9/22/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

Determination: The firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end.

~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What is your desired end? How badly do you want it?

The path to success is paved with no less than faith, concentration, determination, discipline, and patience. And there’s one place that challenges you to develop them all — the Bikram Yoga torture chamber.

Again, my friend, how badly do you want it? You determine what you can or can’t accomplish. Ready for class?

9/21/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

~ Thornton Wilder

Take the time to appreciate your treasures and you know what happens? It makes your heart sing! Can you feel it?

Start your day with this. Do it throughout your day. Finish your day with this.

Nothing is more real than what you feel in your heart, my friend. Feel the good stuff.

9/20/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Whether others criticize you or not, your heart should be your only judge. At the end of the day, it’s how you feel in your heart that determines how well you sleep. And you know, everything’s better after a good night’s sleep.

Rest well in your heart, my friend.

9/19/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving. ”

~ Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

Do you allow yourself time to just be? Do you allow the time to truly connect with those close to you? Your spouse, children, pets, friends, neighbors, everyone would benefit from your heart-felt presence.

Perhaps you think you have no time to connect with others, but think again. All heart-felt connection is precious for all involved no matter how long it lasts.

Relax, my friend, let your heart open wide and share your love — even if it’s just in a smile.

9/18/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

We are here to live life, my friend. We have to take action and move forward in our life’s journey.

Don’t be afraid. Instead, hold to a vision of a happy and healthy life for all involved and let this direct your actions.

Honestly, there’s no such thing as a mistake. We ultimately learn from everything — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

9/17/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Frequency, precision, and intensity is what makes Bikram Yoga successful.”

~ Emmy Cleaves, Principal, Bikram’s Yoga College of India

As the saying goes, “you can walk a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” Well, that’s what it’s like with Bikram Yoga. A good studio provides all the necessary elements of Bikram’s formula, but it’s up to you what you make with it.

How often do you do practice?
How carefully do you incorporate the details in your practice?
Do you give it your all?

Do your part, my friend, and Bikram Yoga will transform your body, your mind, and your life.

It’s worth every ounce of sweat!

9/16/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Before you do anything, take a deep breath. Things aren’t always as they first seem.

While you can’t control outside events, you can control how you respond to them; you get to direct your thoughts. Follow the ones that feel good, my friend, and with patience and persistence you’ll turn the worst of times into the best of times.

9/15/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Often people are certain about the world and uncertain about God. They rely on something that is not reliable and get upset. Uncertainty causes craving for stability, yet the most stable thing in the universe is our Self.

“The world is of change; the Self is of non-change. You have to rely on the non-change and accept the change. If you are certain that everything is uncertain, then you are liberated. When you are uncertain in ignorance, then you become worried and tense. Uncertainty with awareness brings higher states of consciousness and a smile.”

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The only thing we can count on in this world is change. Our life and our circumstances will change. It’s a given.

So how do we best navigate change? With faith and the knowledge that everything ultimately serves us.

Trust Self, my friend, and let life flow.

9/14/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and they fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

~ Pema Chodron

Life is cyclical. There will always be ups and downs, good times and bad times. It’s not as if we have the choice to experience only the good. Our growth comes as we work our way through all of it.

Don’t worry about passing or failing. Just strive to always act with grace. Perfection is simply doing the best we can do in any given moment. And remember, my friend, like life, our best will be cyclical too.

9/13/2012 – Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Move forward with no second-guessing, no guilt trips, no hesitation. Your purpose is to recreate yourself anew in each moment.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch

What feels best to you right now? What thought feels best? What vision feels best? When you find it, follow it. Always follow what feels best. Let everything else drop away. This how you create yourself anew.

You have the power, my friend, much more than you know.

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