I was first introduced to Paramahansa Yoganada in 2010 by a friend.

He loaned me the Essence of Self Realization which I eventually read and enjoyed.

When Steve Jobs died, I read in Walter Issacon’s autobiography of Steve, that Jobs had re-read one book every year; Autobiography of a Yogi. Being inspired by Jobs’s life and being, Autobiography of a Yogi, made its way on to my list of books to read.

This year I had the opportunity to read Autobiograpgy of a Yogi while traveling in Panama. I loved the book and look forward to seeing this movie.

Yogananda’s life was special. He too led a Jesus-Christ like life….a life of love and trust. I think that anyone who is inspired by faith, love, happiness, and peace would potentially like the story as well.

Relating this Viral Video to Our Lives

I was at a college baseball game recently and I observed that most kids were playing on their iPads and phones instead of interacting with each other or watching the game. There was however, one kid (probably 8 years old) who brought his own baseball and glove. With a big smile on his face, this 8 year old was running, jumping, diving, and throwing a baseball up against the wall so that the wall would feed him ground balls in return. His clothes had grass and dirt stains….. he was living! The most encouraging part was that after 30 minutes, the kids who were on their iPads decided to join him. Instead of mindlessly staring at a screen or playing Angry Birds, kids were now interacting with each other and playing ball. What a refreshing site!


This powerful video has over 40 million views. It has certainly struck a chord among our society. Now, technology is not inherently bad. In fact, technology often enables us to do amazing things. However, technology can also impact us in a negative way if we allow it to. How can you avoid these negative affects of technology? Start by running your technological appliances and not letting technological devices run you. We are often reactive because we’re bombarded by constant stimuli whether it’s iPhone apps, emails, text messages, etc. The morning is the most important step in your day without technology. Here’s how you can start your day in airplane mode.


Technology can also cause us to feel separated from each other. As it is, we compare ourselves to others on a day to day basis. As athletes, as students, and simply as human beings, we have been competing our whole lives. Who has the newest clothes? Who is the best quarterback? Who is the best looking? All of these thoughts flow through our heads far too often. The Instagrams and Facebooks of the world help to perpetuate this cycle. When we realize that we are all connected and that life is not a competition, we free ourselves from this unhealthy comparison complex. Instead, try a daily yoga or meditation practice to help you step away from technology and realize the beautiful universal connection that we all share.


What other positive steps can we take to combat the trend of technology overload?


If you think society is better off without such dependence on technology, we can follow the example of the 8 year old at the baseball game. No, not by diving for ground balls in the grass but by becoming a leader amongst your friends, family, and peers. Not a pushy, verbal leader, but perhaps a silent leader who leads by example. Lead by engaging in real conversations, by practicing yoga, by not watching TV, by going for a walk on the beach without your phone, or simply by making genuine eye contact, smiling and saying, “hi” to someone as your cross paths. If you take the lead, before you know it, friends, family, and fellow human beings will be following in your footsteps…. just like the young kids did at the baseball game.


How is this video relevant in your everyday life?

Global Possibilities sums up this new Elon Musk Interview well:

“As Musk says in the interview, when he was in college he came to the conclusion that a few things would have a huge impact on humanity: the development of the internet (giving our civilization a kind of nervous system, so that any part of the system can know everything that is happening anywhere else and communicate with any other part), clean energy (both production and ways to use it — if you have clean electricity but transportation still uses oil, that doesn’t work), and making life multi-planetary. He got involved in all those areas, sometimes simultaneously and while putting all his personal money into his projects, rather than develop another social network or a better way to deliver ads next to search results or whatever, which is what a lot of other really smart people are doing these days.”