Sunday Conference 4.19.15

Sunday Conference with Diana

April 19, 2015

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Know these words:

“The quality of our minds becomes the quality of our lives.” ~ Diana


“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
~ John Milton


Sthira – strong, steadiness, alertness and grounded
Sukha – lightness and comfort; happiness; grace
How is the balance of sthira and sukha aligned with your
Physical, internal and spiritual bodies?
Is your breath gentle, powerful, smooth & refined?
What about your bandhas?

Happiness Advantage – Principle #4 – Falling Up
The Bank Robbery scenario – 70% felt it was a very unfortunate event;
30% felt that it was fortunate no one was killed or more seriously injured

Continued Homework

Springtime Gratitude meditation with tiny stones
 4/6-6/21 (1st day of Summer)

Weekly Messages



You’ve probably heard the oft-told story of the two shoe salesmen who were sent to Africa in the early 1900s to assess opportunities.  They wired separate telegrams back to their boss. 
One read: “Situation hopeless. They don’t wear shoes.” 
The other read:  “Glorious opportunity!”  They don’t have any shoes yet.”
~ Shawn Achor

Sunday Conference 4.5.15

Sunday Conference with Diana

April 5, 2015

The “Revolution” - Continue your practice to make your zen mind “heaven” 

 How’d you do with 3-minute seated meditation - 30-Day Challenge?

 “Happiness Advantage” Shawn Achor

Did you read Principle #3 – The Tetris Effect?
  How do you “wire” your brain?  What is your reality?
Do you make good choices? Pay attention? Remain present?

Principle #4 – Falling Up – Mental “mapping” and tenacity
1.  Keep doing the same routine (no change; you end where you started)
2.  The routine becomes negative (far worse off)
3.  Third Path – leads us from failure to being stronger and more capable than before

Daily mind training to create neuro pathways:    
“Happiness,” “Gratitude” and “Optimism”

Homework

Springtime puja - Gratitude meditation – 4/6-6/21
Have each small, colorful stone represent a person you are grateful for and/or
Gratitude for all the beauty and peace in your life

Weekly Messages




“Practice Resurrection.” ~ Wendell Berry

Sunday Conference 3.29.15

Sunday Conference with Diana

March 29, 2015

Practice to make your zen mind “heaven” 
Nourish your “beautiful” mind with the calmer, more peaceful part of yourself.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
~ John Milton, Paradise Lost

Are you the “looking” bird – quietly observing
or the “gobbling” bird? – reactionary; active?

30-Day Challenge (3/8 – 4/7)
Daily seated 3-minute meditation (mind-training) with a friend, family member

Guruji’s Method:  latter 4 limbs of our Ashtanga practice –
Pratyahara ~ dharana ~ dhyana ~ samadhi

Suggested reading:  “Happiness Advantage” Shawn Achor
Did you read Principle #3 – The Tetris Effect?
  How do you “wire” your brain?  What is your reality?
Do you make good choices? Pay attention? Remain present?

Daily mind training to create neuro pathways:    “Happiness,” “Gratitude” and “Optimism”

“The quality of our mind becomes the quality of our life” ~ Diana

Weekly Message