Saturday, April 14, 2018
When we are feeling weak and indecisive we need strength and balance.
Life will present us with many opportunities to lose and discover our balance. Balance brings with it clarity of mind, strength of body and this lead to soulful connection. Emotional ripples always muddy the clarity of the mind. They cause us to lose our balance. If you lose your patience with someone you might become angry. Anger throws us into a tailspin and this tailspin causes us to be scattered and unbalanced. You become an unbalanced angry person. In this there is a lesson. There is a big difference between observing and owning your anger and blaming others and the world for your anguish. It is your anger that you need to remove to regain your balance. This requires patience (a virtue) and in this you will change your karma. Practice patience and you will quickly regain your balance no matter what the situation in life.
Life presents us with many opportunities to truly know ourselves. Let’s say you are a person of honor and integrity. You encounter a situation where another individual is doing something unethical. Let’s even say this person is financially successful while you are still struggling for money. Where is the justice in this? There is no justice in life. That is why we have laws. And the laws of karma simply teach us that life becomes what life does. Money comes and goes, but character last for lifetimes. So choose wisely.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
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. Acting from negative moods or vices rather than acting from virtues compromises the health of the body-mind. When the body-mind is compromised the door is open to disease.
There are many variations of our moods, but the most destructive is fear for it brings with it stress, worry, impatience, distrust and doubt.
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 Tikkum (the kabalistic word for “corrections”) also known as our karma. Only through conscious awareness of how we separate ourselves can we set about to make changes towards integrating the whole. 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 corrections and the qualities that ultimately allow the individual 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 wisdom.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The health of our body is controlled by the state of our mind. Our mind is the storehouse of our moods and emotions, so to insure health we need to pay careful attention to what we let occupy our mind. Negative thoughts, moods and feelings cut us off from our soul, which is pure and undisturbed by the emotions, thoughts and moods that can sometimes dictate the direction of our lives. This is simply the ego trying to usurp the soul. The ego creates envy, jealousy, resentment and revenge. These are vices. So our work here on earth is to tame the ego and elevate the soul. This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace for the body, mind and soul. Let’s get started.
Your ego is your earthly persona. Your job is to tame it but, not to extinguish it. The ego is a mighty force and necessary for preservation of life. It gives us our identity and allows us to succeed in a competitive world. The problems arise when the ego consciousness tries to supersede and cut us off for 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 power is far greater than the mightiest ego.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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 very heart of your soul.
With an imbalance in the heart chakra a person may find they are unable to say no and thus develop feelings of jealousy, revenge, hatred, envy, resentment and malice resulting in hardheartedness and lack of compassion. These feelings (none of us are entirely devoid of them) either express themselves openly or continue to manifest at a more unconscious level. Either way they bring destruction and ill health. Therefore open your heart to the world with compassion and understanding and you will discover pure love. As you think so you become. Become the love you seek.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Although the soul is our purpose for being here on earth we often usurp its importance in favor of the body and the mind. We relegate the soul to the back of the bus. But it does not feel slighted. It quietly sits back watching the body-mind act out its life. It matters not whether it gets heard in this life or the many lives hereafter. A life is a blink of time for the soul. It knows eventually it will get where it desires to go. But we do need the body and the mind to take us on this journey known as life. They are the vehicle and the GPS for the soul. It behooves us to treat them well and attend to their good health.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
The content of our lives provides us with the opportunity to discover, correct and adjust our being. Anger, for example, will appear throughout our lives. It is not wrong nor is it right. We are presented with situations that create anger and then asked what we choose to do with them. We can be cruel or we can be kind. The choice is ours, and how and what we choose determines our karma. There is no right or wrong answer to life. It is simply cause an effect. If you act cruelly you become a cruel person. So it is suggested that with all of life’s content we choose wisely. Life presents itself to us for the “soul” purpose of using the content of life to remove vices and add virtues. Just as in yoga, we are here for the process and not the poses, and yet we need the poses to help us discover the process of balance, flexibility, strength and peace. Pay attention to the process of life and use the content wisely.
Saturday, March 03, 2018
This process of soulful discovery is found through the contents of our lives. We just have to remember that the world is real and available for our evolution. It is our interpretation of things that creates the illusion. When we discover our true mission, the drama and dynamics of life give way to the process of enlightenment. Enlightenment is found is those ahha moments. Be on the lookout for those moments as they will reveal to you the meaning of life. Just remember life is not about the accumulation of things. However, it is because of the material world that we have the opportunity to discover our reason and purpose for being here on earth. The work you do, the relationships you have and the things you accumulate can be powerful tools for your evolution. Use the world wisely or it will use you.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
According to Eastern thought, our being consists of seven layers of energy. The final and most noticeable layer of energy is the physical body. This layer of energy vibrates at a frequency lower than the other layers, which accounts for its visibility in the physical world. The higher frequency layers cannot be seen, but still have an effect on our physical self. All of the layers of energy are interdependent and cannot be separated. As long as consciousness exists the layers exist. Our task is to find balance so that we stay connected to the center of our being and not the extraneous dramas, stresses and problems that are the circumferences of life.
The seven layers of energy are as follows. The first is the physical self, the second is the etheric self or the vital energetic self (known as the aura), the third is the astral or emotional self, the fourth is the mental self where thoughts are formed, the fifth is the soul or intellectual self, the sixth is the cosmic self (sometimes called the “pure intelligent self”), and the seventh is like the Tao impossible to name, as it is beyond name and form. It is the integration and balance of all the layers of energy that create a harmonious aura and thus a healthy body, mind and soul. We then use this integrated energy to project our strength, flexibility and balance outward from the center of our being. When in balance we exude self-confidence, self-esteem, happiness and peace.
When we attach ourselves to the extraneous dramas, stresses and problems that are the circumference of life we lose sight of our center and thus we lose our balance, flexibility, strength and peace. So stay connected to the center of your being and remember center everywhere circumference nowhere.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Prana is pure self. It is pure consciousness. This is the force that pushes the soul to reincarnate. It is the vital energy that brings everything into being. It lives in the organs of our body and unites all parts of the body into one unit. The soul gives consciousness to the mind. And so the mind begins to think. You must now work your karma. But we can’t do the work without the help of the body. That’s Hatha the physical aspect of life. And so we are here on earth to work on finding our balance, flexibility, strength and peace of mind.
Karma exists as the manifestation of pure energy. It is the vital force behind the movement of all action and thus the resulting effect. Prana is simply the movement that gives rise to breath, but is not the breath. Karma is the energy that gives rise to your actions and thus you experience the results. Prana gives us the power to think. Karma gives us the power to act. Unlike Descartes who professed,” I think therefore I am.” Karma yoga teaches that I am therefore I have the power to think and act. Prana is pure and simple energy that gives birth to the complexities of life. Karma embraces the complexities, acts as it wills, and must therefore except the consequences. So think kindness, contentment, generosity, happiness, love and peace and you will discover liberation. And it is here you will find your soul.
Saturday, February 03, 2018
Our third biggest obstacle is keeping the body and the mind healthy in a world of disease, pollution, corruption, and low self-esteem and self-worth. We have measurements and definition for what is consider physical and mental health. IQ test, blood test and many more tests give us insights into our health. But they cannot measure with accuracy the existence or the health of the soul. But if you take a moment to be quiet and listen to your soul, your soul will tell you how to proceed. The only test needed is your ability to truly listen to your inner self. When this happens your attitudes and beliefs will shift and change. You will begin to see the world not as physical measurements of gain or loss, but as soulful pursuits. This is karma and why you are here.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Yes, it is and you thought it was only red wine! Raise a glass or may-be two to your health. Studies show that those who drink a glass or may-be two of wine a day live longer, are healthier, have better cognition, improved sex life and are generally over all happier than those who either don’t drink or drink too much. There are many reasons for this conclusion.
Wine specifically helps you to relax. It is especially good when dining. It improves circulation and improved circulation brings fresh blood and nutrients to the organs of our body. This improves our cognition and nourishes the body with good health.
Wine is high in antioxidants and phenols which are good for our health. They help the body to fight off free radicals. Free radicals bombard our being every day. These include pollution, poor diet, aging and stress.
Wine and more specifically all alcohol may just in fact help to kill bacteria from food that could make us sick. After all alcohol is an antiseptic and as a drinkable substance it may in fact be true that a drink of wine with a meal keeps the gut free of bad bacteria. In Biblical times wine was drank instead of water because water was not sanitary and because both wine and beer provided nutritional sustenance.
Champagne has also been shown to be good for your health or more specifically good for the mind. Champagne according to a study in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry is packed full of those wonderful polyphenols, chemical substances derived from plants that are antioxidants which help cells avoid destruction from free radicals. The study showed that a group of neuron cells penetrated with champagne extracts demonstrated significant protection against damage to the brain.
The reason for this they concluded was that the caffeic acid and tyrosol antioxidants in champagne contain anti-inflammatory characteristics. This keeps the cells protected against damage. Furthermore, caffeic acid and tyrosol also have the ability to remove toxic chemicals from the body. So although we think of champagne as a celebratory drink it actually may truly be a toast to your health.
My $300.00 bottle of champagne (given as a gift) Dom Pe’rignon 1996 may well have been worth the price. But is a $300.00 bottle better for brain health than a $50.00 bottle, or are they virtually the same? Does it count if you open a bottle….and well you know….once you open the bottle it needs to be finished? I think not. Just remember a glass or two to your health and beyond that you’ve had too much to drink. But it is so much fun to drink champagne!
When I think of champagne I remember back to a couple of weddings I attended where the primary drink was champagne. Those were very jovial celebrations. Can you remember your champagne celebrations? Most likely they were some of the times we remember the most; weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and so on. So bring them on; Dom Pe’rignons, The Venue Clicquots and the Louie Roederers with all their healthful antioxidants and joyous bliss for it is always a time to celebrate when we drink to our health.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
To overcome the obstacles in life you need to learn how to Soul Walk. It is not a religious path, but it is a path of faith. It is about walking consciously with constant devotion towards making you a better person and the world a better place. It is about never forgetting the importance of health; body, mind and soul. It is an understanding that the path may take a few zigs and zags and a few divergences along the way. Just remember from here to there is never a straight line. You may lose your way, but if you come back to the source, your soul, clarity will be your guide and you will know who you are and exactly where you are going. Keep walking the path and in this you will be wise. Because in the end the sum total always equals zero. You take none of this with you when you depart this world except the karma you have created.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
At some point in everyone’s life the questions of meaning will surface. In fact striving to answers these is the most powerful driving force that will cause humans to question. These questions ponder the design of things, and the purpose and meaning of our lives. Who am I and what happens when earth life ends? We all wrestle with these questions at various times in our lives, no matter what our station, preference, color, gender or creed.
Just remember you are a soul who has taken on this body and this mind to work out your karma. Work your karma and you will prosper. Let’s begin by moving our bodies, quieting our mind and focus on tapping into our souls.
Answering the questions of life will require work. Nothing comes instantaneously and without a lot of effort and sometimes turmoil. The Chinese have a symbol for crisis that means both danger and opportunity. How you envision things and how hard you are willing to work determines whether what comes your way is either a crisis of danger or a crisis of opportunity. Stay focused, maintain your balance and you will see life not as a crisis of danger, but as an opportunity to work your karma and in this you will prosper.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
What is karma? Sometimes it is best to define something by what it is not. Karma is not about good or bad. That would means judgement. We are not here on earth to judge. We are here to observe. Karma is about cause and effect. Every action creates a reaction so it behooves us to pay careful attention to everything we think, say and do. Karma means work. When we think of work we think of our professions, but that is not the nature of karma. Karma is about working to develop virtues and removes vices and this can only be done when you take on an earthly life.
You are here to work on purifying your being and to do this you must take on and live out all aspects of your life; pleasure and pain. What you do for a living gives you an opportunity to work on your karma, but karmic work is of a soulful nature and not for mental satisfaction and physical comfort.
Part of working on your karma is to work on establishing balance, being flexible and finding your strength. Let’s get stated.
Just remember that life becomes what life does. Every thought, word and action creates a reaction so pay careful attention to what you think, say and do. Karma means work. You are here on earth to do your karmic work. Do it with conscious thought and you will reap the rewards.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Power is being able to withstand all sorts of events and situations without losing your flexibility, balance and inner strength. With this power comes the ability to feel confident knowing that we may not be able to control the situations that come into our lives, but we can control our perceptions and attitudes and this empowers us. When you begin to observe life from a beginner’s point of view everything is simply an opportunity to begin again with a fresh perspective.
Throughout this coming year no matter what your goals or resolutions there will be challenges. Meet these challenges with a beginners mind. Come back to each moment with a sense openness and eagerness by staying focused and enthusiastic about your goals even when confronted with disappointment and discomfort. Now you are empowered!
Namaste ~ may all your days be filled with health, happiness and peace