LIFE WON’T LET ME WASTE ANOTHER MINUTE

 

 

LIFE TAKES US WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO

 

I co-taught yesterday with a very giving yoga teacher.   She’s beautiful.  Always learning.  Always teaching.  Forgiving.  Loving.  Giving.  Cute.  Sexy.  I can go on and on.  Plus she’s 75 years old!  

I was in a class with her (we were both students) and she spoke of her previous goal of doing a handstand away from the wall by the time she turned 70.  And now that she’s past 70, she’s thinking it will never happen and that’s completely OK.  

We can plan so much.  We can have many goals.  But in the end, life takes us where it needs to go.  

My co-teacher may not be doing the handstand free from the wall, but she may also be more content in her daily life.  She may be more forgiving now than before she turned 70.

I know I am a different person now than even just one year ago.  There is so much we can learn in just one year.    

I don’t work on my handstand much nowadays, but I do work on my patience.  Acceptance.  My breath.  Anatomy of the body.  Anatomy of the spirit.  And lots more.

 

YOGA WITH LIVE MUSIC

 

 

THIS HAPPINESS

 

It’s nice to hear that actor Jim Carey said that he wishes that everybody could be rich and famous so that they can see for themselves that’s not the answer.”

Stop rushing though the day in HOPES of being happy in the FUTURE.

Experience this HAPPINESS that seems so fleeting.  NOW.  #experienceyourpeacenow #experienceyourhappinessnow

 

WITNESS YOUR THOUGHTS

 

”… when it comes right down to it, Whereever you go, There you are…

whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you Wound up doing…

whatever you are thinking right now… That’s what’s on your mind…

whatever has happened to you, it’s already happened…

The important question is:  How are you going to handle it?

In Other words: Now What?”  - Jon Kabat-Zinn in his book Wherever You Go There You Are.

It’s about being Present in the moment.  

He says that, “… Like it or not, this moment is all we have to work with…”

Yet we live as if we have forever.  As if we still have the Past.  That the Future is in our hands.  That we can Control things.

We can’t even control our own Thoughts.  Our Emotions.  

Then why, oh why, do we think otherwise?

Today:  WITNESS your Thoughts.  Just witness.  Without judgments.  Without attaching emotions to them.

 

WE ALREADY HAVE HAPPINESS

 

I read that when Albert Einstein toured Japan in 1922, a bellboy delivered him a message at his hotel.  He didn’t have tip for him, so he wrote down a “Theory of Happiness” on a piece of paper.

The note recently sold for over a million dollars.

The note said:  “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the constant pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

To think that one of the most brilliant minds said that a Peaceful Mind and a Peaceful Life is the Key to Happiness.

But now, look at how the world thinks “what happiness IS”.

We are constantly bombarded with advertisements.  To BUY this or that.  That we NEED these things.

That we Should DO this or that.

Work hard and you’ll get your Happiness!   

We ALREADY have happiness.  WiTHIN.

 

RENEW THYSELF COMPLETELY

 

Renew Thyself completely each day.  Do again.  And again.  And forever again.”  -  Thoreau sites Chinese inscription on a bathtub

Live in the Moment.  As if the next moment will never come.  The PRESENT is all we have.  

RENEW THYSELF COMPLETELY.

 

TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT

 

 

LIVE JUST LIKE A KUNG FU MASTER

 

A kung fu master, even many years After the height of his craft, still studies.  

When I was in India to teach the Yoga Instructor Teacher Training Course, the oldest living disciple (and monk) of Swami Shivananda said to me, “So you’re here to Teach.”

I replied, “… And to LEARN”.

He said, “Yes. You cannot be a Teacher unless you are also a Student.”

Live just like a kung fu master.

 

 

THE SOUL OF THE BHAGAVAT GITA

 

The Bhagavat Gita (or just Gita) is a Hindu scripture in Sanskrit.  It is in dialogue form between a prince and his guide (God).

This is the soul of the Bhagvat Gita: 

A man died... 

When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

Dialogue between God and Dead Man:

God: Alright son, it's time to go.

Man: So soon? I had a lot of plans...

God: I am sorry but, it's time to go.

Man: What do you have in that suitcase?

God: Your belongings. 

Man: My belongings? You mean my things... Clothes... money...

God: Those things were never yours, they belong to the Earth.

Man: Is it my memories?

God: No. They belong to Time.

Man: Is it my talent?

God: No. They belong to Circumstance.

Man: Is it my friends and family?

God: No son. They belong to the Path you travelled.

Man: Is it my wife and children?

God: No. they belong to your Heart.

Man: Then it must be my body?

God: No, No... It belongs to Dust.

Man: Then surely it must be my Soul!

God: You are sadly mistaken son. Your Soul belongs to me.

Man, with tears in his eyes and full of fear, took the suitcase from God's hand and opened it...

Empty...

Heartbroken and tears falling down his cheeks, he asks God...

Man: I never owned anything?

God: That's right. You never owned anything.

Man: Then? What was mine?

God: Your MOMENTS. 

Every moment you lived was yours.

 

So the Bhagavat Gita says:

Do Good in every moment

Think Good in every moment

Thank God for every moment

 

Life is just a Moment.

 

Live it...

Love it...

Enjoy it...