1/16/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Life is utterly simple and yet most complex. You have to simultaneously attend to both facets of life. When life appears most complex, turn to simplicity. Simplicity brings peace. When you are peaceful attend to the complexity within you. That will make you skillful.

“If you are only with simplicity, it makes you lazy and dull. Being only with complexity makes you angry and frustrated. The intelligent ones balance them and rejoice in both. If you look only to simplicity, growth is not there. If you look only at the complexity, there is no life at all. All that you need is a skillful balance… you will be skillfully peaceful.”

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Skillfully peaceful. This is what your yoga practice teaches you to be — skillfully peaceful. Have you noticed?

Think of the challenge of finding stillness in the posture while continuing to deepen its expression. Think of how you have to work with your breath to tune into your body. Think of how you simply listen, do, and feel without having to think.

Skillfully peaceful, my friend. It’s yoga at its finest; it’s mastery of life.

1/15/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

So, my friend, what does your destiny look like? Do you have a sense of it? Do you like it?

It can be changed, of course. You do realize that, right?

The key is to make your beliefs line up with the destiny you want. Then your thoughts, words, actions, habits, and values will fall into place.

When you change your beliefs, my friend, you change your destiny.

1/14/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth. Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization.”

~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces

That right there, my friend, is why we do yoga. And it’s also why we feel so good. We heal, grow, and align physically, mentally, and spiritually all at the same time.

See ya in the hot room!

1/13/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good.”

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

There’s no need to worry — in fact, there’s no room for worry — when you’re in the state of love.

When we’re in the state of love we are flowing the pure vibration of Spirit, our divine essence. Now, my friend, what could possibly go wrong with that?

Spend some time every morning, first thing you do, and tune in to this state of love. From this space set your intention for the day. Then you can relax and trust that everything you do, everything that happens, will serve your and everyone else’s highest good.

1/12/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is either expanding or contracting, my friend, and it doesn’t take long once the expansion stops before the contraction begins. What state is your life in now, expansion or contraction? Is there enthusiasm? Is there inspiration? Aspiration?

Give yourself something to look forward to, my friend. Life is what you make it.

1/11/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

~ Helen Keller

Though we hate it, suffering brings clarity of purpose. And the desire for change coupled with the determination to make it real will follow on that clarity’s heals.

But it’s helpful to know that often things have to get worse before they can get better. Old wounds need to be reopened so they can heal from the inside out. Negative patterns need to be confronted and turned around.

This is what builds character, my friend. We become better people because of it.

1/10/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

The present moment is sometimes unacceptable, unpleasant or awful.

“Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of NOW

Ever noticed how when you fight something, it fights back? Well, my friend, that’s resistance in action. Acceptance has the opposite affect.

Acceptance eliminates the struggle and suffering.

1/9/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Every moment you are happy is a gift to the world.”

~ Harry Palmer

You deserve to be happy, my friend. You aren’t here to be punished or to suffer. You’re here to experience Life in all Its glory, to live and learn, to evolve as Spirit. Simply the fact that you are alive, that you are breathing, is proof that you are important, that you are deserving, and that your life has purpose.

Acknowledge that it’s your birthright to be happy, just as it’s everyone’s birthright to be happy. And know that only you can know what will make you truly happy. So seek it for yourself. Allow it for yourself. And encourage everyone else to do the same. Ever noticed how it’s never pleasant to be around someone who’s unhappy?

Let’s help happiness win!

1/8/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Your soul’s desires are with you at birth like a hidden treasure chest of possibilities for you to discover as you grow and evolve into the person you were meant to be. Give voice to what you long for in the deepest place in your heart.”

~ Debbie Ford

Just as we have our soul’s desires at birth, we also have natural talents and gifts. They surface at different times and are gifts that we’re meant to share with the world. Don’t hide them, my friend. Use them. They’re there to help you fulfill your heart’s desires.

Your soul’s desires will rise with challenges. They won’t be easy and come naturally as your given gifts and talents do. You must pursue them anyway as you’ll never feel satisfied until you do. They’ll make sure of it!

12/7/2018: Daily Dose of Inspiration

“An exceptional future can only be built on the transformation of the mess I’ve made out of my past, not the elimination of that mess.”

~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

When was the last time you cleaned out your garage or a closet or drawer that was full of junk? If you’re like most of us, it became a mess that built up little by little, over a long time. You knew it was there but just didn’t want to do what it would take to clean it up.

Well, my friend, this is exactly what happens in all aspects of our lives, our relationships, career, finances, health, etc. Eventually we’ll reach a tipping point and be forced to face the truth of what we’ve created.

It’s with the decision to clean it up that the transformation begins. But know this first, it will get worse before it gets better. In order to clean out the closet you’ve going to have to pull everything out first. From that chaos, you get to evaluate piece by piece, decide what to keep and what to discard, and then put what you want in its rightful place.

No matter what part of your life you’re cleaning up, clarity, order, and calm are the rewards you’ll receive. Stay focused on this end result, my friend, and the process will be as quick and smooth as possible.

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