Category: yoga books

We live so much of our lives pushed forward by…

We live so much of our lives pushed forward by these “if only” thoughts, and yet the itch remains. The pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.

“Our preeminent purpose is to realize that par…

“Our preeminent purpose is to realize that part of ourselves is timeless, [such] that we begin to act from love and create from a place of knowing a part of ourselves is unchanging and is eternal.” 

“Life is a miracle. Right here, right now, is …

“Life is a miracle. Right here, right now, is all that matters. In a second, in a minute, things change, and that is so exciting to experience. If I’ve helped you to light up your soul, dance like no one’s looking, laugh until you blissfully burst, sing out loud from the depths of your heart, or even cry tender, necessary tears, then I’m grateful to have made that connection.”

“The first step of yoga is to learn to see you…

“The first step of yoga is to learn to see yourself in others – and to respect, to be reverent, and be compassionate to all beings. I wish everyone would learn [this]. It’s the best thing to contribute for world peace and to prepare one for self-knowledge.”

Yoga: Teh Secret of Life

10 WORLDS: What World Are You In?

Pursuing happiness requires a deeper understanding about your life tendencies, says The Ten Worlds coauthor Ash ElDifrawi. In their book, he and Lickerman identify 10 core beliefs about happiness. While you can move in and out of the beliefs, most of us gravitate toward one of them as being our truth, and we live in that “world.” Nine are delusions, while one is the true source of happiness. See if you recognize yourself. 

Hell: The world of suffering. When trapped here we feel hopeless and helpless. The delusion in this world is that we’re powerless to end the suffering.
Hunger: The world of desire. People who live in this world are restless and have persistent yearning. The delusion in this world is that you have to get what you want to be happy.
Animality: The world of instinct. This world revolves around the present moment and satisfaction of our physical needs. The delusion is that happiness and pleasure are the same.
Anger: The world of ego. In this world, we are driven by a need to always be viewed in a positive light, which often causes us to feel contemptuous and jealous of others. The delusion in this world is that happiness comes from being better than everyone else.
Tranquility: The world of serenity. People who live in this world find comfort in the status quo, and shun variety and trying new things. The delusion is that to be happy we must avoid pain.
Rapture: The world of joy. This world feels exhilarating and full, but it’s hedonistic. The delusion is that happiness is dependent on specific attachments, such as money or things.
Learning: The world of mastery. In this world, you feel a relentless drive to learn and accomplish something that creates value and meaning. The delusion comes when you think happiness comes only through accomplishment.
Realization: The world of self-improvement. Here, you’re obsessed with self-examination and personal growth, but it can lead to self-absorption. The delusion is that you think you need to grow to be happy.
Compassion: The world of love. In this world, fulfillment comes from caring as much about the happiness of others as we do our own. While this sounds good, the delusion is that you believe in order to be happy, you must help others become happy, and that can foster resentment.
Enlightenment: The world of awe. The 10th world is the true path to happiness. We remain in a continual state of wonder at the sublime order and beauty of the universe.

“What’s one thing you can set down this week?”

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.

The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.

As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out.

“That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then, she didn’t even thank you!”

“I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”

Emotional Resonance

Emotional resonance is when you feel enough to be concerned, but not enough to require getting your own support, too. 


3 Empathy Roadblocks

1. Fear of doing the wrong thing. 
– “Oh God, what if I make it worse?” We feel pressure to cure the situation with the perfect gesture. And if we fail, we fear we’ll ruin a relationship or just embarrass ourselves. 

2. Fear of saying the wrong thing.
– We don’t want to make someone feel like they’re the source of gossip. We don’t want to bring up negative feelings if someone wasn’t thinking about that awful thing that happened. We’re not that close to a person (i.e. a coworker). It’s not our “place” to help. 

3. Fear of not having time/bandwidth. 
– We’re busy. Life is crazy. We’re not sure how much of a commitment this stuff involves. 

The more we can appreciate the small gifts that we receive, teh more we can appreciate the small gifts that we offer. 

Spoiler Alert: Bad things happen

Being there for a friend in moments of suffering can actually lead to more joy. 

1. Show up for them. 
2. Your kindness is your credential.
3. Listening speaks voulmes
4. Small gestures make a big difference. 

I thought this Yoga for Kids book was so cute….

I thought this Yoga for Kids book was so cute. It has how-tos for individual poses and then it also has short sequences you can (easily) teach your kids! xoxo