It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you already have. Those are the words from a homeless man that I met this morning in San Diego. This man called himself wolf. Wolf once had a girlfriend, a job, a dog, and a home to live in. Once day he lost all of it. His girlfriend sold it all and left him all alone. To top it off he ended up having a heart attack, which actually took his life for a short period of time. He was luckily revived and alive to tell me the story today.
Now Wolf is homeless, but seems happier then ever. He was reading a book when we walked up to him. We gave him a yoga mat to sleep on and a blanket to use. The conversation I had with him made me look at life in a whole new perspective. It certainly made me appreciate the things I have in life even more. Wolf told me that if we all just appreciate the small things that we take for granted then we would live much happier lives. We need to appreciate the breath we breathe every day, the sun that shines down on us, the beautiful scenery we witness, and also acknowledge the talents that each and everyone one of us have. We need to want the things that we have in life and this will lead to us living much happier lives.
If you think you are having a bad day, or you are stressed out, think about wolf. Think about the homeless man that is sitting on the sidewalk reading a book and happy as can be. If he can find happiness in his current situation, then so can you. I’ve found out that I personally am most happy when I am giving back to others. I believe the more that you give the more you get back in return, and not necessarily in monetary terms. It’s the feeling you get for helping others.
Tonight I’m launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for a nonprofit called Yoga 4 Homeless. We are on a mission to help the homeless by giving them mats to sleep on and teaching them the power of yoga to help them get back on their feet.
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Yoga has proven to help homeless men, women and children reduce traumatic stress, drug addiction, depression and significantly improve their health. This includes dealing with sexual abuse, domestic violence, military veterans with PTSD and mental illness.
By supporting our campaign you can make a difference and help people like Wolf get back on their feet.
Pledge to the campaign here:
Every little bit helps, even a dollar.