You can be Victorious in the Battle of Life!
Life is the arena. You could call it a battlefield or a stage as well. It is the environment in which we experience our existence as human beings. It comes with an incredibly diverse set of rules, regulations, and scenery. This depends on the location, culture, and many other factors into which we are born, and are seemingly out of our control.
Life comes with objectives and obstacles, allies and opponents, challenges, rewards, and punishments. All the qualities of a game or a battle. And all those qualities exist on three primary levels: physical, mental, and spiritual.
Yoga is the Ally and Weapon Available to You
There are means and methods available to help manage and improve our chances in the arena. An arsenal of tools and weapons if you will. Physical assets to help the body, such as health, strength, energy, and endurance. Mental/emotional qualities such as focus, clarity, calmness, persistence and compassion. Spiritual qualities built mostly around relationships and the quality of them on the three levels.
To the practicing yogi, those tools and weapons are yoga itself. Not only the physical exercise, which is a relatively small aspect of yoga but the entirety of yoga. It is an ancient science that was created to relieve human suffering.
The Opponents in the Three Realms – Physical, Mental, and Spiritual
Life can inflict many fierce opponents and enemies on us. There are physical scenarios such as injury and illnesses. There are the mental and emotional trials such as depression, addiction, anxiety, and destructive behavior. Through these constant distractions, the spirit suffers.
As an example of one of these types of opponents I have chosen cancer, however, this book is not about cancer specifically. That section gives an idea of the depth of research required to effectively deal with life’s significant challenges. This would be the same approach to any of the severe problems we encounter.
It is the approach of Sun Tsu in The Art of War. You must know the enemy very well.
With that said, the section on cancer could be considered a valuable primer on the fundamentals of the disease. It is presented in an easy to understand way and is useful knowledge to possess. Every person I know has been influenced by cancer either directly or indirectly, and yet many, many people know very little about it.
This book is not an instruction manual. It is not a “how to do yoga” book, although it explains things about yoga. It is not a “cure your cancer” book, although it has ideas and suggestions regarding cancer.
There are no checklists, recipes, or charts.
If you Have the Information, and do the Work, you can Succeed
This book consists of information, observation, and occasionally opinion. It is presented either directly or through stories. It is told from the viewpoint of a health-conscious, life-long yoga practitioner, who worked hard, tried to do everything right and still ended up having to fight the battle.
It is meant to inform, or possibly inspire the reader. Or maybe remind us of something we once valued but have forgotten. It is thoughts on life’s journeys from the viewpoint of a dedicated western yogi, living in the modern age.
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David Danon was born in Pasadena, California the middle of the 20th century. As it was for many during that time, he was unknowingly recruited as a participant in the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The outcome of this was a deep questioning of authority and the status quo.
He traveled extensively, sailed around the world, and has pursued many sports and physical activities. He is a licensed pilot, plays music, has built motorcycles, and has done woodworking, leatherwork, and painting, among other creative pursuits. He co-founded a clothing company, and worked in the Film and Television industry for 20 years.
He was exposed to yoga at a young age by his mother. He began practicing yoga asana and meditation as an adult over 40 years ago, long before it was the broadly accepted culture that exists today. He began teaching yoga in 1997. This is, and has been the foundation of his approach and view of the world for most of his adult life.
After a cancer diagnosis in 2012 he embarked on a journey of research and experimentation into the world of traditional and alternative treatments of cancer and other chronic disease. In his own words, “I know way more about cancer and the system that treats it than I ever wanted to know.”