Yogic wisdom from Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

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These words have been taken from a collection in the Wall Street Journal. A lot of people have been going back to Steve’s words, reminding ourselves that although he made his fortune creating beautiful, useful material things, he had a rich internal life.

What does this have to do with yoga? Apparently, in his younger days, Jobs went to India to find enlightenment and returned disappointed by a spiritual con man but influenced by Buddhism.

He found his truth his own way. His words strike me as especially yogic because they focus on the impermanence of our bodies, on staying present, on the ultimate insignificance of our attachments and fears, and on finding and trusting that you are everything you have been looking for.

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Finally, here’s a yogic Mac ad from 2008, via yogadork (“breathe out, and expel that bad Vista energy”):