Friday, January 14, 2011

Selfish? Not me! Look again

The Buddha said that the cause of all our suffering is our selfish desires. Our cravings to have things different than they are at present is what creates conflict and pain

Yet ask most anyone if they think they're selfish and most will say "certainly not!". However we would never be upset if that were the case

We get upset because things don't go our way - period!

We want what we want when we want it. And we want it now. This is truly the definition of selfishness

We hear talk about acceptance - yet can you accept it when its not going your way? Can you still feel compassion, grace and equanimity in the face of things not going your way?

That's the yoga I try to practice. Its not easy at all - because I'm a selfish person.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Thanks MLK! I had a dream too!

January 17th is when the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Many will remember his fiery "I have a dream" speech. His talk gave hope to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. He proved that a man with a dream can be a powerful force to reckon with.

More than two years ago I dreamed of a lifestyle where I would be surrounded by loving, kind and brilliant people practicing yoga in exotic locations - hosting retreats in far-off lands.

This January 17th, while citizens of the United States celebrate Dr. King's call to let "freedom ring" - I will be celebrating an independence of spirit and growth with 12 other fantastic people in India. My life is truly blessed and I want to share it with everyone.

Do you have a dream? Live it now!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back to Bangalore

I'm thinking of that Beatles song...."Back in the U.S.S.R., you don't know how lucky you are boy!"

Yes, I feel like a very lucky boy. I am leaving for Bangalore in less than 48 hours with my lovely wife/yoga partner and 11 other wonderful yoga students. Our destination? Prashant Yogashraya - home of "Arunji" and then on to Yoga Nikaya.

14-nights/14-days, no work, all yoga. How fun is that?