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



Saturday, March 30, 2019

Yoga Today Refrain and Observe – Your Moral Compass


 
 
 
 
 
The Niyamas are things that it is suggested we observe. The ten points of the yamas and the niyamas are very similar to the Ten Commandments and the ten virtues of Buddhism. All faiths have these same codes of ethics and morals. These are the foundation upon which to build a spiritual life. Without them nothing we build can ever last. Just like the things we abstain from (yamas) the niyamas should be practice in thoughts, words and actions.

The Yamas are things we should refrain from doing such as violence, lying, stealing, obsessing and greed. These will only bring us and the world around us pain and destruction. The Niyamas are things we should practice and in practicing we make the world a better place.

Just like the Ten Commandments, for example, we should refrain from stealing and committing violence while practicing honor towards our parents and observing the Holy day. The Ten virtues of Buddhism are much the same. For example; do not deceive, and avoid harsh and empty speech. In yoga we would say if you have nothing good to say; say nothing at all.

Over the next few weeks we will study the Niyamas. For now think about your own moral code. Each of us through our background and spiritual upbringing has been given a moral code to live by. There is little if no difference in the way we should all live our lives; follow your moral compass and you will see how karma is simply cause and effect. Act morally and ethically and the results will be a better life and a better world. Let’s get started…

 

Each of us through our background and spiritual upbringing has been given a moral code to live by. If we were to all follow our moral code we might discover that we are all have the power to be a force for good. Just remember when we lie, steal or injure our life force gets scattered. Therefore reflect upon all that you do in thought, word and deed because as karma yoga teaches you are what you think, say and do. Life becomes what life does.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, March 23, 2019

#Yoga Today #suggestions for living a better #life


 
 
 
 
 
 
Suggestions – the first five suggestion are called the yamas. They are somewhat akin to the Ten Commandments. These are simply suggestion for ways in which you might want to consciously live your life. The suggestions are to practice nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy or purity and non-greed. There is five more suggestion called the niyamas which we will discuss in future classes. Remember these are to be practiced in thought, word and deed.
 


Yoga is about balancing the energy of your body, mind and soul. The yamas are suggestion or guidepost for achieving a state of contentment and happiness. Use them to improve your life and you will make the world a better place. The yamas should be followed as they pertain to each situation in life. For example; if you are craving something like chocolate the mind will become scattered by the craving. This may cause one to act violently and with greed. You might even steal or lie to satisfy a craving. Perhaps it is better to practice modification; eat half the piece of chocolate, throw the rest away and then spend the rest of the day without a scattered mind.

 

 Just remember there is no cookbook for life. Each situation in life is uniquely different. So it is suggested that with each situation in life we consciously think, speak and act with kindness, honesty, respect, purity and generosity. In this we make the world a better place.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



Saturday, March 16, 2019

#Yoga Today #Suggestions ~ Practice Non-Greed


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All suggestions should be practiced in thought, word and deed. Practice nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy and:

Non greed – it is said that if we could practice this one suggestion we would not need to practice the others. Greed creates craving and cravings cause us to act violently.  Greed causes us to lie and manipulate for our own gain. With greed we take what we want without respect.  The mind is always scattered because with greed we always want more.

Non greed does not mean we should not enjoy life. It simply means we should not reach out beyond our soulful propriety to physically take, mentally want, or verbally try to persuade, coax, or flatter someone into doing something for our own benefit.

When the mind becomes obsessed with greed the life force gets scattered. Therefore the mind needs to detach; not from the object of desire, but from the obsessive desire to possess. On a verbal level we should not talk too much especially about other people and trivial things.

Physical non-greed means we should not be too attached to anything; even our family and friends. Do not become jealous or envious of others good fortune. Be aware that even good fortune brings with it certain obligations and complications. Be satisfied with what you have and what you have earned through your own efforts.

It is also important to pay your debts. These include indebtedness to your parents, family, friends and your culture. For a noble soul it is easy to repay debts. It means to make the world a better place.  This is called the noble obligation. If you receive more in this life than you need, funnel your wealth into noble and humanitarian causes.

The soul established in non-greed begins to understand what he or she is, what he or she has, and what he or she is mostly likely to encounter in the next reincarnation.  We are simply souls passing through this incarnation. Do with this life as you will. It is suggested that to practice non-greed you – be generous.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 


Saturday, March 09, 2019

#Yoga Suggestion for Walking the Soulful Path #Celibacy


To be done in thought, word and deed. Non-violence. truthfulness, non-stealing

 
 
 
 
Celibacy – this can be very confusing. Most people think of celibacy as abstaining from sexual intercourse. It really means to refrain from being obsessed by cravings of sensual desire.  The senses left uncontrolled will cause over indulgence and scattered our energy. Celibacy therefore means purification.  Whenever we crave anything of the senses we suffer and lose our ability to focus on what is important in life and that is our health, happiness and peace of mind. Craving means we become obsessed with having what we want and not necessarily what we need. We are not satisfied until we possess. But remember whatever we have right now can disappear in a moment. A drug addict spends all his or her energy searching for the next fix. How can there be happiness in this? 

All things in life are separate from the real us, which is our soul. We experience life through the senses. We say I am hungry or I am tired, but it is not you that is hungry or tired; it is your body. You can change your outfit to fit the occasion, but no matter how you dress or where you go, you are always the same soul. Become the observer of life and not the sensual addict.

Detachment from worldly desires is to practice celibacy. It means to reserve your energy and not squander it. We should enjoy the pleasures of life, but never be so attached that we become obsessed. Everything in life comes and goes.

 To practice celibacy avoid obscene and lewd expressions and jokes. Sensual experience should be for the enjoyment and beauty of life. Therefore be kind, loving and be respectful. The sensual experience is the closest we get to touch another person’s soul. The joy a soul feels when moving into the physical plane of sensual enjoyment is pure bliss. When experiencing the physical aspect of sexuality you are opening up a doorway for another soul to enter. Whether the soul chooses to enter or not love is the best way to direct this energy. Celibacy is not about abstaining. It is about refraining from wasting energy by obsessing on the sensual desires of life. It is about experiencing all of life with the purity of un-obsessed love. To practice celibacy - Be detached but not indifferent.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



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