The Art Of Failure

A great soccer player knows how to take a tumble. Similarly a successful person knows how to fail. This short must-watch video shows us how to reduce the pain of failure. If you learn the art of failure then the doors of success are opened. Please watch and click on like to share it with your friends.

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Never Too Old To Live Your Dream

87 Year Old Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?”

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked. She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. Continue reading

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The Body-Mind Connection: Three Things To Know

Body Mind Connection

There is a lot written about the “mind-body” connection. But little, if anything, is spoken about the “body-mind” connection. Here are three things to know:

1. Its not just mind-body

In the 1970s Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School discovered something strange. He found that as little as 20 minutes of meditation sets up a response in the body that reverses its stress and relaxes it. He called this the “Relaxation Response”. This was the discovery of the “mind-body” connection. Since then there has been much research done on this subject and the “mind-body” connection is now accepted as a fact. But it is not just the mind that has an effect on the body. The connection works in both directions. The body also has a strong impact on the mind.

2. Foundation of many limbs of yoga

In fact the body-mind connection is at the heart of many limbs of yoga. We must first understand that yoga is the state of mind when all thoughts are brought to rest. Such states are usually achieved via meditation, and hence yoga is primarily about meditation. So why do we need anything else besides meditation? The reason is that to calm down the mind we must also calm down the body. This is the body-mind connection. This means that the primary reason for asana practice, within the context of yoga, is to calm the mind down so that it becomes easier to meditate. The same goes for Pranayama (The practice of controlling the breath). This is also done with the primary goal to calm the mind down.

3. Virtuous cycle

The fact that the connection between the mind and the body works in both directions allows us to set up a virtuous cycle. This is a self reinforcing cycle and leads to positive results. This means that a calm mind de-stresses the body. And a de-stressed body allows the mind to further quiet down. A “virtuous cycle” is put into place, and if this is taken to its logical conclusion the end result is a mind that is completely quiet and in a state of yoga. This is why the limbs of yoga are not considered as sequential steps. They are instead called “limbs” because like the branches of a tree they all grow simultaneously and the growth of one reinforces the growth in others.

So what is the key take away? The key lesson is that instead of just practicing only yoga postures, we must also practice breathing exercises and meditation (along with other limbs of yoga) to set up a virtuous cycle. If you experience benefits from doing yoga postures, you will find that these multiply many fold if other limbs of yoga are also practiced simultaneously.

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

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Yoga Enhances Sleep Quality In Cancer Survivors

Cancer Survivor

A randomized scientific study has found that cancer survivors who attended a 75 minute low intensity yoga session twice a week for a month, had reduced need for sleep medication, while also reporting improvement in sleep quality.

The study divided 410 cancer survivors into two groups. One group got standard treatment. The other group got standard treatment plus yoga. The group that did yoga reported 21% less use for sleep medication, while the standard group reported an increase of 5% in the use of sleep medication during the study period. The yoga group also reported statistically significant improvements in sleep quality while the standard group did not.

The study included 410 cancer survivors, most of them white women, and most (75%) had been treated for breast cancer. All survivors who participated in the study received standard post-treatment care, but half also attended twice-a-week 75-minute yoga sessions for 4 weeks. These were delivered in community-based sites, which included yoga centers, community centers, and community oncology centers. The yoga done by participants was mostly restorative hatha yoga that included mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Participants also did meditation.

Between 30 to 90% of cancer survivors report suffering from some kind of sleep related issues following cancer treatment. These can last up to months and even years. This is why this study is important as it shows a way of improving the quality of life of cancer survivors.

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Time For A Shakeup!

CEO

The board thought that it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall who seemed uninterested in what was happening around him. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”

A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”

The CEO said, “Wait right here.”

He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back!”

The young man left in a hurry though he seemed surprisingly pleased with what had just happened.

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”

From across the room a voice said:

“He was the Pizza delivery guy!”

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