I Write Poems To Figure Things Out!

It is rare for a talk filled with poetry to get millions of hits. It is rarer still for any talk to get two standing ovations. But Sarah Kay achieves this in an outstanding talk filled with outstanding spoken word poetry.

In this talk Sarah charts her journey into spoken word poetry and explains to us the power of the medium. We understand how spoken word poetry can help connect by witnessing her incredible performance. Are you ready to take on this awesome medium called spoken word poetry?

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The Light Of God Surrounds Us

The Light Of God


The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.
And all is well.

Credit: Unity Church – closing prayer for protection

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Three Awesome Yoga Insights

Yoga Insights

Yoga can be puzzling. Even for seasoned practitioners its impact seem mysterious. These three insights will help:

1. Yoga can be everywhere – Laughter yoga? Nature yoga? What’s with this phenomenon of associating “yoga” with common everyday things? The answer lies in understanding that at the root of yoga there is a process. This is the process of reducing or sidestepping the ego. So everything can be done either in a yogic way or a non-yogic way. If your laughter is meant to hurt somebody then it is merely an instrument of your ego. This is non-yogic laughter. But if on the other hand your laughter is a pure expression of joy then it side steps the ego and it is yoga. We can say that it is “laughter yoga”.

So here is this insight in a nutshell: If an activity does not hurt anybody and the ego is sidestepped or reduced then the activity can be considered as Yoga.

So you can walk in a park or a forest and call it “nature yoga”. You can spend time knitting and call it “knitting yoga”. On the same lines you can have “cooking yoga”, “driving yoga”, “work yoga”, “hobby yoga”, and so on.

2. It all adds up – Here is the good news: nothing goes waste when it comes to yoga. It is as if somebody who is lost in the dark finds her way. Now every step is a step in the right direction, no matter how small the step is. Yoga creates an upward spiral where every activity that is Yoga helps us do other activities in a more yogic way. Instead of a push towards yoga, we now find that there is a pull. Yoga becomes more natural to who we are.

3. You can start anywhere – Rather than being boxed in, wondering where to start, you can just jump in from wherever you are at this moment. The right moment for yoga is now! You do not have to wait to be kind, to be generous, or to wish everybody well. Every small act adds up. Soon the journey accelerates and what was formerly forced and deliberate becomes natural. The yoga of postures is also a great starting spot. And if we allow its effects to spread into the rest of our life, we then find that most of our activities can be done in a yogic way. And this in turn flows back into the yoga on the mat and makes it easier and calmer. We enter into a positive feedback loop that lifts our life and transforms it. Our life is soon filled with light and love.

Why wait? With these insights in hand let us straight jump in and start practicing yoga in everything we do!

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Credits: This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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Found My Way Out Of Pain Through Yoga!

Things were not looking good for Laurie, who at 40 was experiencing near constant pain in the back and neck. An orthopedic surgeon suggested that she try yoga and this eventually led to a total transformation of her life. And now she is helping others find a similar healing through yoga.

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The Wonderful Husband

Wonderful Husband

Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

Man: ‘Hello’

Woman: ‘Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?’

Man: ‘Yes’

Woman: ‘I’m at the mall now and found this beautiful leather coat. It’s only $1,000. Is it OK if I buy it?’

Man: ‘Sure, go ahead if you really like it.’

Woman: ‘I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2015 Models. I saw one I really liked.’

Man: ‘How much?’

Woman: ‘$98,000′

Man: ‘OK, but for that price make sure it comes with all the options.’

Woman: ‘Great! Oh, and one more thing, the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They’re asking $950,000.’

Man: ‘well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They will probably take it. If not, go the extra 50 thousand if you think it’s really a pretty good price.’

Woman: ‘OK. I’ll see you later! I love you so much! You’re so generous!’

Man: “You’re worth it. ‘Bye!’

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, with mouths agape.

The “wonderful husband” turns and asks: “Anybody knows whose phone this is?”

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