"If the spirit of many in body but one in mind prevails among the people, they will achieve all their goals, whereas if one in body but different in mind, they can achieve nothing remarkable."  from the Gosho 'Many in Body, One in Mind', The writings of Nichiren Daishonin p.618 -  www.sgi-uk.org

 

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"Someone recently asked what I meant by living yoga as a way of life, here are five causes that can transform your yoga from a "life style" to a "way of life."  Max Strom, yoga teacher - mailout July 09

 

The Five Causes

1.    We practice gratitude daily remembering that the human heart cannot hold gratitude and negative emotions at the same time.

2.    We reach out to those we have harmed, either personally or by hand-written letter, offering apology.  We practice forgiving others as a mode of healing.

3.    Our career is a major factor in our practice of transformation, so we infuse our highest ideals into our work and workplace, always looking for win-win events.  We hold firm that the end never justifies the means.

4.    We take a vow of non-violence in word and deed and clear truth toward our romantic partner.

5.    We never treat others as servants and avoid enabling others to behave as royalty.  We behave with humility.

 

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"There are many people, many lives, on this planet, too numerous, in fact to count. From this great multitude, we wondrously find ourselves together with those in our families - as parents and children, as brothers and sisters, as husbands and wives. If we do not live joyfully and cheerfully in the company of those with whom we share this profound bond, what is life for? "

 

Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism for you: Love ~ (www.sgi-uk.org)

 

 

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~ Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is a wonderful moment ~ Calming, Smiling, Present moment, Wonderful moment ~

 

Thich Nhat Hahn, Being Peace

 

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'The secret to doing anything perfectly is to practice & to become,' Master Fwap continued. 'That is all that there is to it, really. You must practice to learn about something. You must practice to get a feeling, a sense of the range of possibilities & the possible experiences that something can afford you.' 

 

~  Surfing the Himalayas, Conversations and travels with Master Fwap,  Rama-Dr Frederick  Lenz

 

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You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.

 

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.5     Translated by Eknath Easwaran

 

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“Yoga chitta vrtti nirodhah" "To still the restless mind (and thus find peace)"   or  “Yoga is restraining the activities of the mind” or "Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distraction"

 

(Patanjali Yoga Sutras, book 1, sutra 2)

 

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Today I rededicate my life towards world peace

 

To be strong so that nothing can upset the peace of my mind

 

To talk health, happiness and hope to every person I meet

 

To make my friends feel that there is something good and beautiful in them

 

To think only the best, work towards doing and expect only the best

 

To be as happy about the success of others as I am about myself

 

To forget about past mistakes and press forward to greater achievement in the future

 

To give so much time to improve myself, I have no time to criticize others

 

To be too strong for fear, too kind for anger, too happy for worry

 

To lift my heart each day so that the Mystic Law may show forth in my life.

 

Buddhist quote - (no specific source for this quote & have come across variations which bow to different major religious streams - i.e Christian...

 

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“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur, l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux”.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

 

Antoine de Saint Exupery – Le Petit Prince

 

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 "Optimism is hope. It is not the absence of suffering. It is not always being happy and fullfilled. It is the conviction that though one may fail or have a painful experience, somewhere, sometime, one can take action to change things ".....

 

 

- Martin Seligman in 2001, author of Authentic Happiness

 

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Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth the  ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sort of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from  the decision, raising in one's favour all  manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

 

Goethe

 

 

 

 





To still the restless mind..



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