Saturday, December 15, 2018

Reincarnation – how did I get here?


 
 
 
To understand karma we need to begin with an understanding of reincarnation.

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not it is an interesting subject for most people.  According to karma yoga and physicist we are simply a bundle of energy. And according to the laws of thermodynamics energy is never lost, but simply changes form. Our energy field (body, mind, soul) is a subtle form of motion like a wave or a pulse that goes on and on.  But to fully understand anything we must understand it’s opposite. So if we can only know on by knowing off is it possible that we can only know we are alive by knowing we had once been dead?

 

If we are simply a bundle of energy and we follow the laws of thermodynamics we can conclude that our energy is never lost, it simply changes form.  So it would stand to reason that when we die our energy just changes to a different form of energy and that energy maintains the potential to return again to earth and change its form again.  It takes strength, balance and flexibility to take on form. So as you work through the yoga class today, think about yourself as a bundle on energy that has taken on the strength to survive and flourish, balance so you might navigate through life and flexibility so that you might endure the ever changing nature of life. Let’s get started.

 

You are a bundle of energy that has chosen to reincarnate into this body and this life for the “soul” purpose of working through your karma. Hold onto your strength; you will need it to survive and flourish; work on your balance; it will be challenged with every step you take and stay flexible and open to change. For the one thing you can absolutely sure of is that life will change. In this you will evolve.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, December 08, 2018

The Spiritual Force


 
 
 
 
 
 
As humans we are all walking the path of life because of the spiritual force of the universe. We call this prana or the force that gives rise to all of life. We are here with a body, a mind and soul working to undo some piece of karma.

The body is the vehicle. The mind is the GPS. The soul is the part of you that sits beneath your body and behind the mind. Sometimes you get a hunch, a feeling or perhaps a quiet moment when you sense the nature of your soul. In that moment you know you are touching something deeper within yourself. The soul holds your mission and so the spiritual force initiates the process of discovery. This is how we learn, know and master our lives. Practicing karma yoga helps us to initiate the process of discovering which requires balance, strength, flexibility and the ability to find peace amongst the chaos of life.

Your soul has taken this body and this mind to complete your karmic mission. It’s up to you to discover the mission, get on the path, and walk with your soul. Most likely anyone who says they are spiritual may in fact simply mean that they are soulfully walking the spiritual path one step at a time. They are not the spiritual force; that’s prana, but because of the spiritual force they are on earth to walk the path. You are a soul walking the spiritual path and not the spiritual force walking the soulful path. There is a difference. The soul is you. The spirit is the force that gives rise to existence. “May the force be with you.”

Namaste

Doctor Lynn



Tuesday, December 04, 2018

#Yoga Today ~The Observing Principle


 
 
 
 
 
 
Although the soul has an infinite ability for creativity it only has three central activities: thinking, speaking, doing. These three activities create our karma and all karma seeks expression through your thoughts, words and deeds.

To lighten or soften your karma (your aura) you need to manifest certain actions and prohibit others.  For example: practicing kindness rather than anger. The physical practice of yoga helps us to learn to become motionless and balanced without losing consciousness.  The mental emotional part of yoga teaches us to quiet and purify our thoughts and the soulful part of yoga reminds us to observe life without attachment while remaining present and aware. Observe, detach, but never be indifferent. It also reminds us that life is ever changing and so to navigate life we need balance, strength, flexibility and peace. Let’s get started.

 

The soul has infinite ability for creativity, but it only has three central activities; thinking speaking and doing. This is how we both create and annihilate karma; thinking, speaking and doing. Karma yoga teaches us how to be balanced, flexible, strong and at peace while holding onto awareness. This is how we change the coloration of our aura and thus create and annihilate karma.  Karma is simply cause and effect so observe everything you think, say and do. This is known as our witnessing consciousness; the observing principle of life.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, November 17, 2018

#Yoga Today ~ Watch Out for D-GAP


 
 
 
 
I hope I have been a good steward of the practice of yoga and that each and every one of you has gained some insight and found strength in our weekly practice. I have had many conversations with each of you and shared many of your triumphs and your tragedies. Just remember I love all of your wonderful and beautiful souls.

Remember that yoga is not simply coming to class and doing the poses. It is a way of life that calls upon you to learn, know and master yourself. What I have learned is that life is full of incredible people and experiences; what I know is that life is constantly changing and as well as its beauty it is full of deceit, greed, anger and pride. What I have mastered is the ability to be at peace with what is – sometimes you have to stop questioning and just let it be.

Every single day you will be confronted with the four great passions of life. Deceit, greed, anger and pride reside within each of us. To master these is to be aware of them as they surface and then use the tools of yoga for change. When deceit arrives be honest, when greed arrives be generous, when anger arrives be compassionate and understanding, and when pride arrives be humble.

This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace. Let’s get started.

 

John Wooden, a UCLA head basketball coach, nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” said,” Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

The ego is a powerful force,so remember life has handed each of us a special talent; be humble and grateful. If life hands you fame use it wisely to make the world a better place. Be grateful for those who support your efforts. But remember self-importance and conceit are self-given so be careful. Self-importance has a way of destroying both talent and fame.

I would like to thank all of you for supporting this yoga class for all these years. Do not think of it as an ending or a good-bye. We may not physically gather but when souls really touch each other they never disappear. Take what I have taught you and make the world a better place and we will all stay connected to the beauty of life.

Happy Holidays; I celebrate the place where our souls have met.

Namaste    

Doctor Lynn



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Saturday, November 10, 2018

#Yoga Today #Pride


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pride is insecurity and fear turned outward in an act of defiance.  It is often used as a means of survival. We use it to disguise our insecurities by appearing strong, independent and full of bravado. Foolishly we use pride to keep other people at bay and away from our inner soul. This of course can leave us lonely and self-absorbed. The inner voice secretly cries out for love and devotion.

Life will presented you with many humbling experiences.  If you look to the work of karma you will discover how to let go of shame and step past the maya or illusion of life and discover the reality of our existence; to learn, to know and to master our karma. Just remember life is real; your perceptions are the illusions and these are often ego driven.

Let’s get to work because it takes balance, flexibility, strength and peace to correct pride.

 

Pride appears as arrogance, defiance and nonconformity. It is the ego falsely raising itself in importance in an attempt to disguise its fear and insecurities. The ego is artificial and transitory for how you see yourself and the world is constantly changing.  One moment you are full of pride and the next you are full of fear. The ego however should not be annihilated. We need it for preservation and evolution. The problem with the ego is in believing that it holds the knowledge of final reality. In this we set up barriers of arrogance and self-importance. When this happens we stop evolving. The karma term for this is ignorance and ignorance is the cause of all suffering. To transcend pride surrender your self- important arrogance to the compassionate nature of your soul.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Yoga Today ~ ANGER - the third great passion


 
 
 
 
Anger is probably a passion we have all experienced. Although no one likes to be an angry person it is somewhat easier to admit this passion than the other three passions. Perhaps that is because anger is seen as a worthy passion if it is used to right an injustice. However, it is very difficult to practice the right amount of anger, at the right time, for the right reason; and what is justice?  Who decides what is right and what is wrong in a world without justice? That is why we have laws and one of the laws of karma is to do no harm. When someone is angry everyone gets hurts. That is why it is best to work on removing anger.

Anger is really fear based. Anger often times is an emotion we feel towards ourselves and yet we project it outward onto others. We are angry because we feel disappointed, hurt, used and abused. But the problem with anger is once it gets a hold of you; you become an angry person; things are said and things are done to hurt others. If the intellect is enslaved by anger the mind will also be enslaved.    Once enslaved with anger we lose our balance, flexibility, strength and peace of mind.

It is the nature of the mind to run outward and away from the chakras or self-awareness. We are here to balance the energy of the chakras; to feed them strength and keep them open to the changes and flow of life.  Let’s begin to work on finding our inner strength, flexibility and balance.

To combat anger be compassionate, understanding and kind. When angry the ego throws your body and your mind out of balance. They get weak and ridged. That’s why we need to practice karma yoga; to be more balanced, strong and flexible, and peaceful. Let’s get started.

 

Anger has a way of enslaving us. It never solved any problem. Being angry we give away our strength, our flexibility our balance and our peace of mind. The wise person realized that you are a result of whatever karma you let occupy your life. Therefore choose wisely what you let occupy your mind, because what you let occupy your mind occupies you.

 

 

With anger the ego tries to usurp its power in an attempt to even the score.  Don’t try to extinguish the ego. You need it for preservation. Just surrender it to something higher; your soul; and you will be wise.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn


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Saturday, October 27, 2018

#Yoga Today ~ #Greed


 
 
 
 
Greed is a passion from which we recoil. No one likes to think of him or her as being greedy and yet each of us on some level has been consumed by greed. When we think of greed we usually think of avarice or excessive hoarding of money and material things.  Greed is really fixation upon objects of sensory pleasure and gratification. For example: alcohol, food, or sex. Greed causes us to commit violence against others and ourselves. In the practice of yoga, if we push ourselves beyond our limit while doing a particular asana (pose), it is said we practice greed. Because we desire to keep up with the teacher or go beyond the other students we risk injuring ourselves. When injuries happen we contract and must stop our practice and heal our injury. We therefore stop the flow of evolution and growth. Greed imprisons our time, emotions, and energy. It has nothing to do with the possessing of things and money. It’s really about a feeling of inadequacy and thus not wanting others to have more than we have. We feel a lack of empowerment and therefore greedily hold onto what becomes the most important source of our self-definition. Unselfishness and giving for the sake of giving transcends greed. We can often appear to be acting for others when in fact because we are not free of self-interest our deeds are simply pretexts for receiving gratitude. To transcend greed we need to give without any expectation.
To give without expectation requires the components of yoga; balance strength and flexibility. Let’s get started.
 
Greed is not excessive hoarding or possessing. It is feeling a lack of empowerment and therefore greedily holding onto and protecting what we think is the becomes the most important source of our self- definition; our ego. The ego wants power and therefore imprisoned itself into a battle to win at any cost. The soul gives without expectation transcending greed and this will set you free.
Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet
Doctor Lynn