“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
– Mother Teresa
In an unexpected turn of events, I made the tough decision to return to the U.S. on February 18, 2015. After being abroad for four months, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Though my symptoms initially improved after the last hospitalization (in Mumbai), they ended up coming back with quite a vengeance that was once again leaving me bed-ridden more days than not. Rather than continue to play games with medical care in a third world country, I chose to come home. I knew I had many resources here that I simply didn’t have access to in India. What that has looked like for the last two weeks has been…
- Cutting out all grain, dairy, sugar,…
This is the magical, synchronistic auspiciousness of India: you constantly find yourself exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you need to be doing, meeting exactly who you need to be meeting.
I arrived in Goa, a seaside state in southeastern India, a little over two weeks ago. Even until the day I left Mumbai, when people asked me where I was going to visit in Goa, I still had to cluelessly admit, “I have no idea.” You see, I was en route to Goa because of a “chance” meeting with a woman from Boulder, Colorado, who I met in Rishikesh.
As part of my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, we practiced four hours of asana per day. These times were primarily led by our three instructors, secondarily by the 300 hour students who got to use us as guinea pigs, and thirdly we each took turns leading classes.
Jackie and I were walking down the road one day and one of the 300 hour students stopped us and said that she was going to be leading our class that night and asked if we had any recommendations or preferences about the style/intensity/etc. of the class….
I recently read this Elephant Journal article where the author challenges you to begin regularly asking yourself these eight questions:
1. Where do I want to be in five years time?
2. How do I want to feel on the inside in five years time? Where do I want to be emotionally, physically, mentally?
3. What bad habits do I need to stop?
4. What mistakes have I made today?
5. Who do I envy or admire? What qualities do these people have? In what way can I learn from them? What is it about them that inspires me?
6. What stories have I told myself?
7. Who do I love and who loves me?
8. If no one judged me, who would I be?
I’ve been regularly asking myself these eight questions over the past few weeks and have been journaling my responses. I’ve gotten different answers each time I do this exercise. It’s been a very enlightening process and has helped me to cast vision, create goals, and work toward the ultimate aim of self-realization.
I hope these questions benefit you as much (if not more!) as they have me.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins
“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill
“Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“A jug fills drop by drop.” – Buddha
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much…
After a week and a half in Mumbai, I’m leaving today with so much more that I’d still like to see and do. But, I’ve learned to relax. Mumbai was a time for me to heal, rest, and recover. I listened to my body and gave it the time, space, and energy that it needed. Cities such as Bombay have been here for quite some time, and I’m sure they’ll be here for me to visit again the future. With this in mind, I don’t feel the need to cram every activity from every city into my daily schedule.
While in Mumbai, I did have an amazing opportunity to catch up with my friend Ginsey, who just moved here a couple months ago! She and I went to ORU together in 2008-9. For our Sunday adventure, we started with a Krispy Kreme breakfast of doughnuts and coffee, then she took me to church with her, followed by lunch with the young adults crowd, chill/hang out/chai time, the most amazing Indian dinner/meal I’ve had to date, and then we went with a group of her friends to see a movie called “The Imitation Game” (which I can’t recommend enough).
And then a…