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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 89 "Mental Strength"
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Mental Strength      
 
 “When it comes to conflict, using physical force is quick but it’s what weak people do. Strong people have mental strength and show compassion toward someone who has hurt them or made a mistake. It needs more courage to forgive somebody. To understand the world and to understand everybody as they are, your mind should be neutral and balanced. That’s the real Yoga.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda

(photo: Palani Temple, outside Bhogar's Samadhi, South India, mid-1980s)


Q & A with Swami Satchidananda on Finding Contentment

  
Question:
I’m basically happy and peaceful but feel that something is missing. How can I find the missing part?
Swami Satchidananda:
If you are basically happy and in peace, what can be missing? It’s a sort of contradiction. If you are basically happy and in peace, then there is nothing to miss, because you are not depending on anything for your peace and joy. If you depend on something for your peace, then that something might not last, or, you might become fearful of losing it. Peace, without depending on anything, is your true nature. There is nothing to miss. Probably, because of some past samskaras, past impressions, your own mind might create a sort of illusion that you are missing something. It will say, “Don’t you think you are missing something? Don’t you think you were happier before?” That is the trick of your mind; it doesn’t want to let you be happy. It wants to make you unhappy, so it creates an imaginary void, as if you are missing something. Don’t give room for that.  MORE


Living the Wisdom of the Tao:
Oprah Winfrey Interviews Wayne Dyer

 
Wayne Dyer (1940-2015) talks with Oprah about his best selling book Change Your Thoughts–Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao in this inspiring conversation from 2013.

 

The Tibetan Buddhist View of Death and Dying
By Robert Thurman, Ph.D.


Many people have reported dying and being reborn, and they remember what happened to them. These are not just near-death experience memories; these are people who have died and report from another life that they remember what happened. Such accounts are simply dismissed by Western science, but there is a large body of evidence of living beings who claim and who in fact give very convincing demonstrations of remembering their own experiences from previous lives. After people die, the subtle mind severs or loses its connection with the body and the gross personality. The identity of the person, the way a person is organized, the coordination of the different senses, the thinking patterns, the language and everything—all of that goes. On the other hand, the subtle mind, which is almost like a gene, continues.  MORE


A few years ago, as I approached my 68th birthday, I begin typing words to describe what it feels like to age with Yoga as my support system. You see, I now have been practicing the art of Yoga for over five decades. It has always been the backdrop of virtually every one of my adult experiences. It began with a Hatha Yoga class at the New York Integral Institute, where I saw a photo of a man named Swami Satchidananda. His gaze in the photo was open and inviting and somewhat mesmerizing. I went to hear him speak soon after my first class at Integral and I think that my presence at that public talk was the beginning of my journey in Yoga. As I embarked on this new “interest” in my life, Hatha Yoga was the practice that consumed me. I was a dancer. I loved to move and this Hatha Yoga template added another dimension to my understanding of how energy and movement coalesce with mindful attention to breath. As I continued to attend Yoga classes, I also continued to live my life as a performing artist, but something was changing.  MORE


Mister Rogers Meets Yoga

Who doesn't love Fred Rogers from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Hollywood appears to love him lots! This beloved neighbor is the subject of two new films: "Won't You Be My Neighbor," a documentary from Focus Features premiering June 8th and "You Are My Friend," a film starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers (going into production late summer), directed by Integral Yogi Marielle Heller. Heller grew up on Swami Satchidananda's lap, as her parents were longtime students (dad was Swamiji's chiropractor at one time). She spent many happy times in Yogaville, even enjoying summer camp there. And Mr. Rogers has another Yoga connection. In the 2012 documentary, "Mister Rogers & Me," Bo & Sita Lozoff—yogis and founders of the Human Kindness Foundation who had a long and close friendship with Rogers—are interviewed. This film (streams on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix DVD, or for purchase) explores the roots of Mister Rogers’ values, unmasks the forces acting against his core message ( “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex."), and helps them to develop the means to lead deeper, simpler lives.

Yoga—The Fountain of Youth
An Interview with Barbara Prema Brown

Barbara Prema Brown has been practicing Yoga for the past 30 years. After being diagnosed with a fibroid tumor, she sought Yoga as an alternative therapy to help her recover. An accountant by trade, she pursued Yoga teacher training at Yogaville in 2009 and has been teaching Yoga ever since. Last week, Prema Brown was in Yogaville for her workshop: Aging Agelessly (photo l-r: Satya Greenstone & Prema Brown workshop co-leaders). She was interviewed about the benefits she has recognized in her own body and mind from practicing Yoga. She noted: "When I initially started doing Yoga, I was much younger. I wasn’t at the place that I’m at now! However, Yoga saved me while I was working on Wall Street. I worked for JP Morgan and Yoga helped me to de-stress. I also started, about 30 years ago, following a vegetarian diet, which is also recommended by the Yoga teachings....So in order to have a really healthy life as you age, I believe you must have a practice in your life that helps you. I personally feel that Yoga is the ultimate practice." Read the full interview here

Facing Death, Mindfully
By Bhante Henepola Gunaratna

I had received word of my mother’s final illness. On the way to Sri Lanka from Washington, DC, I changed planes to a jumbo jet in Hawaii. An hour or two after taking off from Hawaii, I looked out my window and noticed flames coming from the plane’s engine. Then the pilot’s voice came over the intercom: the engine was on fire and we were turning back. He told the flight attendants to give instructions on how we should exit the plane if we managed to get back to Hawaii. We were to sit quietly with our seat belts on. When we landed, floor lights would lead us to the eight emergency doors. The doors would open, and emergency chutes would come out. We were to jump on to the chutes without a moment’s hesitation, slide down and run away from the plane. I thought, “If this is my time to die, well I will die anyway, whether I am afraid or not. Let me keep my mind clear.”  MORE

New from Yogaville:
Medical Yoga, Meditation, & Mindfulness Online Programs

Even if you can't get to Yogaville this year, you can still take some of the programs offered via online livestreaming. Explore the field of lifestyle medicine and medical Yoga through mindfulness meditation, delve into how modern neuroscience is uncovering the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Buddhist practices, find inspiration for developing a daily practice, and more. Presenters include: Dilip Sarkar, MD (IAYT president), Amrita Sandra McLanahan, MD (Founder of America's first integrative medicine clinic), M. Mala Cunningham (Cardiac Yoga), Michael Lee (Phoenix Rising), among others.

It's back! What's back? The Community Tea/Open House was an annual event first hosted by Yogaville founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda in the 1980s. The tea was held last weekend and is a way of opening the doors to neighbors in friendship and goodwill. This event enables Yogaville to enhance its relationships with the people of Buckingham County and surrounding areas. About 50 Buckingham community members mingled and visited with Yogaville members over tea and delicious desserts and browsed presentations about Yogaville. Some took the tour, and the Chair Yoga and meditation sessions. Sita Rose and Mindy Zlotnick organized this wonderful event, which they hope becomes an annual occasion once again.
(Video/reporting by Jeff Ananda Kamen)
Inspirational Meme of the Week
 
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