I had bought Paramahansa Yogananda's book, "Autobiography of a Yogi" earlier on in my yoga journey, but didn't actually get around to reading it for a couple of years. I had developed a consistent yoga practice from the second I hit the mat. I'll never forget the first thought that entered my mind when I picked my head off the mat in the studio, "I am going to do this practice everyday, for the rest of my life." I have been averaging 5x per week, every week, since I started 4+ years ago. I started during a rough patch in my life, like many who find yoga, and it changed everything in the best possible way.
When I first started, I didn't know who Paramahansa Yogananda was. I didn't know who this great teacher, who had sailed thousands of miles away from his home, crossing a massive ocean, to bring the science of yoga to the west - all because his teacher, Swami Sri Yuketswar, asked him to.
I started reading "Autobiography of a Yogi," after a couple of years of practice on a whim. Right after I was about to finish the book, one of my favorite teachers asked me if I wanted to meet a Kriya Master at the Self-realization Fellowship in Oceanside, CA - Yogiraj Satgurunath Siddhanath. After reading that book, I jumped at the opportunity.
Ever since then, I finish every book I read by Paramahansa Yogananda within a couple of days. Especially this book, "Focusing the Power of Attention for Success." In this book, he talks about some of the spiritual loads behind our thoughts, and how we can focus them for success through meditation.
Here are 8 quotes from the book below, that I found to be very helpful and interesting for focusing the power of my attention for success.
Focusing the Power of Attention for Success, by Paramahansa Yogananda
1. Sharing Your Success
2. Meditation Removes Mental Limitations #1
Meditation Removes Mental Limitations #2
3. Put Your Duties in Proper Perspective
4. A Universal Religion of Love is the Real Answer
5. The Power Behind All Power
6. The Practicality of Seeking God First
7. Let No One Take Your Happiness Away From You
8. Keep Your Attention Concentrated