"Miracle Man" Morris E. Goodman
Morris E. Goodman was an aimless unmotivated college dropout. Then one day he happened to visit a bookstore and he picked up the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. This book changed his life. He joined MET life and soon became their number 1 agent. Within 10 years he was running his own company as a self-made millionaire. Morris Goodman was the poster boy of the idea that you could grow rich simply by changing the way you think and “attracting success” to yourself.
But Morris was soon to face a bigger challenge. On March 10, 1981 he took his Cessna out for a leisurely flight around Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly his engine died and as he took his plane back down for an emergency landing, the landing gear got caught in wires and the plane crashed.
Morris woke up in the hospital completely immobilized. His neck was broken in two places, his diaphragm was destroyed, his voice box crushed, his kidneys, bladder, and liver were non-functioning. All he could do was stare at the ceiling above and blink. He was attached to a ventilator as he was unable to breathe on his own. Doctors said that as long as he lived he would remain in this vegetative state attached to the ventilator.
Could Morris use the “Power of thought” to heal himself? Morris firmly believed so. He imagined himself walking out unaided of the hospital. He refused to entertain thoughts of become permanently vegetative. Continue reading
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?”
The engineer replies, “In the region of $175,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?”
The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?”
The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”
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Practice: Change is the story of how one woman’s idea to bring yoga to some of the biggest slums in the world caught on like wildfire and is transforming lives and communities. It centers around the personal transformation of Margaret, a runaway child bride from the slums, who found salvation through yoga and is now a teacher herself.
The video is an Emmy Winner: 2012 New England Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Documentary”. It is produced by: Anthem Multimedia, Dina Rudick, and Dylan Trivette
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Take a piece of glass, paint colors and forms on it, and put the same into a magic lantern, turn on a little light, and the colors and the forms painted on the glass are reproduced on the screen. If that light were not turned on, you would not see the colors of the slide on the screen.
How are colors formed? By breaking up white light with a many-sided prism.
So it is with a man’s character.
It is seen when the Light of Life (God) is shining through it, i.e. in a man’s actions. If the man is sleeping or dead, you do not see his character. Only when the Light of Life is animating the character and causing it to act in a thousand different ways, in response to its contact with
this many-sided world, can you perceive a man’s character. If white light had not been broken up and put into forms and shapes on our magic lantern slide, we should never have known that there was a piece of glass in front of the light, for the light would have shone clearly through.
In a sense that white light was marred, and had some of its clearness taken from it by having to shine through the colors on the glass.
So it is with an ordinary man. His mind is like the screen. On it shines light, dulled and changed because he has allowed the many-sided world to stand in the way of the Light (God) and broken it up. He sees only the effects of the Light (God) instead of the Light (God) Himself, and his mind reflects the effects he sees just as the screen reflects the colors on the glass. Take away the prism and the colors vanish, absorbed back into the white light from whence they came. Take away the colors from the slide and the light shines clearly through. Take away from our
sight the world of effects we see, and let us look only into the cause, and we shall see the Light (God).
Credit: Arthur Osborne “Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge”
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1. Stress is not just “Fight or Flee”
It is common to associate stress with the “fight or flee” response of the body. But stress is more than fight-or-flee. Here are some broad categories of stress:
- Fight-or-flee (This car is going to run over me! I better get out of the way!)
- Worry (Will I be able to pay this bill? What will happen if I can’t?)
- Drudgery (This work sucks!)
- Pressure (Got to get this done in the next 30 minutes!)
All the above categories are considered “bad stress” as we are not productive when we experience these states. There is another stress that is usually considered “good stress” because it makes us extremely productive:
- Focus (I am lost in my work, with no sense of time or space).
It is important to understand that whether we considered it good or bad, stress becomes poisonous for our mind-body if it never stops. This condition is called chronic stress.