The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter Read More
Ishwara pranidhana, meaning complete self-surrender to God, is the last and one of the thorniest and most complicated of the Niyamas as outlined by Patanjali. God by any name can be a mouthful for many of us. The idea of God is associated to so much dogma, so many interesting interpretations, and tainted by thousands of years of war and greed in the name of “God,” that many of us feel alienated from the conce Read More
Paramahansa Yogananda wrote a wonderful article for the Self-Realization Fellowship back when my grandmother was still alive. I’m not certain if she visited him in San Rafael, California, or just learned of his work, but she was on his mailing list at least since 1985. I found one of the Fellowship Center’s mailings with this article:
(I have abbreviated it, and then expounded upon it for clarity)
“Bad Hab Read More
“When you say no to temptation, you must mean no. Don’t give in. The spineless weakling all the time says yes. But great minds are full of nos. The weak-willed become doormats for everybody to walk all over and trample on; they deserve this treatment for giving into their weaknesses. Remember, temptation may appear to offer something very pleasurable in the beginning, but it leads to restlessness, a Read More
If I cannot forgive myself for all the blunders
That I have made over the years,
Then how can I proceed?
How can I ever dream perfection-dreams?
Move, I must, forward.
Fly, I must, upward.
Dive, I must, inward,
To be once more
What I truly am
And shall forever remain.