Saturday, December 03, 2022

Five Resolutions to Make into good Habits – in this you will prosper

When we do something repeatedly it becomes a habit. If we continue with this habit, it becomes part of our character. So how can we resolve to develop healthy habits to enhance our character? Awareness and practice. Without these nothing can be achieved. The resolution we worked on last week was to develop a habit of gratitude. Take a moment each day to be grateful for something. Make it your default habit even in tough and stressful times. The second resolution to make into a habit is generosity; it’s a quality that's a lot like unselfishness, or as yoga calls it being selfless. There are seven ways to practice generosity; our thoughts, words, money, time, material things, influence and attention. Karma yoga reminds us to pay careful attention to our thoughts, words and deeds. We create generosity through all three. Remember that greed is one of the four great passions. It must be removed if you are to master your karma. The opposite of greed is generosity. This would be a good habit to develop. Generosity creates good punja and good punja is the good merits we gain from living a soulful life. Karma teaches us to do unselfish work without expecting anything in return. It also means to give more than you take. Acts of generosity, such as giving your time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for your health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves, not to mention more productive at home and in the workplace. Takes conscious work to be generous especially in stressful and trying times. That’s karma – it takes work – let’s get started. END: generosity is not so difficult to practice and something we can all do every day no matter what life hands us. Be kind, be sincere and always give more than you take. Here are some free gifts to give every day that will create generosity. To your enemy give forgiveness, to an opponent give tolerance, to a friend give a helping hand, to those you love give an open heart, to a customer give good service, be charitable and give your time, to every child give a good example of what it means to be a good person, and to yourself give respect. Ego: The ego is the part of you that says I want it all. It is the part that inserts itself at the center of existence and in this becomes selfish and greedy. Karma reminds us to conduct ourselves in ways of self-surrender meaning to ask ourselves who is really the author of our lives? The self-centered one, or the one who observes and acts selflessly? Pull your finger in and place your thumb on top. Surrender to your soul and then take actions that allow you to act unselfishly. When you give do not look for something in return. If you give from a selfless place, you will always prosper. When you make others happy you are also happy. Be aware of your thoughts, words and deeds, and then act in ways that create generosity. Soon the habit of being generous will be with you every day. Remember generosity can be as simple as being kind, giving a helping hand, or a smile to cheer someone up. This week make gratitude and generosity a part of your daily habits. Take the time to become aware of our thoughts, words and deeds and then practice giving more than you take, and in this you will develop the habits of generosity and gratitude. Without awareness and practice nothing can be achieved. Namaste~ may you walk the path of life with health, happiness and peace Doctor Lynn For more classes, course and consultations

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

HEALTH RECIPE for the HOLIDAYS Sugar Plums Dancing in my Head

HEALTH TIP for the HOLIDAYS Sugar Plums Dancing in My Head Did you know that plums are the second most cultivated fruit in the world? Plums date back to Confucius who listed plums as one of the popular foods in China. In 65 BC, Pompey the Great introduced plums to the orchards in Rome and Alexander the Great eventually brought them to the Mediterranean region. But, what about those sugar plums dancing around in children’s head at Christmas time? Well sugar plums also mean any dried fruit that is dipped in honey and then rolled in aromatic spices and served as a treat. Now if your take a dried plum (prune that it) and dip it in honey and then roll it in anise or cardamom you would in fact end up with a healthy snack. Honey is a complete food and a powerhouse of nutrients. Anise and cardamom are two spices that were widely used in Europe and throughout the Middle East. Anise is a calmative spice while cardamom is used as a stimulant and as a digestive aid. So, whether it’s a fresh picked plum, a dried prune or sugar plums dancing in your head, the plum is a great choice when it comes to your health. • DRIED FRUIT antioxidants Vitamin A • Walnuts – protein, prebiotics • Honey – a complete food • Anise - calmative • Cardamon – stimulant digestive aid RECIPE SUGAR PLUMBS • • ½ cup California Prunes about 3.25 oz • ½ cup walnuts toasted & coarsely chopped (about 2 oz) • ¼ cup dates pitted & chopped (just over 1 oz, about 5) or dried figs • ¼ cup dried cranberries about 1.25 oz • ¼ cup hazelnut meal or almond meal* toasted (or hazelnut or almond flour) (see note to use whole nuts) • 2 Tablespoons apricot preserves or honey • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom or anise • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves • 1 pinch fine sea salt • ½ cup sugar I use coarse sugar for crunch INSTRUCTIONS To toast the walnuts and hazelnut or almond meal: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F 2. Spread the nuts out in a single layer on one side of a sheet pan, and pour the nut meal in a pile on the other side, and flatten with you hand or a spatula so it's an even layer, about ¼ inch thick. Place the sheet pan in the oven for 8 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. To make the Sugarplums: 1. Put the chopped prunes, walnuts, dates and cranberries in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are chopped into small, even pieces. Stop before the mixture becomes a ball. 2. Add the toasted nut meal, apricot preserves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and salt. Pulse several times (you may need to stop to scrape down the sides) until the ingredients are fully combined and the mixture will hold itself together when rolled into a ball. (You should still see some texture from the fruit & nuts.) 3. Line a tray or container with wax or parchment paper. Scoop the mixture into heaping 1 tablespoon portions and roll into 1 inch balls, and place on the paper. 4. Roll the sugarplums in the sugar just before serving. You can store the sugarplums before they are rolled in sugar. Store at room temperature in a covered container (but not airtight/sealed) for up to 1 week. Or, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Allow the sugarplums to come to room temperature before coating in sugar. *If you'd like to use whole almonds or hazelnuts instead of flour/meal, use the same toasting and chopping method as the walnuts. 1. NUTRITION 2. Calories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 7IU

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Five Resolution that will Bring to You -Health, Happiness and Success

We all resolve to give something up; to eat better, live better, exercise more and make more money in the upcoming year. 95% of resolutions fail because with a resolution we are attempting to change something, or resolve a conflict. This take motivation and self-control which can be difficult in stressful times. That is why it is suggested that we make our resolutions into habits because habits are what we tend to default to when stressed. So, let’s resolve over the next six weeks to develop habits that we can carry into the new year and all the years to come that will make a tremendous different in our lives. The first resolution for us to make into a habit is gratitude. It simply means to stop, each day, take a moment and appreciate something about your life. It also means to be grateful to others and to be thankful for even the smallest of things. Sounds simple and yet gratitude has a way of eluding us. We often get caught up in the things that make us unhappy leaving little room to be grateful. We fall back on the habit of being unhappy and sometimes resentful. We have desires and when those desire are not met, we become unhappy and therefore lack the ability to be grateful for the beauty that comes to us each day. Studies show that those who practice gratitude are happier and healthier. Positive psychology research indicates that thinking three to five grateful thoughts a day improves the immune response and boost the neural chemicals in your brain that boost happiness. Gratitude is truly healthy for the body, the mind, and the soul. So, let’s begin our karma yoga practice today with the habit of gratitude END: To keep a resolution, you need to make it a habit. It should be something you truly want and what more could you want than to be healthy, happy and at peace? Gratitude is good for the body, the mind and soul. It keeps us healthy, boost happiness and brings a sense of peace to our soul. So, lets’ make our first resolution a habit to stop for a moment each day and be grateful for something Make this a habit you default to in stressful and troubled time and you will discover the beauty that is found in every day of your life. Let’s work on the habit of gratitude. Each day this week stop and take a moment to be grateful for something. Before you know it, gratitude will become a daily habit! EGO: Flip your palm up and extend out your index finger; the symbol of your ego. The ego is that part of you that wants to control and when things don’t go its way it becomes unhappy. The soul looks at life as simply an opportunity to experience all of life. What you do with these experiences determines your karma and the path of our life. Pull your ego in; place your thumb on top and surrender to your soul. From the center of your soul resolve to develop the habit of gratitude. Each day take a moment to stop and be grateful for something – it’s a good habit for the body, the mind and the soul and will surely make your new year and all the years to come successful, happier, healthier and peaceful. Namaste ~ may you walk with health happiness and peace For courses, consultations and more

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Three Actionable Tips for Managing Stress Turkey Day and the Holidays!

The one thing that accelerates aging and often causes us to put on weight, eat unhealthily and stop exercising is…STRESS! And what happens during the Holidays? …STRESS! Here are three actionable steps you can take to reduce stress and stay healthy anywhere and anytime. Yoga Breath Not only can the meditative effects of yoga help you manage stress and sleep better, but practicing yoga breath has a slew of other cognitive and social benefits. Cultivating a yoga practice can improve your memory and focus, as well as give you the peace of mind needed to face all the stress of the holidays. The breath is one of the best actionable ways to let go of stress. Letting go requires a connection with the present. Most likely the stress you are hanging onto happened in the past, and when we are focused in the present moment, the past loses its grip. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, say to yourself “let go” and then count from one to ten as you exhale. The ten count allows the body and the mind to focus on being present and in the moment. I always remind my students that breathing in is cleansing and exhaling is removing debris. Do this five times. Walk Take a walk, dance and do yoga. Exercise has been shown to be very effective in reducing stress and helping us to let go of whatever is disturbing our sense of balance and peace. Just remember “don’t sweat the small stuff, and in the big scheme of life; it’s all small stuff.” Did you know that creativity reduces stress! There is nothing like a nice walk to get the creative juices brewing. Walking is easy, stress free, and anyone can do it. When we walk, we are circulating blood and oxygen throughout the body and that includes the brain. The mind is free from distractions and we are getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Vitamin D which we get from the sun (which is the best source) is important for overall health including brain health. Scientist know that low levels of D effect cognitive functioning. Think about this; we evolved under natural sunlight and part of the process of evolution is survival; the ability to manage stress and be creative. Talk Talk to yourself; ask yourself this; is it worth hanging onto? Most likely it is not. What might seem insurmountable today might be nothing tomorrow. It’s the things we identify with that create stress. It’s what yoga calls all the “citta” or useless mind stuff that keeps us in the illusion of life. Everything is fleeting. Nothing last forever. So, to de-stress and bring harmony and happiness to your world; change the way you look at things and the way you look at things will change. Just let go and let be. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be happy and to fit in, especially during the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all the good things in your life. You don’t need a family gathering, a turkey, or a party to practice gratitude. What you do need is the ability to take a breather, move your body, and let go. Take time to relax and focus on the most important thing in life; your health; body, mind and soul. If you are healthy enough to celebrate Turkey Day – give thanks for that! Just remember without your health everything else is meaningless. Doctor Lynn Join me Thursday Dec 1 at 10 AM PST 1PM EST for a FREE WEBINAR How to Survive the Holidays without… Stress- Burnout- Weight Gain – Neglecting Exercise – not getting Adequate Sleep? Why is it so difficult to stay on the health track during the holidays? Learn the three thing that sabotage our health, happiness sand balance and how to master them Learn the foods to eat to insure you stay healthy and manage your weight Learn simple exercises that will help you manage stress and stay balanced Learn simple techniques for improving sleep Get a Holiday Recipe that is healthy, delicious and full of happiness! FREE 30-minute WEBINAR – Thursday Dec 1 @ 10AM PST - 1PM EST Join Doctor Lynn a Naturopath and Yoga therapist as she shares with you not only how to survive the holidays but how to sail into the New year with vim, vigor and vitality. CAN’T ATTEND? Sign up and get access to the FREE RECORDING!

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Compassion creates Prosperity

🧚‍♀️SOUL WALKING🚶‍♀️ ~🎁 Compassion requires an understanding of human nature. Understand it and you will prosper By lifting your thoughts to a higher level of consciousness you open the heart chakra allowing your self to invoke noble thoughts, and by continuing to invoke these thoughts you purify the mind, which in turn allows you to practice compassion leading to a state of peacefulness. In practical terms compassion means - suppose someone says something that is upsetting to you. This person is caught in one of the four great passions. Let’s say it is anger. You have a decision to make. You can react with an equal force of anger, or you can find your balance, tap into your inner strength, stay flexible and open and remain peaceful. When you see the situation for what it really is; an expression of human emotion; you will realize we all experience these emotions. We have all felt and expressed anger. Who doesn’t know what it feels like to be angry? You then have a moment to catch yourself, connect from the heart and practice compassion. By observing, you learn the purpose for practicing yoga. In its purest form we work on balance, strength, flexibility and peacefulness. Find it in your body and you will find it in your mind and your soul. Takes work – that’s karma - let’s get started. END: As we become more aware of the nature of life, we become more self-ware and with this we gain a greater sense of balance, strength, flexibility and peacefulness. We become more aware of how we live and how we interact with all of life. We move from insanity to sanity. It is simply the movement from a passionate reaction to the compassionate realization that we are all interconnected and that at any given time we are all doing the best we can with where we are in our own evolution. To forgive and practice compassion is to practice yoga. The purpose of the yoga poses is to achieve a state of pure balance, ultimate strength, fluid flexibility and peacefulness. This brings us wisdom and prosperity; so, keep practicing. EGO: Flip your palms up and extend out your index finger the symbol of the soul. Feel it pull you away from your center. The ego protects us and as such is always ready to fight, deny and be righteous. Be aware of when the ego arises and then try to be quiet and calm. Pull your index finger in (your ego) and place your thumb on top, which is the symbol of the soul. Remember we are all interconnected. We all share the same feelings and emotions. How we react is simply a reflection of our balance, strength, flexibility and peacefulness. Practice compassion and live from your soul. To understand all is to forgive all. We can facilitate our own and each other’s’ release from suffering by practicing compassion. Look into your own heart and start by being compassionate with yourself and then from your heart reach out and extend compassion to all those in need. Namaste ~ may you walk the path of life with health, happiness and peace Doctor Lynn

Friday, September 09, 2022

This next treasure is both loved and despised. Can you guess what it is?

There is an essence that exists everywhere and yet at times can be hard to obtain. However, this essence is available to everyone. It can be as hard and unrelenting as rock, and yet agile and yielding. It is both loved and despised. We call it free will. Next to a healthy life, free will is the most precious treasure of all. We all have been given free will, and yet few souls understand it, or know how it works. Through will and will alone humans have overcome tremendous odds. It gives us the capacity to endure sorrows and suffering. It is the power to consciously choose and control the force of our energy towards a particular desire. To will is to have faith in the ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. It is akin to tenacity- the ability to hold on with deep determination. It is based in an unshakable faith that allows anyone who understands it, the ability to attain whatever they desire. Takes work – that’s karma let’s get started END Free will is the unrelenting ability to direct your life towards a desired end. We can use it to change every level of our reality. We are only limited by the boundaries we choose. Every moment we are presented with choices that allow us to define and redefine who and what we choose to be. We call this thinking. Karma yoga teaches us; there are no right or wrong thoughts, words or actions; only consequences. You are defined by what you let occupy the space within your mind. You are what you think and not because you think. You control your thoughts through the exercise of free will. Understanding how to turn self-destructive negative thoughts into positive self- enforcing thoughts is how to use free will constructively and how we prosper. How do you do this? EGO Flip your palm s up and stick out your index finger – tap into your ego - the ego likes to control to acquire and to command often confusing this with free will. When using free will constructively you will realize that it does not mean you can do whatever you want – it means to want whatever you are doing and being. It means choice. Bring your finger in and place your thumb on top – surrender your ego to your soul. If you control your mind, you control everything and then there is nothing in the world to bind you. If you feel bound you are bound, and if you feel liberated you are liberated. Pay attention to what you let occupy your mind because what occupies your mind occupies you. The greatest use of free will is to consciously choose to bring joy, cheer and bliss to the world. This is the treasure that leads to moska, or liberation. Namaste ~ may you walk the path of life with health, happiness and peace. Doctor Lynn For more book, classes, courses and consultations

Saturday, August 27, 2022

What is required to find true happiness?

Contentment. Be content with what you have and then reach out to create more. This is how we prosper, succeed and become wealthy. Contentment is one of the goals of yoga and one of the most difficult things for us to attain. There is a natural tendency for humans to want more. Even when we experience happiness, we want more happiness. Contentment means to be happy with what you have and not desire that which you have not earned. Jean Paul Sartre said, “Happiness is not doing what you want, but wanting what you do.” To find happiness, stop anguishing. It never solved anything. Anguish only brings pain, stress and ill health. Approach the world with selfless motives. Know that you are the source (potential) of your happiness. Stop expecting and start enjoying life and you will see a very different world. You will begin to use the world for a very different purpose and that will bring you happiness. Remember the greatest amount of negative karma goes into destroying happiness and joy. So, change the way you look at things and the way you see things will change. In yoga there is a pose called the Prosperous pose, or lotus pose. It is also called the happy pose. In Sanskrit it means the swirling motion of a cross symbolizing the spinning of creation and evolution. Happiness is created within and then evolves outward into our intellectual view of the world and is present in how we move through the world; be it graceful or awkward. Move with grace and you will discover happiness. Gratitude is good for your health, body, mind and soul Be Grateful for the Sunrise It brings you a new day Be Grateful for your friends They are your greatest support Be grateful for what you have Count your blessings END There is a fable about a musk deer that best describes our search for happiness. The fabled musk deer has a scented spot above its forehead that gives off the scent of musk. The deer is intensely attracted to the scent of the musk and so runs here and there in search of it, not realizing that the scent is on its forehead. Happiness is like that. We run here and there in search of it never realizing that happiness is within us and not somewhere out there. Understanding this you will find contentment. Then when you ask yourself “who am I” the answer will be, “I am happy.” Be the source of your happiness because it is truly a gift to be treasured. Be mindful of each step you take along the pathway of life, and each step will be an end in itself. With no distinction between the journey and the destination you will discover that happiness is not a destination. It is here ~ right now – just like the musk deer, right in your head. Be mindful ~ Be happy! EGO Flip your hands up and extend out your index finger. How can we be happy when we are sad, hurt, angry and alone? All of the seeds of life’s emotions and feelings are within us. What we feed these emotions and feelings is what will manifest. So, if we feed sorrow with sorrow, sorrow will manifest. But if we feed sorrow with happiness before long happiness will be your state of being. That is the whole point to happiness. It is within us and we alone have the power to be happy no matter what the circumstances. Pull your index finger in and place your thumb on top (symbol of your soul) Happiness then is about self-realization; realize you have the power to self-control and direct your life. Money and material gain won’t buy happiness. Those things of the world come and go. But remember this; happiness does not come without work. You must work your karma (make punja – good merits) so your life works for you, and in this you will discover true happiness. Namaste~ may you walk the path of life with health, happiness and peace Doctor Lynn For course, classes, books and more – From the movie: Café Society. “Live life every day as if it is your last day and one day, you’ll be right.”