Lessons from Gandhi

by Christina on April 13, 2010

“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)

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Kimberly April 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

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.

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Christina April 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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

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Kimberly April 20, 2010 at 1:35 am

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

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