Namah Te from the middle of the Caribbean Sea!

i hope this post finds everyone well…

Sochi, Russia…

Women’s Ice Hockey – Gold Medal Game: Team Canada is down 1 goal to Team America with only a few minutes of play remaining. In the end Canada tried harder leading to victory.

Men’s Ice Hockey – Semifinal Game: Team Canada is up 1 goal over Team America with only a few minutes of play remaining. In the end Canada continued to try hard leading to victory.

Some may think sports is a waste of money. Others may think sports is a waste of time. From their perspective they may be right. i would like to offer another perspective: sports may be a source of learning. Let’s play with our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (February 24, 2014) — Never Give Up

  • We will never sacrifice if we are not dedicated (i.e. to a team, to a nation, to an ideal, etc.) – what are you dedicated to
  • The most universal reason we sleep so much is we do not have a better reason to wake up – to make our dreams come true we have to be awake (i.e. athletes who train decades to compete for minutes)
  • Challenges are the Universe’s means to bring out the best in us – if a challenge is a catalyst to selflessness (i.e. passing the puck for the sake of a better shot) we have evolved and if a challenge is a catalyst to selfishness (i.e. taking a poor shot for the sake of fame) we have devolved
  • What did we ever gain by giving up, what did we ever lose by trying harder – the worst that can happen to us is we will lose yet we will have improved our skill set (i.e. personal bests), the worst that can happen to us is we will die yet we will have improved our mind’s purity
  • For any achievement to manifest Ishvara krpa (God’s grace), Shastra krpa (Scripture’s grace), Acharya krpa (Teacher’s grace) and Sva Krpa (Own grace) are needed – when we try our best we bless ourselves (i.e. ‘getting in the zone’, etc.) and then the other three sources of blessings begin to flow
  • A real winner is one who never takes winning for granted (i.e. the tears of joy in the eyes of the Canadian players) – a real loser is one who ever takes winning as an entitlement

Did you learn all of this from these ice hockey games? Perhaps you were not paying attention. Please check out this brief TED Talk on why we do not learn from what is right in front of us — A Misdirected Mind

“Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Inspire-Love-Be,

Vivek