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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Early Adversity Is Dangerous For Our Health!

Doctor Nadine Burke has stumbled on something startling. She has found that early childhood adversity can translate into health outcomes that can shorten our life. What is more important is that this is something that can be measured and interventions can be designed that can beat the problem. We can look to a future where holistic treatment that includes meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga is prescribed for both parent and child in case where a child is facing an adverse environment at home. But first we must look the problem in the eye and not run away from it.

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Confession Of A Devoted Husband

Devoted Husband

I have worn two wedding bands for more than a dozen years. The rings seldom get noticed, but when I am asked about them, I respond, “I have two wives,” an answer that is met with a chuckle, a groan, or a weird look.

Recently, after leaving a business meeting, I stopped in the hallway to check text messages on my phone. As I was typing, a stranger paused and inquired, “Why are you wearing two wedding bands?” “I have two wives,” I said. This time there was no chuckle or groan. “No, really,” he said. “Why?”

I explained that I’d lost my father in 1999, shortly before the turn of the century, something he was really looking forward to experiencing. As we were saying our final farewells at his funeral, my mother, his wife of 50-plus years, removed his wedding band and handed it to me. Surprised, I placed the gold band on my left middle finger, next to my wedding band. There it has remained.

I told the stranger that I wear my father’s wedding band to honor my father and my parents’ marriage. I also wear it to remind myself to be the son, brother, husband, and dad that my father wanted me to be. I am now 60 years old and have been married for 30 years.

The stranger nodded and, without a word, turned and walked down the stairs to the parking lot. I returned to my mobile phone and messages. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the stranger walking back toward me. He said, “Sir, you know, I have my father’s wedding band in my sock drawer at home, and beginning today, I am going to start wearing it.” I silently nodded, and the stranger quietly turned and walked back down to the parking lot. And I smiled.

Credit: This is a story by Patrick Cooney carried in “Inspiring Stories” section of the Reader’s Digest.

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Ten Unusual Ways To Do Yoga

Yoga In Sunset

Yoga is not just what you do on the mat. In fact the yoga done on the mat is a very small part of yoga. Here are some things that are also yoga:

1. Be kind – Every thought and action of a yogi is done with the idea of not hurting anybody and providing solace to those who are suffering. Kindness is the essence of yoga. This is not just in actions but also in thoughts.

2. Stay clean – The idea of cleanliness is integral to yoga. It is not just external cleanliness but internal cleanliness too. Internal cleanliness refers to the cleanliness of thoughts and emotions and clarity of mind. This level of cleanliness comes with practice, discipline, and self-control.

3. Do not envy – Satisfaction is a key aspect of an yogic life. As our yoga deepens our heart expands. This is when we realize that happiness is not in things but in relationships and love. We then grow to enjoy other’s prosperity and jealousy departs from our life.

4. Fast – Discipline and self-control are a key aspect of yoga. At the heart of yoga is the ability to have control over thoughts, and one way to get this is to stop feeding the senses. Fasting is one way to gain control over senses. When done without force and with humility it becomes yoga.

5. Pray – Surrender to the Divine is the essence of yoga, and prayer is an integral part of this. When our every thought and action is surrendered to the Divine then our every breath becomes a prayer, and we become instruments of the Divine.

6. Do not waste energy – Negative thoughts and negative emotions are a huge drain on our conscious energy. The beauty of yoga is that it slowly takes us away from the negative and pushes us into light. We can help the process by stepping away from things that feed our negative cycles.

7. Maintain a day of silence – So much harm is done when we speak carelessly. Instead of love we cause hurt. Instead of healing we cause suffering. This is why it is important to gain control over our tongues. One way to do this is by periodically observing a day of silence. As we silence our tongue, we gain better control over our thoughts and our emotions.

8. Laugh– A yogi lives life lightly and laughs easily. When you surrender your worries to the Divine then all that is left to do is to experience the joy inherent in each moment. The laughter that is without malice and rancor comes from being in such a place.

9. Watch a sunset – When we watch a sunset or a beautiful scene, our ego-identity dissolves for a moment. At that moment we touch an inner silence and we experience yoga. This is why yogis love to climb mountains or walk through forests because it gives them opportunity to experience yoga.

10. Humility– The essence of yoga is humility. When we silence our ego identity we understand the contribution others make to our success and our well-being. In addition we are able to conserve our energy as we stop spending it on furthering our ego’s agenda. This allows us to channel our freed up energy into building connections and doing creative work.

When we allow yoga to overflow from the mat and into our lives, it slowly turns our life around. Instead of being petty and vain we become comforters and healers. Instead of takers we become givers. Instead of running after success we run after meaning, and success follows. Rather than spending our energy in worry and waste we become masters of the moment. In sum our lives become worth living.

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

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