Saturday, January 31, 2015
Detachment – this is one of the hardest things to understand. We all want comfort. We all want love and joy. In yoga detachment does not mean giving up these things. It means quieting the mind so that we are not disturbed by our cravings for these things. It means we remain at peace with our life just as it is while reaching outward into the world and living a full life. Things will come and things will go. Being at peace within ourselves is the greatest gift of life. We don’t need to give up anything. But to truly enjoy the world we need to learn to keep our heart open with compassion and understanding and let our hands do our work or our karma. So detach from needs, wants and desires, stay present and enjoy every aspect of the world for in everything there is something to learn and this learning will bring you knowledge and knowledge will bring you wisdom. In this you will live a life free of attachments. This will bring you joy. If you do this you will never fail. That is the secret to living a successful life.
In yoga there is a saying that means keep your mind at peace and let your hands do your work. If you know how to be at peace while you go about your daily life you will always find joy. Open your soul and work to bring to your life happiness, health and peace. What more could you want?
Saturday, January 24, 2015
To achieve anything you must practice patience, devotion and faith. The one who learns to master self (control the mind) is the one who learns how to detach and let go. This does not mean indifference. Every desire causes the mind to wander. When the mind is chasing desires it is not at peace. With a restless mind it is impossible to maintain your focus and to practice with patience, devotion and faith.
To be unattached means to be without personal desires. This is where it gets tricky because to remove personal desires means to remove expectations. If you remove expectation you remove disappointment. Then you are truly free. You may think that if I denounce everything I will not have any joy in my life. This is not so. If you seek to serve others unselfishly you will receive eternal joy. Your just rewards will come. You can never be happy by chasing after money and things. But to give unselfishly with no expectations is to be grounded within yourself and when you are grounded and happy within yourself, you will find peace.
Everything in life gives. Sacrifice is the law of life. A tree gives fruit. A cow gives milk and a candle burns to give you light. Now you may ask, “How am I to live if I serve others?” You must have a roof over your head and food to eat. You must live and exist in the world. All of these things will come into your life with a sense of joy when your motive is to serve others. The corporation who seek to serve others by providing good jobs, good pay, good products and good benefits is a happier place than the corporation that seek to suppress and take advantage of others. Family and friends who support each other without the desire for personal gains are much happier than the family who selfishly fights to control each other.
When I teach a yoga class and at the end someone comes up to me and tells me what I said made a difference in their life, I am filled with joy. There is no value you can put on those moments. To give with no expectations always returns to you the greatest joy. So give of yourself unselfishly with patience, devotion and faith. In this you will achieve. Nothing is achieved without practice.
Detach and let go of desires. Do not let your desires bind you. Go out into the world unselfishly with a peaceful mind and serve others. In this you will find happiness and peace.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
The heart is the cross over point between the physical and the metaphysical world. Its color is green which symbolizes independence, peace and rejuvenation. The heart is the center of love, but not the love we think we know. It is the love of compassion and understanding and that is the true nature of love. When closed we become hardhearted, overwhelmed and afraid. When open we reach out into the world and give without looking for a return. If you want to open up to the metaphysical world it begins with balancing and opening the heart. This takes the movement of energy. It begins with loving you and that can only be found through a sense of personal power and a belief in the inherent good that is found in all of life. You are the love you give and receive. So let’s do some yoga and then let’s dance to the cosmic energy of the universe, drawing to ourselves the power of love.
Remember you are the love you give and receive. Love is the container for everything. Step outside of love and you will discover a void. Step back in and you will discover that to truly love is to have compassion and understanding. Give and receive from a place of love.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mangos, known as the “king of fruit” rightfully comes by this name as it is rich in amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, beta carotene, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
About 4000 BC , the wild mango originated in the foothills of the Himalayas of India and Burma, and about 40 to 60% of these trees still grow in India and Southeast Asia. Though native to Southern and Southeast Asia, the fruit is now also grown in Central and South America, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world.
Now aside from all the other great health benefits, mangos are good for your sex life. Rich in vitamin E and niacin (B-3), these two erotic vitamins enhance our sexual health. Vitamin E can be used as a safe natural lubricant. In an animal study it was found that depriving males of vitamin E rich foods caused the testicles to shrink and for females cause the fetus to shrink back into the female tissues of the uterus. Scientist believe that vitamin E is essential for fertility.
Niacin is responsible for that warm flush we feel in the throes of sexuality. It is also important in the manufacture of the sex and adrenal hormones. The ability of a male to reach orgasm is dependent upon the release of histamine. When animals that we unable to reach an orgasm were given niacin they were able to copulate.
Niacin is also responsible for bringing blood to the skin’s surface making it more sensitive to touch and is believed to heighten the sexual experience. It also causes an increase in mucus to the mouth and genital area.
A pretty face and soft skin go a long ways towards enticing a lover. Mangos are high in Vitamin A which is the vitamin the skin needs to stay healthy and glowing. For acne you can cut up a fresh mango and place the flesh on the skin. It is soothing and healing. To make your skin soft and oh so touchable try this simple body scrub:
1 ripe mango peeled
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBS whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBS whole milk
Blend mango, sugar, honey, and milk in a blender until it is smooth. Stand in the shower while rubbing this treatment all over vigorously. Rinse with warm water and finish with cool water.
More mangos are eaten daily than any other fruit in the world. Soft skin, healthy eyes and a sensitive touch just might set the mood, making the mango a sexy fruit!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Control your thoughts and then learn to detach and let go. Everything in life brings us both pleasure and pain. Remember pleasure can turn to pain and pain can turn to pleasure. We hold onto pleasure and then fear losing it. This turns to pain. To find balance we must learn to detach from both and simply observe without judgment. But this is not easy. We need to practice not for a minute, an hour or even a day, but continuously. However, it is not enough to just practice. We must do it with full attention of our mind and total faith in our ability to achieve. It requires three qualities; patience, devotion and faith.
If I give you a mantra to practice and tell you it will bring peace to your life and that you must practice it faithfully to see results, you will ask me how long will it take? My answer; until you master it. A mantra means to have a continual thought. Think about maintaining a continual thought. What if it was anger and frustration? What would your life be like? What if it was peace and serenity? You have the power to choose. You can control your thoughts, but you must continually practice. Nothing comes in an instant, a moment, a year and sometime even a life time. For example one of my favorite mantras is Om Shanti, shanti, shanti. It simply means “May the cosmic energy of life bring me laughter, love and to all my being body, mind and soul bring me tranquility, serenity, harmony and peace. Imagine if this became a continual thought in your mind? What would your life be like? To achieve this or to achieve anything in life, takes patience, devotion and faith.
Nothing is achieved without practice. This is why we are here.
To achieve anything in life takes patience, devotion and faith.
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti. May the cosmic energy of life bring me laugher, love and to all of my being body, mind and soul bring me tranquility, serenity, harmony and peace.
Namaste – my you go with health, happiness and peace.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
How you digest your food is as important if not more important than what you eat. It takes enzymes to digest and extract important nutrients from the food we ingest. Enzymes, made up of proteins play an essential part in all bodily activity. Enzymes are what help us to digest our food. In fact life could not exist without enzyme.
The body manufactures a supply of enzyme and we also get them from the foods we eat. Unfortunately they get destroyed through cooking and processing. This is one of the reasons why it is good to eat whole, raw foods. This will assist the body in the manufacturing enzymes, and raw foods and their enzymes will also inhibit the release of enzyme the body uses to digest cooked foods, enabling the body’s enzymes to work at a higher and more efficient capacity.
There are three types of enzymes the body uses to digest food; amylase for carbohydrates, protease for proteins and lipase for fat. Plant enzymes differ from animals enzymes.
Pineapple, unripe papaya and aspergillus plant are excellent sources of plant enzymes. These foods contain the enzymes papain and bromelin which work to break down proteins. Health benefits from these enzymes have been shown to assist the body with; inflammation, sports injuries, respiratory disease, viral diseases and cancer.
In addition to being a great digestive aid pineapples are high in Vitamin C (an antioxidant), manganese and B1 which are necessary for energy production. Pineapple has also been shown to be good for eye health and the prevention of macular degeneration.
The pineapple which is native to Central and South America, as well as parts of Asia was first discovered and brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus. It soon became a delightful sweet, nicknamed the “pine cone of the Indians”, it was a favorite of European royalty. In America it was customary to place a pineapple on the tale when folks came to visit. It was a symbol of welcoming and sharing, as in colonial days the only form of exchange was through visits and friendly chats. To this day the pineapple represents a sign of welcome and good health.
Today when we think of pineapples we think of Hawaii. Pineapples were first cultivated and processed in Hawaii by Mr. Dole; hence canned Dole Pineapples. Although canned pineapples have some nutritional benefits it is the fresh pineapple that gives us the enzymatic assistance and the greatest degree of antioxidants.
Packed with vitamins and mineral and at only about 52 calories per 100gm; far and away that makes pineapple a great recipe for health.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
First we need to practice and second we need to learn to detach and let go. This may seem a contradiction, but if you think about it control is the ability to detach and let go of the emotions that get us into trouble. This is not easy. It is something we must continue to practice not just for the time we spend in yoga class, but beyond class and into our everyday lives. It means to be eternally aware and watchful of your thoughts as they arise. We use the yoga poses, such as down dog, to teach us how to discipline our bodies as we move into the pose. But to maintain it we need to breathe and let go, detach and surrender. These two opposing forces work together to create balance. What we are seeking is the balance between matter and spirit
Seek balance in all things and in all things seek balance. This is best understood as moderation.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
The fourth chakra, which is the heart chakra, is of course connected to the heart. It is the cross over point between the physical world and the metaphysical world. It is in a constant tug of war between thoughts coming in and thoughts going out. It is a place of judgment. To transcend is to transcend mind and connect with the divine love of the universe. When in balance, we are able to give and receive love. When out of balance, we lose the ability to give and receive. We lose the ability to love our selves, and can become hard hearted or wildly infatuated. With lack of love for self, we cut our self-off from others. Our relationships suffer. The heart chakra opens us up to connecting with the higher consciousness of the upper three chakras. Authentic love blooms from here.
Love contains everything. Step outside and you will discover a void. Step back in and you will discover everything.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
The Italians have a special kind of romance. To me it is very rustic and passionate; a mood unto its own. I love the food, the singer Bocelli and the Amalfie coast where my husband asked me to marry him.
So tonight we go simple Italian.
Start with a simple salad of mixed herbs and greens topped with slices of fresh avocado and a sprinkling of goat cheeses. On the side added crusty bread or a cracker I found in Whole foods market called Two Moms in the Raw – gluten free, oil free and sugar free raw cracker made from flax seed and other ingredients. Light and crispy it goes well with a light salad and goat cheese.
Chill and serve a Sauvignon Blanc with the meal
Angel Hair Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil
Angel Hair Pasta 4 ounces for two servings– I’m using De Boles Organic whole wheat angle Hair
1 tsp minced garlic
2 roma tomatoes chopped into small bite size pieces
¼ cup fresh chopped basil leaves
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ cup of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and then set aside and keep warm.
In a medium size pan coated with a little olive oil sauté garlic until tender. Toss in tomatoes and basil and cook for about 2 minutes. Toss together pasta and tomato mixture. Place on separate serving plates and sprinkle the top of each serving with the parmesan cheese.
Dessert: Raspberry sauce over vanilla gelato
Purchase vanilla gelato.
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of orange juice
Combine in a blender and puree
Serve over the top of gelato.
Light and easy this meal can be prepared in no time. You’ll discover the substance of happiness mixed with sexuality and topped with health and then finish it all with a saucy splash of love.
Cibo Molto Buono!
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Control the mind and you control everything. This is easier said than done. With practice and non-attachment we can learn to control our thoughts. When we control our thoughts we control our words and our deeds. To practice detachment we must be aware of the thoughts as they arise. Examine your thoughts carefully and then take deep breath, release the breath and let go of that which does not serve you and hold onto that which brings you peace.
Nothing is achieved without practice.
Continue to practice. It does not come in a day or a year. Scrutinize your thoughts, your words and your actions. Hold onto that which serves to bring you peace and let go of that which no longer serves you. How do you know it no longer serves you? If it disturbs your peace you no longer need it.Doctor Lynn