MIND MANAGEMENT IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE MANAGEMENT —-Worry drains the mind of much of its power, and sooner or later, it injures the soul, and robs you of your life force. The average person runs about 60 thousand thoughts through his mind. Ninety five prevent of those thoughts are the same ones as the day before. Rather than focusing on all the good and potential in their lives and thinking of ways to make things even better, they are captives of their past thoughts. Winston Churchill said, “the price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.” When an undesirable thought occupies the focal point of your mind, immediately replace it with an uplifting one. Become aware that you are thinking these uninspiring thoughts. Appreciate that just as easily as you allowed those gloomy thoughts to enter, you can replace them with cheerful ones. Concentrate on being cheerful and energetic. If you want to live your life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions.
HAPPINESS IS THE JOURNEY, NOT THE DESTINATION— Live in the now. The past is water under the bridge, and the future is a distant sun on the horizon of your imagination. The most important moment is now. Learn to live and savor it fully. Enjoy the beauty and sacredness of all that is around you.
THE PAST IS MEMORIES, THE FUTURE IS DREAMS, ONLY THE PRESENT IS REAL—Do not live in the past or the future, live in the present. The past is history, the future a mystery. All we have is today, which is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN LIFE, ONLY LESSONS—-There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn, and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Stop judging events as either positive or negative; simply experience them, celebrate them, and learn from them. If you meet with an outcome you did not expect, and feel a little disappointed, remember that the laws of nature always ensure that when one door closes, another opens. Apply this principle to your daily life and to condition your mind to translate every event into a positive, empowering one, and you will banish worry forever. Instead of being a prisoner of your past, you will become the architect of your future. Begin to live out the glory of your imagination, not your memory.
“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” ~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Pranayama is the control of inhalation; exhalation; suspension of breath.
• Anayama- “stretch”
o Stages of Pranayama
Antara kumbhaka- “inhalation breath retention”
Bhaya Kumbhaka- “exhalation breath retention”
• Does not require physical exertion
• Increases oxygen intake
• Rejuvenates cells
o Enhances well-being
o Aides in healing
o Bridge between mind and body
Unconscious and conscious
Mind is calm and integrated