The wall around my heart dissolved with yoga!

Regis Chapman

Regis Chapman


In 2001, I was another victim of the bursting tech bubble. I had spent all the money I made during my Silicon Valley years coaching and investing in the young athletes I worked with, and had put my heart and soul into my tech work and coaching, like I had done in my athletic “career” 10 years before. I worked to give myself money to do what I loved- to see people improve themselves. The result was the same- I was burnt out and disillusioned.

I had always coached in a ‘mentor’ sort of way; spending long periods living with the (very select) athletes I worked with- showing them how to live by my example, rather than handing them a program to follow. Athletes and their families became my family. Only later would I understand that I was doing so in a gurukulam-style manner common to Indian teachers.

By early 2002, I had spent 8 months sullenly playing online RPGs in an apartment with what little money I had left. I was coaching Masters athletes for money now instead of juniors, while refusing to take lower paying jobs than I had previously worked. At the end of 2002, I gave it up and went right back to an entry-level job doing tech support, again on the burnout track.

That same year, I ran into a group who showed me another way to experience life. Second-guessing myself, I got married- and quickly divorced- and then literally RAN to an ashram to live out (so I thought) my years trying to be a Swami. I took my teacher training in October 2005 and never looked back. I hadn’t realized how unhappy I had been trying to live out the fantasy of “American life” and that the cultural conditioning I had inherited wasn’t serving how I thought of myself or my philosophical mindset.

In the steady, disciplined life of the yogi, I found a solace and bent to the tasks given by a very tough spiritual teacher with a real long-awaited devotion I hadn’t known I possessed. I became a student, really for the first time. I learned how to detach myself from my stubborn, arrogant and capricious mind to identify with the immortal Self shared among us all. None of this came naturally to me, and it took a full year to grok the cultural shift that was taking place inside me. Continue reading

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A translated whale song…

Reposted with permission from Joseph Boquiren.

Joseph Boquiren is a yoga instructor, artist, and storyteller. He is the indentured servant to Samadhi Pants, the weekly cartoon about our sometimes humorous quest to gain enlightenment. He is also the author of WingWars, the graphic novel that chronicles the adventures of an elite cadre of fighter pilots set in the InterWar years. He spends about 30-40 hours a week with his nose in a drawing pad. When he does come up for air, he likes to ride bikes, skate (both ice and inline) and enjoys a cup of coffee or four in the company of other human beings.

He is also a registered architect although recently he hasn’t had much opportunity to practice this profession. Occasionally, he may pause to gaze up longingly at the odd building or two before returning to his senses and moving on. In addition to flexing his drawing fingers, Joseph can be found teaching Yoga. You can follow Joseph on Twitter as well as on Facebook.

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The Enemy Is Us!

Why is our life such a struggle for success and love? Does this have to be this way? Is there a way out? This short video presentation provides some tantalizing answers. This may take you in a whole new direction in understanding and exploring consciousness.

If you know the source of your problem then you can do something about it. Take the time and find out the answers for yourself! If you find this useful click on the Like button to share and forward this on.

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The Challenge Of Consciousness

Consciousness is the highest gift that has been bestowed upon us. However we spend very little time understanding it. This is because we are just too busy consuming consciousness rather than understanding it!

Does consciousness arise due to a special arrangement of atoms? Just like you can make a computer can we also assemble a brain that then gives rise to consciousness? In other words is consciousness “created” by the brain? If the brain does not exist does the conscious experience go out with it?

There is an alternate model for consciousness. Rather than being “created” by the brain it is merely “received” by it. Just like a radio receives a broadcast, we can imagine the brain “receiving” consciousness. Now instead of thinking of consciousness as an emerging phenomenon, we think of consciousness differently.

We can now think of consciousness as a deeper independent property of the universe that manifests in the brain. Just like our eyes are tools that manifest vision and sight, the brain becomes a tool that manifests consciousness.

When we disassemble the radio we do not find a band of musicians inside, similarly when we disassemble the brain we do not find anything that can create cognition and intelligence. All we find is a mechanism that can “catch” the “broadcast” of consciousness that is coming from elsewhere.

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A Gift Not Accepted

Buddha

One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom the gift belongs?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”

“If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”

The young man listened closely to these wise words of the Buddha. “You are right, o Enlightened One, “he said. ”Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower.”

The Buddha answered kindly, “Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me.”

This story came to us via e-mail. The source of this story has not been verified and we have no idea of the historical authencity of this story. We nevertheless feel that this story offers a useful lesson and are hence posting it. Please let us know your thoughts on it and pass it on if you find it useful.

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