2001 was the most stressful year of my life. My father passed away & I am a flight attendant(need I say more). When I started Hot Yoga, I immediately noticed months of pent-up stress dissolving. Recently on various occasions fellow employees have approached me to find out what I have been taking or doing to look younger, healthier, & happier.
One friend who I hadn’t seen in 6 months asked if I had been using BOTOX. In each instance I repeated the same mantra, “The only thing I have changed in my life is dedicating myself to yoga” My yoga practice is changing not just my physical appearance, it is transforming my life. Thank you Peter and Yoga Passion.
Credits: This is a testimonial written by Emilia Revere. This has been reposted with permission from Peter Sklivas of Yoga Passion. You can find the original here.
One night a father overheard his son saying his prayers “God bless Mommy and Daddy and Grammy. Goodbye Grampa.”
Well, the father thought it was strange, but he soon forgot about it. The next day, Grandfather died.
About a month or two later the father heard his son saying his prayers again “God bless Mommy and Daddy. Goodbye Grammy.”
The next day grandmother died.
Well, the father was getting more than a little worried about the whole situation. Two weeks later, the father once again overheard his son’s prayers. “God Bless Mommy. Goodbye Daddy.”
This alone nearly gave the father a heart attack. He didn’t say anything but he got up early to go to work, so that he would miss traffic. He stayed indoor through lunch and dinner.
Finally after midnight he went home. He was still alive! When he got home he apologized to his wife, “I am sorry honey. I had a very bad day at work today.”
“You think you’ve had a bad day?”, the wife responded, “The mailman dropped dead on my doorstep this morning!”
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Guy Winch, a psychologist, makes the case for giving the same importance to our psychological health as we do to our physical health. He provides statistics that poor “emotional hygiene” can make our lives miserable, it can shorten our lives, and can make it difficult to fulfill our potential. He believes it important that we all learn and also teach our children the simple techniques to deal with:
1. Loneliness- Understand our feelings when lonely and learn to counter it.
2. Failure – Know how our mind reacts to failure and learn to overcome these feelings.
3. Pain – Treating ourselves compassionately when in pain.
4. Adverse events – Ruminating over and over, thinking of adverse events.
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The two lady visitors were visiting the Saint known as Sri Ramana Maharshi.
The younger one asked: “Is the experience of the Highest State same to all? Or is there any difference?”
Maharshi (M): The Highest State is the same and the experience is also the same.
Devotee (D): But I find some difference in the interpretations put on the Highest Truth.
M: The interpretations are made with the mind. The minds are different and so the interpretations are different.
D: I mean to ask if the seers express themselves differently?
M: The expressions may differ according to the nature of the seekers. They are meant to guide the seekers.
D: One Seer speaks in the terms of Christianity, another in those of Islam, a third of Buddhism, etc. Is that due to their upbringing?
M: Whatever may be their upbringing, their experience is the same. But the modes of expression differ according to circumstances.
Credit: Talk 595, 16th December, 1938. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.
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