Are You Human?

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. What starts as funny ends bittersweet pointing to us what being human means.

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Experiencing Wondrous Self Leads To Abundance!

Abundant Joy

This is a continuation of Bob Weisenberg’s essay: Six Big Ideas Of Yoga. This is the fifth of the Six Big Ideas:

Experiencing our wondrous self leads to an abundance of joy and goodness.

“What did the Yoga Guru say to the hot dog vendor?”

Answer: “Make me one with everything.”

Good joke. But this is, in fact, kind of the way we feel when we’re most happy–one with everything.

The great gurus of Yoga and other Eastern traditions achieve inner peace and experience the ultimate joy in life by cultivating the boundless wonder of a child. For them every moment is the occasion for innocent amazement, even in the middle of the most trying circumstances. They still experience all the ordinary pain and difficulty of being human. They just process it differently.
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Is Yoga Against Sex?

Yoga Sex

There is mention of the word “Bhramacharya” in Patanjali’s yoga sutras. “Bhramacharya” is a word that relates to sex and understanding this word will provide us insight on what yoga thinks about sex. But before we go there we must first step back and make sure we understand what yoga is about. The core idea of yoga is that it is a journey out of the ego and into a mental state where there are no thoughts and the mind is completely still. When we reach this state, Patanjali says, our consciousness resides with our true Self or the “Seer”.

So what are the obstacles to Yoga? One big obstacle is our obsession with sex. Studies show that we may think about sex hundreds of time during the day. Even when our thoughts are not directly about sex, it can still be the underlying root. This is because so much of our ego-identity is a product of our sexual behavior. So thoughts about what others think of us, or how we look can have their origins in sex. This begs the question: can we really put our minds in a state where there are no thoughts when so many of our thoughts are driven by sex?

This leads to another question: does this mean that to be a true yogi one must abstain from sex? To answer this one must understand the beautiful way in which yoga is structured. Patanjali realized that “having no thoughts” was something that did not get achieved overnight, so also is the case for freeing up from sexual thoughts. This is why he used the technical word “Bhramacharya”. This word is folded into the eight limbs of yoga. And just as the limbs of a tree grow slowly and simultaneously, the limbs of yoga allow you to make gradual progress in each limb.
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The Angel In Queens

Jorge Muñoz is a school bus driver who barely makes a living. But out of the $600 he makes a week, he spends more than half feeding the hungry. The story started when Jorge saw a group of men standing around and asked if they needed help. He found out that they were day laborers looking for work and when they did not find work they went hungry. Jorge simply could not drive away from there. He resolved to do something. Ever since Jorge has been feeding the hungry, sometimes more than a hundred meals a day. Jorge story tells us that we all can do something to help, if we set our hearts to it.

Citizen Medal Awarded By Obama For Jorge Munoz
CNN Hero Jorge Munoz
Jorge Munoz official web site
The Chicken And Rice Man – NY Times article

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She Is Numb From Her Toes Down!

Numb From Toes Down

Actual quotes from physician medical record entries:

By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.

She has had no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was vert hot in bed last night.

The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.

Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.

The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

The patient will need disposition, and therefore we will get Dr. Kahn to dispose of him.
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