Saturday, December 09, 2017

To Be Strong – Yoga Today


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The basic nature of energy is the potential to create or destroy. It is void of judgment and so can move in any direction. However, how we harness this energy and use it determines the outcome. We can choose stability and balance over anguish, fear and pain.

When we learn to direct energy we become the masters of our lives. No matter how chaotic life may be we come back to the present moment and it is here that we find our grounding and our strength.

However, it is important to remember that this process is work and will not come without a lot of conscious effort. The paradox is that although the process takes tremendous strength and endurance coming back to the present moment brings us to a place of stillness and serenity.

Let’s begin to work on our balance, flexibility, strength and ability to be present here and now as we discover moment of stillness, quietude and serenity.

 

Along the pathway of life there will be many temptations. The greatest temptation of all will be to let yourself be guided by your ego. It is the ego that finds it hard to forgive and believes it can justify anything including violence. The basic nature of life is potential energy with the ability to create or destroy. Harness and master this energy and you will become the master of your destiny. Choose always the highest potential of your being; be gentle and, kind and in this you will always be grounded and strong.

Namaste ~ may you go with health, happiness and peace

Doctor Lynn



 

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Chaos on the Soulful Path


 
Always from chaos comes the opportunity for growth and higher states of being. The chaos of life will always be whirling around us. It will challenge our sense of balance, our strength and our peace of mind. We must decide to either walk our soulful path or let the chaos of life sweep us into frenzy. Just realize that you always have the power to choose.  



The basic nature of cosmic energy is chaos with the potential to create or destroy. It is void of judgement and so can move in either direction.   Choose stability and balance over anguish, fear and pain.




Discovering and harnessing the energy of consciousness awareness we are empowered to continually create anew.  No matter how chaotic life may be we can come back to the present moment and here we have the power to establish our balance and strength.

However, it is important to remember that this process is work and will not come without a lot of effort. The paradox is that although the process takes tremendous strength and endurance, when living it we find peace and tranquility.

 Along the pathway of life there will be many temptations. The greatest temptation of all will be that of the ego. It is the ego that thinks it can justify anything and everything; even violence.  Releasing the ego (diversity) and embracing the cosmos (unity) is soul walking.   

Try to let go of negative feelings. Try not to feel anything accept using the strength of your body and the strength of your mind to connect with the consciousness of your soul. That is where your virtues lie and your vices can be extinguished.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Our Soul Purpose


 
 
Moods change from day to day, hour to hour and moment to moment. Science tells us that diet, environment, chemicals, lifestyle, etc. affect our moods. This is called biochemistry. Biochemistry is about the chemical substances (hormones, peptides, and neurotransmitters) that dictate our moods and affect our bodies. And although moods affect certain types of individuals to a greater degree than others, all moods affect everyone. The major negative mood states that affect us are:
 


 








1.      Depression

2.      Fear

3.      Worry – mental turmoil

4.      Stress

5.      Indecision

6.      Boredom or indifference

7.      Doubt – discouragement

8.      Impatience

9.      Self-distrust

10.  Weakness or powerlessness – despair

11.  Over-enthusiasm

12.  Pride or aloofness

There are many variations of these mood states, but these are perhaps the most prominent. These moods compromise the integrity of the body-mind and thus cut us off from our soul. However, awareness of the energy of the moods and implementing conscious change presents the opportunity to know the nature of our karma. Only through conscious awareness of the separation of self ( ego form soul) can we set about to make these changes.

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

 When we begin to replace the vices with the virtues we begin to change our karma.  Through the content of our lives, we have the opportunity to discover both the correction and the qualities that ultimately allow us to experience heaven on earth; better known as happiness. Developing virtues is the soul purpose of our existence here on earth. Therefore practice compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, peace, creativity and devotion, and in this you will discover the joy of wisdom.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, November 04, 2017

The Vices vs Virtues – Conquering the Troublesome Four


 
 

The troublesome four, envy, jealousy, greed and resentment are at the head of human vices. To conquer these requires a look at human virtues or the reason we are here on earth; to rid ourselves of vices and to gain virtues.

The opposite side of vices is virtues. Virtues are steps towards happiness. True happiness is the result of following the footsteps of the soul. Happiness is our ultimate birthright, bringing with it all the qualities we strive to attain during our life on earth.. The virtues we are here to obtain are compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, devotion, creativity, peace and wisdom.

If the health of our body is controlled by the state of our mind and our mind is the storehouse of our moods and emotions, then it would make sense to address our state of mind to ensure physical health. Negative thoughts, moods and feelings cut us off from our soul. At the soulful level of our energy, pure intellect reigns. This means that at the soulful level one is not disturbed by any emotion, thought or mood and simply looks upon the earthly self as an extension with the free will to act or react. It is the ego that creates envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. So our job is to tame the ego and elevate the soul. This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace body, mind and soul. Let’s get started.

Your ego is your earthly persona. Your job is to tame it not to extinguish it. The ego is a mighty force and necessary for preservation. It gives us our identity and allows us to succeed in a competitive world. The problem arise when the ego consciousness supersedes the soulful path. We do not need to extinguish our importance in the world. We are all important parts of the whole. We just need to remove the vices and replace them with virtues. When we do this we tame the ego and begin to live from the seat of our soul and this is a power far greater than the mightiest ego.

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review The Troublesome Four


 
 
 
 
The troublesome four affect all of us to some degree and at various times in our lives. They appear somewhat like chess pieces challenging us to check mate and remove them from the game of life. First we must consciously become aware of them and then we must experience them so we can master them. They are envy, jealousy, greed and resentment.    Be on the lookout for this troublesome four. It will require discipline, strength, balance and flexibility if you are to master them.
 


We practice yoga to improve, in our body, balance, flexibility and strength. But yoga is also about building strength, flexibility and balance in the mind. The body and mind together in a state of balance supports the mission of the soul. It takes strength of character to combat the troublesome four. We need flexibility to detach, adjust and let them go, and we need balance to remain calm when they appear; and appear they will!





Each time you override them with positive thoughts you diminish their power. If you resent what someone has done to you it is your perception of the situation that holds onto the resentment. If you envy someone it is your perception of their life. Most likely your perception is not accurate. Everyone has something they must battle with in life.

 The reality is that what comes into your life always brings with it a lesson that if learned leads to self-mastery. The events and situation in your life are challenges that the soul has taken on for its evolution. It is the ego and the sensations of the body that get in the way. So as we work through the class today let’s focus  not only on balancing, strengthening and flexing the body, but also on calming the mind, adjusting your focus, and strengthening your inner voice.   

Once you know who you are (the infinite capacity to be) and why you are here (to discover this infinite capacity) envy, jealousy, greed and competition become irrelevant.  To master the troublesome four, be content, trustworthy, generous and objective, and remember the world is real. It is your perception (how you see things) that is the illusion. Remove the maya (illusion), detach and become objective and you will see the world and all its events and situations in your life as opportunities to learn, know and master your life. Check Mate.

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Troublesome Four











A part of our purpose or being here on earth is to learn how to remove envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. To remove envy be content. To remove jealousy be trustworthy. To remove greed be generous. The fourth of the troublesome four is resentment.

 

Resentment is a negative state where the individual blames everybody and everything, but self for the state of his or her life. This individual feels he or she is the hapless victim of a cruel fate. Life is seen as unfair and full of disappointments. As a victim the individual refuses to accept responsibility for his or her own destiny and firmly continues to point to the outside world as the problem. Clearly, resentment blocks one off from the guidance of the soul. Success then is falsely measured not by inner experience, but by outward appearances. In a positive state a person realizes that they are the architects of their own destiny and that the human mind, and thus the soul have unlimited possibilities. Realizing that limitations are self- imposed an individual is able to lift the veil of illusion (maya) and master one’s own fate.  It is not the world that is the illusion, but your perceptron of it. You now can see the forest for the trees. Like all the troublesome four to master resentment requires balance, strength and flexibility, as well as the ability to be content and at peace with your life just as it is. Let’s work on this today.

Once you know who you are (the infinite capacity to be) and why you are here (to discover this infinite capacity) envy, jealousy, greed and resentment become irrelevant. To master the troublesome four, be content, trustworthy, generous and remember the world is real it is your perception (how you see things) that is the illusion. Remove the maya (illusion) and see the world as it is; an opportunity to learn, know and master your life.   

Namaste

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Troublesome Four - Today we focus on greed


 
 

A part of our purpose or being here on earth is to learn how to remove envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. The only way to do this is to become consciously aware of them as they appear in our life and then to consciously work at removing them. We can only do the work when the task presents itself.  Be on the lookout for this troublesome four. It will require discipline, strength, balance and flexibility if you are to master them.  Mastering these you will begin to experience peace and serenity even in a world full of fear.

Today we focus on greed

Greed is the negative side of the soul quality of love and tolerance for others. Greed can mean having excessive avarice for material wealth. It is also desire for power. Greed is never about the obtaining of things or money, but about the power of usurping the freedom and individuality of others. Greed is never satisfied so it tries to dictate, mold, command and usurp.

We all carry a bit of greed. It is a human quality.  Don’t think of it in terms of acquiring and hoarding material goods or money. Greed means to be selfish and this comes from the ego. We all want to do more and be more. What we need is to learn to be content with what we have and who we are. If you reach out and extend beyond your limit you risk getting injured. That is why we need to always practice balance in body, mind and soul. Just remember center everywhere circumference nowhere. Put aside any misgivings about yourself and your life and let’s work to find balance and contentment. If you can find it for a moment you can find it forever.

By finding balance we remove greed. It is recognition that we are not our mind. We are our soul whose goal is to find balance and harmonize with life. This does not mean that we should not enjoy life. We as humans are hardwired for pleasure. We should enjoy every moment of life but never to excess.  Just do it from a place of balance and contentment. Remember not to reach out beyond your soul to physically take, mentally want, or verbally flatter in an attempt to take that which is not yours. Earn your merits, be trustworthy and generous.

Doctor Lynn



 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

What are the Troublesome Four?


 
 
A part of our purpose or being here on earth is to learn how to remove the troublesome four. Last week we explored envy and how widespread it is in the world. Envy involves comparison. In a world of unique beings with unique gifts and talents there is no room for comparison. Don’t confuse material acquisitions with success. Many people are good at acquiring things but, lack the ability to soulfully achieve.
 

 
 
 


The second of the troublesome four is jealousy.

Jealousy is a morbid emotion that looks for anything that will cause suffering.  With jealousy an individual feels threatened by the loss of control over another person or situation. It is a feeling of suspicion and mistrust. Jealousy corrodes and destroys everything it touches. Jealousy is really a feeling of being unlovable and in constant danger of losing.  It is based in uncertainty and fear.  The opposite of jealousy is trustworthiness. It means to trust in your own ability to rely upon yourself to feel loved, honored and worthy. Trust always has the advantage because trust seeks to create good will and not destroy. Replace jealousy with trust in yourself and give up trying to control others or other situations. Find your balance, your strength and be flexible to the ever-changing nuances of life. Trust in yourself.

 Love yourself by focusing on your wonderful qualities. Use your trustworthiness to make the world a better place and jealousy will be replaced with prosperity. Remember this; even love focused entirely on another human being cannot bring fulfillment in the long run.  Focus on your self-worth and you will find the fulfillment you seek. Transcending jealousy we find divine and eternal love. This frees us to rejoice in the pleasures of others without envy or jealousy even while dealing with our own disappointments and problems.

Replace jealousy with trustworthiness and the worth of your soul will shine through in all of life’s ups and downs.

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Troublesome Four


 
 
A part of our purpose or being here on earth is to learn how to remove envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. The only way to do this is to become consciously aware of them as they appear in our life and then to consciously work at removing them. We can only do the work when the task presents itself.  Be on the lookout for this troublesome four. It will require discipline, strength, balance and flexibility if you are to master them.  Mastering these you will begin to experience peace and serenity even in a world full of fear.
 


Let’s get started – Today we’ll focus on Envy




Envy is a widespread feeling today. We think of it as being present only in the business world, but it also rears its ugly head along the soulful path. Secretly individuals may wonder how far the other soul has gotten and whether he or she has already reached a higher level of being. This of course creates conflict as an unhappy soul may wish to inflict misfortune onto others. This conflicts with the guidepost suggestion of doing no harm.

 Envy means to feel inferior to others and to desire that which you have not earned. Just remember the material world is not a representation of what a soul has earned, is valued, or worth. Don’t get confused by what appear to be material success. Many people are good at acquiring things, but lack in the ability to achieve. To achieve requires effort, courage and skill, and with this comes realization and fulfillment. Envy no one and a calm sense of peace will sooth your soul. Be content with what you have, take pleasure in your life, count your blessings and then reach out and be a happy soul. Everything you desire will be yours. You earned it.

Namaste

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Love You Seek


 
 
 
 

Hatred, prejudice and bigotry are rampant in our world and yet the opposite, love, is the greatest desire on earth. It is programmed into every cell of our being. Every being wants to give and receive love. If we are denied love we experience unbelievable disappointment and will begin to believe we are destined to be denied the love we seek. We then become cynical and hard hearted. Karma yoga teaches that there are three fundamental fears in life. All fear and negativity comes from one of these; fear of not being loved is at the head of the list, followed by fear of being rejected and fear of dying. Hatred, prejudice and bigotry are byproducts of a lack of love and respect for the essence of life. To remove these look to compassion and, understanding  while reminding yourself that we are all no matter what our culture, gender, race, religion or orientation a part of the human race and this beautiful thing called life. It begins with establishing balance, finding your strength and staying flexible while finding quietude and peace within your body, mind and soul. Let’s get started

Love is a tremendous power. It can destroy and it can create.  In yoga we find it in the heart chakra. . Here love means expansion and the unwavering nature of the human soul. Love is the capacity to sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice. To love someone, something and yourself is to touch the heart of your soul. Love from your soul and you will find the balance, strength and flexibility to be at peace within and become the love you seek.

Doctor Lynn


Thursday, September 21, 2017

What is Love?


 
 
 
 
 


Ancient Greeks defined love as “the madness of the gods.”  Psychologists define it as it the strong desire for emotional union with another person.  But what, actually, is love?  Shakespeare said, “Love is blind and lovers cannot see.”  Aristotle said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

But love is not only romantic notions between two people. Love is a feeling that expands within your soul. I love what I am doing means I get great joy from something.  But joy and love are not the same. Joy means to have great pleasure and happiness. Love isn’t always pleasurable and happy. Loves often is sacrifice and a lot of hard work. We must give to receive. The most important love is the one we give to ourselves. So let’s get started by focusing on loving ourselves today body, mind and soul.

 

Don’t confuse love with simple expressions like I love chocolate; you don’t love chocolate. You enjoy it’s taste and because you enjoy it you eat it and before you know it’s gone. True love is always present because it is based upon compassion and understanding. It is based upon trust and respect and requires compromise and a lot of work. The work is not always joyful nor does it always bring you happiness’ as any mother or father can contest. Love can be blind, but it also can build strong bonds that lead to happiness and joy. Be the love you seek.
Doctor Lynn
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Obstacles that impede the soulful path


 
 
 

 
Two of our three biggest obstacles along the path of life are our beliefs and attitudes.  Our beliefs are tied to our value system, which is ingrained into our consciousness by our upbringing and experiences.  What we value in life tells a lot about what we believe, who we are and where we are going.
An attitude is the feeling we have regarding our beliefs.  Through our attitudes we defend our values by engaging in selective perception. This is the ability to disregard anything that challenges what we believe. Although it is important to have a value system it is necessary to be open to the values of others if you are to Soul Walk. One of our biggest challenges is to be nonjudgmental, tolerant and compassionate, as well as open toward others who may have opposing views
If we hold too firmly to our attitudes and beliefs they can get tainted with deception, greed, anger and pride. An attitude is how you feel about something. A belief is what you value. If you believe that the greatest value is kindness than your attitude will reflect honesty, generosity, love and humility. What does this have to do with yoga? Yoga is about removing the obstacles that prevent us from finding happiness, joy and peace. Yoga reminds us to be honest, generous, loving and humble Let’s get started…
Two of our biggest obstacles along the path of life are our beliefs and attitudes.  Beliefs are tied to what we value and our attitudes are feelings about what we believe. Believe in the value of nonjudgement, tolerance and compassion and your attitude towards all of life will be respectful and benevolent.
Doctor Lynn
 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Family-how to harmonize


 
 
 
Visiting family can be challenging. These are the relationships where we feel the most comfortable and at the same time the most vulnerable. The family you were born into is important to your soul’s journey. According to karma yoga you choose this family as the best way to assist you in correcting your karma.

Sometimes the challenges are uncomfortable and sometimes they are not. But whenever and whoever we relate to in life it gives us an opportunity to discover harmony. Try to live your life in harmony within yourself and then with your family and the world at large. How? When you feel the tension of disharmony, make a space, take a breath and let it go reminding yourself that everyone on earth is doing the best they can. Sometimes the best is hard for us to understand so be compassionate. Remember not all souls have evolved; yet.

Let’s work on harmony, purity, beauty and love.

Be compassionate with all of life. Reach out to help with an open hand and a pure heart. Remember that soul’s speak to souls and although you may not understand another person, their soul is there to help you evolve. Bless everyone and everything. Live your life in harmony.

Doctor Lynn


Saturday, August 26, 2017

I am therefore I …


 
 
 
Rene Descartes the father of modern philosophy is famous for saying. “I think therefore I am.” But yoga would take a different twist on this and say “I am therefore I think.” This means that you do not have to be a thinking human being to exist. You are at your highest level a field of energy that is constantly moving. You think when you slow your energy field and allow thoughts to congeal. You let thoughts occupy the space within your mind. The thoughts you let linger within is what you become and what you become is constantly changing. So in a sense as you think so you become, but you must become before you can think.

Prana the great force of energy is simply movement.  For movement to construct thought you must first make space for the thought and then allow it to materialize. Pay careful attention to your thoughts because you are what you think and not because you think.  

Yoga today -Let’s get started. Take a breath and feel the movement; the rise and the fall of the breath. Prana is the rise and fall that gives us the power to think.

 

Pay careful attention to what you let linger and occupy your mind. Remember first you exist as pure energy and then you have the power to think. Use this power carefully for it will define who you are and who you are becoming. I am therefore I have the power to be. Think wisely.

Namaste – may you go with health, happiness and peace.

Doctor Lynn