Create a Plague of Joy

bird“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.  If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
― Swami SatchidanandaThe Yoga Sutras

Smile at someone this weekend, help create a plague of joy in your community and your life, it is available to each and every one of us, free of charge.  Now that is a good deal.

NY state of mind

Taughannock Falls, tallest free falling waterfall, 215 feet, in the northeast.

Taughannock Falls, tallest free falling waterfall, 215 feet, in the northeast.

Ithaca, NY is gorgeous, not only for it’s incredible waterfalls, gorges, and hiking trails but the awareness and importance of supporting local business and the freshest foods, which just happen to be local too.  While visiting this weekend I felt connected to the culture and community vibe immediately, people walking or biking everywhere, multiple yoga studios, farm to table food selections, and every restaurant listed all of the local purveyors they sourced their amazing ingredients from.  Not to mention they had the best drinking water ever, like there was a spring out back. When you eat well and move your body regularly I think it improves your mood and energy level, this was surely true, because everyone was very friendly.  Usually after a busy weekend away your tired, regretting food and drink choices, and ready to be home.  Visiting Ithaca has the opposite effect, I was energized from the beautiful cuisine, fresh air and breath taking views, and the knowledge there is a community out there that really gets it.  My hat is off to you, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Intention & Desire

You are what your deepest desire is.

As is your desire, so is your intention.

As is your intention so is your will.

As is your will so is your deed.

As is your deed so is your destiny.

~Brihadaranyaka, Upanishads

This makes a lot of sense.  Powerful wisdom that shared in an ancient text (Upanishads) that offers experiences and realizations of sages and gurus.  I gravitate to this one because it is a true reflection of our daily thoughts, choices, and what we experience in life.  Everything we do starts from a place of intention and desire, the clearer we are on what we want to create in our life the more likely we are to see it happen. What are you thinking about most?  What do you spend the most time doing?  Our actions are where our destiny lies, our true life goal, not a socially conditioned goal, is where our desires lead us. If you want something to grow stronger in life, give it more attention.  If you want something to diminish, withdraw your attention.  Such a simple formula, give it a go, what do you have to lose?  You might just get rid of something that has overstayed its welcome.