Curiosity and wonderment are key yogi skills. These articles and resources are shared to help us remain teachable.
If we are only rewarded by our achievements, we slowly become non-learners. We begin to avoid the activities that we are not good at and slowly start to shrink our lives.
If we can feel rewarded by our efforts, then challenges and new things become exciting as they offer an opportunity to grow and stretch and live a richer life.
Key ingredients of a yogi are wonderment and willingness. If we approach ourselves with curiosity and amazement, we increase our capacity to hold the opposites.
Note that some of these links take you to PDFs that can be printed.
- The Effort Effect, by Dr. Carol Dweck
- How Companies Learn Your Secrets, by Charles Duhigg
- Personhood, Practice, and Transformation, by Ravi Ravindra
- Yoga as Self Transformation, by Joel Kramer
- The Authenticity Paradox, by Herminia Ibarra
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
abhyAsa and vairAGYA
Sutras 1.12 through 1.16 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras address the necessary balance of practice and surrender.
To be good at anything requires at least 10,000 hours of practice.
~ The findings of Malcom Gladwell in Outliers
Fake it Till You Make It
If you want to be happy, approach the ocean of happiness.
~ Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein
- Brain’s Inspiration Point, reported by Lee Dye
Into blind darkness enter those who follow ignorance; into even greater darkness go those who follow knowledge.
~ Isha Upanishad