Saturday, May 18, 2019

#Yoga Today ~ #Time Gates


 
 
 
 
 
 
Time gates are passageways or spaces we step into at a particular time that change the direction of our life.  Time gates exist everywhere without regards for time. They are simply space providing the means for change.  When we refer to change we refer to time and not space.  However, all points in space are relative to one another and therefore a time gate cannot exist in empty space. It must be linked to a specific event and events happen as a result of time.

Wherever you are in the world you will be faced with time gates. These gates are constantly opening and closing. When we step through a time gate we either consciously or unconsciously set off a stream of time space events that can have a power influence upon our life. In an instant our life can change. An artist is discovered, a lover is found, and a leader is toppled. From the outside it appears that a person’s life has changed dramatically, for better, or for worse when in fact one has simply stepped through a time gate and the space you occupy has changed. Whether it is prosperous or not depends upon a number of circumstances. What might appear to be a stroke of luck might turn out to be a burden.

A story: in a small village a young boy received a pony from his parents for his birthday. Everyone in the village remarked to the old sage of the village on how lucky the boy was to receive such a wonderful gift. The old sage said, “We’ll see if this is luck.” The next week the boy was riding the pony when something scared the pony and he was thrown off and broke his leg. The villagers said to the old sage, “Oh how awful what bad luck. The poor boy will not be able to play with the other children and must spend the summer in bed.” The old sage said, “We’ll see if this is bad luck.” The next week the country went to war and all able bodied boys were called up for duty to go and fight and possibly die for their country. The boy with the broken leg was spared from going to war and the possibility of being injured or killed.  

 

Our karma will draw us to certain gates and bind us to others. The gate to prosperity may open before us, but because of our karmic blindness we might walk right by it. We might be given a stroke of luck that might turn into a stroke of bad luck and then find that it will bring us a different stroke of luck. When things happen be aware, open and watchful; and when questioning whether it is stroke of luck or bad luck say to yourself, “we’ll see.”.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, May 04, 2019

#Yoga Today~ Finding Your #Life Mission


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a pure yoga sense this means to devote your energy towards a higher power. This is about devotion not to an idol, but to your chosen endeavor. Your Isvar is that aspect of life that you devote yourself to with unreserved, unequivocal, absolute and total dedication.  This of course should be done in thought, word and deed.

What we devote ourselves to is what we become. By devoting ourselves to something larger than ourselves we have the opportunity to achieve a state of harmony with life. In the truest sense your Isvar is what you choose as the basis for your devotion. It begins with what inspires you. Yoga suggests we become inspired by that which gives us meaning. Anything that is done because it is meaningful in and of itself will bring you to your Isvar.

Our devotion does not need to be fixed nor should it be. Life is ever changing and the flexibility we apply will allow for growth and opportunity. This is a paradox in that we all desire to be free and untethered and yet the desire to merge with our Isvar constantly tugs at our consciousness. We all want to find and establish meaning in our lives.  Meaning requires devotion and devotion requires discipline Therefore we must devote ourselves completely so that we become what we seek. Remember; life becomes what life does.

When seeking your Isvar choose wisely. Your Isvar is a reflection of you.  For it to bring you happiness you must be clear about your intentions. Stay open and flexible and allow the energy of life to move through you and all around you.

Once upon a time there were two medical students. One was interested in fame and money. The other wanted to heal and help people. The first student struggled everyday with his studies while the other student found joy because the studying in and of itself brought him satisfaction. For the student waiting for fame and money every day was painful. For the other student everyday was pure joy.

When we experience the deep devotion and passion expressed through our Isvar, we are lifted to a place where our Isvar becomes a way of life expressed through our daily living.  It is a place of union where our Isvar and our earthly journey become one.  Find your Isvar, whatever it may be and devote yourself to it with unconditional love.  Find your Isvar - Be devoted

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn



Saturday, April 27, 2019

Self-study is the fourth Niyama


 
 
 
 
Self-study means to seek out knowledge that supports your health, gives you clarity, helps you to discover truthfulness and brings harmony to your life.  This should be done in thoughts, words and deeds.
 



With any type of study the cooperation of the body is needed. The health and welfare of your body is therefore very important. Correct posture, proper breathing and caring for your health allows you to study yourself and all the component parts of your body, mind and soul. By understanding what your body can do you can direct it to control your thoughts and your words.

Understanding yourself you begin to understand all of life. This consciousness is then used to expand outward towards others. Use yoga to study yourself. When in a pose be aware; are you comfortable or stiff? When the body is free of all toxins (vices) physically and mentally it is fluid. If it is stiff and tense it will break. Breathe and surrender.

Once upon a time there was a mighty tree and a small weed sitting by the river bank. The tree looked down at the weed and said, “Hey you puny little weed, how you can stand next to me? I am tall and strong. Aren’t you embarrassed? People will see you next to me and laugh at you. Why don’t you move somewhere else?”

The weed replied, “Tree I did not come here purposely. I just happen to be here. Please pardon my humble appearance.”

The next day a heavy rain came inundating the jungle and causing a heavy flood. When a river floods it erodes the banks and pulls down anything in its way. With tremendous force the water tore the tree from its roots. But the humble weed bent down and flattened itself letting the water run over it. When the flood passed the weed rose up and looking around it wondered what happened to the tree. In the distance it could hear the tree. “I’m being pulled down the river. I should have been humble, simple and flexible like you.”

We do need to be strong like steel. But remember steel is also flexible.  Don’t be like crude iron.  It is strong and hard, but lacks flexibility and so it breaks. Just like the weed be humble and flexible in body and mind, but strong in your soul. Know who you are and what you are capable of doing and then practice humility. Be proud of who you are, but remove pride. 

Intellectually seek knowledge that supports your health. Remember your words indicate the nature of your being. Choose them wisely. Walk the path of self-knowledge grounded in compassion and understanding. This is soul walking.  Know yourself and - Be humble

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



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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Saturday, March 02, 2019

#Yoga Guidepost ~ suggestions for your thoughts, words and deeds


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non- stealing – involves thoughts, words and deeds. To most people this means not taking something that does not belong to you, or that you have not paid for, or been given. In yoga it is best defined as not improperly taking something that belongs to another.  That includes their possessions, their dignity and their freedom of thought. If you want something you must earn it. If it has not come into your life you have not earned it. Anything coming into your life that you have earned will bring you happiness and anything that comes into your life that has not been earned will bring you struggle, difficulty and unhappiness.  Don’t confuse stealing with simply taking things. It also means to not take another person’s self-confidence and self-esteem by ridiculing and criticizing. We are all entitled to our own beliefs and the freedom to walk the soulful path. If you must disagree do it with respect.

To think of stealing is stealing.  Taking another person’s dignity, pride, happiness, moment of glory and mental values through verbally abusive words is verbal stealing. And of course we should not take anything physically that does not belong to us. Anything taken through deceit, force or without permission will only bring you difficulty and unhappiness. If you must take something leave something of equal value. Only take what you have earned. If you do not have something it simply means you have not earned it yet. Karma means work. To practice non-stealing - Be content.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



Saturday, February 23, 2019

YOGA TODAY TRUTHFULNESS


 
 
 
 
 
 
All suggestions should be considered in thought, word and deed.

Truthfulness means to conduct your thoughts, words and actions according to the truth. The truth however can get somewhat murky. Thoughts, words and action that harm even if true should not be done. The guiding factor when it comes to walking the soulful path is to do no harm. However, if you must do something that will cause harm make sure you are doing it for the greatest good and for the greatest many. Look to intention.

What is the truth? All you need to do is get quiet and search within your soul. You will know. Then with a quiet mind speak and act in truthful ways, but always keep your intentions in mind. If the intention is to hurt and the truth hurts refrain from speaking or taking any action.

Physical truth means to unify yourself so as to act in ways that uplifts you and all those you encounter. Truth that has been understood intellectually and expressed in words will manifest itself into worthy and good actions.

Another aspect of truthfulness is keeping your word. However, there may be times when keeping your word is not possible. Again it comes back to intent. Circumstances in life may make the truth a difficult choice. Here is something to thinks about:

Once upon a time a yogi sage was meditating in the woods. A beautiful deer jumped past him and ran off into the woods. Very soon a hunter came by and asked the yogi if he had seen the deer and which way it ran. If the yogi tells the truth the hunter will kill the deer. This will create harm. If on the other hand he does not tell the truth the hunter and his family will starve. What should he do? Always choose the greatest good for the greatest many.

 

Some say the truth should only be spoken from a place of careful thought and some say truth should be spoken without consideration of its potential to hurt. In our modern day society it is important to reflect before speaking.  The world will often hurt each of us if we are not wise in how we think, speak and use the truth. If the truth will hurt or cause dissention be silent and do nothing. Nonviolence and truth together bring about peace. Don’t stop looking at all sides of an issue. It’s easy to get caught up in your own view of things and believe it to be the only truth. The truth has many facets and is never clearly black and white. What is the truth? You are the truth. Just listen and you will know. To practice truthfulness - Be honest.

 

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

 



Saturday, February 16, 2019

#Yoga Today Suggested Guidepost #Nonviolence


Part of the practice of yoga is to be open, aware and observant of the power of suggestion. These suggestions are simply things you might want to consider when it comes to living your life. They are not rules. You don’t need to follow them. But they might bring a deep sense of understanding to your life.  Don’t worry about mastering them. Just be aware of how and when they appear in your life and how you handle them. Let them sit in your subconscious mind and watch them appear as guidepost along the path of Soul Walking.

All suggestions should be considered in thought, word and deed.

 
 
 
 
 
Nonviolence is the first suggestion. When we think of violence we often think of physical abuse. Although this is one form of violence, negative and hateful thoughts, as well as harsh and mean words are a form of violence. Gossip, insulting statements and bad advice are also forms of verbal violence. Remember that violence towards you, as well as allowing or encouraging others to be violent is to be avoided.

Your “soul” purpose for being here is to find and walk the soulful path.  Self-centeredness, inconsideration, lack of compassion and violence will take you off the soulful path. It matters not how far you get, but what you do along the way. Reincarnation is simply another chance to get back on the path. However, the farther you get in this lifetime the shorter the journey in the next.

Nonviolence does not mean only outward violence. It also means violence towards you. Self-criticism always hurts the soul. Cruel and angry thoughts, words and deeds toward others will also take you off the path. You are not about your body and your mind, but your body and your mind are about you. They are the vehicle and the GPS for your soul. So treat them well and most of all make sure you are kind to yourself. That inner kindness will radiate outward and be received by everyone and everything you encounter. To practice nonviolence - Be kind.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn