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7 Vedic Practices of Highly Successful People

7 Vedic Practices of Highly Successful People

Vedic practices are mindfulness techniques based on ancient writings, the Vedas, which delve into the depths of spirit and self. But Vedic practices offer very practical ways for modern people to move closer to our inner selves. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Russell Simmons all use Vedic practices to help them stay grounded and in tune with themselves.

Did you watch the interview Eckhart Tolle did at the Google office? He sent out a warning to all of us who are getting so lost in the world of data and devices that we lose touch with our inner selves. This is a critical time–we need to make sure we take plenty of pauses to get back in touch with who we truly are. Vedic practices can help us, just as they’ve helped many highly successful people.

In this article I share 7 Vedic practices that are used by some highly successful people, and tips on how you can incorporate them into your own lives.

1. Yoga for Healthy Body

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    Madonna, Adam Levine, and Sting have all found the healthy benefits of yoga as a means to stay outwardly active, but also to be aware of their inner body. Yoga is an ancient Vedic path that provides several techniques to help bring back our outward awareness and consciousness while still going inward within ourselves. The overarching term “yoga” is much bigger than just maintaining a healthy body, but starting with yoga asanas (postures) is a great beginning to going onto the deeper secrets of the union of human consciousness with that of the universe.

    Tips for Yoga Beginners:

    • Before you join up any yoga class, think about why you want to do yoga in the first place—is it simply to tone your physique, do you want a more thoughtful, deep approach, or do you just want to see what it’s all about?
    • Don’t give up before you start just because it’s too popular. Try to look past the popular cliches, and think about why it has become popular. Keep an open mind and be aware of what’s going on within yourself as you practice.
    • There are many variations of yoga—some are simple, some are intense, some are mindful. If your first one or two classes don’t work out, don’t give up. Try to find a class that fits your needs—they’re not all alike.

    2. Ayurveda for Healthy Lifestyle

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      Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, and Gwyneth Paltrow all seem to ooze a vibrant, fresh, happy-in-my-skin look. This is because they’re in tune with their body and their body type, and stay in alignment with it. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic integrative science that takes into account the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we’re composed of, and the circumstances we live in. How we process the world around us depends on how aligned we are with our bodies and minds.

      Tips for Ayurveda Beginners:

      • Start slow and simple. Begin with taking an honest look around yourself, the food you eat, the lifestyle you live. Just becoming aware is your first step.
      • Here’s a previous article I wrote on Lifehack that gives some simple Ayurvedic tips on waking up fresher every morning.
      • It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Get an assessment of your Dosha (energy type) which will give you a good start to incorporating Ayurvedic recommendations that are right for you.

      3. Dhyana for Healthy Mind

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        Hugh Jackman practices Transcendental Meditation, Liv Tyler uses Vipassana, and Donna Karan started meditation, yoga, and reiki at UCLA Hospital. These are all highly successful people who are taking time to meditate because they know the benefits of meditation. Physically, it helps lower blood pressure, relieves tension-related aches and pains, improves the immune system. It also helps decrease anxiety, increase emotional stability, and strengthen clarity of mind. But the most important benefit of all is that it helps you get a little closer to having some peace of mind.

        Tips for Dhyana Beginners:

        • Start with 10 minutes—it’s important to have a time and place set aside, so you have it built into your day. This helps make it a habit.
        • Don’t look for results. It’s difficult to gauge results when you’ve only started meditating for a few days. Meditation has a slow and subtle way of achieving long term results, so stay with your routine.
        • There are several variations of meditation, and all of them work. You have to find a variation that works for you.

        4. Pranayama for Healthy Breathing

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          Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles are big believers of Pranayama, and for good reason. Prana is the energy of life itself. It is all the energy in the entire universe, sometimes subtle, sometimes solid. It makes flowers open, babies smile, people breathe, and the world to go round. Pranayama is the art of aligning ourselves with this energy, through our breath. When we start paying attention to our breath, we will notice that it is a powerful way to focus energy.

          Tips for Pranayama Beginners:

          • Look for a Yoga class that offers Pranayama as well. For a beginner, it is not advisable to practice Pranayama without guidance.
          • Start small and slow. There is no rush to achieve anything.
          • Pay full attention to what is going on within you as you practice Pranayama. Otherwise, the effects are wasted.

          5. Satsang for Healthy Community

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            Oprah Winfrey is a great example of someone who created a platform for healthy conversations. She went from a newsreader to a talk show host to a cable network owner, all while talking about the conversations that are important to the community she created. Satsang in Sanskrit means being in the company of the highest truth. It is a gathering of like-minded people to converse about the topics that are meaningful to them.

            Tips for Satsang Beginners:

            • Words and thoughts have power. Join the company of those whose words and thoughts are meaningful to you. Try to let go of friends or acquaintances who don’t project a positive energy for you.
            • If you don’t have a community you belong to, create one. Start having the conversations you want to have. It could be a book club, an online forum, or a weekly meditation session.

            6. Guru for Spiritual Mentoring

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              Although Martin Luther King never met Mahatma Gandhi, he was directly influenced by Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. Mitch Albom had Morrie Schwartz. And Henry David Thoreau had a mentor in Ralph Waldo Emerson. Great people have always had good things to say about their mentors. The word Guru has lost its original meaning, but in Sanskrit, it literally means “one who dispels darkness (ignorance)”. We can each benefit from having a mentor who provides guidance in times of spiritual crisis.

              Tips for finding a mentor:

              • Think about who you look up to, who you think walks the talk, or who you’d want to be like when you grow up (whenever that may be)./
              • There’s a proverb: “When the student is ready, the teacher arrives.” Be open and receptive to the people who show up in your life.

              7. Ashram for Healthy Retreat

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                Steve Jobs went on a spiritual retreat to India in 1974, came back a Buddhist with a shaved head. Not that we all have to go to India or shave our heads, but spiritual retreats are an important Vedic tradition: retreat to the forest. cave, or ashram to spend time in solitude and silence. This helps immensely to recharge, reset our course, and reconnect with our inner selves.

                Tips for Retreat Beginners:

                • As retreats have been popular in modern times, it’s increasingly easier to find one that suits your temperament and needs. Start with one that offers guidance along with plenty of alone time.
                • Prepare ahead of time to unplug completely from your phones and devices.
                As we’re all hurtling through our lives, it is sometimes good to slow down, pause and recognize what we can do better. The 7 Vedic practices I offer here can become lifelong practices with long-term benefits, and can help build meaning into our lives. Consider them, and adopt the ones that resonate with you.

                Featured photo credit: Oprah Winfrey visits Fairfield, Iowa via healingdaily.com

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                How to Stop Information Overload

                How to Stop Information Overload

                Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

                This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

                As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

                But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

                How Serious Is Information Overload?

                The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

                This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

                When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

                We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

                No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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                The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

                That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

                Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

                Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

                But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

                Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

                Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

                When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

                Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

                The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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                You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

                How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

                So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

                1. Set Your Goals

                If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

                Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

                Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

                Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

                2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

                Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

                First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

                If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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                • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
                • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
                • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

                If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

                (You’ll forget about it anyway.)

                And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

                You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

                Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

                3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

                There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

                Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

                Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

                Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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                4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

                Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

                This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

                Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

                The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this:

                Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                Summing It Up

                As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

                I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

                I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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