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I cannot do everything, but I still can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Zen Moments

The practice of yoga is really about those glorious moments where we experience a total connection to everything. It’s as if time stops and we experience the true meaning of life which is simply the experience of living. But sadly those moments are often few and far between. The connection to our lives gets lost in stress, sadness, being overwhelmed, anxious and afraid. For most of us it is so difficult to stop, take a deep breath and just be in the moment. In today’s fast paced world we are afraid we’ll miss something or something won’t get done. That’s why “Zen Moments” are so important. They teach us to experience the essence of life which can only be found in the moments of your life. What you take to each new moment is a reflection of what you did in the moment before and will become the consecutive moment of your life. Ever notice, when you are happy and laughing the moments of your life roll together without worry or fear. That is why laughter is so important. That’s why we love comedians; they teach us how to laugh at the absurdities of life.  In fact a recent scientific studies has shown that laughing at the absurdities of life (not demeaning humor) cause a physiological response that’s similar to the effects of moderate exercise. Like exercise (yoga asana) laughter lowers stress hormones and ups the feel good neurochemicals flooding our body-mind with a state of relaxation. Laughter may just be the antidote to ill health.

The month of July, for most of us, means summer, vacations, relaxation, time with family, the beach, cookouts and parties. Be aware of the moments and how you approach each event. Remember as a moment slips away it is gone forever. What you bring to each moment determine the nature of your life. Bring laughter, joy, happiness and love and watch your life unfold with meaning.

So when is the best time to start? Now! In the here and now! Sit quietly, Close your eyes, cross your arms and place your hands on your chest. Take in three deep breathes. Then release and observe the moment.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 07/02 at 04:40 AM

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June Blog Post

Whatever you are doing in your life, whatever beliefs, philosophies, ideas or opinions, practicing non-greed can only be a good thing. But first you must understand and be aware of the true meaning of non-greed. I’m going to take this month and revisit non-greed. Next month we’ll focus on the abstentions as a whole before we move onto the observances.

As yoga teaches us; if we practiced non-greed we would not need to practice the other four abstentions; non-stealing, non-truth, non-violence and non-celibacy. Greed, as it has been said, is the root of all evil. In the last four months in my yoga classes we have been studying the abstentions. Over the months many of my students have shared with me how what I have taught has helped them in their lives. I thank each of them for taking the time to share this with me. One young lady, in particular, sat and talked with me before yoga class began. She is young and energetic. She’s a pretty girl with a warm and thoughtful smile. She told me that she was working for a company and she had been pushing hard to get ahead. She was impatient and wanting to move up the corporate ladder. She was frustrated. She told me that when I talked about practicing non-greed it hit a chord with her soul. She realized just as I had said, she was reaching out beyond herself rather than letting things come to her. She was reaching out and grabbing at things she had not earned. In this she was feeling frustrated and had lost her balance. Her superiors were frustrated with her. Tension was building at work. In class she realized she was being greedy and pushing beyond what she had earned. She took a step back, pulled back into her center and with balanced energy moved forward observing and gathering her life-force. Things were better at work and she could see that she needed time to learn and she needed to allow what she desired to flow to her rather than reach out and try and force it.  She needed to stop being greedy!

The purpose of the abstentions is to bring peace, serenity and tranquility to the mind. Seek out wise ways to discipline the mind, like abstaining from violence, untruthfulness, stealing, lack of self control and greed.  Yoga teaches us how to discipline the mind and reorganize it so we experience peace and happiness. The purpose of yoga is to balance the scattered energy of the body-mind.

There is no recipe for life. Each and every situation presents itself as unique. With this realization we see life more clearly bringing flexibility to the body-mind. The place to begin is to accept your humanness with all its imperfections. Be aware as you walk the path of life. Accept what comes into your life and accept what leaves your life as the natural course of things. What comes in and what leaves are simply tools to be used for your own evolution. Remember balance is the key to living a healthy and happy existence. Seek balance in all things and in all things find balance. With this you are practicing yoga. 

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 06/01 at 09:17 AM

Monday, May 03, 2010


This month we’ll walk the path of non-greed. Non-greed is the ability to remain detached from the enjoyment of objects but not detached from the objects themselves. In other words, it means that we should seek to be content with what we have and not become so attached to any form of pleasure or desire that we lose our sense of balance. Cravings and desire intensify the energy of the body-mind, causing a person to commit violence against others and against self. If we practiced non-greed, it is said that we would not need to focus on the other abstentions; non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing and celibacy.

Practicing non-greed we realize the nature of the mind and that we are not mind but rather a balancing of the life forces of nature. The goal of life is to harmoniously balance the greed seeking tendencies of the mind by bringing life back into balance. This does not mean that we do not seek to enjoy life. It means not to reach out beyond to physically take, mentally want or verbally deceive with false promises that which is not yours.

Again with all the abstentions we must look at them intellectually, verbally and physically. Intellectual non-greed has to do with controlling the mind. When the mind is not content it reaches out to satisfy this contentment by attaching itself to things. The mind then desires to possess these things. Once the mind possesses these things it becomes fearful of losing them and so the mind becomes agitated, fearful and anxious. This agitated, fearful, anxious energy scatters the mind and the life force of the individual. This state of being scattered, which we’ve all experienced, prohibits the soul energy from gathering the life force that is balanced, stable and calm. Better decisions are made and problems can be solved when we approach life with a balanced, stable and calm mind.

Verbal greed means to entice self or others into indulgences and desires that disturb the balanced energy of the mind. That is why superficial talk is discouraged and silence is encouraged. We should only speak what needs to be said, mindful of, “do no harm.”

Physical non-greed means recognizing the necessary needs of life and striving for them without reaching out and desiring that which you do not need. Do not become overly attached to any person, place or thing. Life is constantly changing and what you may need today may change tomorrow. It also implies that we should not become jealous and envious of others good fortune. Be aware that this good fortune carries its own weight, obligations and complications. We must also strive to repay our debts on all levels. One repays his civilization by leaving the world better off than how he or she found it. Indebtedness also involves vows. We should not enter into vows lightly. When you give your word it is important to come from a spiritual place. Even though you may give your word to another person it is really within you to either break or keep your word. The vow must be observed with an undisturbed mind. Otherwise distortions and misunderstanding arise. The spirit of yoga teaches us that any vow should be ultimately taken to bring about peace of mind. If a person takes a vow to stop doing something and then obsesses on it all day so that the mind becomes scattered, it might be better to gradually give something up so that the mind adjusts and eventually the cravings subside.

Yoga deals with disciplining the subconscious mind rather than the conscious mind. Through yoga we take the conscious mind into the subconscious mind and reorganize it so that we experience peace and tranquility. Some people appear to be nice and kind at the conscious level but on a subconscious level they are violent. This usually surfaces when they over indulge. The purpose of yoga is to balance the scattered energies exiting in the subconscious mind. Only as we balance the subconscious mind do we experince happiness, peace and bliss.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 05/03 at 06:09 AM

Thursday, April 01, 2010


The fourth abstention or pathway of yoga is the path of celibacy. Celibacy is also referred to as non-sensuality. This means that celibacy is not just about controlling sexual desires but it means to control all your organs or better stated your cravings. According to Hindu tradition a person’s life is divided into four stages. The first stage is that of a student and requires celibacy or a focus on studying. The second stage is that of the householder where a person may decide to continue to study before taking up the responsibilities of a household, a person may then decide to take up the responsibilities of a household or a person may decide to continue the rest of his or her life in contemplation, study and celibacy.

Whatever path a person chooses celibacy means that we strive to discipline the gross aspects of life and move into the more subtle. Thus sexual energy is to be controlled, bridled and ultimately enjoyed. The concept of sexuality linked with a healthy body, mind and soul should be practiced at all times.

As with all the abstentions we practice in thoughts, words and deeds. But before we get into the path of celibacy let’s recap last month’s path of non-stealing. 

When I talked about stealing through the thoughts that enter one’s mind my classes nodded but not with a lot of concern. When I talked about not physically taking from another person everyone acknowledged in agreement that stealing another person’s physical property was wrong. However when I mentioned stealing through the words we use to take away another person’s dignity or to have someone take away our dignity through the use of words many people took notice. I think it reminded us all of the power of the spoken word. We hurt and are hurt by the words people use. Our dignity and honor can be stripped when angry hurtful words are tossed our way. We also steal from our own dignity when we allow ourselves to hurt others with angry hurtful words. Non-stealing reminds us to think before we speak and act. When the mind is quiet and peaceful there is no need to steal or be stolen from in words or deeds.

This of course leads us to celibacy because the practice of celibacy is to stop the cravings of a restless mind which leads to control over our words and actions.

When a person craves and obsesses over things of sensuality the soul gets attached to these objects and from this attachment cravings intensify and the mind scatters. The practice of celibacy is to bring the scattering mind under control. This leads to balance, peace and serenity. Whatever one is doing, one should be focused. When eating, you should eat, when sleeping you should sleep, when practicing yoga you should practice yoga and when you are loving you should love. In all things we should remain unattached, free from cravings so that the mind moves and unfolds into life with flexibility and openness.

Verbal celibacy means that we should seek to avoid making sexual overtones and expressions that can be insulting and degrading. As our mind is at peace so our words will be soft and gentle.

Physical celibacy means that whether you choose the path of sexual participation or restraint it should be done with reverence, love and respect.
Practicing celibacy is about expressing the highest form of love through a disciplined path that releases self from cravings and focuses on warmth, love, help, support and understanding. To experience sex through love and respect is considered the highest form of expression. People who have truly loved understand that touching another soul is the most profound experience on earth. That is because love is a force in which we bring forth another soul into the physical plane of joy. When we express our sexuality through love and giving we open the doorway to another soul. Love is a way of directing large amounts of energy out through your body, mind and soul into the body, mind and soul of another person. The energy you put forth is what you will receive in return.

The love you give is the love you get. Express your love with honor and dignity, be at peace without cravings and choose the path which creates the greatest good. 

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 04/01 at 09:40 AM

Monday, March 01, 2010


This month we’ll focus on the path of non-stealing. But before I get into this abstention I would like to recap last month’s path of Truthfulness. What I discovered this last month is that to live your truth is not as simple as black and white. It takes a lot of soul searching to reach inside and connects with your inner truth and then observe how it interplays with the rest of life. There are many truths. The only rules that apply to the truth are: first and foremost to do no harm, and then we apply the other principles which are to develop a deep understanding of your own truth or what is going on with you and then observe how that affects the world around you, and lastly to think, speak and act in a way that does the greatest good for the greatest many. When truth is approached from the yoga perspective it is not always simple to know what to do. Therefore it is important to practice yoga each day, mindful of the place within where we can sit quietly and reflect upon the truth and how best to think, speak and act so as to do the least amount of harm and the greatest good.

When we think of stealing we all conjure up an image of a thief. In yogi philosophy non-stealing means to not commit, cause or permit anyone to take what is not theirs in thought, word and action. And again with all abstinences they should be observed intellectually, verbally and physically.

Intellectual non-stealing is difficult because it implies that we should not even think about coveting that which belongs to another. It does not mean we cannot admire what a person has and then work to earn the same thing. It simply means that we should not think improperly about taking anything that belongs to another person. Many yogi texts tell us; that which you have not earned has not yet been presented to you. If something you desire has not come into your life, you simply have not earned it yet. When you earn it, you will experience great joy and happiness. However anything coming into your life which has not been earned will bring struggle, difficulty and perhaps unhappiness. Think of this in terms of love. If you have taken the time to develop yourself and establish inner balance then the love that comes into your life will bring happiness. But if you enter into a love situation without first establishing your inner love and respect for yourself the love you get may bring you unhappiness.

Verbal non-stealing is often over looked. It means you should not steal another person’s dignity, pride, happiness, moment of glory or mental values. It also means you should not hurt another person’s character in any way. Do no harm.

To take a physical object by theft, deceit or without permission is physical stealing. It is taking possession of something you have not earned or something that does not belong to you. If you want something, it must be earned. This brings balance and stability to the body-mind. We should understand that all things flow from life and that life is a process of putting forth energy. The energy we put forth will result in what comes back to us in the form of life’s gifts.

When we combine non-stealing with truthfulness and non-violence we begin to ascend to a higher order of being. A respect for us, others and the universe begins to take place. All three interconnect together to form a fabric of moral justice and a path that leads to compassion and understanding.

How does it apply to the physical practice of yoga? In yoga class we move in and out of poses observing what we have earned through regular practice of yoga and at the same time respecting what others have earned who may be further along the path. We learn to find quietude, balance and strength and from here we work to earn peace and serenity. Peace and serenity are life’s gifts but they must be earned.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 03/01 at 05:32 AM

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Road to Wisdom

Last month we began our journey by focusing on the abstentions or the branch of yoga that calls upon us to remove negative and destructive ways of living from our life. Last month’s abstention was violence, teaching us that we should strive to practice non-violence in everything that we think, say and do. This month we move to the second abstention which is to abstain from living a life of untruth and thereby practicing truthfulness in everything that we think, say and do. Before we move to the next abstention let me share with you some of my experiences and observations as I practiced and taught non-violence through my yoga over the last month. I must say that practicing non-violence has brought me happiness this month.

Over the month I focused my energy on practicing non-violence. Every day, at least once, something would arise to challenge my ability to practice non-violence and each time I took a moment to remind myself that I was practicing non-violence and with that I would take a deep breath, let the breath go and empty my mind. Each time I was able to do that, I experienced a physical release of tension and stress, a mental quietness, an emotional stability, an inner balance and then a softening that would sunk into my soul and remind me that practicing non-violence in all that you think, say and do is best achieved when you are ready. Over the month doors have opened and I have met many wonderful and interesting people. Creativity, appreciation and humor have been present in my life. What could be better for the soul than living your life in a place of inner balance, where you begin to live your life fully as a series of moments all strung together that are simply opportunities to grow and hopefully attain wisdom, which is the ultimate aim of yoga?

Now that brings us to the next abstention which I invite to experience with me this month. Remember the breath – deep inhale and deep ex-hale and then empty the mind, get centered and balanced and then let’s begin to practice Truthfulness. This may-be one of the hardness things to understand and do. Truthfulness has two levels:

It means conducting your thoughts, words and action according to the truth. It is also as a result o
f our thoughts, words and actions being unified and harmonious. We are truthful to our selves when our thoughts, words and actions are harmonious with each other.

Harmful words should not be spoken, especially if they hurt someone. You should examine all your words before you speak and then only speak what is useful and good. Complications arise when honest words lead to hurt. Also many people find it difficult to know the difference between truth and untruth. Whatever an individual should think the guiding principles should be.

Remember this when you practice truthfulness: always intend no harm and have a true understanding of the truthfulness within your thoughts, words and deeds and how they relate to the whole of life.

There are three levels to the practice of Truthfulness. Intellectual, verbal and physical.

The truth is, simply the observation of your life and how it unfolds in relationship to all that is around you. The truth of your being manifest from your thoughts, words and deeds. If in truth you are angry then your thoughts, words and deeds will make you appear as an angry person and thus the truth of your existence becomes that of an angry person. Intellectual truthfulness begins with accepting what truth is. Truth is you. When our thoughts are thrashing about or being lazy the mind gets confused between truth and untruth. Truthfulness brings about inner balance. The practice of non-violence and Truthfulness together produce a steady mind and a steady mind keeps us centered and grounded. From here we can examine the truth of our thoughts. From the thoughts come the words and action which create our reality. So what is the truth? It is you.

Now the truth can only be spoken when you are grounded in thoughtful truth. We are taught to speak the truth however yoga teaches us first to consider the intent to harm. The truth must only be spoken with no intent to harm, and in a way that benefits others. Many people feel compelled to speak the truth with the intent to harm. There are many truths that can be spoken but if we are truly practicing truthful- ness in the words we speak, we will speak the single truth that does the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

Another aspect of truthfulness is keeping one’s word. For many reasons beyond our control or due to circumstances it may be impossible to keep a promise you have made. However if you at least attempt to keep your word with the full intent of living in truth than in fact you have practiced truthfulness. So if you make a promise and the circumstances change which make it impossible to keep that promise while at the same time you fully intended to keep that promise you have lived your truth.

Some people say that truth should be spoken no matter what without consideration. But remember truth has many reflections. Remember you must search inside yourself and live from your truth fully aware that what you perceive to be the truth may in fact be false. The wisdom to discern from a place of steady mind, balanced within, cognizant of your own motives will always allow you to speak that which does no harm and brings the greatest good to the greatest many.

Truth that is understood in thoughts and words expresses itself in our actions. Truth must be unified in thoughts, words and actions. Truthful actions uplift the spirit of the individual and this uplifting releases energy that is strong, enhancing and enriching. This leads to wisdom. However in our modern day age the wisdom to discern in a world that will often use you and hurt you and still remain true to you is the key to a life that is based upon truth.

Truth is not as simple as black and white. There are many gradations and many perspectives. The path of truthfulness begins and ends within. You and you alone are your truth. Live by your truth, do no harm and think, say and do what brings the greatest good to the greatest many.

Remember many people find it difficult to distinguish between the truth and not the truth. Whatever works for each individual, you should do so by being mindful of; no intention to harm and a true understanding of your own truth and how it impacts to others.

So to sum it up, it works like this: if you are angry in thoughts and understand this about yourself you will realize that the expression of that anger in words and actions may hurt others. Being honest with you, the anger is within you, step back take a deep breath and for a moment practice non-violence. Step back into that quiet silent place and within the quietude of yourself examine your truth and again adhere to the two guiding principles:

Do no harm

Understand the true nature of truth (within you) and how your truth relates to the rest of life.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 02/01 at 01:04 PM

Monday, January 04, 2010

New Year’s Resolution

I invite you to share in my New Year’s resolution; to find contentment and with contentment to experience happiness and peace of mind. The pathway of yoga will take us there. Over the next year we’ll explore the many paths of yoga beginning with the abstentions and observances.

If the pursuit of wisdom is our objective and yoga is the vehicle we use, than each stage of yoga must be examined. The abstentions and observances (two branch of yoga) cleanse the mind whereas the postures and poses cleanse the body. The two working together cleanse the entire vehicle known as the body-mind. The purpose is to cleanse the body-mind so the energy of self can connect to the higher planes with the spiritual self. Let’s begin our journey with the first of the eight stages or the abstention. The abstentions teach us to strive to abstain from injury, lying, stealing, sensuality and greed. The first abstention is the practice of non-violence. Each abstention must be practiced intellectually, verbally and physically.

Intellectual non-violence teaches us that the main source of non-violence is within our intellect. We ascertain within our minds (thoughts) harmonious and inharmonious energy. Later these thoughts manifest into words and actions. Therefore to practice non-violence we must practice in thought, speech and deed.

When we think of violence we think of hitting, hurting, and destroying. However negative thoughts against us, others or any part of the entire universe are considered violence.

When you practice non-violence it is believed that you bring about good karma in this lifetime and in succeeding lifetimes. Non-violence also brings about non-agitation of the mind so that concentration is possible. Through focused concentration we can attain peace of mind, strength of body and spiritual enlightenment. When the mind is peaceful creativity evolves and life’s goals and accomplishments become manifest.

Non-violence magically and mystically draws into your life non-violent people and events. Your interaction with others becomes filled with happiness and pleasure and there is an effortless exchange of human consciousness.

When you realize that life is really about spiritual evolution, your intellect or thoughts are not disturbed even when you become hurt or insulted. You remain calm and the mind is still. A non scattered mind is at peace. It is focused and this focus brings about success.

What would happen if we practiced non- violent thoughts and applied this energy to our everyday lives? What would the mind hold in its thoughts? Perhaps it would think thoughts of empathy and compassion and see the world not as a fearful and violent place but as an experience that is meant to be lived and appreciated every step of the way.

How do we master intellectual non-violence? As the thoughts arise and they will, take deep breaths and step back for a moment and examine the nature of the thought. You and you alone have the power to give it energy or not. It is not about replacing the thought with a positive thought but rather to exam the effect it has on the body-mind and through the practice of yoga choose to transcend and release. Just as you feel the power and effect of taking a deep breath and releasing the breath so goes the practice of intellectual non-violence.

We all experience thoughts of anger, fear, sadness, loneliness, jealousy, revenge or any other negative emotion. When we feel the thought push into our head if we stop for a moment we can also feel the potential for that thought to move through our body and effect our perceptions, words and actions in life. Negative thoughts are mostly destructive to the self. When they arise (and they surely will) the practice of non-violence simply identifies the thought as destructive and then consciously removes the thought before it can manifest in words and deeds. But what do you do when someone hurts you and you have thoughts of revenge or hatred? Practice yoga. It is the path of least resistance. Once you stop to identify the thought or emotion, you give yourself a chance to neutralize and find a sense of balance. From there you can objectively assess the situation and make the best choice; being that which produces the greatest good and brings a sense of peace to the body, mind and soul. This will bring health, happiness and peace into your life.

As thoughts arise they have the potential to become verbal and so we must also work to practice non-violence in the words we use to communicate. Violent words manifest into violent actions. We must first train our minds to retreat from violence. Without violent thoughts, violent words and actions cease to exist. Practice non-violence for one month. When thoughts arise; stop, identify and remove. You will then be on the pathway to practicing yoga and find peace in all that you think, say and do.

Happy New Year
Doctor Lynn
Posted on 01/04 at 07:54 AM

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Wisdom - Ever felt like you failed at something in your life? Wisdom teaches us that most of life is unpredictable and uncontrollable. However there is one thing we can control and that is our attitudes. Success is not found in the accumulation of wealth but in our ability to see both sides of any situation and find the middle spot called balance.

If there is a purpose to yoga it is the attainment of wisdom. There are eight essential stages to the practice of yoga. Contrary to what some believe yoga is not about self denial but rather about removing negative emotions and physical and spiritual imbalances. Yoga teaches us to seek balance in all things and in all things find balance or in other words to seek moderation in all things.

The eight stages of yoga are; abstentions, observances, postures, life-force control, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and contemplation. The first four stages work together to cleanse the body-mind so that the life force can flow through activating greater consciousness and self conscious awareness as well as greater balance. The fourth stage; life-force is known as prana or cosmic energy. It is the breath and the nature of existence. When realized it brings the nature of our life into mental and physical balance and harmony, and with that comes happiness, bliss, ecstasy, joy and wisdom.

As we gain control over our life-force we learn to balance and neutralize the restless mind. This produces a calm, serene and harmonious being. We realize that every day experiences are just vague and blurred states of consciousness.

When we look at nature we find that everything in nature just like our breath has a rhythm. This points out to us that both in yoga and in life all stages, all moments must be worked at rhythmically and harmoniously not only within themselves but also in relationship to each other.

Success and failure are but measurement of how we embrace each moment of our life and balanced it out against the next moment. Success in the end is simply measured by the love you have given and receive and the wisdom you have obtained.

Through Kriya Yoga we are taught that the person who knows a drop of water knows all water no matter where or when it is found. This basically means that there are two opposing forces in the universe: matter and sprit. When these two forces come together we realize that life is not an illusion; the world is real and eternal. The world is here so we might have real experiences through which to gain real knowledge and this real knowledge leads to wisdom. Yogis would say that truth is not something that we can simply intellectualize. Truth must be lived and thus experienced.

This brings us to the eight paths of yoga of which the postures or asana are but one path. Over the next few months we will explore the paths of the abstentions and the Observances in an attempt to find wisdom, which is the ultimate goal of yoga. It is through an understanding of the nature of things and wisdom that we discover the secrets of a successful life. For in the end all we take with us is the love we have given and received and the wisdom we have gained.

Next month we will look at the abstentions beginning with non-violence.

Doctor Lynn
Posted on 12/01 at 05:37 AM

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Living in a World of Stress

A wise person once said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember in the scheme of things it’s all small stuff!” Easy to say but much more difficult to live by. Stress affects all of us and has devastating effects on our health. If it isn’t bad enough that the economy is down and we’re all struggling financially the flu season with threats of the swine flu is now upon us. Stress wears down the immune system and when the immune system is down we are all subjected to illness and disease.

Stress is multi-dimensional and it includes the physical, emotional, environmental and spiritual realms of our lives. It is a combination of anxiety (fear about the present or future) and depression which is sadness about a loss either actual or perceived. Yet to our bodies the source of the stress is irrelevant. Our bodies just know how they feel when stressed and can’t distinguish between economic stress, environmental stress and any other forms of stress. And although scientist can’t agree on a definitive definition of stress they can agree that 80 to 90 percent of illnesses are related to stress and nearly 100 million Americans suffer from stress related illness.

With medical cost climbing and medical insurance becoming a major issue there still are three things we can do that are low cost and effective in dealing with stress. The first is exercise which is probably the cheapest form of natural medicine. Exercise increases the body’s ability to mobilize energy and deal with the effects of stress. It also reduces anxiety, blood pressure and relieves depression.

The second most important thing we can do to combat the effects of stress is to eat a healthy diet. Green leafy vegetables, fruits and other vegetables as well as green tea have all been shown to boost the immune system.

And don’t forget mind-body exercises such as yoga, tai chi, breathing and meditation. Relaxing and resting is the body’s way of rebuilding and rejuvenating. Take time each day to relax and let go. (See the five minute meditation download in our products section).

Keep a focus, stay positive and be good to yourself. Your health is the most precious gift you have in life. As long as you are healthy anything and everything is possible. Protect your health in body and mind, and your spirit will see you through all the turbulent times of your life with a sense of wisdom that teaches us to surrender and embrace all of life, for in the end all that matters is that you lived life to its fullest in health, happiness and peace.

Doctor Lynn
PS Next month we’ll discuss the ten most important things you can do to protect yourself during the flu season.
Posted on 11/01 at 01:11 PM

The Path to Wisdom

The path to enlightenment is simply the accumulation of wisdom. We spend so much of our lives accumulating “stuff” that becomes meaningless in the end. However as we transcend through life a home, transportation, education, food, clothes and several luxuries make life an easier path.  It is so easy to talk about being altruistic when you are warm and secure and quite another thing to feel generous when times are tough.  But one thing I have learned along my path is that a conversation, a hug, listening and reassurance are generous gifts we can all share with each other. In my own experience it is the moments when a student shares sadness, a joy, a birth, a death or any of life’s experiences with me that I feel the most satisfied and gratified in life. The shoes, the jewelry, the clothes come and go but the touching of souls in a heartfelt way is everlasting.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 11/01 at 12:22 AM

Monday, July 06, 2009

Have Wisdom in Your Actions and Faith in Your Merits

Simply put; as you perform the actions of your humanly existence it would be wise to consciously examine the consequences because every action creates a reaction. It is the basic law of karma.  Your merits are your achievements which define your character. If your merits are virtuous then have faith that in your actions you have done that which ultimately will bring the greatest good. This of course brings us back to the examination of wisdom…the ability to transcend the ego.

In yoga there is a mudra or hand gesture that symbolizes wisdom. The hands are placed in the lap with the palms facing up. The index finger is bent inward and the thumb is placed on top of the index finger. This symbolizes the spirit (thumb) on top of the physical (index finger). It is the ability to let the ego step aside and let the natural harmony of life begin. When we act from the spiritual place we consciously, through experience manifest wisdom into our physical world. Our actions then define our character. 

Yoga teaches us that when we leave this physical world we only take with us the wisdom we have gained and the love we have given and received. This wisdom-love bestows upon us the ability to manifest our spiritual essence. Love and wisdom endure long beyond the physical world.

The beginning point of yoga is quiet different from psychology or psychiatry in that it’s goal is to bring about a realization of the answer to this question;
“Traveler, what do you seek here…since this world is not your final resting place?”

If you seek wisdom (experience and knowledge) as well as to give and receive love then your actions are performed from a place of wisdom and your merits (character) are not based upon material gains but on faith that can come only from the essence of your soul.

Traveler…travel with me over the next year as together we seek out the answer to the question…what are we here for? Each month in my newsletter travel with me on this journey of wisdom and merits.

Doctor Lynn

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Posted on 07/06 at 06:00 PM

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