In an instant, I belonged on that truck, in that community, in the diesel fuel with the chickens and workers and school kids and the women on their way to market. Through one mother with a baby, the Nepali people embraced me as one of their own.
Look above you into the sky and recognize the expansive majesty and mysteries of how great an opportunity to be on this rock floating in space. Recognize the universe and your part in it. It is beyond miraculous.
These days, with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the disruption of the lives of many New Yorkers, it is easy to feel powerless. However, I notice that lately when disruptions happen, I am surprisingly calm; if the same things had happened a few weeks ago, I would be agitated.
Loss doesn't always have to be greeted with anger or sadness. In fact, if you greet loss and differences with grace, you might find that you live in a warmer, brighter world than you ever realized. That's how my grandmother saw the world, and she shared the warmth.
It feels good to laugh once in a while. Everyone knows that. But laughter as a health-promoting exercise is not as widely practiced, despite the fact that scientists have long known about the potential healing effects of good humor.
There are a wide variety of actions people can take to help themselves, their loved ones, and their children deal with trauma brought on by a natural disaster. First and foremost is not going through the experience alone.
Climbing a mountain physically is not that much different than climbing emotional mountains or overcoming obstacles in our life that come in all shapes and sizes. If we are listening to someone else's music, how can we hear the beat of our own heart, our own drum, our own feet carrying us forward?
Guidance comes through when you're willing to let go of your attachment to "the answer" and willing to live in the question of what it is you want to create. You must be willing to release your expectations of life. There is no "trying" in receiving guidance. It is an act of surrender.
Talk to her, I thought. Talk to her. Normally, I don't strike up conversations with perfect strangers but there was something about the woman waiting for the elevator with me at the medical complex. I couldn't ignore the voice in my head any longer.
What would you do if you heard the words "You've got cancer"? Get inspired by the infectious spirit of Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman as she shares her personal healing journey and how it revealed her life's purpose.
Even more impressive than the power of yoga in this story is the fierce resiliency of these teens' spirits. Perhaps yoga and meditation awaken something in the human spirit that was always there, but which we lose sight of or neglect.
The only way to be happy, healthy and whole is to face and deal with the voids you carry in your heart and soul. If something is missing, broken or empty inside of you, there is no person or thing that will fill it. Only you can heal yourself and close the voids.
No matter how offensive the slander against the Prophet may be, in reality it is not the Prophet who has been bruised, but our own ego. The Prophet neither requests nor needs our protection. It is our ego that feels injured and calls for revenge.
After decades of exploring the human potential movement and studying many methods of its gurus, I now believe that I have garnered enough information, instruction and experience to edit it all down to some simple guidelines that have proven invaluable to me.