You Are Already Naked

My favourite fluffy clouds, Toronto.
My favourite fluffy clouds, Toronto.

Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve JobsUS computer engineer & industrialist (1955 – 2011) Continue reading You Are Already Naked

Feel The Emptiness

An old sign, Toronto.
An old sign, Toronto.

Our greatest pretences are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. – Eric Hoffer

The other day, I sat down in front of my computer to write a blog post, my weekly diatribe to the blogosphere. But instead of words pouring out from me, there was only emptiness. Not only was there nothing that I felt like putting down on the screen, but I felt this gaping emptiness inside of me. Continue reading Feel The Emptiness

My Mat Is My Haven

Random pictures from Toronto.
Random pictures from Toronto.

“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.”  ~ Stephen Cope

A few days ago, I woke up with a headache. The heating in my condo wasn’t working up to par, and unbeknownst to me, it was 18.5 degrees Celsius all night. I did some oil pulling, and brushed my teeth. I had some breakfast, and sat down to write. But no matter what I did, the headache didn’t go away. I hate taking pills for random little pains here and there, so I ignored the headache as much as I could. I tried breathing exercises, and doing some pushups to get the blood flowing, but nothing helped. Continue reading My Mat Is My Haven

Remove Negativity In The Bud

Snow free streets from the summer, Toronto.
Snow free streets from the summer, Toronto.

I was reading the book, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma. In it, there is a story about how the monks from Sivana would go to a cold waterfall and bathe in the freezing cold water when they had a negative thought in order to prevent the negative thoughts from proliferating.

“To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the very best information enter. You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought—not even one.” Continue reading Remove Negativity In The Bud

Taking Up Mental Space

East-Asian grocery store, Toronto.
East-Asian grocery store, Toronto.

Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

I have been giving up a lot of ‘stuff’, physical and emotional, in the past few months, and I have been realizing more and more how much space this ‘stuff’ takes up in my mental space. You don’t actually realize you are holding that much tension in your mind, until you release a particular item. Often times, it is an item that you didn’t even think, you were thinking about. Without realizing, this item has been living rent-free in your head, quietly; like that serial killer that every neighbour thinks is the nicest, quietest guy in the world. Continue reading Taking Up Mental Space

Being True To Yourself In Job Interviews

Reminders of sunshine, Toronto.
Reminders of sunshine, Toronto.

Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away. – Ismail Haniyeh

Over the past few months, I have realized that I am getting worse and worse at falsifying my intentions in any way. It just doesn’t feel good when I am not being true to myself. I have been going to job interviews galore for the past few months and a lot of them have seen my blog. In my blog, I passionately talk about travel and yoga and spirituality. Continue reading Being True To Yourself In Job Interviews

My Backpack Has Been Places I Haven’t Been

Pop of yellow, Toronto.
Pop of yellow, Toronto.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck

I was musing over travel the last few weeks, and how a lot of my good friends are going to South America in the new few months. It seems the hot place to go to right now, like South East Asia was a few years ago. I started thinking if my backpack could talk, the stories it would tell. I have lent out my backpack to a few people in its lifetime, and I have been to some quirky places myself. Continue reading My Backpack Has Been Places I Haven’t Been

Show Off Your Belly

Reminders of summer, Toronto.A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. – Paul Dudley White

I read this story a long time ago about Arnold Schwarzenegger and the start to his body building career. He was extremely fit with a huge beer belly. In order to motivate himself to keep on lifting weights, and getting fit, he used to wear shirts that showed off his big belly. Most people wear looser and looser shirts to cover up their paunch. But he decided to take the opposite approach. In order to shame himself and to motivate himself, he decided to wear the tightest shirts, and belly shirts that showed off his belly to everyone around him. Continue reading Show Off Your Belly

Sivasana Is A Personal Pose

Funky car on a walk downtown Toronto.
Funky car on a walk downtown Toronto.

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel. – Kevin Trudeau

I have started going to a yoga studio in downtown Toronto in the past week. Changing yoga studios is always a heart-breaking experience – you get attached to the way one studio does or doesn’t do things, and then you have to get used to a completely new studio. Continue reading Sivasana Is A Personal Pose

The Number On The Scale Doesn’t Matter

Random pictures from my neighbourhood, Toronto.
Random pictures from my neighbourhood, Toronto.

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. – John F. Kennedy

I was speaking to a friend recently about fitness goals and weight loss. She was telling me how she does a weekly weigh-in and she has realized no matter how hard she worked out in the past few weeks, the number on the weighing scale hasn’t budged. It reminded me of my own predicament a few weeks ago. Continue reading The Number On The Scale Doesn’t Matter

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