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“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.  Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Wisdom

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
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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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