Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Is all your "learning" keeping you from "doing"


“When we practice something, we are involved in the deliberate repetition of a process with the intention of reaching a specific goal. The words deliberate and intention are key here because they define the difference between actively practicing something and passively learning it.”

—Thomas Sterner, The Practicing Mind


If you goal is to do a handstand you can read books and watch videos to see how to learn to do a handstand, but until you put your hands on the floor and practice doing one you won't be able to do one.

Passive learning creates knowledge. Active practice creates skill.


Read more at jamesclear.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Angel Card January 24, 2015 - Creativity


creativity
/ˌkrēāˈtivədē/

noun
the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

प्रतिभा     pratibhA

Creativity is the power to connect 
the seemingly unconnected.
- William Plomer  

Angel Card January 22, 2015 - Forgiveness


forgiveness
/ ˌfərˈɡivnəs/ 
noun
the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.

the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

forgive
/fərˈɡiv/
verb
stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.

क्षमा kSamA  or Kshyama

Start forgiving yourself and others. We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.
      -author unknown

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Angel Card Jan 21, 2015 - Joy


joy
/joi/
 
noun
a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
 
मुदिता    Muditā


Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are. 
 
- Marianne Williamson 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Angel Card Jan 20, 2015 - Faith

faith

/fāTH/

noun
complete trust or confidence in someone or something

श्रद्धा shraddha

Monday, January 19, 2015

Angel Card Jan 19, 2015 - Transformation

transformation
/ ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)n/
noun

a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance

a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal

विकार  vikara

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Angel Card Jan 18, 2015 - Kindness

kindness
/ ˈkīn(d)nəs/
noun

the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

मेत्ता mettā 

Metta Meditation

May I be happy

May I be well

May I be safe

May I be peaceful and at ease



To practice loving-kindness meditation, sit in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Take two or three deep breaths with slow, long and complete exhalations. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations. For a few minutes, feel or imagine the breath moving through the center of your chest - in the area of your heart.
  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Angel Card Jan 16, 2015 - Release

release
/ rəˈlēs/
verb

allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free

allow (something) to move, act, or flow freely.

 मोक्ष   moksha

what no longer serves you and can be let go?
what stories are you holding on to that by letting go of you will move more freely, act more freely, feel more freely?

Angel Card Jan 15, 2015 - Education

education

/ ejəˈkāSH(ə)n/
noun

the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.
an enlightening experience

 विनयन  vinayana

Angel Card Jan 14, 2015 - Clarity

clarity

/ ˈklerədē/
noun

the quality of coherence and intelligibility
the quality of being certain or definite.

the quality of transparency or purity.

 
व्याख्या   vyAkhyA

Angel Card Jan 13, 2015 - Patience

patience

/ ˈpāSHəns/
noun
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.


परिषहा  pariksaha

Patience, in Hindu philosophy, is the cheerful endurance of trying conditions and the consequence of one's action and deeds (karma). It is also the capacity to wait, endure opposites - such as pain and pleasure, cold and heat, sorrows and joys - calmly, without anxiety, and without a desire to seek revenge

Joseph Brodsky on how to deal with critics in your life


What your foes do derives its significance or consequence from the way you react.

Therefore, rush through or past them as though they were yellow and not red lights.

Don’t linger on them mentally or verbally; don’t pride yourself on forgiving or forgetting them — worse come to worse, do the forgetting first.

This way you’ll spare your brain cells a lot of useless agitation; this way, perhaps, you may even save those pigheads from themselves, since the prospect of being forgotten is shorter than that of being forgiven. So flip the channel: you can’t put this network out of circulation, but at least you can reduce its ratings.

Now, this solution is not likely to please angels, but, then again, it’s bound to hurt demons, and for the moment that’s all that really matters.”

–Joseph Brodsky, On Grief and Reason: Essays

Monday, January 12, 2015

Angel Card Jan 12, 2015 - Risk


risk
/risk/

noun
a situation involving exposure to danger

the possibility that something bad or unpleasant (such as an injury or a loss) will happen

verb
to expose to hazard or danger

संशय   saMzaya

Taking a risk, for me, is putting myself out there. Each time I open myself there is a danger that I won’t like what I hear, that the other person won’t accept, that I may get hurt emotionally, physically, spiritually.  Each time we do something that has a risk of something unpleasant happening it also has the possibility of something good happening. I put myself out there because the possibility of the good far outweighs the risk. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Angel Card Jan 11, 2015 - Trust

trust

/ˌtrəst/
noun
firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

verb
believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of

have faith or confidence

place reliance on

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Angel Card Jan 10, 2015 - Flexibility

flexibility

/ˌfleksəˈbilədē/
noun
the quality of bending easy without breaking

adjective
willing to change or try different things

capable of being bent


वङ्क्य    vaGkya
In the physical asana yoga practice many people put emphasis on being flexible and often use the lack of it  as a reason why they cannot do the practice. Being flexible isn't a quality of just the  body, it is also of the mind: willing to try different things. If we are open in the mind then we can also find the opening in the body
We will discover the nature of our particular genius 
when we stop trying to conform to our own or
 other people’s models, learn to be ourselves,
 and allow our natural channel to open

~Shakti Gawain

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Angel Card Jan 8, 2015 - Expectancy

expectancy

ikˈspektənsē/
noun
the state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something pleasant, will happen or be the case
to greet the day thinking it is going to be a good one

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Angel Card Jan 7, 2015 - "blank"


 _____________
aka "the blank card"
 

One of the reasons I pull an angel card each morning is to give me something to focus on, to leave my intention for the day up to the universe instead of me constructing what it should be.  In the past anytime I have received the blank card I have been a little put-off, upset and sometimes even put it back in the bowl and selected another. 
Today I see the card as an empty canvas that will changed through out the day. It morphed into whatever I needed at that moment - patience, strength, compassion.
 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Angel Card Jan 6, 2015 - Harmony

harmony
/ˈhärmənē/
 
noun
the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect
agreement or accord
origin
from Greek, harmos, 'joint'
 
sacanas  सचनस्
In the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali, Patanjali defines asana in two words: sthira and sukham. Sthira means stabilitiy, steadiness, firmness and its root is stha which means "to stand". Sukham means  ease, comfort, happiness. In our practices we are looking to find a harmony - agreement - between these 2 states.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Angel Card Jan 5, 2015 - Contentment

contentment
/kənˈtentmənt/
 
Noun
a state of happiness and satisfaction.
 
 
content
/kənˈtent'/
 
Noun
pleased and satisfied : not needing more

 
santosha  संतोष 
 
completely content with, or satisfied with, accepting and comfortable
 
Santosha is one of the Niyamas  and is an inner state or intent. Santosha is doing one's best and accepting the results of one's efforts.




Sunday, January 4, 2015

Angel Card Jan 4, 2015 - Respect

respect
/re ' spekt/


verb
1. admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.


Noun
1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
2. a particular aspect, point, or detail.


origin
late Middle English: from Latin respectus, from the verb respicere ‘look back at, regard,’ from re- ‘back’ + specere ‘look at.’


aadaraH  आदर

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