The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

“Classes with yoga in the name are a free-for-all now. Most of them are led by people who have practiced for a short time, then took a short training with an inexperienced teacher. Instructions about how to practice yoga have become practically extinct, replaced by music, smiles, and well-intentioned but misguided falsehoods.

Yoga has a big problem now. That is that most contemporary yoga teachers cannot answer one simple question that any teacher should be able to answer without hesitation. And that question is: What do you teach?

The vast majority of modern yoga teachers are incapable of breaking down the most basic concepts about what yoga is, what the human body is, and how they can work together in this thing called posture. They tell their students all about the magical things that happen when you do as they say but they cannot, for the life of them, explain what it is that they are doing and how that may connect to any usable tool for living.

It’s time that skilled yoga teachers, the ones who know this is not okay, to do something. So, where are you? What are you doing? Are you going to let this keep happening or are you going to speak up and help the world learn about yoga?”

From: American Yoga School

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Stephen Hawking’s Warning

‘A lot of people consider astrophysicist Stephen Hawking to be the smartest man in the world. His research and theories have explained some of the deepest mysteries of time and space. So it’s understandable why, on Tuesday, people sort of freaked out when Hawking said there was one thing he could not explain: The popularity of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

But here’s the thing: in that same interview, Hawking also said he didn’t believe Trump was the greatest threat facing America, or even the world. The greatest threat, he said, is human-caused climate change.

“A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,” Hawking said. “A rise in ocean temperature would melt the ice-caps, and cause a release of large amounts of carbon dioxide from the ocean floor. Both effects could make our climate like that of Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees.” Hawking’s comments about Trump made headlines in nearly every major American media outlet. His comments about climate change being the world’s greatest threat, however, did not make the cut.’

Source: The Media Is Ignoring The Most Important Part Of Stephen Hawking’s Comments On Trump

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Exercises for Peace and Happiness

‘In nature “once the chase is over, the hunter goes back to sleep, and the hunted goes back to eating. They don’t think about it, they just do what they do. If that happened to us, we’d be thinking about it for hours, days, even years. But the impala is different. The impala just lives in the moment. That’s why she’s so peaceful.”

Mindfulness is not:

… just meditation. Instead, mindfulness can best be viewed as increasing our attention and awareness in the present moment.

… wiping your mind clear of thoughts. On the contrary, mindfulness is about becoming aware of your thoughts, but without judgment or attempting to push them away.

… relaxation. The overarching practice is not aimed at becoming more relaxed.

… religion. Though it owes some of its heritage to Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness can also be practiced in a wholly secular manner and requires no religious affiliation whatsoever.

… sitting in a lotus posture and burning incense. You certainly can do this if you’d like to, but it’s far from a requirement!’

Source: Mindfulness: 5 Powerful Exercises for Peace and Happiness

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Are meditation and psychedelics the same?

“Do you ever find yourself worrying about an upcoming situation, even though similar past experiences have worked out fine? Or do you worry about your relationship or finances in a way that is out of proportion with your actual circumstances? These are classic symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety disorders, along with depression, are among the most common mental disorders in the world today.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects 350 million people globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Treatment for the conditions are wide-ranging, from prescription drugs to counseling and therapy, but none have proven to have a universal effect. Scientists are currently trialling meditation and, more controversially, psychedelic drugs as potential treatments due to their perspective-altering effect on the mind. Scientists hope that could help release people from being locked into depressive, or worrying, thoughts.”

Source: CNN.com

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Bullshit jobs: about meaning… and Freedom

‘Nowadays, numerous people are forced to spend their entire working lives doing jobs they consider to be pointless. “Bullshit jobs,” the anthropologist David Graeber calls them. They’re the jobs that even the people doing them admit are, in essence, superfluous. And we’re not talking about just a handful of people here. In a survey of 12,000 professionals by the Harvard Business Review, half said they felt their job had no “meaning and significance,” and an equal number were unable to relate to their company’s mission. Another recent poll among Brits revealed that as many as 37% think they have a bullshit job.’

Source: Why free money beats bullshit jobs

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Nature boosts happiness and makes you kinder: Study

“People have been discussing their profound experiences in nature for the last several hundred years—from Thoreau to John Muir to many other writers. Now we are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.”

David Strayer, University of Utah

Source: True Activist

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The Future of Betterment

“Self-actualization isn’t about avoiding or treating illness. That’s a matter of survival that belongs at the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid. And of course there’s plenty about self-actualization that isn’t health related: ethics, creativity, taste, humor, and more. But for many people, physical, mental and emotional peak performance are a fundamental part of self-actualization. That means they’re fundamental to how they seek meaning in their lives.”

Source: trendwatching.com

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