Saturday, July 27, 2019

#Yoga Today ~ The Troublesome Four – Envy, Jealousy, Resentment and #Revenge

Revenge is an act of wanting to conflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands. You want to even the score by one-up-man-ship. Retribution in the form of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is the focus of revenge.

The worse thing about revenge is that it gets inside your head and hijacks your focus. Once revenge occupies the space within your head fighting it is like fighting yourself. Be careful with what you let occupy your mind; it will occupy you.

It has been said that “revenge is sweet.” The problem with revenge is that it can falsely make us feel good and powerful. It stimulates an area of the brain called the dorsal striatum which gets excited when we anticipate pleasure and reward. But studies have shown that with revenge the feeling of pleasure and reward is overshadowed by the focus on punishment. Punishment usurps our ability to focus on reward. Revenge does not make us feel better.

The desire to get revenge is mighty powerful force. If you take that same energy and redirect it towards improving your life you get the greatest revenge of all; you prosper.

To master the Troublesome Four requires balance, strength and flexibility, as well as the ability to be content and at peace with your life just as it is. Circumstances happen. You cannot un-happen them. Accept what happens. Learn from it and focus on using what you have learned to prosper. Let’s get started -

Once you know who you are (the infinite capacity to be) and why you are here (to discover this infinite capacity) envy, jealousy, resentment and revenge 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 (the illusion), detach and observe without judgement, and you will see the world and all its events as opportunities to learn, know and master your life. Change the way you see things and the way you see things changes.


Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

#Yoga #Paying Your #Debts the #noble obligation

Next week - continuance of the Troublesome Four

According to Karma Yoga those souls who have good karma come their way in the form of material success and acquire more than needed should funnel their excess into noble, humanitarian and spiritual causes. We call this the noble obligation. If you have more than you need be generous and kind and give to others in need.

One of these obligations is to always pay your debts. These debts and favors that most often originate from friendship, family, social and business relationships should be repaid.

These debts include debts to your parents as well as friends, your culture and your country. Your parents gave you life. We all have grievances with our parents, but it is important to remember that they are not perfect and that they are more than simply your parents. They are people with dreams, desires and yes, like all of us, they have their faults.

Think about your debts. Not your monetary debts, but your debts to those who love you, have helped you, and have been your friends through all of life’s ups and downs. These relationships are of the greatest value. For when you depart this world all you take with you is the love you have given and the love you received. Be noble.


For a noble soul it is easy to repay a debt. For an unevolved soul it is difficult to even think about repaying a debt. Debt is paid through the noble obligation to leave the word a better place than when you first entered it. Pay your debts – Be  noble.   

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn




Saturday, July 06, 2019

The Troublesome Four

Life will present you with the troublesome four:

It will require discipline, strength, balance and flexibility to master them.  The first two are envy and jealousy. Remember to envy no one and to replace jealousy with admiration. What a person has acquired in life is not a symbol of a souls worth. Worth comes from punja or good deeds. Stop trying to control situations and other people, and trust in your own self-worth.

The third of the troublesome four is resentment.

Resentment is a negative state where an 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. Resentment results from expectation. We expect something and when it doesn’t turn out as expected we experience resentment.  We then begin to see ourselves as a hapless victim when in fact the responsibility for our destiny and happiness has to do with how we see things and not what another person does or does not do.

Expect and you will surely be let down. With expectations happiness is falsely measured not by inner experience, but by outward appearances. In a positive state, one 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 the individual is able to lift the veil of illusion (maya) and master one’s own fate. You can see the forest for the trees. Unreal and unfulfilled expectations are the foundation of resentment.  With unmet expectations we feel disappointed, sad and even angry. To master resentment we need balance, strength, flexibility and contentment.

 Take responsibility for your expectations. Let each experience of your life come and go without attachment and you will avoid disappointment and thus experience the joy of pure happiness. You cannot change what happens, but you can change how you view it. Let go of resentment and focus on your potential energy and you will prosper. Change the way you look at things and the way you look at things will change.

Namaste ~ I celebrate the place where our souls meet

Doctor Lynn