Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
Following on from yesterday when I was speaking about a lack of confidence and how a fear of failure can hold you back in achieving your goals. Ghandi takes this one step further in today’s quote,
“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
Growing up on the Indian classics, especially the stories of Shravana and king Harishchandra, had a great impact on Gandhi in his childhood and Gandhi’s early self-identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters.
His family’s religious background was eclectic. Gandhi’s father was Hindu and his mother was from a Pranami Vaishnava family. Religious figures were frequent visitors to the home.
Gandhi was deeply influenced by his mother Putlibai, an extremely pious lady who,
“would not think of taking her meals without her daily prayers…she would take the hardest vows and keep them without flinching. To keep two or three consecutive fasts was nothing to her”
The early examples of self – discipline and self – sacrifice to help others obviously affected Ghandi.
Throughout his life, Gandhi performed incredible amounts of work, for he was very little influenced by personal likes and dislikes, whims and fancies. He cleaned his mind of the dross that clutters the mind of most people.
Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Mahatma Gandhi achieved what he did by cleaning out his mind, by continuous effort, and by karma yoga (the yoga of action). Because of this, he did tremendous amounts of work, both efficiently and without leaving things half done. He never seemed to tire of his work, unlike most other people who do an hour’s work and then lose interest or become fatigued.
Why was this?
The answer lies with the mind. Gandhi, through relentless practice of karma yoga, backed up by other forms of yoga including bhakti (the yoga of devotion) and kriya yoga, was able to clean his mind. Kriya yoga is an ancient type of meditation technique that, when practiced, is meant to rapidly accelerate one’s spiritual progress.
The combination of concentrated power and detachment becomes almost irresistible. Gandhi saw that every action he did was part of the divine process of the universe in accordance with the will of the cosmic consciousness. He was only an instrument, a mere witness of his actions.
In this sense, perhaps the greatest teacher of yoga is not Pattabhi Jois or Iyengar , but Gandhi.
“The yogi is not one who sits down to practise breathing exercises,”
He wrote in his interpretation of the Bhagvad Gita.
“He is one who looks upon all with an equal eye, sees other creatures in himself.”
That’s one pose that will truly reduce your stress.
The daily practice of yoga for the last 10 years has really helped me clear my mind and focus on achieving my goals.
I realised that my mind was like the rest of my body, the more I exercised and practiced the stronger it would become and the more control of it I would have.
The yoga poses and breathing taught me that if I controlled my breath I could control my mind. I discovered that the pain and discomfort I would feel in the awkward yoga poses, would go away if I breathed and stayed calm. This mirrored situations in life which can seem impossible with no way out, but if you stay calm, focused and breathe then your head clears, the situation does not seem as bad as you first thought and you can see a way forward.
I have also learnt that I cannot do all the poses or asanas, but this is not failure, the point of yoga is not to be able to do all the poses, it is the daily process of trying to achieve them that is important. Because as soon as you have mastered a difficult pose, you will come across another one that you will feel is impossible, when you first start, but if you practice every day it will become a little bit easier as you improve every day.
This is the basis of my Elysium Way Training System.
The Elysium Way enhances and enriches lives allowing you to reach your full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
And one of the main components of the Elysium Way is practicing yoga.
If you would like to clear your mind by introducing yoga into your life or to strengthen your daily practice to help you focus, smile more and achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams?
If you would like to improve your self-confidence by introducing yoga into your life or to strengthen your daily practice to help you smile more and achieve your goals and live the life of your dreams?
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Have a marvellous Monday peeps, and a wonderful week.
May all your dreams come true.
Breathe, Believe and Achieve
Be Happy, Healthy and Wise
Keep on Winning Smiling and Living the Dream