Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.

Man in the Arena

February 23rd, 2013

Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

On Pain – Khalil Gibran

January 8th, 2013

On Pain

Kahlil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

Stay thirsty my friends…

November 12th, 2012
Ever blown your own mind with something you’ve concocted in the kitchen? One taste of this smoothie and I went ape… Punched my fist in the air and hissed a big “YESSS! I love my life”
Ever blown your own mind with something you've concocted in the kitchen? One taste of this smoothie and I went ape... Punched my fist in the air and a big "YESSS! I love my life"
Ingredients:
– fruits: bananas, pear, frozen strawberries/blueberries
– protein powder
– greens supplement
– acai juice
– cinnamon powder
– almond milk
– water
– some bourne vita

12 Commandments of JiuJitsu by Carlos Gracie Sr

November 1st, 2012

1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind.

2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity.

3. Give to all your friends the feeling of being valued.

4. Look at things by the enlightened point of view and update your optimism on reality.

5. Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best.

6. Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours.

7. Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a smile to all people who talk to you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

10. Be big enough so you can feel unsatisfied, be noble enough so you can feel anger, be strong enough so you can feel fear, and be happy enough so you can feel frustrations.

11. Hold a good opinion about your self and communicate that to the world, but not through dissonant words but through good works.

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, as long as you stay loyal to the best of yourself.

http://fortivita.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/12-commandments-of-jiujitsu-by-carlos-gracie-sr/

Limits & Plateaus ; Simplicity; Bruce Lee

October 23rd, 2012

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.”

– Bruce Lee

Abhishek Valaboju

My mission is to lead and inspire people to live in congruence with a deeper understanding of themselves and the universe.