Mastery of Meditation Gets Hacked – Life Lessons Learned
I joined the herds this summer on their seasonal migration to the Jersey shore. We headed to beautiful Long Beach Island for our annual family vacation and just recently returned from there. In most cases, I would probably not be a big proponent of herd mentality, but I must say, that in this case joining the masses to lounge out on the beach and enjoy the great blue Atlantic was indeed a fine idea. Unfortunately, I returned to find that AnmolMehta.Com had been badly hacked during my time away, which certainly put a damper on my post vacation mood!
Essentially, a spam site hacked Mastery of Meditation & Yoga and inserted into my website thousands and thousands of links to their spam site. For the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) savvy techies, you know that this means big trouble with Emperor Google. Without going into too many details, essentially AnmolMehta.Com got heavily penalized by the Emperor for these links, and fell off the map as far as search results go. I have since cleaned up the mess, closed the security hole and petitioned the Emperor to be readmitted into the empire . I believe as of a few days ago my penalties have been removed, SO I AM BACK BABY !!
Life Lessons Learned:
Of course, as you all know, to me all challenges, difficulties, upsets, etc are opportunities to learn about our attachments and grow, so here are the lessons I learned from this disaster.
1. As fellow bloggers know, building a successful blog is no easy task. Mastery of Meditation & Yoga is now a year and a half old and it has taken a great deal of hard work to create, so having it badly damaged by the hackers was a good chance for me to measure my attachment to it. So I observed my feelings carefully and was glad to see that although I was a little bummed, I did not need to get a prescription for anti-depressants .
Life Lesson Number One: ALWAYS practice observing your feelings and thoughts when there is a scenario that upsets you. It is a golden opportunity to really measure your spiritual progress and learn about the ways of the ego (See Test to Determine Your Spiritual Growth for more on this topic).
2. Next I observed my feelings towards the hackers who had so casually hacked and spammed my blog and potentially ruined over a year of hard work. This was a chance to practice forgiveness, instead of extending conflict and ill-will.
Life Lesson Number Two: Forgive, Forgive, Forgive (See The Time I Met God – Good News & Bad News for more on this topic).
3. There is a famous saying in Urdu which translates roughly to, “Only the courageous who ride into battle, have a chance to fall off the horse, not the timid,” and if you fall off… well get back on again and rejoin the fight. All great things, including enlightenment, require abiding passion, and the heart to keep trying, despite failures and disappointments.
Life Lesson Number Three: For enlightenment or other great achievements be prepared to work hard and keep at it. Don’t give up on the first, or tenth, sign of trouble. (See No Shortcuts to Enlightenment for more on this topic).
Needless to say, I am about 1000 emails behind and have a mountain of comments and questions to address, but am happy to be back and glad to be once again sharing with all of you my passion for Yoga & Meditation. Welcome to all the new readers and thank you all for your support during this challenging phase.