Richard St. John spent 7 years doing 500 interviews talking to successful people to find out what made them successful. He distills this into eight secrets in this fast paced three minute talk. This is one of the most popular TED talks ever and is worth watching and sharing. The key message for us is that success happens not due to ambition or ego. It happens when you shut the ego out and let passion take over. When the ego is away, work becomes fun and you can have a great time working hard. And because successful people are able to focus on one thing and work hard persistently they become good at what they are doing. This is a big driver of success. Because the effort is outside the context of the ego it becomes a way to serve others. It now becomes easy to push yourself hard to take you beyond where you could imagine you could go. Also great collaboration occurs outside the context of the ego and good ideas flow and mature in such an environment.
It is said that for many who attain enlightenment, the experience is so complete and overpowering that they do not want to come back into the world of duality again. Many are simply happy to pass away in this state of Samadhi. Yet others continue to live, but they do so silently and anonymously without talking about their experience to others. But luckily for us a small minority chooses to talk about its experience.
It is said that after attaining Enlightenment the Buddha’s first impulse was to abide in the effulgence of Bliss without turning back to convey the incommunicable to mankind.
Then he reflected, “Some there are who are clear sighted and do not need my teaching.”
“And some whose eyes are clouded with dust who will not heed it though given.”
“But between these two there are also some with but little dust in their eyes, who can be helped to see; and for the sake of these I will go back among mankind and teach.”
So the question before us is: Are we among those whose eyes are clouded with just a little dust, and who can pay heed to the message of prophets and saints of the past who spoke for our sake?
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MyLifeYoga was started in mid 2011. At that point we had no idea that this was going to turn into a run away success and our posts would reach so many people. All we wanted is to create a platform for those who sought something deeper in life. Now that MyLifeYoga has turned into a thriving community, how can you make the most of it? This article provides some answers:
1. Get Inspired
The good news is that we are not alone in trying to find meaning in our lives. Many have trudged this path before and some have come back with great answers. MyLifeYoga makes it a point to document some of their stories. We have a special section called “Stories” devoted to this (See picture below). Here you will find stories of saints and mystics. You will also find stories of people like you and me who have found deeper meaning through yoga or selfless work, or have been helped with a health issue.
2. Let Your Hair Down
The beauty of life is that meaning and joy are related! When we are deeply engrossed in something and are doing meaningful work, we find the experience exhilarating. And those who have experienced deeper states of consciousness usually describe these in terms of an extremely joyous and blissful experience. But for rest of us mere mortals who may want to just escape from daily stress we have a section called “Stress busters” (See picture below). This has now grown into one of the largest collection of clean jokes you will find on the Internet. In addition we devote Friday’s to make lighthearted posts on our Facebook page.
3. Stay Connected
In today’s hectic life it is easy to miss out on the action and lose connection. Luckily we have provided multiple avenues to stay in touch and we suggest that you make the most of them. The easiest of these is to “Like” the MyLifeYoga Facebook page. To be doubly sure that our posts make it to your News Feed you may want to add the MyLifeYoga page to your “interest list”. (See picture below: Do this by going to the MyLifeYoga page of Facebook and click on the down arrow next to the “gear box” icon. This is next to the Message button. Then click on the “Add to interest list” menu item). You should also subscribe to our free newsletter that sends you one e-mail every week with a summary of the best posts of the previous week. We also have a twitter page and a youtube channel. We suggest you take advantage of ALL these avenues to stay connected!
With our Facebook page reaching a daily audience of up to 150,000 people it would be very conservative to estimate that our posts have reached at least a Million people since inception! Google analytics tells us that our Web site is being visited by people from more than 120 countries all over the world! With this kind of reach its no wonder that we have found a large number of contributors who have provided us with guest posts. If you have a meaningful/insightful article and want your name to reach a wide audience, send us your post and we will love to share it with the MyLifeYoga community. Please also feel free to share with us articles or jokes that you like and think are suitable for the MyLifeYoga community.
An easy way to participate in this community is to share. This is done simply by clicking frequently on the like or share button! Our community has been prolific in clicking the Like button with individual posts sometimes getting hundreds and even thousands of likes! We love it even more when you post your comment on our post or on the Facebook page. Your feedback is valuable to us and we use it actively to shape the content that we post. This is the reason for the rapidly growing popularity of MyLifeYoga: You spread the word around by clicking on the like button, and we learn what you like and tailor our posts accordingly!
6. Stay Informed
Countless readers have found MyLifeYoga to be a source of valuable information. They have told us this by liking our posts and by commenting on our posts. One way to look for good articles is to review our past posts and use the number of likes it has to guide you on how many people found it useful. You can do this by scrolling down to the bottom of the MyLifeYoga web page till you find the word “pages” along with green circles with numbers in them. You can click on these circles to go to previous weeks. Each circle represents a week and if you were to click on a circle with the number 1, it will take you to the five posts that we made 1 week ago. So clicking on a circle with number 4 will take you to our posts that were made 4 weeks ago.
Another easier way to find content is simply type what you are looking for in the search box on the top right corner of the MyLifeYoga web page and click on the magnifying glass or press enter.
Another good way to find good content is to look at “popular posts” section in the middle of the right panel of the MyLifeYoga web page. These are the top 10 posts of MyLifeYoga since inception.
MyLifeYoga has become an incredible free resource on the Internet with a large and rapidly growing audience. Its strength lies in the quality of its content and the dynamism of its community. As MyLifeYoga expands to keep pace with its growing community we hope that you will continue to benefit from it and this article should help you leverage what MyLifeYoga provides.
It is tough to watch TV these days! You may think that nothing good is happening around us. In fact bad news is the exception in a sea of good. That is why it is in the news! Here is a Good News Broadcast that may help us regain some perspective. As one speaker said: To be alive, to be breathing the air is the best news of them all!
There is a lot of hype about yoga. Inevitably when reality collides against hype there is disappointment. This post is not to discourage you from yoga but help set realistic expectations. The hope is that yoga becomes an integral part of your life rather than something you give up in disappointment:
1. Yoga Is Slow
Those looking for a throbbing experience full of excitement on the yoga mat may be in for a disappointment. Yes yoga can be intense. But it is not about raising excitement levels. Instead it is about calming down. It is about bringing an island of calm to a life already overwhelmed with sensory overload and stress.
2. Not A Cure-All
Sometimes yoga fans get a bit carried away and make tall claims about its supposed curative powers. You are in for a disappointment if you take up yoga with the expectation that whatever’s ailing you is going to be cured shortly. Whatever curative powers yoga demonstrates happen in the long term. Do not try to use yoga as a primary source of treatment for things that need urgent attention and are progressing quickly.
3. Not About Calories
Yoga is about calmness and not about Calories. Whatever Calories you burn is only incidental. Let this not be your prime focus. With yoga you will more easily shed Stress than Calories. And when you shed Stress Calories will become irrelevant, as excess weight will dissolve automatically.
4. Will Not Make You Rich
You are in for a disappointment if you expect that taking up yoga as a profession is going to put you on the road to riches. Teaching yoga part-time can be a great way to supplement your income, but full-time yoga teachers do it in the spirit of providing service rather than making money.
5. Can Injure
When the yoga practice is done in the spirit of burning calories, or if the yoga practice becomes more about the external posture rather than the inner state, or if the practice is done improperly without a focus on the breath, injuries may result. A good yoga teacher is mandatory for a safe practice.
6. Yoga Postures Are Only Part Of Yoga
The practice of postures is only a part of yoga and it is a great starting point. You will see the benefits of yoga multiply if you incorporate all limbs of yoga into your life. This means that along with your yoga practice, you should do at least 10 minutes of breathing exercise that elongates your breath. You should also incorporate twenty minutes of meditation into your daily routine. When you do all these regularly you will find it easier to make life-style changes as suggested by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. When all limbs of yoga are practiced daily, you will find the full power of yoga unfolding in your life.