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Courage - a defining moment

This is what the 14 year old me still teaches me today – When faced with fear, helplessness and frustration, evoke the courage to take the first action that feels right.

Here’s the poignant situation that became a defining moment.
Year: 1990
Location: Dunman High School, Singapore
Event: “Haunted” Toilet, Girl Guides Camping
Time: Late night

Correct Form of Breathing

Yoga, Meditation and the Breath

I started noticing my breath consciously when learning yoga – at the physically demanding ashtanga courses I took in my early 20s, the seemingly simple yet demanding hatha yoga I soon loved since my mid 20s, the hot and sweaty bikram yoga that motivated me in my early 30s, the iyenga and vinyasa yoga teacher’s certification I received in my mid 30s and now, being in my last year of 30s, I simply practice yoga – doesn’t matter the style of yoga, I just get on my mat and focus on the breath.

On a scale of 1 to 10

A deceptively simple rating “1-10” with 10 being the ultimate ideal state. This rating is what I sometimes ask my clients to give me a quick score of how they are doing. We first detail what “10” means to them and discover what the gaps are, if any. 
 
I say “if any” but always get “so many” (gaps). 
 

Handlebars and Spiderman

Once again reminded of Flobot's "Handlebars" song together with quote "With Great Powers Comes Great Responsibility" from Uncle Ben in Spiderman today. Basically, how we have in us the potential for much creation and destruction, hand in hand, side by side.
 
The important question is "Who's keeping tabs?"
I suggest you keep you own.
 
Flobot's "Handlebars" lyrics below and check out track and offical video here
 
I can ride my bike with no handlebars

Create Space For Sattva, Inner Balance

From the Vedic traditions, the ancient mystics, seers and rishis discovered that there are 3 gunas (qualities or zones) of being that are constantly playing in our life.

The first is Tamas which is the state of fewer–thoughts-fewer-actions, i.e. the state of dullness or inertness. The second state is more-thoughts-more-actions, the state of restlessness or hyperactivity which is called Rajas. The final guna is the fewer-thoughts-more-actions i.e. the state of inner balance, restful awareness and a feeling of being “alive” which is called Sattva.

eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate

Now I know what my husband and I are called – CivFanatics. Being part of a community makes all the long gaming hours, crazed dedication and strategy filled dreams suddenly all normal and worthwhile.

What we’re addicted to is none other than Sid Meier's Civilization V (also known as Civ 5). It’s the latest Civilization game released in 2010, 5 years after our previous favorite Civ IV. It’s a turn-based strategy, 4X computer game developed by Firaxis.

Niyama - Patanjali’s Second Limb of Yoga

Moving to Patañjali second limb of yoga brings us to Niyama which are personal behaviors and observances.

Sharing my intepretations on the 5 niyamas as I realize how challenging it is to work on ourselves. This is where it all starts and ends, so here goes…

011011

Today is 01-10-11 and in my imagination, the binary code represents “n-e-w”.

New because today I countdown my last 5 months in corporate life and reflect upon the last 14 years over 2 jobs where the biggest reward is having known so many inspiring individuals around the world and realising that we’re only as good as our ongoing willingness to learn and share.

What's in an identity?

I've been fortunate to have been asking myself this question over the last 3 months.

If my identity is my distinguishing character or personality, then let me not be:

William and the Wind

When I first saw this video of born inventor William Kamkwamba, I asked myself -

What was I doing when I was 14?

Where is Malawi?

What would I do if I flicked the switch and the light didn't come on?

William Kamkwamba’s story of how he harnessed the wind