Our overarching challenge as people who care about sports and the young people involved in them is to confront and overcome the win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities that are resulting in a variety of insidious abuses in our little leagues and high schools.
I recently received a holiday mailing from an old friend. In it, he bemoaned the sorry state of affairs that our country is in, and focused his upset on the emptiness of the celebrations of both Christmas and Hanukkah.
I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.
I tried hot yoga and I tried Bikram. I found the reasons I thought I wouldn't like it weren't what I expected. In the process of trying, I learned more about myself, my practice, and why any of it really matters to me.
You can build a better relationship with your soul through stillness, meditation, spending time in nature, soul or journal writing, being open-hearted and authentic, and doing more things that you love.
Even monks and serious meditators will admit that developing humility is no easy task. However, if we hope to move in that direction, we can all some time reflect on our behavior and interactions and see how we can make some positive changes towards a more humble approach to life.
Nowadays quitting is too often associated with failure -- whether it is a relationship, a job or a project. If you think this way, you are wrong. Being able to quit something that hasn't been making you happy for a long time -- despite all your efforts -- is strength.
Beneficial control is the control we have over choosing the intent to learn about love. Harmful control is when we attempt to control our feelings rather than learn from them, and attempt to control others and outcomes.
Of course the difficult part is letting go of all those desires and expectations of being someone special. And that is the hard part of zen. It is a difficult journey inward, a journey of self-revelation and awakening.
I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.
On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.
By taking these over sexualized, yoga posing selfies, and posting them for the world to see, these women make it almost impossible for women like me (whose hands don't even come close to touching the floor when we bend over) to feel good about going back to our yoga practice.
Our programmed mind -- our ego wounded self -- will always want to come in with false beliefs and need to control. Practicing the presence of love is to gently, and with great compassion, not allow our wounded self to be in charge of our thoughts.