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Item #1 of the yama / niyama challenge … beginning with the niyama svadhyaya. To break down the sanskrit of it all … svadhyaya combines the word sva (self) with a derivative of the word dhyai (to contemplate, think on, recollect) and is generally translated to mean “self-study”. Besides being a pretty fun word to say (svad-YAYA) …

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For me … fall has always been a time of learning … a time of assimilating the bits of knowledge that have bounced relentlessly against my cerebral cortex over the sweet summer months … a time of harnessing the energy that built up when the sun was so distractingly high that it was impossible to notice anything …

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Abraham Maslow. Giant in the world of psychology … hierarchy of needs, humanistic psychology, positive psychology, self-actualization, peak experiences, metamotivation, and the beautiful concept of B-values. Etcetera. Amazing right? Right. I was attracted to him as soon as his existence hit my consciousness. He had a huge influence on my thinking as I journeyed on my own …

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Live in the present. Let go of the past. The future will take care of itself. Just be in the moment. These are the kinds of statements the wise ones have been making since the beginning of time. The sentiments are even reflected in the very first of Patanjali’s sutras “atha yoga anushasanam” which is loosely translated …

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