Monday, July 13, 2015

A ray of sunshine

I have to say that the weather here is far from inspiring at the moment.  I've been exercising outdoors in the cold all this winter and it's not been much fun although the sun did come out briefly this morning and it was great to feel some rays on my skin.  I think if I lived anywhere colder than here, I'd need one of those special lights that prevent sad syndrome!
Image via www.yogananda-srf.org
I did manage to see Awake: The Life of Yogananda on Friday night at Cinema Nova in Carlton and have started reading his book 'Autobiography of a Yogi', which is considered one of the all time spiritual classics and the one book which Steve Jobs from Apple apparently had on his computer, which was distributed at his memorial service asking all people present to give themselves the opportunity in life to 'self-actualise.'

I think one of the hardest things in this modern age is maintaining equilibrium irrespective of the gains or losses in your life (and it's definitely more difficult for me coping with losses) and the interesting thing about having seen the movie, and now reading the book, is this whole spiritual message.  The fact that we need to search for the 'divine' within and that the answers always lie within us, not in the external world.  The other thing which struck me was that the movie and book also focus more on the spiritual/mental aspect of yoga and meditation rather than here in the west where the focus tends to be more on the physical practice of yoga itself.  This would have been way ahead of its time when Yogananda was preaching his message to people in the United States in the 1930s.
Image via itunes.apple.com
If you're interested in meditating I've found the Simply Being app a really relaxing thing to listen to before I drift off to sleep at night, especially as I've set mine to the sound of music (you can also choose nature sounds like the ocean).  It's a guided meditation app and you can set it for however long you wish from 5 to 30 minutes - it's been a relatively easy thing to incorporate into daily life, particularly if you find it hard to get to classes like me.

And while I'm on this philosophical bent, I did want to let you know that the next Red Shoes business women's networking event is the appropriately titled 'Comfortable in your own skin' which is being held this Wednesday night 15 July at the Old Shire Offices in Heidelberg.  The discussion will be lead by Sally Arnold - an author, speaker, psychotherapist and high performance coach who specialises in helping women move out of 'stuckness' in their personal and professional lives.
Image via sbs.com.au
Interesting too to see that The School of Life has teamed up with this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, which opens on 30 July with the theme 'Watch how you feel' combining festival movies with some of its programs and courses.  They also have a philosophy salon on Buddha next month, which I think would be a really interesting one to attend.
Image via The School of Life

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