Meditation Myths

#meditationmyths, #whytomeditate, #meditation

As widespread as the practice of meditation is becoming, it still remains a mystery for many of us.   As I pondered upon the resistance that many of us have regarding meditation, it dawned on my that more than the fear of the unknown, there is a mental block due to many misconceptions about meditation. Here they are:

  1.  I am not stressed therefore  I don’t need to meditate.  90% of the stress is subconscious and it drives our behaviors and habit patterns. Since being perpetually stressed is the “norm” , there is a lack of reference as to what “being without stress” feels like.  Stress is a by-product of living, esp. in today’s world,  and it must be eliminated intentionally.  The fact that we can’t quantify stress or “see” it, makes it crucial that me eliminate it regularly, as we can get blind-sided by the effects of it.  Chronic stress pressurizes the nervous system and can show up in number of ways:  insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, depression to name a few.
  2. My anxiety is what gets me going.  If I get relaxed, I won’t be able to function.  This belief fuels our anxiety and keeps us stuck in this cycle, only to come to a halt when the nervous system crashes i.e. nervous break down.   As I thought more about the need for this thinking, I think it is coming from a need for validation, ” If I am always busy, and anxious about it, I am important, I matter, I exist and I have a life”   I can’t speak for everyone, but that has been my experience in working with many clients.  That need is then met by over-stimulating the nervous system  and not releasing the accumulated stress sufficiently.  If we shift our sense of  identification to our true self ( which without meditation, becomes only  a word), not only we will accomplish more, we will do so anxiety free.  Feeling continuously anxious about “everything to do” is very different from actually doing everything.  A clear and calm mind accomplishes more!
  3. My mind is very active, therefore I can’t meditate.  The monkey nature of the mind is universal.  Calmer mind is a by-product of meditation.  In meditation, we let go of mind, the body, and contact the source of our being.  In that process, when the stress is released, not only the mind naturally quiets down, we shift our sense of identification to our true self…( which is beyond body, mind and beyond description, but not beyond experience)
  4. I can’t still still, so I can’t meditate.   Inability to stay still is a function of a an overstressed and overstimulated nervous system.  Not being able to sit still is not healthy and must be addressed.  Meditation provides us with the tools on how to still the body and the mind.
  5. I have too much to do, can’t take time to meditate.   Always feeling like we have too much to do and not enough time to do it, is a state of feeling overwhelmed.  This experience is coming from not being able to clean up the unnecessary stress that has been accumulating over time.  There is no mental space left and the same thoughts continue to circle the mind, keeping us in a perpetual feeling of being overwhelmed.  This is a clue to stop!  There is a need to empty out the garbage bin, as it is overflowing!  Meditation is the way to do it!  We accomplish more when we are not feeling overwhelmed; we can organize and prioritize better letting go of unnecessary stuff or things to do.  This gives us an experience of feeling calm and relaxed.  When we stay calm, we accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, therefore we save time.  Imagine that!
  6. I don’t understand meditation.  Most of us don’t understand how electricity works, yet we use it and reap the benefits.  There is no need to understand how meditation works, there is only the need to practice it.  We are not what and how much we know, we are what we experience.  Don’t we all deserve to experience clarity and mental peace?
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My Yoga Story

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I stumbled upon a Yoga class 22 years ago when I was working full time as a CPA. Being born and raised in India where Yoga, in one form or another, is embedded in the culture and lifestyle, I was surprised and delighted to be in a formal yoga class.  I felt a sense of “coming home” and that started my Yoga journey.

After having taught Yoga to all ages, abilities and in all different settings, needless to say, the practice and teachings have influenced every aspect of my life, shaping, reshaping and transforming me in numerous ways.  Like many of you, I have endured many losses, enjoyed countless blessings and have searched my soul to the nth degree to make sense of things. The wisdom of Yoga helped me in ways I did not think possible and unfolded my path before me and I followed.

As Yoga paved the way for more learning and evolution, I started studying Ayurvedic Medicine and graduated as An Ayurvedic Health Practitioner in 2011 from New World Ayurveda.  Being the daughter of an Ayurvedic physician, I grew up wanting to be a doctor so I could help people live healthier and happier lives. The Western medicine did not uphold the same appeal for me, so I took some detours before I found my way back to Ayurveda.

We may be alone in our own unique journey but along the way we are fortunate enough to find teaches(formal and other wise) and mentors who show us what we may not see by ourselves. I have had the good fortune to study with many amazing teachers and mentors who have helped me to my next level of growth and evolution in my personal and professional life.

Meena Puri

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What’s your reason to “Not do Yoga”

#IdoYoga, #donotlikeyoga, #whydoyoga

I have had a bad experience in a Yoga class. I never want to do that again. Have you ever bought a bad pair of shoes? Do you stop buying shoes because of that?  All shoes are not build the same; all Yoga is not the same!  Just because you’ve had a bad experience in one class, does not mean there is not a good one out there for you.  Try a class with us; we are pretty sure you will come back again.

I can’t bend; I am so inflexible.   This is a BIG one! The truth is most of us are inflexible until we do Yoga.  It is precisely the reason why you should!   Do not mistake the end for the means.  Flexibility is the end result of doing Yoga.  You start as you are!

Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to reach up to get something without pulling a muscle, bend down with ease, pick up your child or bag of groceries without hurting your back, not wake up stiff, being able to look behind you without straining your neck, play with your kids on the floor….

What is it costing you to remain inflexible? Ask yourself this question and you may gain more clarity as to why you should do Yoga.

I am waiting till my shoulder gets better and my back does not hurt any more…Make Yoga part of your recovery process. We have 2 therapy classes, which will address your specific issues, or even the level I classes depending on if you are new to yoga or are seasoned.  Yoga therapy will help you regain most of your movement back; in many cases, full recovery and will help you prevent future injuries.  The Yoga School specializes in Yoga therapy! 

I can’t sit still. Frantically running around to get stuff done does not necessarily translate into accomplishing more. How do you feel when you run around everyday to do more and more?  How do you sleep?  Are you happy at the end of the day, or simply exhausted?

What if you could accomplish more with less stress and more fulfillment? This is the promise of Yoga! Why are you holding back in experiencing this kind of life?

Make Yoga part of your life – live with ease and presence and live a purposeful life.

It is too hard, you have to hold poses and I will make a fool of myself in front of the whole class. The classical poses are a very small part of Yoga, and some Yoga teachers may focus only on that. Here, at The Yoga School, we are not about poses, but we do all of them. There are countless ways to tap into the body and there is more to us than just the physical body.  We explore all that in our classes.  We teach you how to feel better in YOUR body; there is no predetermined class or material you have to learn.  NO, you do not have to hold any poses and endure pain!  You will walk away feeling better and have more energy.

What if I start laughing, can’t do what others are doing and make a fool of myself Come laugh away! Laughter is a way for many of us to work through what we may be feeling.  You will figure out what that is for you!  There is a purpose in comparing us to others; it helps us define ourselves.  Once we begin to accept ourselves as we are, what others do or think becomes unimportant. Laughter is the best medicine and we take it generously in our classes.

I do not want to be in 100 degree temperature room, that would be torture!  All of our classes are around 70-degree temperature. Bikram yoga classes are taught at a high temperature.  We are not Bikram Yoga.

I have a fear of… Fear can be a great motivator and it can also be debilitating. Are you afraid that you will never be healthy and happy?  Let that motivate you to start Yoga.

Are you afraid of getting better and taking charge of your life? Then stay with this thought, dig a little deeper to know why?

I will look horrible in Yoga Clothes. I do not know how fashion got confused into yoga, but it has!

Wear what you are comfortable in! Tights, sweats, t-shirts, sweat shirts.  We believe once you feel better, you will look awesome regardless of what you wear!  We are in the business of making you feel great from the inside out.  What you wear is only your business.

I do not have time to do Yoga, I am too busy This is how we all feel until we do Yoga. Yoga slows down the mind, gives more clarity and focus, so you can accomplish more but remain present and at peace.  The feeling of lack of time is a state of mind; Yoga will fix that so you will experience an abundance of time and richness in your life.

I have no reason! I just don’t think I am a Yoga person! That is because you haven’t tried Yoga with us. Come check us out!

 

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How to Develop a Safe Yoga Practice!

The recent article in NY times, “How Yoga can wreck your body” has stirred up a lot of dialogue in the yoga community. On one hand I am glad that this article came about as it has necessitated an open conversation, on the other hand I think that it may deter some people from trying Yoga when it could actually be beneficial for them.

It is important to point out that the practice of Yoga goes back to thousands of years and was traditionally meant to be an individual practice where the teacher imparted the knowledge to the student based not only on the physical needs but also on the mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the student. Needless to say that the evolution of asana practice (Yoga poses) in a group setting is a far cry from its original intention.

The asana practice on the mat is a significant yet a very small part of Yoga. So equating the asana practice to the whole of yoga is a misrepresentation. The physical part has risks with it as any other physical exercise has when done ignoring the body. However, tuning into our body and honoring our body during our practice can never harm us. It is not Yoga if we are not mindful to the body. We have to stop being so fascinated by the Yoga postures. There are endless ways to awaken each part of the body and bring balance.

Ultimately, what we seek is happiness and freedom from suffering. There is no bigger block to happiness than ill health.  The asana practice is means to an end.  It is a tool to unite us with our deeper self where we find ultimate peace and happiness. Feeling well in the body can allow us to move beyond it and connect with our deeper self.

Below are some tips that you may follow to develop a safe and enjoyable Yoga practice:

  1. Adopt a beginner’s mind. Each time you practice, practice as if this is your first time. Our body changes from day to day and so do our needs. Tune in to the body that day and see what you need. Understand the basics first. Understand your own unique strengths and weaknesses, get to know the problematic areas in your body.  Become aware and learn to honor where you are at.  Yoga may look simple, but it is not easy.  Build a solid foundation of knowledge of alignment before getting into challenging classes or poses.
  2. Learn to listen to your body. Tuning in to your body and honoring its signals will ensure a safe practice. In any yoga class, your body, not the teacher, is the real guide to what is best for you. If something doesn’t feel right, ease out of the pose. If something feels like a strain, you’re pushing too hard. If you feel fatigued, relax back in child’s pose or simply sit down and rest.
  3. Do not compete with your neighbor. Although it is natural to be impressed and awed by someone who can do the advance postures, it may not be safe to compete with them. Be inspired and know what is possible. Explore safely what is possible for you. Ultimately, your physical safety is your responsibility – take it into your own hands. Some people naturally are physically more able to do than others. Not everyone can do all the poses. More is not better, only better is better.
  4. Find a middle ground. Real growth happens in the middle path, never in the extremes. Doing too much would be to push into challenging postures in spite of the strain, pain or fatigue that one may experience, doing too little would be barely even trying. Find a place in the middle. It is a point of steady pleasantness in the body. Always start with 20% effort. Then find a sense of ease in this effort. When you come to the first level of resistance in the body, back off and breathe into it. Let the tension soften, and then move further.
  5. Pick the right teacher and class. Practicing with the right teacher is one of the most important aspects of your practice. It is important that the teacher has training and experience in alignment and is able to teach students of all fitness levels including those with physical limitations.

Size of the class is equally important. In a large yoga class, it is not physically possible for the teacher to pay attention to every student regardless of her knowledge and intention.  It is best to avoid large classes esp. if you have physical issues going on.  I highly recommend individual session with an experienced teacher esp. if you have physical issues.  Here the teacher can give you do’s and don’ts that are specific to your condition.

Remember the practice of asanas is not about what it looks like, it is about what it feels like to you. Honor yourself, honor your body and moreover honor your experience.

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Welcome the New Year by Letting Go!

The whole of human life is a process of letting go.  As children, we let go of old friends to make room for new ones,  let go of our parent’s homes to make our own mark in the world.  We let go of old for the sake of the new, we let go of our needs for the sake of the family’s, let go of our children so they too can make their mark in the world.  As the letting go in our youth seemingly leads to expansion of our outer world (creating a family, home and all the material comforts of the world), the letting go in our later years leads to expansion of our inner world, if we let it.  We go full circle and end up where we started.  We may go back to what used to inspire us, invest in our growth, rediscover ourselves, or redefine our purpose. All of this prepares us for the ultimate letting go, letting go of our body and returning to the Source.

There is a flow to life; to resist that flow is to cause suffering but to dive in the flow is to gain momentum in finding our truth. A letting go that makes us more of who we are;  one that brings ease and lightens the load is a good letting go.

Here are the 5 key points to ease the process:

  1. Shift Your Perspective

Letting go is painful when our focus is on what we are giving up. However, when we shift the focus on what we are getting or where we are headed can give us that much needed relief.  It is better to focus on where we are going instead of where we have been.  We can choose how we see the process.  If we keep our eyes focused on the rose that has just bloomed instead of the bud that it was before, we enjoy the flower. The truth of the rose lies in its bloom and the fragrance it shares.  In the same way, our essence/truth is in our deeper Self, our inner Self.  Every experience that takes us closer to our true Self is a good experience.  Life is an evergreen rose bush, new roses continue to bloom.

  1. Be In The Moment

We are usually frightened after or in anticipation of what will happen but very rarely in the moment. As we master staying in the moment, we are continuously letting go of the moment past and are not anticipating the next. So we can begin to let all our life become one big letting go experience.

  1. Be Quick and Adaptable

By not reacting, we can turn any situation around and create an exhilarating victory for ourselves.   This all comes from developing and culturing our nervous system through self care, self investment and meditation practices.

  1. Be Vulnerable

This is our ultimate strength and defense as it brings lightness, freedom, flow and happiness. Allow yourself to feel what you feel.  Let go of clutter, grudges, limiting beliefs ,  and notice how you feel.  Become empty of all that is weighing you down and get full again with what you consciously choose.  Realize that you do not have to do it all and figure it all out! Why would you impose on your soul to figure out the why of others?  Think of letting go as the ultimate act of self-love.  You are only responsible for your actions. Do what you know to do.  Create boundaries, cut the emotional cords, and invest time in unlocking the treasure that lies within you.  That is when the answers will come.

  1. Recognize the Process

Realize that resistance is not the final picture, It means you are not there YET, yet being the operative word and the process is underway.   The resistance does not have to mean anything other than that it is natural, it is movement, and it is superficial and transient.

The human purpose is evolution as it paves the road to our next life. Letting go is not giving up, it is becoming more of who we are.  It is not emptying, it is approaching our true Self which is fulfilling.

What we let go becomes part of ourselves, strengthening and carving us into our true Self, much like the leaves; when fallen become part of the tree strengthening its roots and sustaining if for years to come. It is a beautiful process that continuously fills the gaps and comes back to us multifold.

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The Business of Yoga

With so many twists, turns and amalgamations, we have come far with the business of Yoga!  Overemphasis on one limb, asanas(body postures), and at the best, confused and superficial application of the other limbs leaves the real purpose of Yoga far behind.

Yes, the real and true practice remains an illusion. And as a teacher, you watch this evolution( not sure that it is?) go on and without getting caught up in the trend try to offer a practice that is authentic and has some promise of spiritual growth.

Why has it become so confusing. The practice and teachings that are some 5000 years old were cognized and channeled by enlightened sages and gurus to provide humanity a way of life without suffering. This was the most purest, unselfish teachings as teachers were not looking to advance their finances or their name. The students sought after the gurus and were only introduced to the practice if they were ready. This was at the discretion of their teacher, of course.

A lot has changed since then. The challenge is how to infuse the truth of Yoga in a most authentic way in the modern life confusion and try to stay true to the teachings. The marketing advantage further distorts this path. Our minds have become accustomed to gravitating towards what looks good, feels good and is fun! That leaves many real teachers without much financial means and savvy hidden. The line between what is real and what is not becomes blurry for the novice practitioners.   The teachers, if they get caught up, risk distorting their teachings by catering to the students; some postures – but make it fun, yoga fashion, a bit of what may sound like spirituality, mood- making, and throw in a bit of Sanskrit for a good measure, and there you have it. At the best, this kind of setting creates a lure, a fascination towards the practice, but without the depth and all the dimensions, the illusion and the chase remains.

Now the question? Do you give your students what they want or what they need?

I do not claim to have all the answers, but am questioning the path that Yoga seems to have taken. The answer is not as clear cut and we may dance around what is possible and come closer to the truth. In order for the teacher to bring clarity to the students, the teacher must first be clear. To be clear means to not join the race of popularity or trendy. One of my teachers said that the purpose of the teacher is to make the students better than the teacher. Herein I find my answer.

Now with Yoga and wine(Seriously?), the time has come to once again go to the roots of this practice. Serving our purpose here with our limited time on this planet has to be the core of these teachings both for students and teachers and that requires some digging into the truth.  The question is: Do you want the truth or the trend?

 

 

 

 

 

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Drishti – From Old Notes

Our attention is the most valuable thing we have, and the visible world can be an addictive, over stimulating and spiritually debilitating lure.  There are billions of dollars spent in marketing on visual image and the value of our attention.  In Yoga, we use drishti (yogic gaze) to redirect our eyes and our focus.

In traditional Ashtanga practice, drishti is an important part of the practice.  Our attention follows our eyes.  When we intentionally direct our eyes, we also redirect our focus. There are 9 specific drishti points in Ashtanga Yoga.  In every asana, the prescribed drishti assists in concentration, aids movement and helps orient the pranic body.

Drishti organizes our perceptual apparatus to recognize and overcome the limits of normal vision.  Our eyes can only see objects in front of us that reflect the visible spectrum of light, but yogis seek to view an inner reality not visible to the naked eye.  We see what we want to see – a projection of our own limited ideas.

Drishti is a technique for looking for the divine everywhere – thus for seeing correctly the world around us – removing ignorance that obscures this true vision.  In candle gazing, eyes are held open until tears form.  Not only this gives the eyes a wash, it overrides the unconscious urges – the urge to blink.

In the practice, it is a soft gaze, to send our attention beyond outer appearance to inner essence.  By fixing the gaze on an unmoving point, we can assume the characteristics of that point – stable and balanced.

Yogic gaze emerges from an intense desire to achieve the highest goal of united consciousness, rather than from egoistic motives that create separation, limitation, judgment and suffering.

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5 Essential Tools for Transforming your Health in 2015

Happy New Year!  How wonderful to have another opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start all over. There is a certain excitement, a readiness in the air that is inspiring and uplifting. We are reminded again of our dreams and desires and our fire is lit. 

State of our health affects every aspect of our lives, so naturally it is at the top of everyone’s resolution. While there are many ways that we all may have found to work for us, I have summed up the 5 essential tools that have helped many clients over the past year.    

Just Begin

The most important and perhaps the most challenging step is to begin or to simply show up.  Too often, we get derailed by focusing on the outcome instead of our actions.  We want to know what we will get before we even begin.  Many times, the outcome is not predictable and is different for everyone

Make this an action oriented year as our actions is the only thing that is in our hands.  When we do not know what is possible, how can we know what we want?  Focusing on the outcome before even beginning is the mind’s way to rationalize away our actions and keep us away from our goals.  For anything to work,  we have to allow it to work.  It is not about perfection, it is about progress.  To begin is to make progress. Continue to begin again and again.   

Don’t wait to be ready to begin.  No one is truly ready for anything.  Time is fleeting, it does not wait for us to be ready.  It comes and goes.  There is no right time, there is only NOW.

Persevere

We give up too soon and/or begin to dabble into other easier options or quick fixes only to be further away from your goals.  There is no easy route, it only becomes easy once we trust in what we are doing.  Success lies just at the other side of failure.  Joy is the other side of misery.  It is just that we do not stay the path long enough to break through.  We give up too soon. The underlying reason is fear:  fear of healing/not healing.    It takes 40 days to change a habit or to implement a new one.   We have to give ourselves permission to go through the pressure and adversity so we can come out on the other side stronger, healthier and happier.

Dig deep and stick with it. The beauty of everything lies in its depth.  Change comes from what we do day in and day out, not just what we do once in a while.  It is about being consistent and staying the course.  

 Cultivate Awareness

Ultimately, it is our awareness that gives us insight into what is going on with us so we know what needs changing.  The quickest and most effective way to cultivate awareness that I know of is to have a meditation practice.  Wanting to be more aware does not make us more aware.  Awareness is a state of existence ; to truly understand it is to experience it and the way to experience it is through a consistent meditation practice. 

To be healthy is to be aware of the needs of our body, mind and spirit.  Too much of our lifestyle that contributes to ill health is driven by sub-conscious patterning.   Through the meditation practice, we can make conscious what is sub-conscious and therefore make the necessary changes.  

Make Peace

Too often, too many of us are fighting a battle with disease.  While not giving up, staying positive and strong are much needed attributes to deal with an illness, with some parts of us, we have to do it with a sense of peace. Ironically, this gives us more answers, opens more doors and solutions because the energy we invest in fighting is now free to do what is best for us.  Every obstacle is a teacher, a gift.   What is it asking of you?  Give up the struggle, the fight and look at the bigger picture.  Everything does not need to be “fixed” or fought with, it needs to be first deeply understood.  The mindset of fighting back creates physiological changes that drive the fight or flight response, which continues to maintain the same inner environment that hosted the disease in the first place.

Seek Expert Guidance

We are not meant to do it alone and we are not meant to know everything.  We live in the times where there is information overload.  It is important to understand that the information is too general, out of context and fragmented. To try to implement a few things here and there leaves you scattered, anxious and without real results.  Get the advice, help and guidance from an expert who knows you so they can guide you step-by-step throughout the journey to health and help you to stay the course.     

Here is to your best health in 2015!

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In the Service of Life – By Rachel Naomi Remen

A great read I came across that I wanted to share……..!

In recent years the question “How can I help?” has become meaningful to many people. But perhaps there is a deeper question we might consider. Perhaps the real question is not “How can I help?” But “How can I serve?”

Serving is different from helping. Helping is based on inequality; it is not a relationship between equals. When you help you use your own strength to help those of lesser strength. If I’m attentive to what is going on inside of me when I’m helping, I find that I’m always helping someone who is not as strong as I am, who is needier than I am. People feel this inequality. When we help we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them; we may diminish their self-esteem, their sense of worth, integrity and wholeness. When I help I am very aware of my own strength. But we don’t serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves. We draw from all of our experiences. Our limitations serve, our wounds serve, even our darkness can serve. The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life. The wholeness in you is the same as the wholeness in me. Service is a relationship between equals.

Helping incurs debt. When you help someone they owe you one. But serving, like healing is mutual. There is no debt. I am as served as the person that I am serving. When I help I have a feeling of satisfaction.  When I serve I have a feeling of gratitude. These are very different things.

Serving is also different from fixing. When I fix a person I perceive them as broken, and their brokenness requires me to act. When I serve I see and trust that wholeness. It is what I am responding to and collaborating with.

There is distance between ourselves and whatever or whomever we are fixing. Fixing is a form of judgment. All judgment creates distance, a disconnection, an experience of difference. In fixing there is an inequality of expertise that can easily become a moral distance. We cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected, that which we are willing to touch. This is Mother Teresa’s basic message. We serve life not because it is broken but because it is holy.

If helping is an experience of strength, fixing is an experience of mastery and expertise. Service, on the other hand, is an experience of mystery, surrender, and awe. A fixer has the illusion of being casual. A server knows that he or she is being used and has a willingness to be used in the service of something greater, something essentially unknown. Fixing and helping are very personal; they are very particular, concrete and specific. We fix and help many different things in our lifetimes, but when we serve we are always serving the same thing. Everyone who has ever served through the history of time serves the same thing. We are servers of the wholeness and mystery in life.

The bottom line, of course, is that we can fix without serving. And we can help without serving. And we can serve without fixing or helping. I think I would go so far as to say that fixing and helping may often be the work of the ego and service is the work of the soul. They may look similar if you’re watching from the outside, but the inner experience is different. The outcome is often different too.

Our service serves us as well as others. That which uses us strengthens us. Over time, fixing and helping are draining, depleting. Over time we burn out. Service is renewing. When we serve, our work itself will sustain us.

Service rests on the basic premise that the nature of life is sacred, that life is a holy mystery, which has an unknown purpose. When we serve, we know that we belong to life and to that purpose. Fundamentally, helping, fixing, and service are ways of seeing life. When you help you see life as weak, when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. From the perspective of service, we are all connected. All suffering is like my suffering and all joy is like my joy. The impulse to serve emerges naturally and inevitably from this way of seeing.

Lastly, fixing and helping is the basis of curing, but not of healing. In 40 years of chronic illness I have been helped by many people and fixed by a great many others who did not recognize my wholeness. All that fixing and helping left me wounded in some important and fundamental ways. Only service heals.

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Kundalini Yoga holds the power to transform

We have been in the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age for the last 50 years.  Aquarian Age is the age of wisdom, knowledge and information.  For the next 2000 Years we will be in the Aquarian Age.   During this age, the focus is no longer on our identity and existence, but on accepting oneself as a whole person who does not need to believe in something outside of oneself. Through knowledge, wisdom and experiences, we can raise the level of our consciousness and vibrations, therefore ending the suffering if we choose.

The earth’s vibrations are higher now than they have ever been, making this a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering. The more we understand what is happening, the more we can go through all of the changes without losing our balance and stability. 

We need to do the internal work to raise the level of consciousness and Kundalini Yoga is one of the practices that does that very effectively and scientifically.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical movement and breathing techniques.   Kundalini is the coiled up energy that sits dormant at the base of our spine.  The fundamental objective is to awaken that energy to full potential of human awareness in each individual, so it can rise up the spine and illuminate our being and allows us to merge with the divine.  Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “Yoga.” This practice clears away any inner duality, create the power to deeply listen, cultivate inner stillness and prosper and deliver excellence in all that we do. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.  That is no longer the case in the Aquarian Age as we all have access to this information and we can experience it.

We awaken the kundalini in order to be able to call upon the full potential of the nervous and glandular systems and to balance the subtle system of chakras and meridians within the body. “Kriya” is an orchestrated pattern of movements, sound, pranayam, mudras, concentration and meditation that automatically guide the energies of the body and the mind to a specific result or change of consciousness.  The result is steady, predictable sustainable personal growth and healing. In this tradition, meditation is not considered separate from asana or yoga; it is integral to the practice. The exercises in the kriya bring the body and mind to a state where deep meditation is easily achieved.

We are not immune to anger, pain, disappointment and other negative emotions. The problem isn’t with the emotions; it is in the inability to transform them.  .   Practices of Kundalini Yoga hold the key on how to transform our anxiety into creativity, our fear into love, emotionality into intelligence and our anger into passion and radiance.   Once we can experience that internally, we naturally and organically begin to attract that in our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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