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Hell has three gates: lust, anger, and greed”

Bhagavad Gita

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Love

Loving is a process in which we bring forth another soul towards illumination. Through the physical act of sexuality combined with spiritual love we take the physical and the mental experience to another level. This level is known as ecstasy. When you make love to another person you are opening a doorway to the person’s 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.

In yoga this is known as physical celibacy which means that we practice restraint from random acts of sex and love with the realization that when we tap into the sexual and sensual loving energy of another we are connecting at the soul level. Connecting should be done with respect and honor. It is the difference between making love and raw sex.
For most individuals making love is the closest they will come to fully connecting with another human being or for that matter to anything in the universe. If one is truly touching; the body, the mind and the soul will recognize the touch. People who have truly loved understand.
Posted on 02/02 at 06:24 AM


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Purity

It is the start of a new year. What should we try and observe? In the practice of yoga purity is the first observance. Purity has two levels, internal and external. The body is purified by water, the mind is purified by truthfulness and the soul is purified by knowledge and austerity.

Let’s focus on physical purity. Eating a healthy diet that gives life force back to the body as well as hydrating it with life replenishing water is said to bring the light from the temple (the body) to an intense place where energy is uplifted and health is restored. This is not too difficult to understand. When we eat healthy we are supplying the body with the nutrients it needs to function at its optimal level. When the body is healthy, energetic and strong we are able to achieve more. This sense of achievement is not about achieving through competition but rather the kind of achievement that comes about when we feel good and have more energy to absorb and appreciate the fundamental aspects of life.

In today’s world it is not always easy to live a purely healthy lifestyle. However with a little awareness we can make choices that will enhance the functionality of the body, in such a way, that we actually can observe.

Namaste
Doctor Lynn
Posted on 01/04 at 02:04 PM


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Non-violence

There is a prescribed order in the study of yoga. The first step is the abstentions and the first abstention is to practice non-violence. Non-violence begins in the mind or with our intellect. Our mind produces either harmonious or inharmonious thoughts, and these thoughts produce verbal and physical acts of non-violence or violence. Therefore in yoga we practice to quiet the mind so that thoughts are harmonious and non-violence is practiced.

The practice of nonviolence brings about three things:
1. It brings good karma into your life
2. It brings about non-agitation of the mind so that concentration is possible. When we concentrate we are able to meditate and when we are able to meditate illumination is possible.
3. Non-violence automatically draws non-violent people and events into your life. Your social exchange becomes filled with happiness and effortless intellectual exchange.

From our thoughts spring our words. To practice non-violence in speech;
1. Speak softly
2. Speak gently
3. Speak wisely

When thoughts and words are kind, gentle and harmonious with life there is no need for the physical expression of violence. In yoga it is believed that if we could master the practice of non-violence we would not need to master the other steps.

This holiday season practice non-violence. Make it your gift to your family, friends and the world. Take time to relax. Meditate and find the peace within.

Namaste

May you always go with health, happiness and peace.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 12/02 at 02:07 PM


Friday, November 05, 2010

Moods

Ever woken up in a “bad” mood? You create your own universe whether you are aware of it or not. Your moods set up a pattern that eventually manifest into your external world. Your moods create the nature of your day. How do we change these so called “bad” moods?

We can master a bad mood but not without first mastering ourselves. It takes a little work and a little self reflection. It is easy to get caught in the illusion and blame circumstances or other people for our moods but in fact our moods are simply by-products of the internal universe within. The enemy is not something or someone out there but rather inside our own minds, moods and attitudes.

The practice of yoga is a wonderful way to master our moods. Your moods reflect first in your body language. Your posture and gestures reflect a lack of balance. Drooping shoulders, a scowling face and sunken eyes reveal your inner mood. Using yoga poses we bring balance to the body by stretching it, flexing it, strengthening it and releasing it from its tense and drooping stature. This release then moves within and releases the mind from its “bad” mood grip. In a balanced state a being is steady, stable and strong. This in turns reflects out physically through the posture and the stature. You are a reflection of the universe that exists within. Be aware.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 11/05 at 04:19 AM


Friday, October 01, 2010

Zen

I have been trying very hard to teach what little Zen I know to my various classes throughout LA. I say what little I know because Zen is not something you can know but something you experience. But as a teacher it is my job to try and transfer this knowledge to my students.

When we think of Zen we often envision a monk sitting ideally in deep meditation. But this is not the true practice of Zen. Practicing Zen means to locate ourselves in the very moment of each and every one of our everyday experiences so that we might have the opportunity to learn something about ourselves and our universe. It literally means to be in the moment with our present moment experiences.

Zen is not something that can be taught. A teacher can only guide. Zen is transmitter into our consciousness through sessions of contemplation. But unlike ideally sitting, Zen can happen when we contemplate and focus our present moment actions and reactions to life’s experiences. What is actually happening in this moment? What are you experiencing? Are you present and one with the experience or standing outside the moment caught up in the past or the future? These are the questions to ask yourself as you go about your daily life. When washing dishes; wash the dishes. Be one with the experience and learn the fine art of Zen.
The way of Zen is simply to waken us from our dreamlike world of endless monotonous thoughts, so that we experience life in the present moment. Right now; close your eyes, sit still and take three long breathes, quiet and still completely in the moment. That is the way of Zen.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 10/01 at 06:16 AM


Friday, September 03, 2010

Karma Yoga

In karma yoga the word Karma means simply to work. Our work or goal in practicing karma yoga is the attainment of knowledge. We are not here on earth for pleasure but to acquire knowledge and thus wisdom. Pleasure and happiness come and go. Likewise pain and unhappiness. Pain and unhappiness have the ability to teach us as much if not more than happiness and pleasure. It is the striving for this knowledge that is the fundamental goal of life. It is achieved through the work we undertake throughout the course of our life.

As pleasure and pain past through our lives they leave different impressions upon our souls. This is what is known as character. If you look at the character of any person you will find that there are equal parts of pain and pleasure in the formation of the individual’s character.

If we were to study the great characters of the world, we would probably find that in the majority of cases, it was misery that taught them more than happiness, poverty more than wealth and setbacks did more to flame the inner fires of determination than did praise.

So although we tend to think of Karma as “good or bad”, karma is really just a result of the actions we take each moment in thought, word and deed. No life escapes without at least a little pain, disappointment, anger, sadness and fear. To transcend these experiences and turn them into character building is to practice karma yoga where we simply acknowledge the feelings and turn them into experiences that bring us knowledge about life and that knowledge is the stuff of wisdom.

Doctor Lynn
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Posted on 09/03 at 05:06 AM


Friday, August 20, 2010

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Posted on 08/20 at 01:08 PM


Monday, August 02, 2010

Contradiction

There are many things in life that seem contradictory. In yoga a study of the truth may reveal such a contradiction. The truth is not something that is hard and fixed. In fact the truth may change from one situation to another. When practicing the truth, however, there are two things to keep in mind;

1. No intention to harm
2. A true understanding of the truth in your own mind, speech and actions as it relates to the whole of life.

And here is the contradiction; some say truth should be spoken only with wisdom and some say that the truth should be spoken without consideration of loss or gain.

The other day I was in line at a local environmentally conscious grocery store. The store promotes using reusable bags and paper bags as opposed to plastic bags. They even reward you for bringing in your own reusable bag. So I’m in line, two customers back. The first customer had her reusable bags; however I noticed that every item going into the bags were contained in plastic! The next customer asked for paper bags and again I noticed every item going into her bag was plastic including the plastic bags she used to put in loose fruit from the produce section of the store. I thought to myself – what a contradiction.

And further; the reusable bags I heard from a report could be contaminated with bacteria if not cleaned after using. Bacteria and dirt from produce and food could leak into the bag. Paper bags require cutting down trees. It seemed such a contradiction to me. Now I know every little bit helps but what is the truth?

Clearly there was no intention to harm. But was there a true understanding in the minds, words and actions as it relates to the whole of life? I’ll leave this question up to you.

Doctor Lynn

Posted on 08/02 at 12:54 PM


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

Greed

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

Celibacy

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

Non-Stealing

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.

Non-stealing
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


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