Thursday, August 31, 2017
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.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
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.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
If we can’t measure the soul how do we know we have one? In yoga the life force that vitalizes everything in the universe is called prana. It is actually the energy responsible for the movement of all consciousness in the world. What lies beneath your consciousness is a force (prana) that causes it to rise. This we call thinking. As you think so you become. Prana gives rise to the breath and this gives life to the body and the mind. When this happens your soul begins to walk its earthly life.
How do we know it exist? Take a breath. What causes you to breathe? Not oxygen, but the power that causes movement and that is prana.
Let’s get started – Yoga Today
Prana gives vital energy to our bodies and also gives us the power to think. It is pure and simple and yet gives birth to the complexities of life. It is pure subconscious movement giving rise to conscious thought. I exist so therefore I have the power to think - So think kindness, contentment, generosity, happiness, love and peace. And never forget to take care of your health; body, mind and soul.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
We all have good days and we all have bad days. We often call these days’ heaven or hell on earth. When we think of heaven we look upward and when we think of hell we look downward. When we feel happy we say we feel high or up lifted and when we feel down we say we feel downcast or low.
Human beings show their happiness by raising their posture and smiling. We move upward. When we are unhappy we tend to droop our shoulders, hunch our body and frown. We drop downward. This is why it is important to clear the lower chakras, better known as the power channel. This allows us to reach the upper chakras where it is said we reach a state of heaven here on earth
Let’s set the tone with the Om and then begin to clear the chakras. Sit tall, close your eyes and let’s begin.
As human being we are all aware of the call to rise to higher states of being. But this call easily gets drowned out by the demands of our everyday life. It can seem like we live in a constant conflict between heaven and hell. Heaven and hell are not places that are above us or below us. They are states of consciousness that can uplift us or deflate us. This week pay attention to your body and what happens when you experience both heaven and hell. You will experience both. When low draw yourself upward, sit tall, take a deep breath and smile. When uplifted embrace and enjoy this precious moment – you are experiencing heaven on earth.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Think digestion, assimilation and elimination.
Today lets’ focus on cleansing the power channels which goes from the anus to the throat and then we will open the higher chakras.
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. Pay careful attention to what you do with your body and what you let occupy your mind.