The last twelve months of my life have been a total dream. It began with a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India last November. After returning to Boise, I decided to write a book about my three trips to India with a heavy emphasis on how yoga off-the-mat can be used to make life much more enjoyable. The book is published and available as a paperback. The e-books will be on Amazon, iTunes, and Nook within a week. Click Here for Practice.
Tomorrow, I begin the 36-hour journey back to Rishikesh and will be there until December 4. I am departing without any plans and will let each day unfold. That mindset has served me well in all endeavors. In my heart, I know this will be another amazing trip no matter what happens because it all happens for a reason.
I have many local friends in Rishikesh and like most of the Indian population they are all very poor. I have reached out to all of them individually with the following message: “I travel light, can I bring you anything?” Across the board, the responses are like this one from my friend Harish, “You can bring me lots of well wishes and love dear brother .” A humbling aspect of India is to experience people that have nothing and need less.
Soon after I arrive on the banks of Mother Ganga, my dandelion marketing plan will unfold from Boise. For my first book, I used traditional and expensive public relations to garner print and radio placements. Using my mind and logic, I should probably follow the same model to promote this book. Instead, I am following my intuition. I purchased a mailing list of yoga studios and will be mailing 1000 books through a mail marketing company. The envelope is transparent so I am hoping the bright book cover colors will make people open the package. I am trusting that if this book is meant to be widely read, my fellow yogis will help me to share this experience with the universe.
When I let my mind rule the world, I tend to future trip in a bad way. One outcome is to paint an overly optimistic viewpoint and that leads to an expectation. The alternative option is to let fear rule the day and remain paralyzed in a cocoon of comfort. There are many reasons why I should not return to Rishikesh at this time. My heart says go. There are compelling reasons why I should not give 1000 books to strangers. My heart says go.
If using my mind to predict the future was my career, I would have been fired a long time ago.