#28 Life Lessons From an Unknown Artist — Nataraja Shiva, The Lord of Dance

I was born in America and grew up Hindu. Growing up I took part in rituals that were performed at pooja’s (prayer meetings) without understanding why?

I asked my parents, elders, and even the priests that performed the religious ceremonies simple questions about God, my skepticism, and confusion. I couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone.

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#15 Attack or Inquiry?

A young man with excruciating pain in his foot went to a Shaman for guidance. The man said, “Oh, wise Shaman, the pain in my foot is unbearable, every time I walk, it hurts more and more. I can’t fathom much longer.” With his gentle disposition, the Shaman put his hand on the young man’s shoulder and said, “Son, you have only two choices and I’m afraid the decision rests in your hands. You can either cover every path that which you walk in burlap or you can wear shoes.”

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#2 Vipassana Meditation — Living a Monk’s Life for 10 Days

Vipassana is a meditation technique of seeing things as they really are. Through stark observation and concentration, the focus remains on the sensations of the body and through this, one develops non-reactive understanding and insight into the subtle and gross changes that the body exhibits during meditation.

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