CAROL TAYLOR

BROWN SUGAR WANDERLUST THE EX CHRONICLES AND INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS

Carol Taylor, a former Random House book editor, has been in book publishing for over 16 years and has worked with many of today's top black writers. She is a freelance book editor, ghostwriter, and editorial consultant, a bestselling author of 7 books and an award-winning book editor. You can reach her at Carol@​BrownSugarBooks.com


PRAISE FOR
THE EX CHRONICLES

"A delicious debut novel... with some intriguing Terry McMillanesque twists."
— Publishers Weekly


The [Ex Chronicles] is everything you think it would be, but nothing you’d expect. Yes, it’s steamy and sexy, but it’s also about love."
— UptownLife.net


"The Ex-Chronicles reaches a literary plateau that all of the three, or four sista-girlfriend premise based books should have achieved years ago; evolving from having caricatures of the successful, upward mobile, black women looking for love, to stories that feature characters who have both feet firmly rooted in reality." — AALBC.com


"The Ex Chronicles is a good story about four women living very complicated lives. All of these women have problems with men, but it goes much deeper than that. Self-worth, depression, alcoholism are just some of the issues that were addressed in this story. Strong characters and an interesting storyline makes The Ex Chronicles a wonderful debut novel for Carol Taylor."
— Urban Reviews



PRAISE FOR BROWN SUGAR

"Audaciously refreshing."
Essence
"A stylish anthology."
PW
"As smart as it is sexy."
Honey




BROWN SUGAR 2



BROWN SUGAR 3



BROWN SUGAR 4
Secret Desires



"Brown Sugar babe, I gets high off your love and don't know how to behave."
Brown Sugar
—D'Angelo

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Oh, I almost forgot.. my email address for you to contact me regarding the message below in reference to "Cosmo Setepenra".
Please respond to Geniuschance@yahoo.com
Thank you again

Peace and blessings dear sister.. I learned you were an editor of, and I have been looking for Cosmo Septepenra's books; for Amazon has pulled them. I'm wondering if you could please help me obtain all 3 volumes of his books.. like 2 sets! I would appreciate of you can help me, or point me in the right direction. Thank you!

Hello Carol. I'm leka and I love writing, especially books and poetry. However since having three kids I kind of feel as if I have lost my talent. I'm currently working on a project but its just not laying out the way I want and need it to. Do you know any writing coaches or techniques to help me. Thank you Lela

Dear Carol, I have been writing erotica shorts for a few years and have just recently decided I would like to get them published. After reading your Brown Sugar series(An excellent collection and very inspirational reading with the right person), I was even more determined. My issue is I would like to have them read before I submit them, but, as most of them are based on personal experience, I have had a hard time getting objective opinions. Do you read work submitted, and how does one go about submitting for one of your anthologies?
George J

Hey George, thanks so much for the support and positive feedback. I'm not working on anthologies at the moment, I'm working mostly on fiction. But feel free to email me at Carol@BrownSugarBooks.com and I will connect you to an editing site that can help with questions.

I lOVE the EX Chronicles! You created characters that I really related to, particularly the fact that they did not all look like Beyonce or Halle Berry. No knock on those sisters, but there are Black women of all hues, descriptions and personalities, even though the media would have you think otherwise. I have not read any of the anthologies, but will seek them out now. Is another novel in the works? Hurry Up! (LOL) By the way, your hair is beautiful.

Thank you so much. I love these characters as well and I love that they are all so different from each other, just like my friends are all different. Yes, I have 4 more follow-ups to the Ex Chronicles coming up in the new series called Insignificant Others to be published between 2013 and 2014. You'll see more information about that soon. Find me on facebook through my email address: carol@brownsugarbooks.com to keep in closer touch with me and my books. Subscribe to my posts and I will keep you informed with what's coming up and you can check out my book pages. Thanks again for the support and love!

Dear Carol,

Do you know any of the cover models?

-Jacob B

Hi Jacob, no unfortunately I don't know any of the models because they're pretty cute... The art department at the publishing houses created the book covers, I was lucky to have input on many of them and I think a lot of them turned out pretty well.

Carol

Dear Carol,
I have been writing my own short stories for years and never really knew how to go about geting someone to look at them or give me some positive criticism..do u have any advice for someone who aspires to do well as u have?? my email is mochasunshine2000@yahoo.com...

I am interested in writing erotic prose. Do you have any suggestions for aspiring authors? oops, my email address is Stylshgirl@yahoo.com my name is Cory

Hi Cory, my suggestions for aspiring authors is to read a lot and write a lot. This helps you to hone your craft and work on your writing, finding the best style for you. Also, network with other writers, join writing groups and go to book events to familiarize yourself with the world and to meet like-minded people as well as published authors. And don't forget to ask questions.

carol i have thoroughly enjoyed every black erotic scene in every book you've compiled. Let's just say i enjoy every crevice of what black, opposite, and anything that love is and can be. thank you for projecting that in these works because love is missing, and we should find it. i was wondering if someone wanted to send you a query how can they do that?

Wow, thanks so much for the kind words. You can feel free to contact me at my email address: carol@brownsugarbooks.com

Hello, I was wondering when will your next collection of stories begin forming, and if you will be using amateur writers. How does one submit stories to you that may be of interest? I am in the process of reading Wanderlust and I am very impressed with this talented group. aquariusrising@gmail.com

Hi, so glad you liked Wanderlust. That's one of my favorite covers, maybe second to Brown Sugar 1. I don't have any plans right now for another anthology. My next book is called Insignificant Others and it's a new 4-book novella series coming this spring 2013 with a new book published every 6 months.

Dear Carol, I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all Brown Sugar anthologies. I am eagerly awaiting to read the Wanderlust anthology as well. I hope your NY tour was a huge success. I am in the midst of completing my third volume of the Twisted Trysts erotic short stories series...contact me at sunshineproductions@tmo.blackberry.net much peace and love Saja Bo STorm

Hi Saja, I know you, and I have your first book. Hope you're doing well. Feel free to contact me at carol@brownsugarbooks.com and keep me posted on your work.

Hello Carol, My friends and I have waited with baited breath to see what endeavour you'll do next. If this is any encouragement I have turned many a friend to your anthologies and they like me love it and wish for more of what ever you are doing. Keep up the great work. A loyal fan of your work, Eliscia elisciamcphee@hotmail.com

Thanks so much Eliscia, my next 4 books are a novella series called Insignificant Others and it picks up where The Ex Chronicles left off. Check out the blogspot at http://insignificantothersbooks.blogspot.com/ The first book will out in the spring of 2013 with a new book every 6 months.

about the artist, my e-mail is e_anderso2001@yahoo.com

What's the mailing address for Brown Sugar Books? Please send to dante@diversitycity.com - Thanks! Dante Lee Diversity City Media


Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm


Why Are Blacks Held to Higher Standards than Whites?

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Hey, all

I believe the reason blacks are held to a higher standard than whites is, simply, due to history. Because we've always been used for sexual purposes (amongst other purposes, of course, such as labor and ego-elevation: step on another person and one's ego--even if not a "real" boost--rises a level or two), we've been imaged as sexual perfection. Whether deserved...or even wanted.

Not only that, however, as we, as black folks, have a range of beauty that is unmatched. Now, mind you, I speak of the physical and the sexual, but that is only the beginning of this conversation.

In regards to the standard we are held to, this is only a label that is put on us to keep us down. Our standard is deemed lower, due to the fact that we have been "guided" lower. By having us believe our wanted-standard is higher, it allows the desperation to beat against said standard to live strong. And for it to live long.

So, it's not a higher standard we are fighting against; it's a lower one we are trying not to live down to. Whites don't have this imaging to live "up" to: They only have to live. The standard they live by is considered the norm--whatever life this is. But, because we, blacks, are struggling against the norm, it appears as if we are having to increase-struggle.

Once we realize we are in this as are all others; that our standard is no more, no less, than everyone else's, we will be able to maintain and persevere, and become comfortable in our space. Though many have come to this realization, as a whole we need to embrace this notion. This notion that is, ultimately, not a notion...but a reality.

You know what I mean. Lemme hear what you have to say. Carol



American Culture is based on myths. The only way whites can identify who we are is if they make us out to mystical so that they can control our brillance, achievements and cutlural and person esteem. I believe that we are held at high standards because of where we come from historically. i have no problem with saying i come from a land with kings and queens and of riches so pure and plentiful that children wore gold braided into their hair. I will never shun that type of culture. Whites know the foundation and power of our culture more than we do. They try and hold us to high standards mainly because of the cultural myth that blacks are mentally inferior. I believe we are able to prove ourselves more so through rigorous points than if they made it easy for us. We are held to high standards because obviously White America knows something about us than we know about ourselves. -- Anonymous

Blacks are held to a higher standard than whites because we have to constantly prove ourselves to whites who seem to think that we are uniformly lazy, stupid and misdirected....that's the short answer. There's not enough room for the long one...but ya'll know that answer already, if you're black. --Trisha D. in Chicago




How to Simplify Your Life


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Wish your life could run more smoothly? Like a roller coaster, life has its ups and downs. And while life may never be hassle free, it can be simplified. This article provides a range of ways that you might find applicable to your own situation, and that might help you to simplify your life. And given this is such a subjective notion, and not something where one-size-fits-all, use your own judgment and needs to choose which steps work best for you; it's doubtful that all steps will apply or benefit one individual, so simply skip that which isn't applicable to you.

Contents




Steps


Starting out
  1. Try the simplified approach to simplifying. This is about identifying what’s most important to you and eliminating everything else. While the remainder of this article provides specific examples of how you can simplify your life, don't sweat the simplification process, or you might be tempted to put it aside too, overwhelmed by changing all the things you're finding too complex in your life. It is important to realize from the outset that:
    • Simplifying your life is a journey, not a destination. What might work for you this decade might not fit the next.
    • You will find some dead ends that don't work for you. That's perfectly fine; just keep learning and unlearning as you go. Don't judge yourself harshly in the process.
    • Sometimes others around you will feel threatened by your need to simplify. Be gentle with them because they are probably feeling mired in complexity deep down and wish they could simplify too. When you're ready, you can help them simplify too.

  2. Create a simplicity statement. What do you want your simple life to look like? Write it out.

Home and family life
  1. Simplify your daily chores. Think about all the stuff you do at home. Sometimes our home task list is just as long as our work list. And we’ll never get that done either. So focus on the most important, and try to find ways to eliminate the other tasks (automate, eliminate, delegate, or hire help).
  2. Simplify your wardrobe. Owning fewer clothes of better quality means you'll always look good and feel good and you'll spend less time deciding what to wear.
    • Have a versatile, but basic wardrobe.
    • Choose a few basic essentials and styles.
    • Mix and match two or three colors.
    • Add different tops to black pants or blue jeans.

  3. Downsize your life.
    • Have a small, but comfortable home. Less clutter, more space to move, breathe, and do the things you really care about doing.
    • Learn to live with less. Buy less, savor quality more, and put the spare money in the savings account for a rainy day or a reward vacation.
    • Rent rather than buy a home or items you need to use. Then the repairs, rates, and dry rot are someone else's problem, not yours.
    • Trade your car for a smaller one. Find something that works for your family but is smaller than an SUV.
    • Own fewer items but make sure that what you do own has greater versatility. Objects able to do double, triple, etc., duty are the most desirable to have around. Remember that working to pay for objects is not an ideal approach to living happily; review your priorities.

  4. Prepare quick meals. Find recipes that are quick to prepare. Spend the spare time enjoying the meal and your family rather than over-complicating the cooking process.
    • Make use of the internet for fast recipe finds. Look in your pantry to see what ingredients you have. Decide the main ingredient that you feel like consuming for that meal and type it (and maybe some of the other ingredients) into a search engine with the word "recipe". Don't labor the search process - check up to 5 recipes and choose one for that meal. This can be a lot faster than browsing through cookbooks.

  5. Simplify your parenting. Many modern day societal expectations have brought about a parenting revolution where parents are doing everything for their children, from their homework, to tying their shoelaces, to letting adult kids stay at home when they've long outgrown it. Stop doing it all for them and simplify your parenting, safe in the knowledge that in doing so, you're also raising a resourceful and resilient child rather than a child who expects everything to be done for them.
    • Teach by omission. Don't make lunch, don't clean the dirty clothes, don't put the toys away. Expect your child to start doing things for themselves at age-appropriate stages. It isn't easier to "just do it" for your child in the long run, as that teaches your child you'll always do it and that they don't have to. Do tell your children where they can find the things to do tasks for themselves, showing them how the first few times, but then let go.
    • Create a chore chart for all children to follow and complete weekly. Involve them in its creation and they'll be more ready to buy into using it.
    • Stop reading parenting manuals, books, and blogs. Other people's parenting advice can often be a source of distress and perfectionism that you can do without in your life. We have the innate ability to be good parents, and you're more likely to be a good parent if you're seeking out other people's advice than not. So trust yourself more and do what comes naturally. Your kids will appreciate not seeing "How to Tame Unruly Kids" open on the sofa!
    • Allow your kids to discover nature more often and push them outdoors. There is plenty to keep them enthralled in nature and it's free, interesting, and healthy. Many children deprived of time in nature are suffering from "nature deficit disorder", which impacts parents too because you're always on the treadmill of finding things to keep your children from getting bored or experiencing life's little bumps and scrapes.[1] Let go of your fears and find the benefits for both of you.

  6. Expect everyone in the house to pull their own weight. After all, it's everyone's home and everyone is responsible for its maintenance. Avoid letting anyone off the hook. If you have been doing so, it's never too late to change. Sit down and hold a family meeting about how the whole family is now going to simplify home life and discuss together what each person's role will be.
    • Accept that people won't change. However, demonstrate to them that this isn't about changing. It is about doing chores and tasks that are everyone's responsibility and that nobody is more qualified than anyone else to do the cleaning, clearing away, and laundry, meaning that everyone is equally suited!

  7. Prepare celebrations and gifts in advance. Avoid last minute anxiety and craziness by having these things already organized well in advance. Keep a gift cupboard to help you throughout the year, along with a list of favorite homemade gifts that can be produced quickly and easily.

Finances
  1. Simplify your financial life. Finances enable us to thrive by owning a home, running a car, putting our children through education, enabling us to take vacations in interesting places, and ensuring we can survive with all the basics. Instead of resorting to the temptation to stick your head in the sand and hope that your finances will simplify themselves, here are some great ways to simplify them:
    • Create a minimalist budget. Learn to manage your money regardless of your income. Save for the future.
    • Pay cash. If you don't have the money, you won't spend it.
    • Think before you buy. You may not really need it.
    • Save receipts for six months to a year and store them in a large envelope or shoe box. Keep important receipts with warranties. Making it easy to find everything will remove the panic if you need to return broken or unwanted items.


Work
  1. Cut back on the amount of time spent working. If you are working longer hours than what you're being paid for, it's time to reassess why. Ask yourself what you're getting out of and be honest. If you keep telling yourself "just this once", how many times will it take before that excuse runs dry?
    • See if you can work less hours than now. Ask for a part-time role. Readjust your spending habits to cope with the decrease in pay, increase in time for yourself.
    • Leave your work at work. Quit taking it home every day. If it didn't get done at work, it's time to reassess your working habits. Ask yourself what value you and your workplace are getting from taking work home every day.
    • Stop working weekends. Even if you love your work, dragging work into your weekends starts unbalancing the proportion in your life. It might not feel it right now but eventually, this will lead to burn out and/or passion reduction. Block off every weekend for the next six months. Not a single one of those weekends can include work from here on.

  2. Simplify work tasks. Our work day is made up of an endless list of work tasks. If you simply try to knock off all the tasks on your to-do list, you’ll never get everything done, and worse yet, you’ll never get the important stuff done. Focus on the essential tasks and eliminate the rest.
  3. Try commuting less. See if you can perform some telecommuting for a change, even just a few days a month.
  4. Take break times. Whatever your job, however much you love it, breaks are an essential part of rejuvenating your life. Life becomes much more complicated when you stop seeing things afresh. So, be sure to take all breaks, from morning tea and lunch, to vacation times. Your work won't feel half as complicated on your return.
  5. Clear your desk. If you have a cluttered desk, it can be distracting and disorganized and stressful. Clean it off regularly, perhaps every Friday afternoon before leaving work.

Technology and Communications
  1. Simplify your online life. Your online life can quickly dissolve into a mess. Bookmarks here and there, emails cluttering up the inbox (many unread), sites you've joined and have no memory about, etc. All of this has the potential to decrease the utility and enjoyment of time spent online and give you a sense of complexity that really shouldn't be there given the ability of technological solutions to clear the clutter. Avoid this by simplifying your online life as follows:
    • Declutter your digital packrattery. Do a massive purge of the things that are cluttering up your computer, start keeping things simple and maintain a regular purging regime.
    • Try to keep your email box empty. Answer, file, or delete emails upon reading.

  2. Simplify your media diet. TV, the internet, radio, magazines, newspapers, podcasts - there is a lot of media available. The trick is to use media effectively without letting it dominate your life.
    • Take regular media fasts. Have weekends where you are completely unconnected to the internet, the TV, your electronic games.
    • Place timers on electronic things that suck your time without you noticing. If you can spend more hours than you'd like online, install a timer – and use it! You might be surprised at your level of intensity. Even if you simply add in enforced regular breaks, your use of the technology will instantly simplify.

  3. Simplify your communications. Communicating with other people is a vital part of life but it can be too easy to let it take over in the form of IMs, emails, texting, etc. Limiting the times for communications can help you to keep this part of your life simple and effective.
    • Keep email replies to certain times of the day only. Stop checking them every few minutes. Turn off the ping noise to stop your reaction for checking.
    • Make all return phone calls at a set time of your day.
    • IM or text for a limited time each day.


Personal health and well being
  1. Simplify your health. There are a number of ways to make your health care less complicated:
    • Choose a healthy diet and exercise daily.
    • Monitor your blood pressure and heart rate at home. Keep a record of comparison for your physician.
    • Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and risk-taking behavior, such as base jumping or speeding.
    • Have regular pampering treatments, such as massages.
    • Meditate. This has long-term benefits and helps to keep you focused on what really matters.

  2. Save for an emergency. One credit card and $1,000 should be sufficient for an unexpected car or home repair.
  3. Find a good physician. Be sure they listen carefully before treatment is prescribed.
    • Request copies of your doctor visits and tests for review.
    • Your accurate history enables a physician to make a better decision.


Time spent with others
  1. Spend time with people you love. Re-evaluate time spent with people you don't love and choose to spend more time with people you do love. Whether those people are a spouse, a partner, children, parents, other family, best friends, or whoever, find time to do things with them, talk to them, be intimate with them.
  2. Spend time alone. Alone time is good for you, although some people aren’t comfortable with it. It could take practice getting used to the quiet, and making room for your inner voice. While it may sound new-age like, it is extremely calming. And this quiet is necessary for finding out what’s important to you.
  3. Simplify your interactions. There are some absolute basics that can make your relationships far simpler, far less trying on your nerves and time:
    • Learn to say no. If you can't say no, you'll always be the person who is trying to fix everyone else's problems as well as your own. Learn to discern what is important enough to agree to and say no to the rest.
    • Don't keep giving to people who always take and fail to reciprocate. Don't try to please others by neglecting yourself.
    • Use your instincts. Don't be easily led. If you feel there is something wrong, there probably is.



Tips


  • Limit worrying. It changes little but uses up an enormous reserve of energy and complicates things unnecessarily. Instead, be proactive about whatever it is that is gnawing at you. Draw up action lists and just get active dealing with it. Worrying and stress go hand in hand so stop worrying to avoid stress
  • Everyone says "be yourself". There is a reason for this oft repeated cliche, it being principally that when you're denying your real self an outlet by pretending to be a personality style or type that you're not, it's all about constant effort to not let the facade slip. If you're more true to yourself, then it's likely that you will be much happier inside, and a lot less tied up in complications.
  • Record your day if you're not sure where the hours are disappearing to. Keeping a calendar can also simplify your day because you don't have to rack your brains to remember everything continuously.
  • Make sensible choices about pets. For example, dogs need more attention than cats because they must be exercised every day. On the plus side, however, this exercise can be a form of unwinding and reconnection with the outside world for you.

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Sources and Citations



  1. Children and Nature Network, http://www.childrenandnature.org/


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How to Be a Yogi


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Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in India. The word is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Major branches of yoga in Hindu philosophy include Raja Yoga (Patanjali, meditation and positive thinking), Karma Yoga (do good), Jnana Yoga (think about yourself), Bhakti Yoga (pray to God, the Guru or to your inner self), and Hatha Yoga (body exercises and meditation).[1]
The Sanskrit word "yoga" has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root "yuj", meaning "to control" (self discipline), "to yoke" (egolessness) or "to unite" (live in a cosmic consciousness). Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy to a high level of attainment is called a yogi or yogini. Yogini is the feminine form. In the following steps, you will learn how to start your journey to becoming a yogi or yogini.

Steps


  1. Practice yoga for health, inner peace, or enlightenment. You are a yogi or a yogini if you practice yoga for health, beauty, strength, relaxation, or healing. You are a yogi or yogini if you practice yoga for inner peace, happiness and enlightenment. You are a yogi or yogini if you are enlightened. Enlightenment means to live in God, in the light, in a cosmic consciousness. [2] [3]
  2. Be a theist or an atheist. In modern yoga, your religion can be your preference. Yoga teaches the unity of all religions. You can be a Yogi and a Hindu, a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist or an Atheist. An Atheist can be a yogi, if he or she wants to realize inner peace and happiness.
    • You can be a Christian yogi if you want. The most important Christian yogis were the Desert Fathers and Mothers [4]. Their enlightened master was the Holy Antonius [5].

  3. Practise yoga, meditation, and positive thinking. The three great books of yoga are the Yoga-Sutra from Patanjali,[6] the Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika from Goraksha,[7] and the Bhagawad Gita from Krishna.[8] Therefore the basic yoga techniques are positive thinking (Patanjali), meditation (Patanjali), body work (Goraksha), praying (Krishna), and loving all beings (Krishna).
  4. Learn the five basic features: truth, peace, love, self-discipline and happiness. Important modern yoga masters are Swami Sivananda,[9] Anandamayi Ma,[10] Sai Baba,[11] Amritanandamayi (Amma),[12] and Mother Meera[13]. They teach the basic features.
  5. Get an initiation. It is a good idea to get an initiation[14] from an enlightened master. He or she will open the doors of your enlightenment energy (kundalini-energy).[15] However, realize that you have to practice and realize your enlightenment on your own. And have patience – enlightenment will appear when the time is right for you.
  6. Purify yourself and become happy. Spiritually, human beings can be compared to onions. Tension and conflict must be dissolved layer by layer. When one layer is peeled away, the next quickly appears at the surface until the inner core is revealed. At this point, a lasting inner joy is found, and the yogi or yogini lives in the light (in spite of the reality that there is still much to be done).

Video


Computer Yoga with Yogi Nils. Relax in a few minutes.

Tips


  • Shiva[16] is the supreme God in yoga.[17] We can see Shiva as the symbol of a victorious yogi. Shiva has a cosmic consciousness and lives above the world of duality. He can occur in many forms. The most famous incarnations of Shiva are the meditator (the practicing yogi), the blessing (the karma yogi), the ego sacrificer (subordinated under the life), the positive dancer (with the life) and the lover (Shiva and Shakti hand in hand).
  • Use the following activities as part of your journey to becoming a yogi or yogini:
    • 1. The Winner = Shake your fists near your head and think: "I am a winner. I reach my goal. ... My goal is...."
    • 2. The Strong = Rub your feet on the ground and visualize the Mount Meru[18] among us, and say: "I'm sitting on the Mount Meru (Himalaya Mountains). I maintain equanimity in pain."
    • 3. The Egoless = Make large circles with your hands around you, visualize the cosmos full of stars and think: "I live in the great system of the cosmos. I take things the way they are."
    • 4. The Hatha-Yogi = Visualize within yourself the Kundalini Serpent, twist in the spine, move your toes and think: "I am a Hatha Yogi. I walk the path of Hatha Yoga. I save myself with my spiritual exercises."
    • 5. The Karma-Yogi = Move your hand, send all beings light and think, "I am a Karma Yogi. I help all beings. I send light to...". Shiva means "The Good". He sees himself in all his fellow beings. He wants all his friends to be happy. He works for the goal of a happy world.
    • 6. Master Yoga = Rub your palms before your heart chakra, visualize the sky above you and think, "Om all enlightened masters. I ask for guidance and help on my way."
    • 7. Shiva Picture = Concentrate on a picture or a statue of Shiva. Move one hand and take the energy from Shiva. Think several times the mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" (I connect myself with Shiva) or "Shivo Ham" (I am Shiva) and feel how the energy of Shiva flows with the mantra in you.
    • 8. Meditation = Put your hands in your lap, move your toes and think the mantra "Om Shanti" (inner peace) in the belly, "Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om ..." Then stop every thought for a minute. Spend some time relaxing in meditation and then come back. You are now a happy dancer with the life.


Warnings


  • Always stay in truth, love, peace, strength and happiness. Don't overtax or undertax your spiritual path. Practise as you feel comfortable.
  • Proponents of yogism may claim it to be compatible with many belief systems and worldviews, but that isn't necessarily so. Be sure you investigate and understand whether or not becoming a yogi accords with what you already believe.

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  1. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Yoga

  2. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Cosmic_consciousness

  3. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Enlightenment_(spiritual)

  4. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Desert_Fathers

  5. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Anthony_the_Great

  6. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Yoga_Sutra

  7. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Hatha_Yoga_Pradipika

  8. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Bhagawad_Gita

  9. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Swami_Sivananda

  10. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Anandamayi_Ma

  11. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Sathya_Sai_Baba

  12. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Amritanandamayi

  13. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Mother_Meera

  14. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Initiation

  15. http:/​/​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Kundalini_energy

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BellaOnline Interview Part 5
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Society Column, Dwell Magazine 2001
Is there a crisis in black relationships? Despite millions of examples of loving couples, do black women and men still have negative perceptions of each other? If so, where did they come from and are they true?
TANGO MAGAZINE 2009
Interview
An Editor on Editing and Writing
The Life of an Erotica Writer
Excerpt
Bronx Biannual Literary Journal #2
Advice Column
Advice on Love and Lust
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In a New York City rife with emotional landmines, four friends search for Mr. Right but often end up settling for Mr. Right Now.
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A Los Angeles Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2001 Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection
The second book in the best-selling Brown Sugar series
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The fourth book in the best-selling erotic collection
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Short Stories
Uptown Magazine September 2005
Dwell Magazine April 2001
Oneworld Magazine Feb/Mar.2002
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