Delta Flight 15

Delta 15
Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .

All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, New Foundland.

He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.
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Five Reasons For Yoga At Work

Yoga At Work

Yoga at work is an idea whose time has come. Here is why:

1. Better decisions: Yoga and Meditation have been shown to reshape the brain. The size of the amygdala is reduced. This is the region that controls stress. It means that in as few as six weeks participants who regularly practice yoga will begin to feel less stressed. In addition areas in the brain associated with decision-making are expanded. Participants also report better sleep and waking up well rested. All this translates to less drama at work, a calmer and less emotional decision-making environment, and better decisions. Most companies have to live and die by the choices made by its employees, and improved decisions translate directly to improvements in the bottom-line.

2. Less absenteeism: Two big reasons for absenteeism are both related to stress. Employees feel stress and pressure at work and choose to stay absent. The other reason is that due to stress employees fall ill frequently. By reducing stress levels and reshaping the brain to better cope with stress, yoga addresses these and helps reduce absenteeism.
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No Way As Way

Bruce Lee was advised complete bed rest as a result of injury. To use up his boundless energy Bruce Lee began reading. This is when he came across the teaching of J Krishnamurthy, and his life changed forever. He felt liberated from the constraints of styles and dogmas and instead he started relying on learning from his own self-discovery. He encapsulated this idea as “no way as way”. This did not mean that you follow no way or method. It meant that after reaching a certain very high level of skill, it makes sense not to be bound by a given way. Instead we should allow the creative forces to channel our energies into wholly new unexplored areas.

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Inspiration From Disabled Dolphin

Maja And Winter

Maja And Winter

On a recent morning in Clearwater, Florida, Maja Kazazic peered down into a 73,000-gallon aquarium. For two years, she’d been watching the injured bottlenose dolphin named Winter swim around the tank. From a distance, the dolphin seemed approachable enough. Still, as Kazazic prepared to take the plunge, a little panic crept into her excitement.

The young woman eased herself into the pool. Despite her fear, she felt strong wearing her new leg. She was ready to make good on a pledge from long ago.

In second grade in Mostar, Yugoslavia (now part of Bosnia and Her­zegovina), Kazazic lost her five-year-old cousin, Jasmina, to leukemia. After Jasmina’s death, Kazazic vowed she would honor the little girl by swimming with a dolphin, an animal that both girls adored. “Jasmina never got the chance [to do it],” says Kazazic, 32, “so I decided that someday I’d do it for her.”

In high school, sports—soccer, basketball, tennis—were Kazazic’s passion. She planned to become a professional athlete. Then in 1993, during the Bosnian civil war, a mortar shell fired by Croat separatists exploded in the courtyard of her building. The six friends she’d been chatting with were killed; 16-year-old Kazazic was badly injured. Shrapnel riddled her left arm and both of her legs.

At a makeshift hospital, her left leg was deemed beyond repair and amputated just below the knee. “There was no anesthesia,” she recalls. “They tied me down and put a piece of rubber in my mouth to bite on. I could feel everything.” Her leg wound became infected; without antibiotics, she drifted in and out of consciousness. For weeks, her parents kept vigil by her bed. British activist Sally Becker, who evacuated many children during the war, arranged to bring Kazazic to the United States for treatment.
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Yoga’s Ultimate State

Yoga Samadhi

The sage Patanjali did not waste much time in defining yoga. In the second stanza of the “Yoga Sutras” he said, “Yoga is the complete cessation of the modifications of the mind”.

And what happens when the mind becomes still? This is answered in the next stanza: “Consciousness then resides with the Self”.

The ultimate aim of yoga is to achieve the state where all thoughts have ceased. This state is known as Samadhi. The first Samadhi that a Yogi achieves is known as “Savikalapa Samadhi”.

In Savikalapa Samadhi thoughts have ceased but there is an awareness of one’s separate identity. The ego still exists along with the mind even in this state of complete calm. The person is not “realized” and remains trapped in the mind. The meditator remains at the “doorstep of God” while not quite opening the door.

“Vasana” is an yogic term for our attachments and desires. Vasanas are caused by the ego and are our source of bondage and separation from the Self. In Savikalapa Samadhi Vasanas still exist. And when the yogi comes out of this Samadhi she is like any other normal human. Effort is needed to get into this Samadhi and remain in it.

James Lynn was a disciple of Yogananda and he meditated everyday for at least three hours based on the instructions given by Yogananda. He was a busy millionaire businessman but he still made time for his meditation and because of his diligent effort he achieved Savikalapa Samadhi in just a few years.
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