Postures are only the initial stage in the long road of Yoga training. It is a training that usually begins with working to improve the body, then progresses to control of the mind and finally leads to the unfolding of the spirit within. - Indra Devi
From a feature in the Chicago Tribune:
Long Term -
Eating a poor quality diet high in junk food is linked to a higher risk of obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. And as you might expect, frequency matters when it comes to the impact of junk food on your health.
A review of studies on fast food and heart health found having fast food more than once a week was linked to a higher risk of obesity, while eating fast food more than twice a week was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and death from coronary heart disease.
Short term -
Just a few days of junk food could change your metabolism. A small study of 12 healthy young men found eating junk food for just five days led to a reduced ability of their muscles to turn glucose into energy, even though they didn't eat more calories as part of the study. Over the long term, this change could lead to insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes.
Another effect of just a couple of days of junk food is poor digestion. Because junk food lacks fiber, eating too much of it could lead to constipation.
(read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-nutrition-fast-food-20180301-story.html )
Eliminating faults and acquiring good qualities is the teaching for one seeking higher rebirth. Eliminating all grasping by means of wisdom is the teaching for one seeking enlightenment. —Nagarjuna
I am often asked why it is easier to see failure than success, unhappiness than happiness. It is of our early training, which was usually negative. When good things happened, people exclaimed, ‘This is too good to be true.’ - Florence Scovel Shinn
Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated. - Fred Rogers
Historically, Tibet is and has been a buffer between four powerful Asian countries: Persia to the west, India to the south, Mongolia to the north and China to the east. Glen Mullin, a Tibetan scholar who is a friend of the Dalai Lama, says that the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists once described Tibet this way to him:
"We adopted our spiritual traditions from India, the mother of the greatest religions in the East; we took our culinary arts from China, the Eastern land with the best cooking; and we adopted the Mongolian style of dress as the Mongolians had the most colorful sense in clothing."
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. - Fred Rogers
The Dalai Lama often reminds his audiences, “that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” During the Great Depression, a man who was completely uneducated, who could neither read nor write, learned of a job opening as a public school janitor in New York City. He applied but was turned down due to his illiteracy. Naturally he was disappointed and upset.
However, a friend helped him get a position selling cigars on the street. The man became a highly successful cigar salesman and deposited his commissions in the bank with the aid of a friend who filled out the application forms and wrote out deposit slips. After two or three years, he had a savings account of $30,000, at the height of the depression. He decided to withdraw some of his money. The bank teller instructed him to “write out a withdrawal slip for the amount you want.” The said: “I can’t read or write.” Amazed, the teller said: “Wow, you’ve earned and saved $30,000 without an education! Where would you have been if you had been able to read and write?”
The man responded: “I would have been a janitor in Public School No. 17!”
When the Dalai Lama says - “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”- he means that we need to trust the Universe, remaining confident and calm even when events don’t appear to favor us.
Nobody else can live the life you live. And even though no human being is perfect, we always have a chance to bring what’s unique about us to live in a redeeming way.
- Fred Rogers
'REIMAGING HUMAN FLOURISHING" - DALAI LAMA CALLS FOR GREATER HUMAN UNITY TO SOLVE UNIVERSAL PROBLEMS
This week, the Dalai Lama welcomed more than 200 noted academics, scientists, education specialists, and Buddhist scholars to his official residence in Dharamsala for the 33rd Mind & Life Conference. The conference theme is "Reimaging Human Flourishing". The Dalai Lama offered this wisdom on the first day:
"The time has come to think in terms of the whole of humanity not just our nation within its own boundariesThe environment, too, is telling us that we human beings have to work together as one community, which is the only way we’ll meet such serious issues as the increasing shortage of water. It will require a new approach to education that takes account of scientific findings and that cultivates human qualities on the basis of a secular scientific approach.”