Saturday, June 15, 2019

Food the Essence of Life - Above all else pay attention to your health because you are what and how you eat!


 
 
 
 
 
 
There is a branch of yoga called Anna- Maya- Kosha which simply means to pay attention to what and how you eat because you are what and how you eat. If you begin and continue to practice Anna yoga you will see yourself making healthy choices as you strive to maintain balance and vitality. This is because Anna is the pathway of knowledge leading to an understanding of the importance of the essence of food and our health. Knowledge removes ignorance and when ignorance is removed we make wiser choices. This means we learn to be in balance with nature. Everything in life moves from birth to death and our health is determined by the choices we make in-between. Nature provides everything we need to both survive and to thrive.

Perfect health is not about aiming for restrictions and self-denial, but rather the extinction of physical, mental and soulful imbalances. This means that all things should be approached with moderation, which includes diet.

When you realize the inner temple of your own body, you understand the totality of the universe. This simply means that through balance and moderation we reach an understanding of the unification of the opposing forces of the universe; matter and spirit. These two forces bring about an interaction of self-conscious awareness, which produces illumination. We call this conscious self-awareness. Just remember: you are what and how you eat.

Although most in the West overeat, eat a poor diet and rarely if ever fast, a traditional ancient yoga diet does not necessarily work in our modern day culture. When considering a diet it is important to look at many lifestyle factors. We must take into account that although the ancient scriptures are full of  spiritual advice and prescribe a lifestyle of health and balance, evolution, change and different cultures create the need to expand our consciousness and approach to the essence of the foods we eat.

In fact modern dietician might disagree with all the dairy and fat in the ancient yogic vegetarian diet. Less dairy and fat are usually promoted in a Western healthy diet. However, eating less and exercising more is also promoted. Very rarely do we see fasting promoted for health and in most cases I would agree. Fasting is simply starving the body of life supporting nutrients.

Good nutrition is not about cure, but about life enrichment. This means that although we need foods to help rebuild and heal the body, the Anna yoga approach is a focus of life enhancement and wellness by increasing the life force energies through the choices of foods we eat. If we eat healthy the body-mind finds vitality, strength and balance and this is what is needed to keep us on our soulful path. It has been said that nature provides all that humankind needs to stay healthy and fit.  Therefore, whole natural foods should provide the basis of a healthy diet. You are what and how you eat.

 

Disciplined eating is considered one of the basic moral observances or niyamas and one of the basic abstinences or yamas, which are two of the eight basic stages of the practice of yoga. Yoga teaches us to take care of our body-mind so as to do no harm to both the internal and external environments. Food can uplift or pollute our being. Only a body that is strong and steady and a mind that is clear and sharp can serve our soulful awakening. Therefore Anna yoga teaches that we should observe what we eat, abstain from harming the body with impure foods and take responsibility for our dietary needs, and the health of our entire being; body, mind and soul. You are what and how you eat

 

The body is your vehicle. The mind is your GPS. Your soul is the driver. Without a well running body and a clear sense of navigation it is impossible to make the journey. Take care of your body and your mind. They are the instruments of the soul. Just remember that all of life exists in relationship to and by coexisting with everything else that exist. Nothing exists in isolation.  You are what and how you eat!

(if you would like to know more about the yoga of eating see my book Anna Yoga – because you are what and how you eat) http://www.doctorlynn.com

 

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

#Yoga Today ~ #Time Gates


 
 
 
 
 
 
Time gates are passageways or spaces we step into at a particular time that change the direction of our life.  Time gates exist everywhere without regards for time. They are simply space providing the means for change.  When we refer to change we refer to time and not space.  However, all points in space are relative to one another and therefore a time gate cannot exist in empty space. It must be linked to a specific event and events happen as a result of time.

Wherever you are in the world you will be faced with time gates. These gates are constantly opening and closing. When we step through a time gate we either consciously or unconsciously set off a stream of time space events that can have a power influence upon our life. In an instant our life can change. An artist is discovered, a lover is found, and a leader is toppled. From the outside it appears that a person’s life has changed dramatically, for better, or for worse when in fact one has simply stepped through a time gate and the space you occupy has changed. Whether it is prosperous or not depends upon a number of circumstances. What might appear to be a stroke of luck might turn out to be a burden.

A story: in a small village a young boy received a pony from his parents for his birthday. Everyone in the village remarked to the old sage of the village on how lucky the boy was to receive such a wonderful gift. The old sage said, “We’ll see if this is luck.” The next week the boy was riding the pony when something scared the pony and he was thrown off and broke his leg. The villagers said to the old sage, “Oh how awful what bad luck. The poor boy will not be able to play with the other children and must spend the summer in bed.” The old sage said, “We’ll see if this is bad luck.” The next week the country went to war and all able bodied boys were called up for duty to go and fight and possibly die for their country. The boy with the broken leg was spared from going to war and the possibility of being injured or killed.  

 

Our karma will draw us to certain gates and bind us to others. The gate to prosperity may open before us, but because of our karmic blindness we might walk right by it. We might be given a stroke of luck that might turn into a stroke of bad luck and then find that it will bring us a different stroke of luck. When things happen be aware, open and watchful; and when questioning whether it is stroke of luck or bad luck say to yourself, “we’ll see.”.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, May 04, 2019

#Yoga Today~ Finding Your #Life Mission


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a pure yoga sense this means to devote your energy towards a higher power. This is about devotion not to an idol, but to your chosen endeavor. Your Isvar is that aspect of life that you devote yourself to with unreserved, unequivocal, absolute and total dedication.  This of course should be done in thought, word and deed.

What we devote ourselves to is what we become. By devoting ourselves to something larger than ourselves we have the opportunity to achieve a state of harmony with life. In the truest sense your Isvar is what you choose as the basis for your devotion. It begins with what inspires you. Yoga suggests we become inspired by that which gives us meaning. Anything that is done because it is meaningful in and of itself will bring you to your Isvar.

Our devotion does not need to be fixed nor should it be. Life is ever changing and the flexibility we apply will allow for growth and opportunity. This is a paradox in that we all desire to be free and untethered and yet the desire to merge with our Isvar constantly tugs at our consciousness. We all want to find and establish meaning in our lives.  Meaning requires devotion and devotion requires discipline Therefore we must devote ourselves completely so that we become what we seek. Remember; life becomes what life does.

When seeking your Isvar choose wisely. Your Isvar is a reflection of you.  For it to bring you happiness you must be clear about your intentions. Stay open and flexible and allow the energy of life to move through you and all around you.

Once upon a time there were two medical students. One was interested in fame and money. The other wanted to heal and help people. The first student struggled everyday with his studies while the other student found joy because the studying in and of itself brought him satisfaction. For the student waiting for fame and money every day was painful. For the other student everyday was pure joy.

When we experience the deep devotion and passion expressed through our Isvar, we are lifted to a place where our Isvar becomes a way of life expressed through our daily living.  It is a place of union where our Isvar and our earthly journey become one.  Find your Isvar, whatever it may be and devote yourself to it with unconditional love.  Find your Isvar - Be devoted

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, April 27, 2019

Self-study is the fourth Niyama


 
 
 
 
Self-study means to seek out knowledge that supports your health, gives you clarity, helps you to discover truthfulness and brings harmony to your life.  This should be done in thoughts, words and deeds.
 



With any type of study the cooperation of the body is needed. The health and welfare of your body is therefore very important. Correct posture, proper breathing and caring for your health allows you to study yourself and all the component parts of your body, mind and soul. By understanding what your body can do you can direct it to control your thoughts and your words.

Understanding yourself you begin to understand all of life. This consciousness is then used to expand outward towards others. Use yoga to study yourself. When in a pose be aware; are you comfortable or stiff? When the body is free of all toxins (vices) physically and mentally it is fluid. If it is stiff and tense it will break. Breathe and surrender.

Once upon a time there was a mighty tree and a small weed sitting by the river bank. The tree looked down at the weed and said, “Hey you puny little weed, how you can stand next to me? I am tall and strong. Aren’t you embarrassed? People will see you next to me and laugh at you. Why don’t you move somewhere else?”

The weed replied, “Tree I did not come here purposely. I just happen to be here. Please pardon my humble appearance.”

The next day a heavy rain came inundating the jungle and causing a heavy flood. When a river floods it erodes the banks and pulls down anything in its way. With tremendous force the water tore the tree from its roots. But the humble weed bent down and flattened itself letting the water run over it. When the flood passed the weed rose up and looking around it wondered what happened to the tree. In the distance it could hear the tree. “I’m being pulled down the river. I should have been humble, simple and flexible like you.”

We do need to be strong like steel. But remember steel is also flexible.  Don’t be like crude iron.  It is strong and hard, but lacks flexibility and so it breaks. Just like the weed be humble and flexible in body and mind, but strong in your soul. Know who you are and what you are capable of doing and then practice humility. Be proud of who you are, but remove pride. 

Intellectually seek knowledge that supports your health. Remember your words indicate the nature of your being. Choose them wisely. Walk the path of self-knowledge grounded in compassion and understanding. This is soul walking.  Know yourself and - Be humble

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Austerity is the third niyama.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Austerity simply means that on all levels; physically, verbally and intellectually we should develop the power to withstand hunger, thirst, heat, cold and other earthly discomforts so as to attain the unattainable. Without hardships and challenges we never develop self-discipline and self-discipline is needed to attain contentment and thus happiness.

When you over eat, over drink, over spend, or over worry do you ever feel content and happy?  Austerity means to keep your mind focused, your words meaningful and your deeds soulfully powerful. Over indulgence ultimately leads to pain.  What we need is balance.

Words are very important. They should be spoken with tranquility, be truthful, pleasant and beneficial. If something is true and unpleasant, make it pleasant. From your heart chakra practice compassionate and understanding. Then act with self-control and a sense of calmness.

The Gita a Sanskrit Hindu text points out three types of austerity; dull, passionate and calm.

Those who are inflexible will become dull. Those with the intent of acquiring something are passionate and those who are without desire for any result other than to be content and balanced are calm.  Don’t lose your passion. Just temper it with austerity which means to approach all of life from a calm and balanced point of view.   How do you remain calm when you don’t get what you want? Acceptance. No amount of anguishing is going to change it. Let it come and go with complete calmness – because life will give you exactly what you need to stay on the soulful path.  Things come and things go, but austerity once established will last forever.

 

Balance your work, play and soulful pursuits so as not to exhaust you. The body and the mind cling to desires. This exhausts our energy and depletes the soul.  When we practice austerity we cleanse the body and the mind of unneeded energy and this uplifts the soul. It is like gold; the more you fire it the purer it gets.  It’s like karma; the slow burning away of impurities to attain purity of the soul. So accept what comes into your life with a sense of calmness and you will understand the significance of austerity. What is gained through calmness will endure no matter what comes into, or goes out of your life. Be disciplined.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



Saturday, April 13, 2019

#Yoga Today #Contentment is the second niyama.


 
 
 
 
 

 Contentment simply means to be content with what you have and not obsessively desire that which you have not earned. Never feel disappointed if less than you desire comes into your life. Likewise don’t feel overly elated by what does come into your life. Simply accept and be content with things as they are. This does not mean you should not reach out for more. Simply do so while being content with what you already have.

In your mind don’t be disturbed by things that do not come into your life. Do not complain about society or your fate. Understand the laws of abundance, as well as the laws of karma; life becomes what life does. Let go of any disappointment. In this way you make room for opportunity. Don’t question what happens; you’ll never know why certain things turn out to be. So let go, move on and be content.

Your most valuable asset is your abundant energy. Use it to improve your life, but never to the detriment of your happiness, health and peace of mind.

Contentment is to be practiced in thought, word and deed. Speak as if you are happy. Pay attention to your tone, intonations and the words that you use. Keep you thoughts positive and act as if all that you could ever want is with you now. Be happy, healthy and peaceful. Material things come and go, but contentment, once found can last forever.

The things of the material world are useless to the soul and yet they are an important part of your evolution. Just remember your most valuable asset is your abundant energy. Use it to improve your life, but never to the detriment of your happiness, health and peace of mind. Let’s get started….

 

Life has an elusive nature. It can sometimes be very difficult to understand. Everything in life is energy rearranging itself to suit a certain purpose.   Remember that everything in life constantly changes. What might be of value to you today might be meaningless tomorrow.

Avoid comparison and competition. Each of us is unique. That makes comparison, competition and envy useless. It is o-k to strive for more just do it from a place of contentment. Be happy with what you have earned and then do the work to earn more. What should you earn? Punja; it means merits or good deeds.  You acquire these by working your karma. Punja is the only thing of value you take with you when you leave this world. The soul who renounces discontentment for contentment acquires everything. Be content.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, April 06, 2019

#Yoga Today #Observe - The #Niyamas


 
 
 
 
 
The Niyamas are things that it is suggested we observe. Just like the things we abstain from (yamas) the niyamas should be practice in thought, word and deed.
 
 


Purity is the first niyama. It is different than celibacy which means to simplify your life. Purity means to cleanse. Purity of thought means to lift your consciousness above the level of power and survival and into the pureness of the heart chakra energy. Mental purity is acquired by practicing compassion, understanding and kindness, or whatever brings about peaceful and pure thoughts.

 Speak should be pure for words are very powerful. It is said that a wound from an arrow will heal, but the wound from words last forever. Words that are consoling, harmonizing, gentle, uplifting and straightforward are purity of speech. Mantras such as OM are often used to invoke a sense of purity.

 Just remember if you always speak the truth a time will come when all you say will come true and be pure. Established in purity our life becomes an open book. We have no need to fear anything.

When it comes to the body purity means cleanliness both inside and out. That means we should eat clean and pure foods, as well as keep the body groomed and our environment clean. One of the ways to cleanse the body is to practice asana or the yoga poses, as well as Anna yoga, the yoga of eating. Because you are what you eat!  This does not mean you need to eat any particular diet. Just feed the body pure and healthy foods. And don’t forget to breathe!(see Doctor Lynn website for more on the book Anna Yoga) Let’s get started with OM to invoke purity.

When our thoughts, words and actions are pure we are in harmony with life. Things come easily to us and life simply flows. If something negative should arise, replace it with something positive. If you should speak a harsh word replace it with a word of kindness. If you act in ways that harm yourself or the environment replace the action with a good deed. In this you will be pure. Follow the truth with a pure heart and you will discover that you have nothing to fear because the pure truth will always set you free. Be pure in body, mind and soul.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn