Monday, April 12, 2010

Lessons from Gandhi

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” ~Gandhi 

Really loved this Zen Habits blog post about lessons we can learn from Gandhi... I think these are also practiced through yoga.

They include the following:
  1. Accumulate little (Gandhi had fewer than 10 possessions when he died)
  2. Eat simple food (Gandhi ate vegetarian and local food out of a small wooden bowl)
  3. Dress simply (for comfort and purpose, not to impress) 
  4. Lead a simple, stress-free life (Gandhi meditated daily and kept his life simple while being a powerful world leader) 
  5. Let your life be your message (Gandhi spread his message by the way he lived his day-to-day life)


  1. do you think sometimes it can be good to dress to impress though? I feel like it can help accomplish your mission in some professions. For example, as a doctor, I imagine you would need to dress a certain way for your patients to treat you with the authority and respect you deserve.

  2. Hi Kim! I think it's possible to dress professionally, comfortably, and simply all at the same time... no?

  3. I'm not sure. I think sometimes it helps to be a little glamorous or at least have a signature style!