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Question: Do you have a personal philosophy?

David Life: That’s hard. I mean yoga philosophy is my philosophy. And what yoga philosophy says simply is, “You are it,” and, “This is it.” There’s no other place and there’s no other you. And so I think that that’s my personal philosophy too – is that I’m not looking for someone to save me or to save the world. I am the one I’ve been waiting for, and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. You know so often today in these troubled times, I hear, “Well we need to educate the children. We need to get the young people interested in global warming, and in overpopulation, and in . . . in the troubling things in the world, and then they’ll fix it in their time.” I don’t believe that. I believe that action needs to be taken now. And the only thing stopping us from acting is our . . . Basically we’ve given up on ourselves and we feel our time is over. Well it’s not over. The change could be instantaneous, and that is my philosophy. I believe that I’ve felt the instantaneous change that is the just changing your mind. And that’s . . . that’s what I try to do. I try to change my mind a lot, and I try to change it back to its original nature, not a . . . not a covering over with reaction.



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