Load Your Love Weapon.

Via on Oct 20, 2012
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My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions.”  ~ Daniel 6:22

This is #43 of 108 Ways to Livin the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#43 of 108: Load Your Love Weapon

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The following is a famous conversation between Yogananda and Gandhi, as excerpted from Autobiography of a Yogi:

“Yogananda: Please tell me your definition of ahimsa.

Gandhi: The avoidance of harm to any living creature in thought or deed.

Yogananda: Beautiful ideal. But the world will always ask, may one not kill a cobra to protect a child or one’s self?

Gandhi: I could not kill a cobra without violating two of my vows—fearlessness and non-killing. I would rather try inwardly to calm the snake by vibrations of love. I cannot lower my standards to suit my circumstances.”

This was coming from a man who had an appendectomy, without anesthesia, to prove that he could separate his mind from his senses.

This was coming from a man who slept next to nubile, naked women, to test his restraint.

Let’s take the man for his word and assume that if Gandhi had come face-to-face with a cobra, he would have used the power of love to overwhelm it.

But, is such a thing possible?

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Jaimal Yogis describes a similar circumstance in his new book set to launch in January.

It’s called The Fear Project and in it, he describes a woman on an open water swim, twelve miles off of the coast of San Francisco.

She has trained for this swim—and she has a spotter in a kayak watching over her, should she get tired.

But at four am in the dark, cold waters off the coast of Northern California, Great White Sharks are not just possible, they are probable.

In fact, she has even spoken to a shark expert about what to expect if an attack is imminent; she is told that swirling water signals the proximity of the monster we fear most.

And just ten minutes into her swim, she feels that very sensation…swirling water…and then the most intense pain.

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It’s not a bite but a blow to her side. Two of them. It’s not a shark but a five hundred pound male sea lion, potentially as dangerous as a shark.

It turns out the swimmer’s headlight awakened the sea lion.

The spotter in the kayak, a few hundred feet and spotting the currents, does not even hear the swimmer scream, because she makes no sound at all; she is in “the zone.”

Not ten minutes later, it happens: a Great White Shark the size of a Volkswagen Bus approaches the swimmer, clearly visible in her headlight.

But again, the swimmer is mentally prepared and mentally strong.

She has trained for this moment, just as Gandhi prescribed:

“It takes a strenuous course of training to attain a mental state of non-violence. It is a disciplined life, like the life of a soldier.”

And as the swimmer’s headlight shines upon this emerging monster from the depths…in some way, the swimmer must have recited the great mantra practiced by only the most powerful of humans:

LOVE IS A WEAPON OF LIGHT.

 

What is a love weapon?

I know it sounds kinky—but that’s your issue, not mine.

By becoming a Momenteer, you will discover your love weapon and load it with all the ammo necessary to overcome your fears with loving thoughts and good vibrations.

If this fun, light and loving brand of inspiration makes you smile, you will love my series of week-long online programs. The first one starts in January.

These will be rich, powerful, super fun journeys that will start on Monday and come Sunday, you will see things very differently.

To express interest, email yeahdave@mac.com and write Momenteer! in the subject line.

 

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Editor: Bryonie Wise

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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.

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