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5 Ways To Override Your Ego and Let Things Go

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Most human groups suffer from constant personality clashes between its members. Confronting individual interests and domination attempts against each other are commonplace. Of course, this kind of conflicts make it impossible to achieve any kind of harmony, hindering team work, causing stress among people and a myriad of other problems, including illnesses.

It is thus fundamental for the well-being of everyone to learn how to listen, accept our differences and build together a more peaceful way of living.

Following are five recommendations to help you transcend the ego.

 

1. Don’t be offended

If you are looking for reasons to be offended, you’ll find them every few minutes. This mindset weakens you, forcing you to stay defensive or belligerent, wasting way too much energy and mental focus in unnecessary confrontations.

By letting go, you will open yourself to many more opportunities, and enjoying a richer life.

Being offended creates destructive energy, leading to a never ending series of attacks and counterattacks. Of course, you should still be offended by the many horrific things that happen in this World, but by not letting your ego constantly complain about small things, you will learn to truly focus on those things that are truly important and affect all of us dramatically as a group and as individuals -poverty, wars, the environment, etc.

Stay calm and live in peace.

 

2. Get rid of the need to win and to be right

To win is a foolproof method to avoid contact with your true self. The need to win is a never ending rat race that will never allow you to step aside and reflect on your actions. You cannot win all the time. Let go the need for recognition. Forget the need to win and to be right, and your life will improve overnight.

You don’t need to impose yourself to feel right. In fact, living in a state of permanent competition against others is very detrimental for yourself. I have seen many relationships get screwed by the need of certain people to be always right. Don’t let that happen, it will ruin your life and that of those around you.

We must go beyond the constant clamor of ego, beyond the tools of logic and reason, to the still, calm place within us: the realm of the soul.” – Deepak Chopra

3Overcome the need to feel superior

Improving has nothing to do with being better than others. Improving is all about being better than you were last day. Focus on your inner growth, being constantly aware that no one is better than anyone else on this planet.

The ego tends to judge everyone and everything based on the appearance, achievements, possessions, value and other metrics that make sense only from the ego point of view. It loves to divide people between winners and losers. These kind of feelings lead to resentment, confrontation and hostility against each other. These feelings will pull you apart from others, and apart from the true enjoyment of life.

 

4. Overcome the need for more

The ego is never satiated. It doesn’t matter how much you have, your ego will keep on asking for more. It is never enough, you will be trapped.

Ironically, when you overcome the ego, it feels as if you have more than you want. You will realizehow little you really need, and will be at peace. You will be pleased with yourself by simply living.

 

5. Overcome the need for accomplishments

It may be a difficult to achieve this if you identify yourself with all the things you have done. You are not your achievements. In fact, you’re not your body. You are merely an observer. Look around and appreciate the capabilities that you have at your disposal to achieve things since you were born, but don’t let your ego take credit for it all.

After all, you are part of something much bigger than yourself, have always been and will always be. The reputation that you identify yourself with is located in the minds of others. It’s an illusion, and it shouldn’t control you. If you talk to thirty different people, all thirty will have different opinions.

Stop and meditate. Reconnect with the World. Follow what you truly believe is your goal in this World, beyond what others think you should do at all. If you worry about how others perceive your actions, you will end up losing touch with your true self.

One last line of advice I would like to give you all is to keep on going! Your ego is something that has been formed from your conditioning and habits and you WILL be able to let go of your ego with practice of the above.

 

a bad day for your ego is a good day for your soul

Charlene Barry is the fun loving founder of This Is Project Me, a wellness, spiritual and inspirational channel on YouTube that inspires others to live the life of their dreams with passion, love and joy. Charlene believes in serendipity, wellness and spirituality and is an Ayurvedic and Lifestyle coach; helping people live their ideal life through Ayurvedic medicine, Meditation, Yoga and Balance.

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  1. hitesh

    Sep 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

    thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful treasure of self knowledge

  2. Donzella

    Mar 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for this! Its so enlighting for such a time as this. I am grateful!

  3. Chuck Bartok

    Nov 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    It is a shame that people feel the NEED…….
    The “Need” mentioned in numbers 2-5 are artificial and mandated by Society.
    No one really needs more Etc.

  4. Saf

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    You can’t acomplish anything with this mindset…

  5. Cindy

    Oct 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Such a great article! Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

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Achieving Success Through Meditation & Higher Consciousness – Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra Meditate for Success

This is a post I am uber excited to share with you.

I was up nice and early at 2am Perth, Western Australia time this morning to chat with the amazing spiritual thought leader and best selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra to find out how Entrepreneurs can take advantage of meditation and tap into a higher consciousness for success.

Deepak shared a lot of step by step advice for entrepreneurs who are ready to start taking action for a more healthier and balanced life to handle each day with energy and high levels of productivity.

 

Here are some of the takeaways from this podcast Interview with Deepak.

 

1. Advice for Entrepreneurs that are working 80+ hours a week:

Over working and lack of sleep will only decrease your ability to be productive or creative.

Meditation increases the amount of rest you would normally achieve through sleep and is almost twice as effective, even 20 minutes of meditation.

Meditation is a highly effective way to get rest, to be more creative, to have healthier relationships and better sleep and to enjoy your restful and reflective mind.

 

2. Deepak’s recommends his S.M.A.R.T goal system to follow:

Stretch for more than you can reach

Make everything measurable

Agreements from your team and supporters

Record your progress

Time limits

 

3. Deepak Chopra‘s Definition of Success

Success is to have love and compassion and to have the ability to get in touch with the creative centre that is inside of you which is your own spirit.

 

4. What we should remember

Be happy, don’t worry.

Life is a journey, enjoy yourself and nobody regrets working hard enough at the end of their life.

 

Click on the banner below to register for Deepak & Oprah’s FREE Guided Meditations.

Deepak Chopra & Oprah Meditation

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4 Yoga Principles That Will Make You Unstoppable in Business

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Yoga for Business

Most people associate yoga with sweaty spandex-clad people who greet the day in downward dog and spend hours twisting their bodies into pretzels.

But yoga isn’t just a fitness fad; it’s an ancient practice dating back thousands of years that’s known to deliver a host of incredible benefits.

Not only is yoga good for the mind, body, and spirit, but it can also be a valuable tool for enhancing your business. I discovered this almost by accident a few years ago when I began practicing Kundalini yoga. Almost immediately, I saw a return on investment in yoga that was just as direct as investing in research and development, a product, a website, or a great new staff member.

 

The Benefits Yoga Can Bring to Your Business

There are a number of benefits that every entrepreneur can derive from yoga, including:

 

1. Improved physical wellness

The entrepreneurial life is physically demanding. Constant traveling, long days and nights, eating out, and being exposed to nasty germs and rapidly changing temperatures during flights can put a tremendous amount of stress on your body.

Yoga provides a foundation of fitness, flexibility, and strength and gives you a major energy boost. There are also poses that are specifically designed to strengthen your immune system, which can allow you to avoid productivity-crippling illnesses. I haven’t been sick once in five years, and I attribute this to my yoga practice.

 

2. Mental wellness

When running your own business, stress comes with the territory. The meditation portion of yoga is perfect for quieting the mind, allowing your subconscious to solve problems, and creating order out of chaos.

It may seem counterintuitive, but sitting quietly helps me get more things checked off my to-do list than anything else. I experience less distraction, less stress, less anxiety, and less disappointment when things don’t go as planned.

 

3. Spiritual and karmic benefits

Our thoughts, words, and intentions boomerang back to us as experiences. What you love, you empower; what you fear, you empower; and what you empower, you attract. When we generate personal merit through our work on ourselves, we live in a way that keeps us aligned with the universe, and our decisions and their outcomes amplify our success.

My colleagues and I have seen a direct benefit from yoga in the opportunities that it has created for us through the law of attraction. When you put positive intentions out into the universe through your practice, you’ll start bumping into the people and circumstances that can help your business in the most unexpected places. More and more, we’ve found ourselves saying, “A funny thing happened…” It’s magical, mysterious, powerful, and way easier than striving and grinding all day on our own.

 

Yoga Journey Bhagavad Gita Quote
 

—————————————–

4 Powerful Yoga Principles to Apply to Your Startup

Aside from the benefits, yoga also teaches a number of principles that apply to almost any endeavor in life — especially entrepreneurship.

 

1. You must persevere when things get difficult

What happens on the yoga mat is a microcosm of what happens in life and business. You have to show up for your practice even when you don’t feel like it.

You have to hold a pose longer than is comfortable to progress and reap the benefits. It’s not about doing as well as others. You have to do your personal best to see results.

 

2. If you don’t know where to begin, just begin

Master yoga teacher Yogi Bhajan once said two things that still ring true for modern entrepreneurs.

First, “there is a way through every block.” You just need to see it and act, and it will be clear. Second, “When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.”

In business, action delivers every time. If you don’t know what to do with one of your entrepreneurial endeavors, just begin moving forward, and a solution will present itself, or you will learn from the action you took and correct more quickly than you would have by staring at your navel.

 

3. Don’t let self-doubt get in the way of your success

Another one of my teachers, Ravi Singh, teaches the concept of “right livelihood.” Simply doing something is not enough. You must do it right and with precision.

As entrepreneurs, our worst enemy is our self-doubt. To overcome it, focus on those actions that create the highest value, and know that you are impeccable. Only then will the outcome of your work be equally impeccable. The quality of your business is a direct reflection of the quality of your self-view.

 

4. Always stay positive

Yoga urges us to be joyful and ecstatic regardless of outcomes. Every entrepreneur experiences failure. I’ve failed many times, but looking back, I can see how each step brought me closer to learning a critical business or personal lesson that helped me grow. Work to discover how everything you experience as an entrepreneur elevates you.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend enough time investing in themselves. But yoga delivers more than any business conference or seminar ever could. Yoga aligns your energy and consciousness to help you create prosperity, eliminate self-defeating thoughts, enhance your creativity, and attract the investors and team you need in order to be unstoppable.

Yoga has also helped me tap into my internal resources and make my company a reflection of the good I want to do in the world. Making a difference and making money are not mutually exclusive.

When you live a passionate, balanced life full of positivity and good intentions, you’ll create immeasurable wealth for yourself, your employees, your customers, and the world.

 

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The Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask A Spiritual Leader

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It’s not often we get to sit on the floor, barefoot and in lotus position while interviewing a spiritual author whose journey and teachings have positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

10995998_10204532948777710_3703269667569988_nTimber Hawkeye, author of the best-selling spiritual guide ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention in ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ and life is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.

Timber was kind enough to give us his time on his worldwide book tour to answer some of the questions not many get to ask him but all want to know.

Make yourself a cup of tea, light a few candles and enjoy!

 

1. What is the message behind Buddhist Boot Camp?

“If I was to incapsulate it, the message would be simple – be grateful and be kind. It’s important to understand that we create a lot of our own suffering – by becoming aware that we hold the responsibility to create our own happiness, we empower ourselves to live a more relaxed, compassionate and positive life.”

 

2. How did the book come to be?

“I never had the intention to sit down and write a book. When I moved to Hawaii, I didn’t have a place to live, I didn’t have a job lined up and I didn’t know what I was going to do – I just knew that I wanted to live a more relaxed and free life. Every month I would send a letter to my friends and family, updating them on how my simplistic and non materialistic life was turning out.

After about 8 years of continual updates, thoughts and teachings, my friend who was moved by what I wrote about, suggested that I take all those emails and letters and make them public. So that’s what ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ is – a collection of all my journal entires, emails and letters to friends compiled into a book. That’s why every chapter is only a page long and can be read in any order.”

 

3. Is there a difference between being religious and being spiritual?

Absolutely! Organized religion provides answers for us to follow while spirituality keeps us in a place of questioning and inquiry. With spirituality we make peace with not knowing, with not having all the answers and not having only one truth. Truth within spirituality has a small ’T’ while in religion, it’s capitalized on being the universal truth above all else.

That’s why there is so much hostility between different religions – they believe their truth is the only truth and most superior to any other explanation. While spirituality leaves us in a place of searching, wonder, open mindfulness and open heartfulness to not be so quick to judge or label.”

Buddha-Quote-Becoming-Yourself

 

4. You quote the Dalai Lama saying, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Can you elaborate on that?

“I don’t think a label is important at all. I am a lot of things – not only one (label) defines me. Meaning it’s not about being a buddhist, it’s about being ‘Buddha-like’ or not being Christian but being ‘Christ-like’ and that’s a really important invitation to not focus so much on the label but on the actual teachings. Living this way makes you ask yourself ‘how can my actions be inline with my values?’ because your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. So it does matter who you are or what you want to be just be really good at it.”

 

4. You say to focus on the teachings not the teachers. What do you mean and why?

“We tend to put the ‘teachers’ of faith up on a pedestal and look up to them. Shunryū Suzuki wrote about how there are no enlightened beings, only enlightened activity and that was very empowering for me. The people we perceive to be enlightened i.e. the Dalai Lama, Jesus, Buddha, they’re people like you and I however they just made enlightened activity apart of their everyday lives.

And so by bringing ourselves up to eye level with those figures, you become empowered and confident in your abilities to become enlightened.”

 

5. Do you believe success and spirituality coexist? Typically society tells us we can only develop one or the other.

Most definitely! You need to understand that ‘typically’ the opinion of success in society is skewed. Success to me is being happy. To me spirituality is a means to happiness and so success and spirituality can very much coexist. I don’t have a lot of money however I feel like the richest man in the world because I am happy – and spirituality brings that to me. I think there would be nothing worse than being super wealthy but feeling unfulfilled and unhappy internally.”

what-we-think-we-become-buddha-quote

 

6. Meditation seems to be a buzz word lately, what is it, how do you do it and can someone with no previous experience with meditation still benefit?

Of course! You’re right, meditation is a buzz word at the moment which is a shame because with that brings assumptions – assumptions of how it should be done, what it is and who should do it. People seek out to be ‘taught’ meditation however I shy away from giving instruction because the moment you do, you’re implying there is a wrong way to meditate. I have a lot of individuals come up to me and voice that they are meditating wrong or they don’t know how to do it but in-fact there is no ‘wrong way’ of meditating. As long as the intention is there, your attempts are successful.

The whole point of meditation is to learn how to control your mind. So if you find that there is something you do which relaxes you and in which your mind doesn’t wonder – it could be jogging, hiking, gardening, doing puzzles, painting and if while you’re doing that your mind stays focused – you’re meditating. Its that simple. There’s no need to sit in full lotus position or burn incense or chant chakras – mediation is just the practice of focusing your mind.”

 

7. What’s one exercise or activity you would recommend we do starting today to lead a more positive, happy and fulfilled life?

“Keep a gratitude journal. Every single morning, make it the first thing you do – take out your journal and just start listing anything and everything you’re grateful for.  It can be as simple as “I am so grateful to be alive today” or “I am so grateful for all my friends and family” or “I am so grateful for all the opportunities I attract into my life”.

You can even download a gratitude app to your smart phone if journaling isn’t for you. What’s cool about the app is you can also document photos, videos and voice memos as well as text.

When you live and come from a place of complete gratitude, everything changes and you have no choice but to become a happier person.”

 

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8 Athletes & Entrepreneurs That Embrace Yoga as the Edge to Success

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Incredibly successful athletes and entrepreneurs continue to embrace yoga as a powerful tool in gaining the mental and physical edge necessary to become a consistent top performer in the field and boardroom.

The improved mental clarity gained from their practice allows them to remain calm in the face of pressure to make the tough plays when the game is on the line, or when game changing strategic decisions need to be made.

The enhanced energy and physical strength from a regular practice provides them the level of vitality necessary to be at the top of their game through an entire season, playoffs and championships, or during the long days of building and running a thriving business.

Here are 8 phenomenally successful athletes and entrepreneurs that found a winning edge through their yoga practice.

 

1. Daniel Loeb

Daniel LoebFounder & Chief Executive of Third Point, LLC
$17.5B Assets Under Management Hedge Fund

Daniel Loeb is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in history and a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. He credits yoga with the ability to quiet the fluctuations and putting the mind at ease, learning to come out of difficult positions and persevering through difficult uncomfortable moments, and making decisions that are consistent with our moral framework.

 

2. LeBron James

Lebron James ClevelandForward, Cleveland Cavaliers
2-time NBA Champion, 4-time MVP, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year

Lebron James credits his yoga practice to increasing his stamina and endurance, which is useful in his often-needed long-playing minutes.

LeBron says:

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me.”

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz YogaWide Receiver, New York Gians
Super Bowl Champion, Pro-Bowl, NFL record holder longest touchdown reception

Cruz became a huge proponent of yoga after the mandatory classes for all rookies in pre-season training camp. After becoming an incredible sensation his rookie year, he credited his practice with providing focus, mental toughness and stamina for those long games.

 

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers YogaQuarterback, Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, 3-time Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers has come out and said he’ll most likely play into his 40’s thanks to his newfound love of practicing yoga. Aaron credits it with an increased amount of flexibility and sharpened mental discipline.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons YogaCo-Founder Def Jam, Founder Phat Farm

Russell Simmons started practicing twenty years ago and was immediately hooked on the presence gained from a daily yoga practice. Russell credits it with providing an increased amount of focus leading to flashes of creativity that helped him build his business empire.

 

 

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi YogaForward, FC Barcelona/ Captain-Argentina National Futból Team
FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Cup World Cup Champion 

After heavy workouts throughout the day, Lionel Messi finishes his day with a power yoga routine that helps him rejuvenate his mind and provides harmony for a peaceful feeling.

 

7. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin YogaCo-Founder, GOOGLE, Inc. 

Sergey Brin has profound enthusiasm for his yoga practice and credits it with his ability maintain semblance in his life.

 

 

 

8. Dwyane Wade

dwyane wayde yogaGuard, Miami Heat
3-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP

Dwayne Wade is such a huge proponent of yoga, he proposed to his wife on a yoga block! He is a fan of sharing the glorious physical benefits the practice of yoga has brought to his ability to perform on the court and maintain flexibility.

 

As yoga continues to gain prominence and become mainstream we should follow the example of the uber-successful who find mental clarity and discipline, physical stamina, energy and strength, and inner peace to gain an edge and become a top performer in our lives.

 

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The Ugly Truth About Success and Why You’re Not Achieving It

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As human beings, most of us have this tendency to overcomplicate things. Maybe you’ve had this experience of trying to find success, but for some reason, it keeps eluding you.  In our pursuit to win, hardly anyone tells us the ugly truth about why most of our dreams seem to evade us. (more…)

I used to be homeless and now run a six figure business with my partner and travel the world. My journey to help those in need has taken me from non-profit director to supporting holistic entrepreneurs have a life of freedom. I run the Thriving Launch Podcast, which features the most influential leaders in the areas of love, spirituality, business, and success. It's my mission to help heart-centered entrepreneurs get their message heard. Learn more on at my website ThrivingLaunch.com (http://www.thrivinglaunch.com/)

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  1. hitesh

    Sep 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

    thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful treasure of self knowledge

  2. Donzella

    Mar 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for this! Its so enlighting for such a time as this. I am grateful!

  3. Chuck Bartok

    Nov 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    It is a shame that people feel the NEED…….
    The “Need” mentioned in numbers 2-5 are artificial and mandated by Society.
    No one really needs more Etc.

  4. Saf

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    You can’t acomplish anything with this mindset…

  5. Cindy

    Oct 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Such a great article! Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

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Achieving Success Through Meditation & Higher Consciousness – Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra Meditate for Success

This is a post I am uber excited to share with you.

I was up nice and early at 2am Perth, Western Australia time this morning to chat with the amazing spiritual thought leader and best selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra to find out how Entrepreneurs can take advantage of meditation and tap into a higher consciousness for success.

Deepak shared a lot of step by step advice for entrepreneurs who are ready to start taking action for a more healthier and balanced life to handle each day with energy and high levels of productivity.

 

Here are some of the takeaways from this podcast Interview with Deepak.

 

1. Advice for Entrepreneurs that are working 80+ hours a week:

Over working and lack of sleep will only decrease your ability to be productive or creative.

Meditation increases the amount of rest you would normally achieve through sleep and is almost twice as effective, even 20 minutes of meditation.

Meditation is a highly effective way to get rest, to be more creative, to have healthier relationships and better sleep and to enjoy your restful and reflective mind.

 

2. Deepak’s recommends his S.M.A.R.T goal system to follow:

Stretch for more than you can reach

Make everything measurable

Agreements from your team and supporters

Record your progress

Time limits

 

3. Deepak Chopra‘s Definition of Success

Success is to have love and compassion and to have the ability to get in touch with the creative centre that is inside of you which is your own spirit.

 

4. What we should remember

Be happy, don’t worry.

Life is a journey, enjoy yourself and nobody regrets working hard enough at the end of their life.

 

Click on the banner below to register for Deepak & Oprah’s FREE Guided Meditations.

Deepak Chopra & Oprah Meditation

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4 Yoga Principles That Will Make You Unstoppable in Business

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Yoga for Business

Most people associate yoga with sweaty spandex-clad people who greet the day in downward dog and spend hours twisting their bodies into pretzels.

But yoga isn’t just a fitness fad; it’s an ancient practice dating back thousands of years that’s known to deliver a host of incredible benefits.

Not only is yoga good for the mind, body, and spirit, but it can also be a valuable tool for enhancing your business. I discovered this almost by accident a few years ago when I began practicing Kundalini yoga. Almost immediately, I saw a return on investment in yoga that was just as direct as investing in research and development, a product, a website, or a great new staff member.

 

The Benefits Yoga Can Bring to Your Business

There are a number of benefits that every entrepreneur can derive from yoga, including:

 

1. Improved physical wellness

The entrepreneurial life is physically demanding. Constant traveling, long days and nights, eating out, and being exposed to nasty germs and rapidly changing temperatures during flights can put a tremendous amount of stress on your body.

Yoga provides a foundation of fitness, flexibility, and strength and gives you a major energy boost. There are also poses that are specifically designed to strengthen your immune system, which can allow you to avoid productivity-crippling illnesses. I haven’t been sick once in five years, and I attribute this to my yoga practice.

 

2. Mental wellness

When running your own business, stress comes with the territory. The meditation portion of yoga is perfect for quieting the mind, allowing your subconscious to solve problems, and creating order out of chaos.

It may seem counterintuitive, but sitting quietly helps me get more things checked off my to-do list than anything else. I experience less distraction, less stress, less anxiety, and less disappointment when things don’t go as planned.

 

3. Spiritual and karmic benefits

Our thoughts, words, and intentions boomerang back to us as experiences. What you love, you empower; what you fear, you empower; and what you empower, you attract. When we generate personal merit through our work on ourselves, we live in a way that keeps us aligned with the universe, and our decisions and their outcomes amplify our success.

My colleagues and I have seen a direct benefit from yoga in the opportunities that it has created for us through the law of attraction. When you put positive intentions out into the universe through your practice, you’ll start bumping into the people and circumstances that can help your business in the most unexpected places. More and more, we’ve found ourselves saying, “A funny thing happened…” It’s magical, mysterious, powerful, and way easier than striving and grinding all day on our own.

 

Yoga Journey Bhagavad Gita Quote
 

—————————————–

4 Powerful Yoga Principles to Apply to Your Startup

Aside from the benefits, yoga also teaches a number of principles that apply to almost any endeavor in life — especially entrepreneurship.

 

1. You must persevere when things get difficult

What happens on the yoga mat is a microcosm of what happens in life and business. You have to show up for your practice even when you don’t feel like it.

You have to hold a pose longer than is comfortable to progress and reap the benefits. It’s not about doing as well as others. You have to do your personal best to see results.

 

2. If you don’t know where to begin, just begin

Master yoga teacher Yogi Bhajan once said two things that still ring true for modern entrepreneurs.

First, “there is a way through every block.” You just need to see it and act, and it will be clear. Second, “When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.”

In business, action delivers every time. If you don’t know what to do with one of your entrepreneurial endeavors, just begin moving forward, and a solution will present itself, or you will learn from the action you took and correct more quickly than you would have by staring at your navel.

 

3. Don’t let self-doubt get in the way of your success

Another one of my teachers, Ravi Singh, teaches the concept of “right livelihood.” Simply doing something is not enough. You must do it right and with precision.

As entrepreneurs, our worst enemy is our self-doubt. To overcome it, focus on those actions that create the highest value, and know that you are impeccable. Only then will the outcome of your work be equally impeccable. The quality of your business is a direct reflection of the quality of your self-view.

 

4. Always stay positive

Yoga urges us to be joyful and ecstatic regardless of outcomes. Every entrepreneur experiences failure. I’ve failed many times, but looking back, I can see how each step brought me closer to learning a critical business or personal lesson that helped me grow. Work to discover how everything you experience as an entrepreneur elevates you.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend enough time investing in themselves. But yoga delivers more than any business conference or seminar ever could. Yoga aligns your energy and consciousness to help you create prosperity, eliminate self-defeating thoughts, enhance your creativity, and attract the investors and team you need in order to be unstoppable.

Yoga has also helped me tap into my internal resources and make my company a reflection of the good I want to do in the world. Making a difference and making money are not mutually exclusive.

When you live a passionate, balanced life full of positivity and good intentions, you’ll create immeasurable wealth for yourself, your employees, your customers, and the world.

 

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The Questions You Have Always Wanted To Ask A Spiritual Leader

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buddhist_boot_camp, timber hawk eye interview

It’s not often we get to sit on the floor, barefoot and in lotus position while interviewing a spiritual author whose journey and teachings have positively influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

10995998_10204532948777710_3703269667569988_nTimber Hawkeye, author of the best-selling spiritual guide ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention in ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ and life is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.

Timber was kind enough to give us his time on his worldwide book tour to answer some of the questions not many get to ask him but all want to know.

Make yourself a cup of tea, light a few candles and enjoy!

 

1. What is the message behind Buddhist Boot Camp?

“If I was to incapsulate it, the message would be simple – be grateful and be kind. It’s important to understand that we create a lot of our own suffering – by becoming aware that we hold the responsibility to create our own happiness, we empower ourselves to live a more relaxed, compassionate and positive life.”

 

2. How did the book come to be?

“I never had the intention to sit down and write a book. When I moved to Hawaii, I didn’t have a place to live, I didn’t have a job lined up and I didn’t know what I was going to do – I just knew that I wanted to live a more relaxed and free life. Every month I would send a letter to my friends and family, updating them on how my simplistic and non materialistic life was turning out.

After about 8 years of continual updates, thoughts and teachings, my friend who was moved by what I wrote about, suggested that I take all those emails and letters and make them public. So that’s what ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ is – a collection of all my journal entires, emails and letters to friends compiled into a book. That’s why every chapter is only a page long and can be read in any order.”

 

3. Is there a difference between being religious and being spiritual?

Absolutely! Organized religion provides answers for us to follow while spirituality keeps us in a place of questioning and inquiry. With spirituality we make peace with not knowing, with not having all the answers and not having only one truth. Truth within spirituality has a small ’T’ while in religion, it’s capitalized on being the universal truth above all else.

That’s why there is so much hostility between different religions – they believe their truth is the only truth and most superior to any other explanation. While spirituality leaves us in a place of searching, wonder, open mindfulness and open heartfulness to not be so quick to judge or label.”

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4. You quote the Dalai Lama saying, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Can you elaborate on that?

“I don’t think a label is important at all. I am a lot of things – not only one (label) defines me. Meaning it’s not about being a buddhist, it’s about being ‘Buddha-like’ or not being Christian but being ‘Christ-like’ and that’s a really important invitation to not focus so much on the label but on the actual teachings. Living this way makes you ask yourself ‘how can my actions be inline with my values?’ because your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does. So it does matter who you are or what you want to be just be really good at it.”

 

4. You say to focus on the teachings not the teachers. What do you mean and why?

“We tend to put the ‘teachers’ of faith up on a pedestal and look up to them. Shunryū Suzuki wrote about how there are no enlightened beings, only enlightened activity and that was very empowering for me. The people we perceive to be enlightened i.e. the Dalai Lama, Jesus, Buddha, they’re people like you and I however they just made enlightened activity apart of their everyday lives.

And so by bringing ourselves up to eye level with those figures, you become empowered and confident in your abilities to become enlightened.”

 

5. Do you believe success and spirituality coexist? Typically society tells us we can only develop one or the other.

Most definitely! You need to understand that ‘typically’ the opinion of success in society is skewed. Success to me is being happy. To me spirituality is a means to happiness and so success and spirituality can very much coexist. I don’t have a lot of money however I feel like the richest man in the world because I am happy – and spirituality brings that to me. I think there would be nothing worse than being super wealthy but feeling unfulfilled and unhappy internally.”

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6. Meditation seems to be a buzz word lately, what is it, how do you do it and can someone with no previous experience with meditation still benefit?

Of course! You’re right, meditation is a buzz word at the moment which is a shame because with that brings assumptions – assumptions of how it should be done, what it is and who should do it. People seek out to be ‘taught’ meditation however I shy away from giving instruction because the moment you do, you’re implying there is a wrong way to meditate. I have a lot of individuals come up to me and voice that they are meditating wrong or they don’t know how to do it but in-fact there is no ‘wrong way’ of meditating. As long as the intention is there, your attempts are successful.

The whole point of meditation is to learn how to control your mind. So if you find that there is something you do which relaxes you and in which your mind doesn’t wonder – it could be jogging, hiking, gardening, doing puzzles, painting and if while you’re doing that your mind stays focused – you’re meditating. Its that simple. There’s no need to sit in full lotus position or burn incense or chant chakras – mediation is just the practice of focusing your mind.”

 

7. What’s one exercise or activity you would recommend we do starting today to lead a more positive, happy and fulfilled life?

“Keep a gratitude journal. Every single morning, make it the first thing you do – take out your journal and just start listing anything and everything you’re grateful for.  It can be as simple as “I am so grateful to be alive today” or “I am so grateful for all my friends and family” or “I am so grateful for all the opportunities I attract into my life”.

You can even download a gratitude app to your smart phone if journaling isn’t for you. What’s cool about the app is you can also document photos, videos and voice memos as well as text.

When you live and come from a place of complete gratitude, everything changes and you have no choice but to become a happier person.”

 

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8 Athletes & Entrepreneurs That Embrace Yoga as the Edge to Success

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Athletes and Entrepreneurs Who Practice Yoga

Incredibly successful athletes and entrepreneurs continue to embrace yoga as a powerful tool in gaining the mental and physical edge necessary to become a consistent top performer in the field and boardroom.

The improved mental clarity gained from their practice allows them to remain calm in the face of pressure to make the tough plays when the game is on the line, or when game changing strategic decisions need to be made.

The enhanced energy and physical strength from a regular practice provides them the level of vitality necessary to be at the top of their game through an entire season, playoffs and championships, or during the long days of building and running a thriving business.

Here are 8 phenomenally successful athletes and entrepreneurs that found a winning edge through their yoga practice.

 

1. Daniel Loeb

Daniel LoebFounder & Chief Executive of Third Point, LLC
$17.5B Assets Under Management Hedge Fund

Daniel Loeb is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in history and a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. He credits yoga with the ability to quiet the fluctuations and putting the mind at ease, learning to come out of difficult positions and persevering through difficult uncomfortable moments, and making decisions that are consistent with our moral framework.

 

2. LeBron James

Lebron James ClevelandForward, Cleveland Cavaliers
2-time NBA Champion, 4-time MVP, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year

Lebron James credits his yoga practice to increasing his stamina and endurance, which is useful in his often-needed long-playing minutes.

LeBron says:

“Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind, and it’s a technique that has really helped me.”

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz YogaWide Receiver, New York Gians
Super Bowl Champion, Pro-Bowl, NFL record holder longest touchdown reception

Cruz became a huge proponent of yoga after the mandatory classes for all rookies in pre-season training camp. After becoming an incredible sensation his rookie year, he credited his practice with providing focus, mental toughness and stamina for those long games.

 

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers YogaQuarterback, Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, 3-time Pro Bowl

Aaron Rodgers has come out and said he’ll most likely play into his 40’s thanks to his newfound love of practicing yoga. Aaron credits it with an increased amount of flexibility and sharpened mental discipline.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons YogaCo-Founder Def Jam, Founder Phat Farm

Russell Simmons started practicing twenty years ago and was immediately hooked on the presence gained from a daily yoga practice. Russell credits it with providing an increased amount of focus leading to flashes of creativity that helped him build his business empire.

 

 

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi YogaForward, FC Barcelona/ Captain-Argentina National Futból Team
FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Cup World Cup Champion 

After heavy workouts throughout the day, Lionel Messi finishes his day with a power yoga routine that helps him rejuvenate his mind and provides harmony for a peaceful feeling.

 

7. Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin YogaCo-Founder, GOOGLE, Inc. 

Sergey Brin has profound enthusiasm for his yoga practice and credits it with his ability maintain semblance in his life.

 

 

 

8. Dwyane Wade

dwyane wayde yogaGuard, Miami Heat
3-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP

Dwayne Wade is such a huge proponent of yoga, he proposed to his wife on a yoga block! He is a fan of sharing the glorious physical benefits the practice of yoga has brought to his ability to perform on the court and maintain flexibility.

 

As yoga continues to gain prominence and become mainstream we should follow the example of the uber-successful who find mental clarity and discipline, physical stamina, energy and strength, and inner peace to gain an edge and become a top performer in our lives.

 

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