In the last few weeks I received emails from a few publishing houses & PR firms asking if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their clients’ yoga books. Though my reading list for the new year is already full, I figured maybe (just maybe) one of these books might inspire me to hop back onto my blog which I’ve clearly neglected the last couple months.
So I graciously accepted the offers stating I would add each book to my 2014 reading list. Well here it is – and the best part is the book I was least excited about receiving I’m actually loving. Side note: This has been a subtle reminder that the best things in life often happen when we least expect them.
Given I’m only about 50+ pages deep into “Within”, the author Dr. Sadeghi clearly has demonstrated a real understanding about the mind/body connection and how we can change our lives by changing our thoughts. Of course, it starts by learning how to change the constant internal dialogue we have with ourselves, i.e. self-talk. These aren’t new concepts per se but so far Dr. Sadeghi’s explanations are very approachable.
During my reading of “Within” it also dawned on me that about 30% of my Dharma Yoga 800-hour yoga teacher training internship requirements (which I plan to have fully completed by the Spring —yay!) are wrapped around the power of our thoughts. In fact on my most recent visit to NYC to practice with my yoga teacher Sri Dharma Mittra, I made my way to the Sivananda Yoga Center on W. 24th St. and bought Sivananda’s “Thought Power”. Hmmm…coincidence? It’s often said there are no coincidences in life. Or as Albert Einstein is credited with saying “coincidences are just God’s way of being anonymous.”
So as I’ve kicked off my 2014 private yoga and corporate yoga classes, I’ve been sharing with students this idea that with our thoughts we create our reality. Further I’ve been concluding each class with this Chinese Proverb which Dr. Sadeghi shares at the beginning of chapter 4 in “Within”:Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.