“Thank you for writing this piece. It's an apt homage to an ordinary man who taught ordinary teachings in an extraordinary way. Goenkaji's reach was both extensive and expansive. A modern day Buddha, Gonekaji changed millions of lives, including mine.
“That is an excellent post, Sir. This is the age of change and youngsters like Malala are our agents of change. Such incidents call for a systemic change, a paradigm shift in the way leaders steer a nation, in the way communities raise awareness of social issues, and in the way families guide their children. I believe the encompassing plan should treat not just the symptoms, but also strike at the heart of the disease. Change can only take place through combined ACTION. We have to address the issues at all levels -- personal, societal, governmental and global levels -- to find workable solutions. Change should be gradual, holistic, system-wide, sustainable, and ideally should include appropriate checks, balances and upgrades in place at every tier. Else, any change is ineffective.
I'm sure glad to see so many around the world take that little first step.”
Dec 13, 2012 at 18:33:28
I guess the theme here is mindfulness, rather than spirituality in the yogic sense. When a task is performed mindfully, i.e., with complete attention and minimal conflict, it could offer many benefits, as you have listed. Thanks for a great article.
“Thank you, Raji for liking my post, and finding the advice useful. I agree with you. "There is so much negativity around these days," which is why it's so important to counter it by how we spend our time and the choices we make. Engaging in a nourishing, nurturing activity will definitely keep you grounded.”
Dec 10, 2012 at 11:39:51
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This is a fantastic post, and so in with the times. With two boys currently in high school, I wonder about their education all the time. Sure, I do what I can in a family setting in terms of demonstrating human values. Individual efforts are only a start. Inspiring change at the larger, systemic level has the power to redirect us towards a happier and a more compassionate society.
Dec 7, 2012 at 17:00:27
“Absolutely! I set aside at least 20-30 minutes each day for meditation, and a sizeable chunk of that time for conscious breathing. It's a joy to be able to observe the in and out breaths as they occur, not to mention the wonders it does to my focus and awareness.
Thanks for the great post, John-Roger.
Dec 6, 2012 at 22:32:52
At first, I wasn't sure what you were trying to say. Then, Bam! "You are capable of holding two states of consciousness at once: presence and longing, gratitude and desire, contentment and hunger. This is what it means to become whole." All without guilt, shame or denial. Very nicely put, and I loved how you used such agonizing opposites in the same sentence AND made it work!
Nov 21, 2012 at 14:50:27
What a wonderful article. Just like the moon, we have a darker side. In acknowledging our darker side, we begin the transformation that takes us from the chasm of suffering to the highest peaks of gratitude, empathy and compassion.
Happy ThanksGiving to you and yours!
RandyTaran on Nov 22, 2012 at 20:16:15
“Raji, Beautifully said. Thanks for your comment and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!”