“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” Napoleon Hill
To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the (Creator). James E. Faust
What does SACRIFICE mean to you? With Father’s Day and International Yoga Day around the corner, I can’t help but think of the enormous effort parents make to provide a livelihood for their children. I can’t help but also think about the tremendous discipline it takes to build and stick to an exercise or yoga practice. Even Olympic athletes make great sacrifices to prepare and strengthen their bodies for competition. Without a certain amount of sacrifice, we won’t be able to accomplish our goals and dreams for ourselves and for our loved ones. When I think of Sacrifice, I think of my paternal grandmother who worked day and night to provide for her young children after her husband died. She knew that she wanted more for her kids; she didn’t stop until she saw my dad through school and watched him grow up to become the success story she imagined for him.
Every day, Moms, Dads, Grandparents and other caregivers make a great effort to ensure that their loved ones are cared for; in some countries, parents give up their lives so their children can live. Parenting doesn’t come with special instructions and so, instead of fixating on what went wrong in our households, we must focus on how to be better parents to our own children and better members of the human race. As Father’s Day approaches, I think back to my Dad and how hard he worked to provide for his family. He kept very long office hours, was always planning ahead to make sure we got an education, and he provided all the basics we needed to function in the world. I think back to my Mother who, under the most challenging circumstances, worked at doing the best she could for her children. I remember step-moms, aunts, uncles, and all the folks out there who face a lot of stress just so they can put a smile on their child’s face, and I ask: What sacrifices are you making to make a difference in someone’s life?
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine
BKS Iyengar Teaching Yoga asana class London 1985 part1 of 2 (Clip 1 of 4)
Intermediate Yoga Sun Salutations with Rodney Yee
So, yoga being a natural healing system, without any external drugging, takes its own time to purify the blood. It’s not an easy or quick job, it can take years. That’s why regular daily practice is essential. One day of negligence can make your cells react. DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR PRACTICE. B.K.S Iyengar
While working on this piece, I kept thinking about the many, many years that I’ve spent studying Yoga and Meditation, and how my teachers always advised us to develop a Beginner’s Mind. The practice of Yoga is at least 5,000 years old and it incorporates physical, mental and spiritual aspects to it. The goal behind this ancient practice, with origins in India, is to transform both body and mind. When I first started my Yoga practice, I was fascinated by the Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar sequence which seemed quite impossible to do at the time. I wondered if I’d be able to remember the sequence and do it in a fluid and liberating way. I was aware of its benefits, and also recognized that it was not like your typical gym, power lifting class because, with yoga, it’s about letting go of the ego and letting the postures unfold. With time, it became easier to do and Sun Salutation remains one of my most favorite, complete forms of exercise for mind, body and soul. It took some sacrifice, years of classes, and studying with highly skilled teachers before I could even claim some mastery of the form.
Throughout my years as a Yoga student, I’ve often wondered how such a complete form of movement came into being. My research found that the origins of the Sun Salutation Sequence – Surya Namaskar – remains somewhat of a mystery. According to YogaJournal.com, T. Krishnamacharya, who was considered the Father of Modern Hatha Yoga, wrote the oldest-known yoga text – The Yoga Makaranda – in 1934 in which he described the Sun Salutation sequence. Over the years, other teachers came along and added the sequence to their method with adaptations here and there. Nevertheless, the basic sequences remain popular and I would encourage anyone who is interested in starting a Hatha yoga practice to aim to learn it. Any thing worth learning takes time, effort and some sacrifice. By the same token, when we make a commitment to move our lives forward in a new and exciting direction, we must be willing to let go and sacrifice old habits from the past. Without effort and sacrifice, we might progress, but we won’t fully experience the peak performance that professional athletes speak about. What sacrifices are you making to improve yourself?
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“People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance. And you’re damn right it’s a true story. Wendy Davis
When we talk about SACRIFICE, some confuse it with Martyrdom. While there are some who have given their all to their family, their beliefs, and their country, the Sacrifice I write about here is somewhat different. This is about the daily effort we make to improve our lot and the lot of others around us. Sometimes, it might result in the ultimate sacrifice but that is not the goal. The goal is making the most of what we have and giving our all to improving our lives and the lives of others. So, for Father’s Day, take a moment to think back to those who came before you and think about how you can add to their body of work. Push yourself to achieve success with maximum effort instead of languishing in the world of minimums…. How do you plan to sacrifice your old habits for a new you? Think about it.
Below are excerpts from Wikipedia on the origins of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in the USA. If the folks mentioned below didn’t push for change and make some effort and even sacrifices, we might not be celebrating any of these holidays here or elsewhere. Read and make a commitment to move your feet.
ORIGINS OF MOTHER’S DAY: In 1868, Ann Jarvis, mother of Anna Jarvis, created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day“, the purpose of which was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Wikipedia. In 1870, the activist Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” calling on a “general congress of women” to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, [and] the great and general interests of peace.” History.com
ORIGINS OF FATHER’S DAY: The first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, on December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers. In 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers,President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Wikipedia There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States. History.com
Positive Motivation Tip: Every day, people perform acts of Sacrifice as an act of love. Act for the greater good and don’t just stop to consider the outcome.
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