Early in my career I had the joy to work with Steve Jobs. Every one of us who worked for him knew his story. We knew that he was adopted; that he left school to journey through India; that he met Wozniak at a computer club; that he got a little money from a co-founder of Sun; and that he went on to change the world. I had no idea then what yoga was or cared.
When I met him for the first time, I was astonished at his ability to create a vision in the mind of whomever he was talking to – simple and crystal clear. He would talk or white board an idea and he would wait for the light bulb to go on. If it didn’t, he would get very visibly upset. He would say, “They don’t ‘get it’.”
When he passed, he had already meticulously planned his own memorial service with his close friends. Underneath each and everyone’s chair was a brown box. In that brown box was a book – The Diary of a Yogi. It is a book published in the 1940’s about self-realization.
The Columbia University Press review of Autobiography of a Yogi wrote of this book: “There has been nothing before, written in English or in any other European language, like this presentation of Yoga.”
A close friend of his who was at the memorial said, “That was his last parting gift, the message: Actualize yourself.”
It is a powerful message from someone with humble beginnings and lasting global and cultural impact: Actualize yourself.
A great quote by Steve that I constantly bring up: “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
One method of actualizing yourself is to write it down. It is well known in the start-up community both in Silicon Valley and here in Texas that the first step of any business, product, or idea is to create a “pitch deck.” This deck is usually a few slides with only a few words and mostly comprised of graphs, images, and charts. The same was true for us when we conceived Reef Point Yoga. We first created our “deck” over two years ago. We constantly had it in front of us over those years until that vision goal of what we aspired to create materialized.
In that same way, another wonderful, fun, and easy tool to help self-actualization is vision boarding.
The Huffington Post writes, “Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret: ‘The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.’”
“Whether you believe that or not, we know that visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.”
This month Reef Point instructor Vanessa Palavicini will be leading a workshop that will guide participants to reflect on vision and attraction. This technique is called Vision Boarding. It is a workshop of reflection and intention and a wonderful way to start a successful 2017. It will include fun, laughter, and creativity. Vanessa has spent extensive time and expense learning this technique from well known masters, and she is bringing it to our community. If you have already met Vanessa in class or yoga in the park, you will know that this will be a blast.
It has been many years since I sat and watched Steve Jobs create his vision in front of all of us. The vision became all of ours. Things that were complicated seemed simple and easy. He had complete confidence in it and created a belief system in all of us and for that matter, the rest of the world. Like your vision certainly will, his vision came true.