9/20/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“This path leads you to absolute transcendence because any part of your being that would add a condition to your commitment to happiness has got to go. If you want to be happy, you have to let go of the part of you that wants to create melodrama. This is the part that thinks there’s a reason not to be happy. You have to transcend the personal, and as you do, you will naturally awaken to the higher aspects of your being. In the end, enjoying life’s experiences is the only rational thing to do.”

~ Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself

What are you committed to? Take a moment and ask yourself this question, my friend. Make a list of everything you’re committed to. Do it now. Really, now.

Got it? Okay, now prioritize which is most important to least important by numbering from 1 to ___ to the left of the item. Got it? Okay, now note on the right side by numbering 1 to ___ which items get the most to the least of your time and energy.

Do these numbers match up? Are you aligning your time and energy appropriately?

It’s always good to step back and reflect on this. But I’m curious, my friend, what number did you put to the left of happiness? Your happiness is on the list, right? Is it above or below your commitment to your Higher Self? Yes, of course, they’re really one and the same but you might still have separated them.

I sure hope one of them is at the top of the list!

9/19/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

~ Marilyn Monroe

There is something positive to be gained from everything, my friend. As soon as you know and honor that you’ll start looking for the silver lining. Just keep asking yourself the question, “what good can come from this situation?” And be open to answers! Nothing teaches more thoroughly than life experience does, and we are here to learn, grow and evolve.

Trust in every moment that better things are coming your way and get ready for a great day!

9/18/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.”

~ Indira Gandhi

With everything in life, my friend, there is give and take. It’s obvious within your own life as you set your priorities and make choices. In order to have one thing, you have to sacrifice another and/or take on more responsibility.

The same goes within every community whatever the size or structure. In some way we all have to give for what we get.

This is what makes communities work. This is how everyone benefits.

9/17/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.”

~ Raymond Charles Barker

So, my friend, what have you decided your life shall be? Do you realize that where you are now, the conditions that define your life, are the ones you have decided upon by your thoughts? I ask that because many of us don’t realize that this is how the Universe we live in works.

Decide what you want your life to be like and then actively, consciously become the person living that life. With faith, concentration, determination, discipline and patience the new you is assured.

9/16/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

~ Napoleon Hill

These traits don’t always come naturally now, do they? Honestly, most of us have to work at it.

But think about it… patience, persistence, perspiration… what does that remind you of?

Uh-huh, Bikram Yoga. Think of it as your training ground for success.

See ya in the hot room!

9/15/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In meditation, we look mindfully at this river of feelings. We contemplate their arising, their remaining, and their disappearance. We witness their impermanence. When we have an unpleasant feeling, we say to ourselves, “This feeling is in me, it will stay for a while, and then it will disappear because it is impermanent.” Just by seeing the impermanence of feelings in this way we suffer a lot less. This is true for both the feelings that arise from physical form and those that arise from perceptions.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, you are here

You see, my friend, it’s just a matter of perspective. What may initially seem like the end of the world, well, it’s not. It’s natural for us to get caught up in the feeling and let it take us for a ride but we don’t have to.

There’s an alternative. We can step back and take the big picture perspective. “Nothing lasts forever.” “To live is to change.” “Life is cyclical.” “What goes up must come down.” These are all sayings that help us recognize and embrace life’s impermanence.

Practice this, my friend. Before you react, before you assume the worst, sit with the feeling. Just experience it. Breathe. Regardless of how painful it is, know that it, too, shall pass.

Relief can be just a breath away.

9/14/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The heart’s natural love is the principal requisite to attain a holy life. When this love, the heavenly gift of Nature, appears in the heart, it removes all causes of excitation from the system and cools it down to a perfectly normal state; and, invigorating the vital powers, expels all foreign matters-–the germs of diseases-–by natural ways (perspiration and so forth). It thereby makes man perfectly healthy in body and mind, and enables him to understand properly the guidance of Nature.”

~ Swami Sri Yukteswar, The Holy Science

Your body knows how to be well and it wants to be well. It is its natural state. But when your thoughts keep you from your heart, from the source of love, the flow of well-being is disrupted. It’s in this way that your mind acts as your worst enemy.

Let your heart take the lead, my friend, and turn your mind back into your best friend. You can relax and trust that all will be well when love’s at the helm.

9/13/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

~ Maya Angelou

All complaining does is make matters worse. So don’t go there, my friend. Don’t complain. Instead, remind yourself that nothing is permanent and make the best of where you are, with what you have.

Change your attitude and you’ll change your future.

9/12/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

~ Henry Ford

Embrace life’s challenges, my friend. They’re what will take you to new heights.

9/11/2017: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Remember I told you before about basis of Yoga — big effort, then total relaxation; big effort, then total relaxation? This is most true with floor exercises, and Dead Man Pose will teach you to relax…

“When you do some of these floor poses, the pulse rate goes from 70 to 140 in five seconds. Even marathon runners, their hearts do not beat so fast after forty miles as after ten seconds of the Locust Pose. Is good for heart to speed up for short time. Is important way to strengthen the muscle. But after speeding up heart, you must do twenty seconds Dead Man so heart can calm down again, eat nourishing meal of fresh blood and oxygen.”

~ Bikram Choudhury, Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class

You know, my friend, it’s important that we learn how to honor and flow with the cycles of life. Operating too much or for too long at maximum exertion only wears us out and breaks us down. Our bodies and our minds both need down time to release pressure and recharge.

Yet many of us in the West are so focused on achieving “success” that we feel guilty relaxing. If only we knew that it’s in letting go that we receive the fruits of our efforts. Then we’d willingly release the tension and finally let ourselves be happy.

Nothing teaches this better than Bikram Yoga. Nothing else makes you work so hard or feel so good afterwards. It’s worth every drop of sweat. Don’t you think?

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