Om, my
friends.  Well, today officially marks 6 months free from the mind numbing
prescription medications that had ruled my body and mind for over 15 years.
 I cannot possibly express the level of relief and joy I feel on this day.
 I celebrated by making myself gluten free fig and date pumpkin spice
pancakes, and I must say, they were deeeeeelicious!  What is proving to be
more memorable about this morning, however, is the fact that I burned my palm
on the pan pretty severely; and no, it’s not notable due to the searing pain I feel
every time I inevitably happen to hit it on something.  The reason this
event is so memorable is because when my hand touched the pan, and shot back in
response to the pain, what left my mouth was not a curse or a scream or even an “OUCH!”…What
left my lips was laughter…A light hearted and warm giggle directed
toward myself and the clumsiness of this perfectly imperfect body is what resulted from the severe
pain I experienced.  Ladies and gents,
THIS is what progress sounds like!  THIS
is the result of continued hard work, discipline, and a desire to truly purify one’s
body and mind in order to attain inner peace.            At 31
years old, am I financially rich?  No, I
wouldn’t say so.  Am I famous?  No, I can’t say that I am.  Do I hold lots of power over many
people?  No, I don’t believe so.  But at 31 years old, I’m happy, I’m healthy,
I’m at peace with myself, and, most importantly, I am gaining more and more
power over my mind and emotions each day. 
Folks, I would say that actually makes me pretty wealthy indeed!  Wouldn’t you say?  I know, in society these days success is
measured by the numbers on your pay check and the amount of people who answer
to your authority, but don’t you think it’s about time that we start
recognizing the aspects of a person and their lives that makes them someone
truly worth revering?  For example, personally,
when I meet someone who can smile, joke, and laugh(genuinely, of course) in any
situation, good or bad, THAT is a person I aspire to be like.  Have you ever met a jubilant millionaire? I find
that most of those who are wealthy and powerful according to this millennia’s standards
are quite bitter and often carry such a heavy energy around with them.  Maybe they would feel happier if they relieved
themselves of some of their financial burden by regularly donating their time
and money to a worthy cause.  Some karma
yoga always lifts ones spirits!                That’s
just it though, isn’t it?  Karma
yoga.  Selfless service.  Giving for the sake of giving, without
expecting anything in return.  It’s what
we need more of in this world, because it truly purifies the mind and liberates
the soul.  I’m currently reading the book
Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta by Swami Prabhavananda, and in it he
speaks of how purifying the mind is much like trying to clean an ink jar that
is glued to a table.  One cannot simply
tip the jar and remove all the darkness in one quick motion.  It’s not that simple.  One can, however, slowly and mindfully pour
fresh and clear liquid into the jar and little by little remove all the
darkness until all that remains is overflowing clarity.  That’s what yoga, and more specifically,
karma yoga, does for the mind.  Little by
little, one replaces all the darkness by flooding ones being with thinking
good, being good, speaking good, and doing good.  It’s, as Guru Shri Yogi Hari always says, “a step
by step process”, and it’s not an easy one at that.  For me, the challenge comes with being
patient with myself.  It’s easier to be
patient with others, and I find that often even when I’m feeling impatient with
another person it’s usually because I am experiencing something in them that I
recognize as something I disapprove of within myself; but in order for it to become
a permanent quality, patience must start within.          Beautiful
people, we are so darn hard on ourselves, and I’m here to say, “STOP IT!”.  So many of our problems come from our fears,
anxieties, and doubts within ourselves. 
Most of our struggles are internal, and can be alleviated with patience
and self-acceptance.  NOBODY is perfect,
and we all make mistakes.  We are
human.  It’s OK!  The world isn’t going to end because you made
a mistake.  Life will go on, and most
likely, you’re the only one who will remember a majority of any mistakes you do
make.  So take a deep breath, and lighten up! 
Now, I’m not saying that one should just accept themselves for who they currently are and never seek growth. The important thing is that we learn from our
mistakes, correct our negative tendencies, and do our very best not to repeat
them.  That’s what allows for positive
transformation, and that’s what life(and yoga) is all about, no?         So, today,
when you stub your toe, or get a paper cut, or crack your cell phone screen on
the pavement while checking your Facebook, or whatever…Be aware of what you
feel and think internally, and be careful of what you allow to escape from your
lips.  Every thought is so incredibly
powerful, and the energy we release is absorbed into everyone and everything
else around us.  Together, let’s make it
a point to do our very bests in only sharing the type of energy that uplifts, purifies, and strengthens the world we live in.  After
all, it’s our world to share and care for. 
Doesn’t it make sense to do our best at keeping it clean?  Have a beautiful day, everyone.  Namaste.

        Om, my friends.  Well, today officially marks 6 months free from the mind numbing prescription medications that had ruled my body and mind for over 15 years.  I cannot possibly express the level of relief and joy I feel on this day.  I celebrated by making myself gluten free fig and date pumpkin spice pancakes, and I must say, they were deeeeeelicious!  What is proving to be more memorable about this morning, however, is the fact that I burned my palm on the pan pretty severely; and no, it’s not notable due to the searing pain I feel every time I inevitably happen to hit it on something.  The reason this event is so memorable is because when my hand touched the pan, and shot back in response to the pain, what left my mouth was not a curse or a scream or even an “OUCH!”…What left my lips was laughter…A light hearted and warm giggle directed toward myself and the clumsiness of this perfectly imperfect body is what resulted from the severe pain I experienced.  Ladies and gents, THIS is what progress sounds like!  THIS is the result of continued hard work, discipline, and a desire to truly purify one’s body and mind in order to attain inner peace.

         At 31 years old, am I financially rich?  No, I wouldn’t say so.  Am I famous?  No, I can’t say that I am.  Do I hold lots of power over many people?  No, I don’t believe so.  But at 31 years old, I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m at peace with myself, and, most importantly, I am gaining more and more power over my mind and emotions each day. Folks, I would say that actually makes me pretty wealthy indeed!  Wouldn’t you say?  I know, in society these days success is measured by the numbers on your pay check and the amount of people who answer to your authority, but don’t you think it’s about time that we start recognizing the aspects of a person and their lives that makes them someone truly worth revering?  For example, personally, when I meet someone who can smile, joke, and laugh(genuinely, of course) in any situation, good or bad, THAT is a person I aspire to be like.  Have you ever met a jubilant millionaire? I find that most of those who are wealthy and powerful according to this millennia’s standards are quite bitter and often carry such a heavy energy around with them.  Maybe they would feel happier if they relieved themselves of some of their financial burden by regularly donating their time and money to a worthy cause.  Some karma yoga always lifts ones spirits!  

           That’s just it though, isn’t it?  Karma yoga.  Selfless service.  Giving for the sake of giving, without expecting anything in return.  It’s what we need more of in this world, because it truly purifies the mind and liberates the soul.  I’m currently reading the book Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta by Swami Prabhavananda, and in it he speaks of how purifying the mind is much like trying to clean an ink jar that is glued to a table.  One cannot simply tip the jar and remove all the darkness in one quick motion.  It’s not that simple.  One can, however, slowly and mindfully pour fresh and clear liquid into the jar and little by little remove all the darkness until all that remains is overflowing clarity.  That’s what yoga, and more specifically, karma yoga, does for the mind.  Little by little, one replaces all the darkness by flooding ones being with thinking good, being good, speaking good, and doing good.  It’s, as Guru Shri Yogi Hari always says, “a step by step process”, and it’s not an easy one at that.  For me, the challenge comes with being patient with myself.  It’s easier to be patient with others, and I find that often even when I’m feeling impatient with another person it’s usually because I am experiencing something in them that I recognize as something I disapprove of within myself; but in order for it to become a permanent quality, patience must start within.

        Beautiful people, we are so darn hard on ourselves, and I’m here to say, “STOP IT!”.  So many of our problems come from our fears, anxieties, and doubts within ourselves. Most of our struggles are internal, and can be alleviated with patience and self-acceptance.  NOBODY is perfect, and we all make mistakes.  We are human.  It’s OK!  The world isn’t going to end because you made a mistake.  Life will go on, and most likely, you’re the only one who will remember a majority of any mistakes you do make.  So take a deep breath, and lighten up! Now, I’m not saying that one should just accept themselves for who they currently are and never seek growth. The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes, correct our negative tendencies, and do our very best not to repeat them.  That’s what allows for positive transformation, and that’s what life(and yoga) is all about, no?

       So, today, when you stub your toe, or get a paper cut, or crack your cell phone screen on the pavement while checking your Facebook, or whatever…Be aware of what you feel and think internally, and be careful of what you allow to escape from your lips.  Every thought is so incredibly powerful, and the energy we release is absorbed into everyone and everything else around us.  Together, let’s make it a point to do our very bests in only sharing the type of energy that uplifts, purifies, and strengthens the world we live in.  After all, it’s our world to share and care for. Doesn’t it make sense to do our best at keeping it clean?  Have a beautiful day, everyone.  Namaste.

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