Inspirational Quotes

Victim mentality, taking ownership of your life

“The moment you take personal responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you change anything in your life.” Hal Elrod

"The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there's only one other choice."- Doug Larson

"For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is YOU." - Steve Maraboli

“Everything you do is based...

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Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

“Rest when you’re tired. Take a break when life stales. Take time to recharge your battery. Energy isn’t something you have—it’s something you are. To give and give and give, to put out without taking in, depletes your battery. It drains you, runs you down.”

“Stay conscious of who you travel with on this journey. See who you’re attracted to...

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Poems - Various Authors

Allow By: Danna Faulds

There is no controlling life.

Try corralling a lightning bolt,

containing a tornado. Dam a

stream and it will create a new

channel. Resist, and the tide

will sweep you off your feet.

Allow, and grace will carry

you to higher ground. The only

safety lies in letting it all in –

the wild and the weak; fear,

fantasies, failures and success.

When loss...

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Danna Faulds Poems

Self-Observation Without Judgment (Danna Faulds)

Release the harsh and pointed inner

voice. it's just a throwback to the past,

and holds no truth about this moment.

Let go of self-judgment, the old,

learned ways of beating yourself up

for each imagined inadequacy.

Allow the dialogue within the mind

to grow friendlier, and quiet. Shift

out of inner criticism and life

suddenly looks...

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Humility

“We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.”– Mother Teresa

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”– Mother Teresa

“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what...

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Quotes from the old Masters

“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” – Krishnamacharya

“Why do we need money beyond a point? If we are free of ill health, enmity, and debt, is that not enough? Too much money only leads to less peace.” – Krishnamacharya

“No one is wise by birth, for wisdom results from one own’s efforts.” - .” –...

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Acceptance

"Some people will never like you because your spirit irritates their demons."- Denzel Washington

“When you love yourself and glow from the inside, you attract people who love, respect, and appreciate your energy. You radiate from within first. Everything starts with how you feel about yourself. Feel worthy. Feel valuable. Feel deserving of receiving the best. It will happen.” – Idil Ahmed

"I’ve realized...

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Blessings

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night.” – Irish Blessing

“May your days be many and your troubles be few, May all God’s blessings descend upon you, May peace be within you, May your heart be strong, May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.” – Irish Blessing

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going and the...

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Calmness in Chaos

Finding calm in the chaos.

“I breathe in calmness, I breathe out stress. I inhale peace and tranquility, I exhale fear.”

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.

“Neither seek...

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Change

“We come from the earth, we return to the earth and in between we garden. Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion, being alive is a special occasion.”

“Never go in search of love, go in search of life, and life will find you the love you seek.” – Atticus

“We are made of all those who have built and broken us.” Atticus

“We are all born free and spend a lifetime becoming slaves to our own false truths.”...

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Compassion / Kindness / Forgiveness / Nonjudgement / Empathy

Kindness. When we lend our strength to others, instead of pointing out their weaknesses, we are demonstrating kindness.

Sometimes we can feel like we are going around in circles and getting nowhere, but life is like a spiral staircase, it is only when we get to the top and look down, that we realize just how high we have risen.

A soul that carries empathy is a soul that has survived...

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Detachment / Liberation

“Whatever the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.”

Don't take criticism from someone you wouldn't take advice from.

"The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment." - Swami Kripalu

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words...

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Emotional Repression

“Be present as the watcher of your mind- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Avoiding triggers isn't healing. Healing happens when you are triggered and you are able to move through the pain, the pattern and the story and walk your way to a different ending.” – Vienna...

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Fear, Suffering & Healing

"Imagine how differently your life would be, if instead of fear, you allowed your hopes to be your motivation in life." - David Scott

How do you react to what frightens you? Do you allow fear to paralyze you, or instead do you use it as a rocket to propel you? “A WOUNDED deer leaps highest.” Emily Dickinson

Rumi said, “Find you wound and you can find your purpose. The wound is where the light enters.”

The person that...

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Friendship

"A true friend is a mirror with the greatest clarity; a true enemy is the most challenging but devoted teacher." David Scott

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

“The best mirror is an old friend.” - George Herbert

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

“Walking...

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Gratitude / Humility

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”- Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” -Confucius

The second of the niyamas (personal observances) from Patanjali’s...

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Healing Relationships

"Not everyone you meet in life is good, but if you look you will find good in every person." David Scott

Some people can drown in a drop of water.

"The worst thing is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up."

“Our relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.” - Iyanla Vanzant

“Every moment of your life is a second...

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Health

“You can’t enjoy wealth if you’re not in good health. We usually do not value your health until we do not have it anymore.”

“Happiness is the highest form of health.” – Dalai Lama

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. Quality of life is determined by our health.

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest...

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Hope / Faith / Courage / Our Perspective

"Imagine how differently your life would end up, if it were your dreams instead of your fears that motivated you." - David Scott

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” - R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Character is not a virtue we are not born with. Character does not develop in the protected safety of the of the uterus, or a cocoon....

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Knowledge of Self

President Abraham Lincoln says, “God must love the common man, for he made so many of them”. Be a voice and not an echo.

“The goal of the Science of yoga, is to constantly gain ground on our ignorance’s through the science of knowledge. Today we stand on the solid ground of our finite knowledge to date, but we look out upon the vast expanse of the unknown infinite. Our duty as hums is to constantly explore the fringes and boundaries...

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Loneliness

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” - Mother Teresa

When you are evolving to your higher self, the road is long and lonesome, but you’re simply shedding energies that no longer match the frequency of your destiny. The hardest walk is walking alone, but it’s also the walk that makes you the strongest.”

“A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.”

“Not everyone you...

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Love

“Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself — if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself — it is very difficult to take care of another person.”- Thích Nhất Hạnh

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by...

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Meaning of Yoga

“Experience the boundaries in your practice tonight. Explore and identify where the restrictions are in your body, your heart and your mind. What is preventing you from going just a little deeper and farther in your practice and life? Let your practice dance on the edges of these limitations, like dew on the tip of a leaf. “- David Scott

“I am rooted but I flow, I am grounded but I bend. I am deep but my worries are shallow. My dreams...

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Mindfulness / Happyness / Postivie Attititude / Being Present

“Our goal should be building a life that you don’t need a vacation from.”

“You must learn to leave the table if respect is no longer being served.”

“If God took back the pain, you would lose the strength you gained.”

“How you treat others is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.”

“At first I was dying to grow up and go to high school

Then I was dying to finish high school and go to college

Then I was...

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Native American Wisdom

“May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.” - Apache Blessing

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it...

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Nature and protecting Mother Earth

“From the day we arrive on the planet and blinking step into the sun. There's more to be seen than can ever be seen. More to do than can ever be done. Some say, eat or be eaten. Some say, live and let live. But, all are agreed as they join the stampede. You should never take more than you give. In the circle of life. It's the wheel of fortune. It's the leap of faith. It's the band of hope. Till we find our place. On the path...

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990.

““As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson...

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Patience

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

"No matter how many times we burst into flames, we can always rise from the ashes."

"Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly. Sometime we find ourselves in a dark place and it feels like a tomb, when in fact it is really a womb and we about to blossom." David Scott

“If you get tired, learn to rest and not to quit.”

Life is amazing. Then...

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Persiverance and Eventual Success

"The well-worn, easy path is the one usually leading to mediocrity. Take the more difficult, less traveled path or create your own. The greater the challenge, the greater the joy experienced in overcoming it." - David Scott

“Some fall into the flames and are consumed, other’s fly out victoriously, with their wings on fire, but forever transformed, purified and forged stronger by the experience.” - David Scott

“Some walks in...

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Perspective

“People see what they want to see and what people want to see isn’t always the truth.” Roberto Bolano

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” Leonardo da Vinci

“We fear most in life, not what we can see in the light of day, but what is unseen, hidden from view, lurking in the dark shadows of our existence” – David Scott

“The reality of life is that your perceptions – right or wrong – influence everything else...

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Purpose

“You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga. Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of...

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Rumi Quotes

Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to...

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Science of Yoga

“The goal of the Science of yoga, is to constantly gain ground on our ignorance’s through the science of knowledge. Today we stand on the solid ground of our finite knowledge to date, but we look out upon the vast expanse of the unknown infinite. Our duty as hums is to constantly explore the fringes and boundaries of our darkness’s and illuminate them with the light of what has been discovered so far, thereby exposing more...

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Surrender

"In class to night ask yourself if there is a weight that are you lugging around with you on your journey. If you could, what weight would you like to unload and be free of?

In his 1840 work, The Cricket, Charles Dickens wrote, “We forge the chains we wear in life.” The ghost in the story replies, “We built the chain, link, by link, I wear the chain I forged in life."

Maybe you are not carrying around the...

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Truth

No response is also a response. And a powerful one. Remember that.

Speak your deepest truth, even if it means losing everything - your pride, your status, your image, even your way of life. A life of lies and half-truths, the burden of unspoken things, will eventually suffocate you and everyone around you. Give up everything for a truthful existence. Know that you can only lose what's non-essential. Osho

"It takes a lot of good...

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Inspirational Parables

Study on the Effects of Yoga

The review, published in the journal Brain Plasticity, focused on 11 studies of the relationship between yoga practice and brain health. “We see increases in the volume of the hippocampus with yoga practice," Gothe said. The hippocampus is involved in memory processing and is known to shrink with age, Gothe said. "It is also the structure that is first affected in dementia and Alzheimer's disease."

The amygdala, a brain...

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If I Had My Life to Live Over - By Nadine Stair (age 85)

If I Had My Life to Live Over - By Nadine Stair (age 85)

from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.

I'd relax. I would limber up.

I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.

I would take more chances.

I would take more trips.

I would climb more mountains and swim more...

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The 5 principles of Reiki

The 5 principles of Reiki (Dr. Usui) are:

1. Just for today, I will not be angry.

2. Just for today, I will not worry.

3. Just for today, I will be grateful

4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly.

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A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”

A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”

Buddha said, first remove “I”, that’s ego,

then remove “want”, that’s desire.

See now you are left with only Happiness.

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A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”

A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “How can I, if I have nothing to give?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face, which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help...

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Someone ask the Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"

One of his students asked Buddha, “Are you the messiah?”

“No”, answered Buddha.

“Then are you a healer?”

“No”, Buddha replied.

“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.

“No, I am not a teacher.”

“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.

“I am awake”, Buddha replied

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Wedding Ceremony - Dianela & Beto

Wedding Ceremony - Dianela & Beto

David will walk the wedding path until you reach the “altar”.

You will have a wireless mic (hopefully, if Amazon prime does its job right).

Good afternoon,

We are gathered here today to celebrate the love and union of Dianela and Beto. A real-life love story that began on a day like today.

"Never go in search of love, go in search of life and life will find you the love...

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The Story of the Dead Sea

In Israel there are two major bodies of water. One is the Sea of Galilee, a beautiful lake 13 miles long and 7 miles wide, filled with fish and surrounded by lush foliage. It is Israel’s largest fresh water lake and absolutely picturesque. The other body of water is the Dead Sea, 50 miles long and 11 miles wide and it’s shoreline is 1300 feet below sea level. I have been told that seven million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea...

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I walk Down The Street

"Autobiography In Five Short Chapters by - Portia Nelson

Chapter I

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost... I am hopeless.

It isn't my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don't see it.

I fall in again.

I can't believe I am in...

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The Businessman and The Greek Fisherman

A businessman took a short vacation to a small Greek coastal village in Santorini. Unable to sleep he walked the pier. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large tuna.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” he asked.

“Only a little while” the Greek fisherman replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” he asked.

“I have enough to support my family and give...

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Be Kind to Everyone You Meet,

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going backwards!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did...

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Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee

Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to...

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The Cost of a Cup of Ice Cream

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and...

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Little Things Can Make a Difference

There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of

starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die. The tide

was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He did that

repeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who couldn’t understand what...

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An Orange a Day

A man visits a fruit stand every morning and buys a bag of oranges, after weighing them, he would pick one out and taste one slice and complain that it is sour, before the lady could replace he would leave, The old lady smiled every time he did this the next few weeks.

The other shopkeeper was watching this every day and then she asked "why do you allow him to come in every day, take a slice of orange complain and then leave?...

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The Hospital Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on...

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Nail in the Fence

Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, naturally, he had few. “But,” he...

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The Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop and sit.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the...

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Jewel In the Robe

Parable of the Jewel in the Robe

(Chapter 8 – Prophecy of Buddhahood for the Five Hundred Disciples)

A poor man visited a good friend. He was soon drunk and fell asleep. Before leaving for business trips, his good friend left a priceless jewel by sewing it into the lining of the poor man’s robe.

When the poor man woke up, he resumed his life as a vagrant, completely ignorant of his priceless jewel in his robe. Over the...

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Michael Jordan - Not Giving Up

Do you deserve success?

"If you haven't made the sacrifices necessary to reach the level of success you're trying to achieve, you have no one to blame but yourself. The only way to get what you want is to be worthy of receiving it." Ayodeji Awosika

Michael Jordan

Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, NC where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball, and football. He tried out...

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Thomas Edison and Our Potential

At age 12 Thomas Edison came home from school and handed a sealed envelope to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this to me and told me to give it only to my mother.”

As his mother Nancy read the note here eyes became full of tears... "What does it say mother?" She then took a breath and read it out loud to her child: "Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for...

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The Farmer - Non-Judgement

The Farmer... Non Judgement

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old...

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The Story of Two Wolves

The Story of the Two Wolves

An old Cherokee Indian chief was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he told the young boy, “a fight between two wolves.

One is evil, full of anger, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity and false pride.

The other is good, full of joy, peace, love, humility, kindness and faith.”

“This same fight is going on inside of you, grandson…and inside of every other...

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What Goes Around Comes Around

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby boy. He dropped his tools and ran to the boy.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to...

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Importance of Life Meaning

Three Psychiatrists

Vienna, Europe, the period leading up to WW2. Three Jewish psychiatrists, two learned masters in the field, one the young apprentice.

The first master is a man named Sigmund Freud. He has spent years studying people, striving to understand what makes us tick. He’s reached the conclusion that the most basic drive in human beings is the drive for pleasure. It’s our need for pleasure that explains why we do what...

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The Four Minute Mile

he "four-minute barrier"

The distance of the English mile gained its current definition of 1,760 yards . Read below if you want to know why a statute mile is 1,760 yards.

For all those years, no one could ever break what was know as the “The Four Minute Barrier.” Experts were convinced that the human just physiologically could not cover a mile (1760 yards) in less than 4 minutes. Well on May 6th, 1954, a cold windy day in...

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The Dead Rabbit

This guy comes home from work one day to find his dog with the neighbor's pet rabbit in his mouth. The rabbit is very dead and the guy panics.

He thinks the neighbors are going to hate him forever, so he takes the dirty, chewed-up rabbit into the house, gives it a bath, blow-dries its fur, and puts the rabbit back into the cage at the neighbor's house, hoping that they will think it died of natural causes.

A few days later, the...

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Bitterness

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the...

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Letting Go

Once a little boy slowly walked in to his mother’s room. His mother was sitting at her desk writing. Mother took a glance at him and saw that he was carrying a vase that was given to her by grandmother.

Seeing that vase in that little boy’s hand and mother got worried and said, “Baby, please put that vase down before you break it by mistake.”

Boy replied, “Mom, i can’t get my hand out of it..”

Mother now left her work and...

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Power of One

Have you ever thought of the “Power of One?”

It has been a challenging few weeks for all of us. The fiercest hurricanes we have witnessed in our lifetime, tragic earthquakes in Mexico, and the concerning news from places like North Korea with renewed nuclear threats. For many of us, our internal compass needle has been spinning, trying to find stability and grounding in all this chaos.

In some way, the earth itself seems to...

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Cycle of a River

The cycle of a mighty river begins at the base of a mountain. Just a slight spring of water bubbling up from the rocks, like the nurturing tears from a joyful Mother Earth.

The small stream combines with others, eventually forming a cascading river of powerful trans-formative water. The river shapes the land it comes into contact with, appearing to be on a mission to reach the sea. Along the way the river distributes nutrients and life...

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Hermit Crabs

When I was a boy, my brother and I would hunt for hermit crabs along the salty mangrove roots of Matheson Hammock Park, of Biscayne Bay. Somehow, a few of the hermit crabs would invariably end up in our pockets, where our mom would find them. We would convince her that if we kept them as pets, we would feed them peanut butter, give them water; take care of them for a few weeks and then release them unharmed back at the beach.

It...

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Bamboo

Bamboo is the fastest growing biomass on the planet! Maybe…. but not so fast….

Bamboo does not flower often. It could take a human lifetime of 65 to 120 years, for them to even flower at all. In order to guarantee survival, bamboo miraculously bloom spontaneously (called gregarious flowering). By flowering all at once, even 100 miles apart, they overwhelm predators with such an abundance of seeds at one time that the odds are...

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Wabi Sabi

Wabi-sabi

In traditional Japanese aesthetics (a set of ancient Japanese ideals), Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Wabi-sabi is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), suffering (苦 ku) and emptiness...

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Meditation Lesson Plans

Meditation - Nurturing Self Love

"Today is the tomorrow you promised yourself yesterday."

Tonight is your night to give yourself back the love you so freely give to others.

"If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself." -Barbara De Angelis

“She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the...

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Meditation 1

You don’t learn meditation, you learn to experience it.

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. – Bhagavad Gita

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. – Buddha

"When life doesn’t go to plan, we must embrace the change and realize that our lives are comprised of chapters; one has ended and another one is about to begin. But we...

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Meditation 2 - Standing in the shoes of others

“Meditation is like the corrective lenses of glasses that allow us to clearly see the womb of the soul.” David Scott

You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment. ~ Thich...

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Meditation 3

“As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.” – Adi Shankara

“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll...

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Meditation 4 - One step closer to the solution

No matter how hard our journey feels right now, we are one step closer to the solution.

When you look back in history, the greatest challenges we have faced as a civilization, have also propelled us into some of the greatest advancements and scientific achievements ever. Instead of focusing on the loss of control we fear right now, trust in the hope that something very, very good will be coming out of this.

“Sometimes it’s the...

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Meditation 5 - Patience and Acceptance

March 27, 2020 – Patience and Acceptance

"They say how long a minute is, essentially depends on which side of the bathroom door you are on."

You cannot force things to happen before their time. The Spring Will come and the flowers will blossom, but you cannot force the Spring. The Rain will come, the clouds will cover the sky, the whole thirst of the earth will be gone- but you cannot force it. And this is the beauty... that the...

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Meditation 6 - Staying Positive in Difficult Situations

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” - Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)

“Staying positive does not mean everything will turn out okay. Rather, it means you will be okay no matter how things turn out.”...

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Dharma Flow Lesson Plans

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March 18 - Spring and a time of renewal approaching

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 p.m. ET, the spring equinox, also known as vernal equinox, will bring the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere

On the equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite. The March or Vernal Equinox is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator, moving from south to north. This date is considered to be the first day of...

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March 25 - Our Personal March to Freedom

1965 - U.S.A. The Alabama Freedom March

Selma was known as one of the toughest places for African Americans to register. Of Selma's 15,000 black adults, only 300 could cast a ballot in 1965. Lyndon Johnson saw an opportunity. To pass a voting rights bill, LBJ needed the nation to see a vivid case of discrimination against black people trying to register. He called Reverend King in Selma on January 15, 1965.

1965 : Following the...

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April 4th - Disolving the invisible

Yoga is a lot like life. It is a balance between holding on and letting go.

Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that ignorance has built.

If I can change my thoughts, I can change anything. Today I will make progress towards my goals. ...

Never underestimate yourself. You are capable of great things. ...

My greatest struggles, are my greatest lessons. I will always remember that I only have...

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June 3 - “If you want to fly, you have to let go of everything that weights you down.”

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats

The scariest moment of any adventure, is always just before you start. Stephen King

Little by little, one travels far. J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings)

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

We know what we are, but can we truly imagine what we are possible of becoming? If you can dream...

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June 6 - I do not have to set myself on fire to keep others warm.

Sthira sukham asanam Sthira' means steady or stable or grounded or strong and 'Sukha' means comfortable or easy (or 'easeful') or peaceful.

Yoga practice – dreaming while awake

Mantra – Note to self: “I do not have to set myself on fire to keep others warm.”

You have set yourself on fire to keep others warm for so long, but inside your soul is shivering. Your voice is...

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June 10th - The harder I work, the luckier I become.

Inside the chaos, build a temple of peace and calm.

We go through this in order to arrive at our destination

Smooths seas never made a skilled sailor. It takes storms of life to cultivate our future.

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."

"Your feelings aren't random, they are messengers. And if you want to get anywhere, you need to be able to let them speak to you, and tell you what you really...

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June 13 - Compassion is a verb

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your well-being.” –Joel...

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June 17 - The Statue of Liberty Arrives in NY 1885

June 17th 1885 - U.S.A. Statue of Liberty arrives

“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron

“Water, if you don’t stir it, will become clear. Oil and vinegar, if you don’t shake it, will fall naturally into order.” Likewise, the mind left unaltered will find its own natural peace.

”Clouds come floating into my life, no...

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June 24 - Contentment

Gratitude & Acceptance: Being truly content, maybe even just for fleeting moment of a time…

The second of the niyamas (personal observances) from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, santosha is essentially the opposite of desire, of lack, of feeling that we need things to be different before we can be happy. In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar writes, “the yogi feels the lack of nothing and so is naturally...

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June 27th - Perception becomes our reality

The reason a car has a tiny rear view mirror and a large windshield is because the future that awaits us is much more important than our past. We should only look back to see how far we have come.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

“Change your perception of things and you will change your reality.”

In first Down Dog:

Leonardo da Vinci always assumed that his first way of...

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July 1 - You are the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be again

Opening Thoughts

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” - E. Joseph Cossman

“If we feed and nurture the present, the future will manifest itself.”

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you, that means...

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July 8th - “The most important part that happens during a yoga class, is not what happens outside the body, but what happens inside the body.” David Scott

Why you do Yoga?, What you wish to gain from Yoga? But more importantly, What do you wish to leave behind?"

“The most important part that happens during a yoga class, is not what happens outside the body, but what happens inside the body.” David Scott

“It is the possibility of a dream coming true, that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When you get tired, learn to rest and not to quit.

In every...

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July 15 - Alignment through our practice

“When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.” - B.K.S. Iyengar

“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” - B.K.S. Iyengar

"Life is so much simpler, when you...

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July 18 - More Time

“Similar to rebooting a computer, as I exhale I say the mantra, reset, recalculate, refresh." – David Scott

“Be an empty page, untouched by words.” – Rumi

From: “One Soul” - Let Go of Something (Danna Faulds)

Let go of something, somewhere. Use yoga to become aware, to touch what lies beneath the surface of the skin. Is there tension longing for release; a knot of fear so deep and familiar that you believe...

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Misc - Time

The scarcest asset we have is time, since each of us is apportioned a finite amount of it to live our lives. We can get more money, but not more time.

There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue University.

"That might be surprising as what we see on TV and what advertisers tell us we need would indicate that there is no...

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Week 30.1 - Learning to admire and be inspired instead of envious

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."--Lao Tzu

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.” ~Osho

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. - Diana Robinson

Develop a sense of your core values – know the difference from envy to inspiration

Think of someone that you truly admire. Not someone you love, depend on or take care of, but...

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Week 30.2 - Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open

Give yourself the space tonight, to listen to your own voice and your own soul away from all the background noise of our hectic modern world.

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open. You were born with wings, why do you prefer to crawl through life?” – Rumi

We are held back in life not because of who we are, but who we think we are, who we have been told we are. Our self-beliefs develop during our maturity into...

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Week 31.1 - Hey You

"Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, I know As the in-breath grows deep, The out-breath grows slow. Breathing in makes me calm. Breathing out makes me ease. With the in-breath, I smile. With the out-breath, I release. Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment." Thich Nhat Hanh

“Close your eyes and inhale your essence. If your essence expressed itself in aroma, what would...

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Week 31.2 - The Basic Confusion

I Am That By: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is only one mistake you are making:

you take the inner for the outer and outer for the inner.

What is in you, you take to be outside you

and what is outside, you take to be in you.

The mind and feelings are external,

but you take them to be intimate.

You believe the world to be objective,

while it is entirely a projection of your psyche.

That...

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Week 32.1 - Knowledge of others begins with knowledge of self.

Knowledge of others begins with knowledge of self. In understanding your darkness, you can better deal with the darkness you encounter in others.

There are hidden lessons in every struggle. In your practice tonight listen for the lesson.

“In meditation and in our daily lives there are three qualities that we can nurture, cultivate, and bring out. We already possess these, but they can be ripened: precision, gentleness, and the...

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Week 32.2 - If I Had My Life to Live Over - By Nadine Stair (age 85)

Forget about enlightenment

Sit down wherever you are

And listen to the wind singing in your veins.

Feel the love, the longing, the fear in your bones.

Open your heart to who you are, right now,

Not who you would like to be,

Not the saint you are striving to become,

But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.

All of you is holy.

You are already more and less...

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Week 33.1 - Life is Amazing.

Life is amazing. Then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in-between the amazing and awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

From ― Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

“Stay conscious of who you travel with on this journey. See who you’re attracted to and notice who is...

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Week 33.2 - 15 The lunar energy

“Be present as the watcher of your mind- of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.” - Eckhart Tolle

“Avoiding triggers isn't healing. Healing happens when you are triggered and you are able to move through the pain, the pattern and the story and walk your way to a different ending.” – Vienna...

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Week 34.1 - First Day of School

First day of school

The most important day of a person's education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day. -Harry Wong

To our mom and dads out there, we say “THANK YOU” for helping to make our world a little brighter by instilling hope and knowledge in your child.

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” - Franklin P. Jones

Do not take for granted the little...

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Week 34.2 - Witnessing the dance...

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray

“What if what your after can not be pursued. What if what you are seeking is seeking you and instead of searching you just need to prepare yourself for it to find you?”

Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.

“There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there.” ~Sir...

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Week 35.1 - August 26 - As long as our spirit is not broken, hope is still alive

Thomas Edison and Our Potential

At age 12 Thomas Edison came home from school and handed a sealed envelope to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this to me and told me to give it only to my mother.”

As his mother Nancy read the note here eyes became full of tears... "What does it say mother?" She then took a breath and read it out loud to her child: "Your son...

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Week 35.2 - What ever is going to happen will happen

“The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.”

"Yoga is not about self-improvement, it is about self-acceptance." - Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind. T.K.V. Desikachar

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”– The Bhagavad Gita

Teachers open the...

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Week 36.1 Sept 2 - I am rooted but I flow

“The most important part that happens during a yoga class, is not what happens outside the body, but what happens inside the body.” David Scott

“I am rooted but I flow, I am grounded but I bend. I am deep but my worries are shallow. My dreams and hopes are limitless, but I am content where I stand. What I own is meaningless, how little I truly need allows me the freedom and lightness to fly. Never intent on arriving, it is the...

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Week 36.2- Sept 5 - Be a voice and not an echo

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour." - Zen Proverb

“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as...

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Week 37.1 - In the Zone

BAMBOO

In psychology, “a flow state”, also known as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Goals should stretch you in a good way.

What lights you up in life today?

Explain your anger, don’t express it, and you will immediately open the door to...

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Week 38.1 - Some walks must be taken alone

“Some fall into the flames and are consumed, other’s fly out victoriously, with their wings on fire, but forever transformed, purified and forged stronger by the experience.” - David Scott

“Some walks in life, you just have to take alone,” – David Scott

“It was when she walked alone, that she discovered her strength. It is hard to walk alone, but sometimes that is the walk that makes us the strongest.”

“Do not judge her,...

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Week 38.2 - Does fear freeze you or propel you?

“You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga. Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of...

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Week 39.1 - Climb you mountain, so you can see the world better, not so others can see you

First week of Fall (Equinox)

With a new season comes a new opportunity for change. Imagine walking up to a door tonight, and walk through…”Today, I close the door to my past, open the door to my future, take a deep breath, step through, and start a new chapter in my life.”

Yoga teaches us to create a life that feels good on the inside and not just the outside.

Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our...

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Week 39.2 - The greek fisherman

A businessman took a short vacation to a small Greek coastal village in Santorini. Unable to sleep he walked the pier. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large tuna.

“How long did it take you to catch them?” he asked.

“Only a little while” the Greek fisherman replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” he asked.

“I have enough to support my family and give...

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Week 40.1 - How can a Centipede control 100 individual feet

As Gandhi said, “Fearlessness is the first prerequisite of a spiritual life.” Fear means we’re either worried about something that’s already taken place, or anxious about things that haven’t even happened. Bringing ourselves into the present moment can help us to loosen fear’s stranglehold. . . .

Charlie Chaplin, said that the problem with man is that we think too much and feel too little.

Summary

We can only see our world...

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Week 40.2 - Humility

Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.

“The asanas are useful tools for mapping and exploring, your inner world. Instead of trying to be good at something in a pose, feel your practice and enjoy being good to yourself. Use your practice to unlock your potential, lying just beneath the surface of the stormy ego. Letting go of your need to achieve is the hardest asana. Your destiny has always been waiting there for you to...

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Week 41.1 - Meditation

“When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

"In Meditation we journey inward; beyond the superficial vale created by the ego. Slowly as the false, manufactured self, dissolves, our real pure conscious self steps forward, emerging from the mist of illusion. Once we enter our inner sanctuary, we know we have arrived home and feel joy. The soul's vitality is restored and nothing but...

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Week 41.2 - Finding our Purpose

“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca (Roman Stoic philosopher, 65 AD)

“Your work is to discover your purpose and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha

The two most important days in a human's life is the day they are born and the day they find out why." Mark Twain

"No response is also a response. And a powerful one. Remember that."

“The...

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Week 42.1 - Finding the best Version of Yourself

In the end all we need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.

A kaleidoscope is made up of tiny pieces of broken glass, that when you look through, you somehow still see something beautiful.

Growing can only occur when we are outside of our comfort zone.

Some people will not love you regardless of what you do. Other people will love you regardless of what you...

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Week 42.2 - Out of your head and into your body

“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more. Your thoughts have to understand one thing: that you are not interested in them. The moment you have made this point you have attained a tremendous victory.” -Osho

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~Etty Hillesum

Some people will not love you regardless of what you do. Other people will love you...

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Week 42.3 – Time and Change

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”– The Bhagavad Gita

“Close your eyes and inhale your essence.” David Scott

Experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently. – Sri Krishna (Bhagavad Gita)

“Time brings all things to pass. Sadness flies away on the wings of time.” – Jean de La Fontaine

“If a man plants melons, he will reap...

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Week 43.1 - Bravely couragous

“You push the TRUTH off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the TRUTH under water, but it will float back to the surface. You can place the TRUTH in the fire, but it will survive and become purer. You can bury the TRUTH beneath the ground, but it will arise. TRUTH always prevails!”

The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine. - Swami Vivekananda

“To a mind that is...

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Week 43.2 - Growing our wings on the way down

Oct 25th - Our Perspective, finding our wings on the way down

"Yoga uses the body to discipline the mind and to reach the soul." ~ BKs Iyengar

“Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.” T.K.V. Desikachar

If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be...

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Week 44.1 - SHE LIVES ON THE REFLECTIONS OF HERSELF IN THE EYES OF OTHERS

If you don’t take time for your wellness, you will need to make time for your illness.

“We can only grow and develop as far as we can see, we are limited by our own self-imposed horizon. In our practice, our higher self is elevated into the clouds; we witness our true infinite potential for brief moments between breaths.”- David Scott

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live...

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Week 44.2 - Do they love you or the mask you put on every day?

Week 44.2 - Do they love you or the mask you put on every day?

“Halloween reminds us of the illusions we all live in and participate in every day. Halloween began as a pagan holiday to celebrate the beginning of winter. As the leaves changed colors and fell; the landscape appeared to die. Celtic people believed that wearing masks and costumes would be a way to protect them from ghosts and evil spirits causing this death and...

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Week 45.1 - The Greatest Love

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

"We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." ~ Taoist Proverb

“There is no greater wealth in this world than peace of mind.”

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.”

“Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are...

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45.2 - What are the feelings you most repress trying to tell you?

Allow your mind to start class empty and blank, “Be an empty page, untouched by words.” – Rumi

Just being aware is the beginning of change. “Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.” ~Deepak Chopra

“Have you ever found yourself angry at someone, only to find out some time later that they were not the real cause of your suffering? Something in them had triggered...

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Week 46.1- “Determination is the wind in our sails pushing us onward, over and through the waves of fear and doubt.”

NOV 8TH - “DETERMINATION IS THE WIND IN OUR SAILS PUSHING US ONWARD, OVER AND THROUGH THE WAVES OF FEAR AND DOUBT.”

FEAR by: Khalil Gibran (was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher)

It is said that before entering the sea

a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,

from the peaks of...

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46.2 - The concept of Emptiness – Formless Awareness

“The concept of Emptiness – Formless Awareness - in Buddhism – (shunya in Sanskrit).

“Silence is not empty; it is full of answers.”

Tonight as you begin your practice, imagine leaving your shoes outside. Imagine your shoes represent the past and all you have traveled through to get where you are tonight. You will not need your shoes for the next few minutes. While you are at it, imagine leaving the ego and the mind outside...

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Week 47.1 - Burning our boats and bridges

“To do two things at once is to do neither. – “Publilius Syrus

“In 1519, the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés landed on the beaches of Veracruz, Mexico to begin his great conquest of Central America. Upon arriving, he gave orders to his men to sink and burn the ships, to avoid mutiny and his crew returning to Cuba. Sometimes in life we just have burn our boats and burn our bridges, in order to gain the courage to conquer our fears...

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47.2 - Meditation - Enhale love - Exhale Gratitude

“Inhale love, exhale gratitude.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Your body is listening to everything your mind is saying."

"If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths."

“The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or...

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47.2 - Native American Wisdom and Protecting our Planet

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” - Chinese Proverb

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” -Albert Einstein

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48.1 - Healing Relationships

“Mindfulness is a wonderful vehicle through which we clean and refocus our lens; adjusting how we see the world; witnessing once again, what is truly important. With clearly restored, our mind becomes a fertile soil for our hopes and our dreams to distill into our reality.” – David Scott

“Every moment of your life is a second chance.” ~Rick Price

“Time brings all things to pass.”. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will...

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49.1 - Every Path Has a Puddle

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha

“To keep the lamp burning, we must continue to put oil into it.” – Mother Teresa

“Adversity causes some to break, others to break records.” William A. Ward

“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

“You...

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49.2 - A True Gift

Prasarita Padottanasana gets its name from Sanskrit where "Prasarita" means " Wide/Stretched Out", "Pada" means "Foot", "Uttana" means "Intense Stretch" and "Asana" means "Pose or Posture".

"Purvottanasana" (PUR-voh-tun-AHS-uh-nuh) “Purva” — meaning “east" “Ut” — meaning “intense” “Tan” — meaning “to stretch” “Asana” — meaning “pose”

Upavistha Konasana (Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend)

Janu Sirsasana - Janu – Knee, Sirsa –...

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50.1 - The Tao Te Ching - The Way

Week 50.1

December 9th 343rd day of the year. There are then 22 days left in 2019.

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour." - Zen Proverb

Parsvottanasana – Pyramid Pose

Prasarita Padottanasana gets its name from Sanskrit where "Prasarita" means " Wide/Stretched Out", "Pada" means "Foot", "Uttana" means "Intense Stretch" and "Asana" means "Pose or...

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50.2 - We will be remembered by the trails we leave.

Your home should be a living space and not a storage space. Before us lies two paths, which will determine the future landscape of our planet. On the path of scarcity we must frantically attempt to fill our basket, with as many possessions as possible. In the end while our basket is full, we feel nothing but profound emptiness inside us. When the credit card bills arrive and the things start to break, the possessions we collected first to...

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51.1 - Character built by fire

51.1 - CHARACTER BUILT BY FIRE

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” - R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Character is not a virtue we are not born with. Character does not develop in the protected safety of the of the uterus, or a cocoon. Character is forged by the fire of challenges we face in life and overcome. The battle scars of...

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51.2 - Mistakes Make the Best Teachers

“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our...

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52.1 - Allowing Transormation

"The light that Yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees. " ~ BKS Iyengar

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world." ~ Buddha

"Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there - buried under the 50,000...

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52.2 - The Tinture of Time

I’m walking into 2020 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don’t worry about it. If you wronged me, it’s all good, lesson learned. If you’re angry with me, you won – I’ve let it go. If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool – I truly wish you well. If you feel I’ve wronged you, I apologize – it wasn’t intentional. I’m grateful for every experience that I received. Life is too short for pent-up anger, holding of grudges and extra stress or pain!...

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52.3 Change

Change proclaims it’s dominance.

“Just try and stay the same,” it taunts.

“See how long the status quo will last before it’s blasted into newness by the now.” Change isn’t always flashy like the Grand Canyon. Sometimes it’s subtle, like the blinking of an eyelash or the floating of a feather on the wind. Say yes, and change will take you somewhere unexpected. Say no, and you’ll end up in the same place, resisting all the while....

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1.1 - New Year - Brave Enough to Say Goodbye

Mindfulness

"Your body is listening to everything your mind is saying."

"To successfully open the door to heightened awareness, we must open it inward." ~Wayne Dyer

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine. - Swami...

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1.2 - Same plant, different spot

Same Plant, same water, different spot… flourishes in one spot and dies in another.

“We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” - Jason Crandell

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome...

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1.3 - Yoga... Dreaming while awake

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

“The secret to living longer is to eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.” Tibetan Proverb

“The goal isn’t to get rid of all your negative thoughts, feelings, and life situations. That’s impossible. The goal is to change your response to them.” MarcandAngel

“Someday you will look back on your life and realize that everything...

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2.1 - Drowning in a drop of water

Study on the effects of Yoga:

The review, published in the journal Brain Plasticity, focused on 11 studies of the relationship between yoga practice and brain health. “We see increases in the volume of the hippocampus with yoga practice," Gothe said. The hippocampus is involved in memory processing and is known to shrink with age, Gothe said. "It is also the structure that is first affected in dementia and Alzheimer's...

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2.2 - Learning to Fly

2.2 - Learning to Fly

“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we...

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3.1 - Sometimes cutting a not is the only way to move on

“Transformation is different for every person based on our constitution (what we are made of) and perspective to the world. The story of the potatoes, egg and coffee. Boiling water transforms the potato into something soft, the egg into something hard and coffee transform the water.”

"Today I refuse to stress myself out over things I simply can't control."

"You cannot heal in the same...

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Week 4.1 – Luther King Jr. Day

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King...

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Week 4.2 - Taking back ownership of our lives

“The moment you take personal responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you change anything in your life.” Hal Elrod

"The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there's only one other choice."- Doug Larson

"For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is YOU." - Steve Maraboli

“Everything you do is based...

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Week 5.1 - Move the way love makes you move.

“Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant

“Softening your attitude opens your heart.”

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” - Mother Teresa

When you are evolving to your higher self, the road is long and lonesome, but you’re simply...

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Week 5.2 - What is Self Realization

What is Self-Realization

If in the middle of the ocean, suddenly we see the waves begin to grow and grow. All of a sudden, you are surrounded by 40-foot swells. You start to believe that the entire ocean is like this, but if you took a cross section of the ocean, you would notice that the stormy water is only on the surface and going down a mile deep, it is and has always been calm.

Our active surface mind is like the surface...

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Week 6.1 - A Tribute to Rumi

Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but...

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Week 6.2 - We forge the chains we wear

The average human's attention span is less than a gold fish.

According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.

Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms.

The results showed the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around...

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Week - 7.1 - The Kleshas (Poisens)

On Feb 11th 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African Prison after 27 years.

Kleśa (sanskrit क्लेश, also klesha ) is a term from Indian philosophy and yoga, meaning a "poison". The third śloka of the second chapter of Patañjali's Yogasūtra explicitly identifies Five Poisons (Sanskrit: pañcakleśā):

अविद्यास्मितारागद्वेषाभिनिवेशाः पञ्च क्लेशाः॥३॥

Avidyāsmitārāgadveṣābhiniveśāḥ pañca...

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Week 7.2 - Vallentine's Day (Self-Care)

"Imagine how differently your life would end up, if it were your dreams instead of your fears that motivated you most." - David Scott

"Today is the tomorrow you promised yourself yesterday."

“She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.” Anais Nin.

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other...

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Week 8 - Burning our ships of attachment

“Close your eyes and inhale the intoxicating perfume of your essence.” David Scott

“The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.” - T.K.V. Desikachar

Retreat is easy when you have the option. Just over 500 years ago, in Feb of 1519 the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés fled Cuba with 11 ships, 500 men, and 15 horses to conquer the Aztecs in Mexico. The Cortez story teaches us a great lesson about burning our...

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Week 9 - Be a voice and not just an echo

“The goal of the Science of yoga, is to constantly gain ground on our ignorance’s through the science of knowledge. Today we stand on the solid ground of our finite knowledge to date, but we look out upon the vast expanse of the unknown infinite. Our duty as hums is to constantly explore the fringes and boundaries of our darkness’s and illuminate them with the light of what has been discovered so far, thereby exposing more truths and...

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Week 9.2 - Try something different... Surrender.

Surrender

“Try something different – surrender.” Rumi

“The moment of surrender is not when life is over, it’s when it begins.” Marianne Williamson

“Surrender is a journey from outer turmoil to inner peace.” Sri Chinmoy

“When total surrender happens, suffering is removed, duality is removed, too.” Mohanji

“Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.” Eckhart...

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Week 10 - The Greatest Wealth

"The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine." - Swami Vivekananda

"To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." Lao Tzu

Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

“You should never beg for love and friendship like water, but instead offer it...

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Week 10.2 - Our perspective, "almost" reality....

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we want to see them, based on our experiences that shaped our perspective." - David Scott

“People see what they want to see and what people want to see isn’t always the truth.” Roberto Bolano

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” Leonardo da Vinci

“We fear most in life, not what we can see in the light of day, but what is unseen,...

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Week 11.1 - Surendering to your fears

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” - Robert H. Schuller

“Part 1. This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything....

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Week 11.2 - The Bamboo Acrobat

Be a warrior and not a worry, the pandemic is being fed not by the corona virus but by fear

“Everything that has a beginning, has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

Stress, Illness and the Immune System. ... According to Harvard Medical School, Cortisol in short burst are good for us, act as an anti-inflammatory and protect us. Over a longer period of time stress great reduces the immune system's ability...

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Week 14.1 - Let it Be...

The hardest asana.... Letting go... Let it be…

“Each player must accept the cards life deals them: but once they are in hand, he or she must alone decide how to play the cards in order to win the game” — Voltaire

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. It is time to decide to keep moving and evolving. Take a deep breath and begin the journey of the rest of your...

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Week 14.2 - Taking Back Your Power

Not sure who wrote this, but true:

1. There are no bombs raining on our heads.

2. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are.

3. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life.

4. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water.

5. I have access to fresh food and I'm not starving.

6. I have hot running water.

7. My country has not been ruined by years of...

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Week 15.2 – What emotion is your body is trying to express to you and how is it manifesting?

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

“Quiet the mind, so the soul can speak.” – Rumi

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Albert Einstein

"Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place."

“We don’t...

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Week 16.1 - Easter

What we practice, we get good at…

“Courage is about learning how to function despite the fear, to put aside your instincts to run or give in completely to the anger born from fear. Courage is about using your brain and your heart when every cell of your body is screaming at your to fight or flee – and then following through on what you believe is the right thing to do.” - Jim Butcher

There are no shortcuts to any place worth...

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Week 16 - No Storm Willk Last For Ever

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” - Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)

“It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.” G.K. Chesterton

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. - Lady Bird...

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Week 17.1 - Earth Day (April 22)

The Earth is the one things we all share in common.

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” - Jimmy Carter

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

April 22 (Earth Day - Protecting our species)

Wednesday marks the 50th annual Earth Day – a global event to celebrate...

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Week 17.2 - The Wings of Transformation

April 25

“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.” – Janet S. Dickens

"Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in. Breathing out, I know As the in-breath grows deep, The out-breath grows slow. Breathing in makes me calm. Breathing out makes me ease. With the in-breath, I smile. With the out-breath, I release. Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful...

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Week 18.1 - Open the mind an explore limitless potential

“The pathway to an abundant life is to have a mind open to everything and attached to nothing. For many, the portal to our potential is shackled and padlocked by heavy chains of FEAR. As humans, anything we first encounter, posing a threat is feared until it is understood. To open the lock and remove the bondage of fear, we must use the key of knowledge and wisdom. We always must always maintain a mind capable of change. When our...

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Week 19.1 (48 days of being closed)

“The quality of our breath expresses our inner feelings.” - T.K.V. Desikachar

“Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause. Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.” - T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

What are we doing to prepare to open up and return to normalcy:

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we...

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Week 19.2 - The Four Minute Mile

On this day – May 6th - 1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford (66 Years Ago)

“Remember the entrance to the sanctuary is inside you.” – Rumi

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

"No one ever says, 'I wish I hadn't done Yoga today...'" Unknown

Yoga teaches us to...

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Week 20.1 - I am choosing happiness

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness”

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most important part that happens during a yoga class, is not what happens outside the body, but what happens inside the body.” David Scott

“Allow your dreams to pull you just a little bit harder than your fears hold you back.” – David Scott

“Love is the...

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Week 20.2

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”

May the benefits of your yoga practice tonight benefit all those around you.We are human beings, not human doings. Give yourself permission to just be.

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Week 21.1 - Yoga and how genes express themselves

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr

I would like to invite you to have a conversation with yourself tonight during class. Meet yourself where you are and not where you want to be. Process all that you have been through today; as you reconstruct and heal your nervous system rebuild and repair you mind stronger...

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Week 21.2 - Your body is a repository and remembers everything

"The goal of yoga and meditation is not to control your thoughts, but to stop them from controlling you."

“The most important part that happens during a yoga class, is not what happens outside the body, but what happens inside the body.” David Scott

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Practice...

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Week 22.1 - Flashes of light against the canvas backdrop of an infinitely empty universe

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“Watching a lightning bug glow bright on a summer night, I realized that our lives are mere flashes of light against the canvas backdrop of an infinitely empty universe. As humans, we become so conditioned to routines, controls and predictable repetition. Sometimes we forget that we are born to explore this earth and not just endure it. So many controls society has in place, are merely illusionary dogma,...

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