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To dispel the mysticism surrounding yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices through a detailed documentation of my own spiritual journey. The journey starts with a set of objectives, a goal, and some criteria for measurement. The path involves an engaged yoga practice, daily (where possible) meditation, and the enlistment of gurus where necessary, coupled with a self-help read per month. The timeline for the journey is 1 year.
Where it starts: Aug 10th, 2007.
My starting place
Physically: Injured piriformis and sciatic nerve on right leg from running, underdeveloped muscularly, about 20% body fat, currently running and cycling 4x’s per week. Weight ~135lbs. Experiencing mild back pain (tolerable to live with, but noticeable and uncomfortable after long spells of sitting down). Also noticeable after running and cycling.
Emotionally: My natural state is generally upbeat and positive. I have an average dose of patience and tend to be quite social. Lately, due to job/immigration stress and the recent loss of my mother, my emotional state has been mildly depressed with feelings of disengagement and disinterest in my daily life. I’ve also felt a need to recluse lately and avoid social interaction for solitude instead.
Mentally: Feeling unfocused, lack of concentration and discipline (this is not unusual for me). Unable to function at my usual abilities at work, and creativity is at a low point. Short-term memory is suffering – long-term seems to be okay.
My Goals with My Yoga Practice
Physically: Enhance muscular tone and maintain ideal body fat ratio with reduced cardiovascular training (I’ve decreased my cycling and running from 6 to 4 times per week). Resolve lower back and piriformis and sciatica nerve issues (augment with chiropractic care)
Emotionally: Enhance overall sense of well being above what my natural level would be (usually 7 out of 10 – looking for 8 or 9). Connect with my inner self to gain insight on what my “purpose” in life is, and how I should move forward in my personal life goals and life’s work. Gain a sense of control over my wandering mind, and negative self talk.
Mentally: Gain increased focus, discipline, and concentration at work. Elevate creativity in work and personal life, especially in terms of creation of life habits moving forward, improve short-term memory to a near functional level.
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