we need to say, and we almost automatically let go and focus on taking care of ourselves.

Other times, it’s not so easy. I may be entangled in a situation that feels utterly impossible to let go of. I get enmeshed with a problem, or a person, that seems to compel us to hang on more tightly when letting go is the key. I know I shouldn’t be obsessing, but I can’t seem to stop.

I don’t ever have to feel guilty about sharing my feelings. It isn’t desperate or pathetic or weak. It’s self-care and there is nothing shameful about taking care of myself by unloading some of the pain I carry. My feelings are important and they matter — you matter — and if you’re hurting, you’re allowed to reach out. You’re allowed to be honest and use your voice. You’re allowed to take up space and talk about what you’re feeling. You deserve to make self-care a priority.


One of the things I had tried to do for many years was bury my feelings of grief and pain. I seemed to have managed that fairly well, but in doing so, I had also buried all the other emotion. I no longer took enjoyment in anything. My child’s smile evoked no feeling and I felt no pride in anything I did. I felt none of the love that others gave to me. As I started dealing with the painful feelings, the positive emotions emerged as well. But when I entered a spiritual programme , I nolonger regret anything , my past , my failures , my mistakes rather I have learned lessons and experienced.  I will open all of my body to receiving uplifting light and energy from the universe. I am not a talking head. I am a body, mind and spirit, alive in all of me.

Why Yoga is selfish ?

One day, while undergoing intense training, Swami Niranjanananda approached his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and asked, “If according to the masters and scriptures the aim of spiritual life is to serve other people, then why do we practise yoga? Everything we do in yoga is selfish. If we improve our concentration, it is our own concentration which is improved. If we awaken our dormant energies, it is our own energies that are awakened. If we improve our health, it is our own health. Whether it is mental balance, health, concentration, performance or management of sentiments, it is all directed towards ourselves. Why is the process of yoga so selfish when we are told to reach out to humanity?”

Swami Satyananda gave a beautiful answer, “It is true that whatever one does in yoga up to a certain point is for self-development. However, the attainments of those developments do not belong to the practitioner. They belong to others and they are to be shared for the upliftment of others.”

Man Plans….. God Laughs!

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