“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”- Maya Angelou



“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”       - Maya Angelou 


This quote from a writer just glued my eyes to it and made me think. Well, this is also the same philosophy of the ancient yoga and eastern spiritual thinking.


Most people associate success with money or fame or material possessions but all of those are primarily about other people. 

Those are about other people's perceptions.



I read about a study done at a reputed university social sciences research group.


Here is what they found -
If everyone of your friends made $100,000 and you made $110,000 you will be really happy but the moment those friends make $160,000 and you made $150,000 you would be very very unhappy .
Much more unhappy making $150K than you were making $110K !!!!
(assuming the prices of everything else remains the same)
Why ????


Because it is always about other people.


The moment you get away from that thinking process and start thinking about your own self and your mind then you will realize what actually happiness is.


Steps for Beginners - How to include a simple 21 minute daily yoga practice

Steps for Beginners - How to include a simple 21 minute daily yoga practice



Preparation



1.  Decide on a time of day  

  • Morning is best , right after you wake up

2.  Decide on duration -

  • Start with a 20 minutes block of time

3. Decide on a specific location withing the house

  • Comfortable to you ; with flat surface - wooden floor or thin carpet ; ventilation or fresh air

4. Remove all distractions

  • Switch off your cell phone ; TV etc


Process

( please check my other blog post on this topic for the asana/pose details :

https://neelsarkar.blogspot.com/2016/10/yoga-notes-3-asana-short-list.html     )



1. Start with a short meditation - (3 minutes)

  • Sit on floor /mat in Siddhasana (cross legged) position - Spine straight
  • Breathe through the nose
  • Abdominal breathing , when you inhale your tummy goes out ; imagine your tummy like a balloon filling in air
  • Focus on the air entering your body and coming out


2. Pranayams  - Anulom Viloma (3 minutes)

  • Sit on floor /mat in Siddhasana (cross legged) position - Spine straight
  • Breathe through the nose
  • Abdominal breathing , when you inhale your tummy goes out ; imagine your tummy like a balloon filling in air
  • Alternate nostril breathing  - close right nostril ; inhale thru left ; retain inhalation ; exhale thru right  ; retain exhalation ; inhale thru right ; retain exhalation ; exhale thru left ; retain exhalation


3. Sun Salutation - 12 steps (positions) sequence -  5 rounds - ( 5 mins)



4. Balancing poses - Tree pose , stand on one leg - alternate legs ( 2 mins or try to stay as long as u can )

5. Core exercises - (3 mins ) Cat + cow ; diagonal hand and knees

6. Flex + Alignment - (5 mins) -  Trikonasana ; Ustrasana (Camel) ;  Sarvangasana



Total elapsed time 21 mins.  This is just for folks who say they do not have time and just to begin a 21 mins a day short practice.  The duration can be increased gradually and then new asanas can be added.




- Neel Sarkar
www.neels-nirvana.com


Saying - "I do not know"

I just thought I will write today on the subject of just saying the words  "I do not know".




I see a lot of posts on social media about people who are guiding or advising other people on life , on relationships, on spirituality , about God , and the list goes on and on ....

There is a lot of spiritual quotes available on the internet, there is a lot of methods to reach out to people using videos or presentation slides or live videos etc. There is also a huge demand for self help , or spiritual guidance as we live in these turbulent times. Maybe it is my friends list but most of the folks are in the business of guiding people who sadly are the diminishing small number of folks. 

Most people are ready to give advice. I myself am not excluded in this , as even I would love to give free ( or paid is even better ) advice.  Maybe this particular post itself is like a piece of advice. Really. Crazy. But - one of the things that strike me is that - there is a lot that we do not really know and that we hate to admit or ever say that we do not know. 

Only when we are really ready to say that "I do not know" - is when the real seeking and hence real learning will begin....