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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Yoga goes Mainstream

Due to the undeniable positive results of practicing Yoga, this 5000-year-old holistic practice has become mainstream with close to 23 million practitioners in US alone. Of the current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent call themselves “aspirational yogis”—people who are interested in trying yoga.  30% of practitioners are males.

Yoga is no longer just for the fit and flexible; not just for women who have lots of time on their hands, not just for the rich and famous.  Still many misconceptions remain and the purpose of this column is to address some of the misconceptions.

Injuries, Limitations, Surgery and More….

Some of the most common complaints are herniated disc, limited movement in the joints, frozen shoulder, chronic pain, arthritis and aftermath of having undergone surgery.  It is important, in these cases, to choose the class carefully. A class that focuses more on therapy and less on poses is a better fit.  Or you may consider doing individual yoga therapy with a teacher trained in Yoga Therapy and make it part of the recovery process.  Yoga therapy will help you regain movement and prevent future injuries.

Not all Yoga is the same.  You may have to take more than one class to find the right fit for you. Don’t let a bad experience keep you away from something that could hold the key to your recovery and healing.

I can’t bend; I am so inflexible.  

 The truth is that 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.

Imagine being able to reach for something without pulling a muscle, bend down to pick up something without injuring your back, lifting your child or something heavy with ease.  These are the results of doing yoga.

I can’t sit still and be serious; I have no time

Your mind is continuously engaged when you practice Yoga; there is no boredom and you are not sitting still.  You participate completely in what you are doing, and actually look forward to being still and welcome the rest at the end of the class.  You walk away feeling light hearted and at ease.  You laugh easily and don’t take life so seriously.

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!  Make Yoga part of your life – live with ease, presence and purpose.

The feeling of lack of time is a state of mind.  When the mind is busy, we feel busy and overwhelmed. When we can slow down the mind, we slow down the time and become present in the moment.

It is too hard; I’ll end up making a fool of myself

Those who practice Yoga know that the old image of yoga as young, fit and sleek bodies in complex Yoga poses is obsolete.  If you find the class to be too hard, take another class that is more suited for your fitness level.

There is a purpose in comparing us to others; it helps us define ourselves.  Once we begin to embrace ourselves as we are, what others do or think becomes unimportant.  The good news is that if you fear you will make a fool of yourself, you will only fear it until you take the right class. Once you take the right class, you will know the truth.

On the other hand, we have to be willing to make a fool of ourselves every now and then.  That is how we grow!

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Overcoming Fear

My last article addressed the issue of love and fear.  It is my hope that it helped us separate when we operate out of love and when we operate out of fear.  It is not fun or comfortable being in fear and it is definitely not easy to overcome it.  This article will address how we can continue to move through fear as it arises in an effective way of overcoming it.

Fear is a reactive mechanism that operates when our identity and safety is threatened.  Sometimes, this mechanism can save us and another times can debilitate us.  We either move to destroy the threat, seek revenge, grasp at safety, pursue distraction, or protect our position. Because we are less present to what is actually taking place, our actions are correspondingly less appropriate and less effective. We get stuck in our beliefs and ignore the consequences of maintaining them.

If we threaten others or are threatened by others, that also results from fear.  On the other side, no one can threaten us unless we have fear.  If we can get rid of our fear, threats no longer exist.  Resistance to something different, especially if it attacks our core beliefs, creates more fear of it and we get stuck in operating out of fear.

How to experience fear and not react? Sit consciously in the experience of fear, become aware of the feeling itself and how it resonates with other areas of our life.  Have we experienced it before? We may become aware of older, uncomfortable, buried feelings. We may understand and know directly the reactions that formed in us to keep us from being present in our life. The task is to dismantle the projections and know fear directly as it is, a movement of emotional energy.

Continuously, asking ourselves the question “Why am I doing this?” cuts through the layers of projection or suppression until we arrive at “I don’t know.” Right there we will be experiencing an emotion. Ordinarily, we do not experience feelings because we either act on them and the energy goes into the action, or we suppress them and the energy goes into the body.

Stop all action and all reactive thought.  The feeling will be right there. Take residence in it and be the feeling. Being the feeling is different from being with the feeling. This feeling can have all kinds of secondary feelings that may conflict with one another.  Open to all of it as fully as possible. What emerges is a distinct and identifiable feeling.

The next step is to evoke the feeling at least once a day and be it. It will release. When it does, evoke it again. Keep entering the feeling by evoking it until we can stay in it. Our relationship with the feeling will change. While being in the feeling, continue to engage in daily chores.  Look at the world while we live in the feeling. In this step, we can see clearly that the way the feeling causes us to experience the world is purely projection.

Once we can be the feeling and know its nature simultaneously, the feeling no longer has any power over us. We are free from its projections. We no longer believe what the feeling says about the world, so the impulse to go to war, to fight, to grasp at security, or to protect status dissipates. We let go of our own limited beliefs and perhaps see someone else’s in a different light.  We let go of trying to make the world or ourselves into something solid as we understand that all experience arises and subsides. Instead of reacting to fear and terror with hatred, discrimination, or confusion, we live in awareness, not looking to the past or the future for meaning or motivation, but responding precisely and appropriately to the needs of the present.

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For the Love of Life

I like to believe that we all have been touched by love at some point in our lives, because it is as basic a need as having air to breathe. Obviously, I am talking about more than the romantic love, which is fixated or directed at one particular person.  If we have ever loved deeply, then chances are we have also been wounded deeply.  On the contrary, if we expand our definition and therefore circle of love and do not confuse love with ownership, then love can only be healing and expanding.

I am talking about the love that is all encompassing.  When we operate out of love, we let go and forgive even our “enemies” because with our hearts so open, we can identify with the humanness in them.   It flows out of us effortlessly in everything we do, how we live, relationships we build and everything we create.  Love is the vital force, a positive energy that sustains the universe.  All else is just an illusion.  Without love, all creation may shrink to nothing.  In being love and in giving love is the only way to get love.

I truly believe that inherently we are love and gravitate towards love and light.  Love is a much more powerful force than fear. Unfortunately, many of us put on the masks and layers of fear and mistrust and bury our true essence so deeply that we forget.  We become so disconnected with ourselves and consequently can never get past the more obvious ways we vandalize our opportunities for happiness and damage the people in our lives.

Love expands us and fear shrinks us into nothingness.  Love is rooted in a state of ‘knowing’, whereas fear is based entirely upon ‘beliefs’, most of which are false.  When we operate out of love, we know and feel deeply that everything in the universe is interconnected and that we are part of all creation. When we separate ourselves from “them” we are operating out of fear not love.   When we love, we see everything as whole and not fragmented, we feel safety in the universe regardless of how threatening our outside situations or events may be.  To open ourselves fully means that regardless of how often we have been hurt, our love of life is much bigger and stronger than the fear of getting hurt by it. We are willing to take a chance.

Stress is a by-product of fear.  The signs are pretty obvious; we are all intuitive enough to feel our energy constricting. Tightness, pressure in the chest, clenched teeth, confusion, obsession, magnetizing negative energy are just some examples of fear and stress. Our energy spirals downward, and the fear itself grows like a monster and takes over our lives.  We close down to possible solutions because we only see what we lack or what we fear. Fear breeds self-doubt and lack of confidence.  Coming from a place of fear brings on more fear and eventually emotional paralysis.

The key is to be aware of our thought patterns and the resulting emotions and physical sensations.  We can work towards changing our thought patterns and actions and releasing the negative energy not only from our mind but also through our body.

Working with our breath is a quick and effective way to release negative energy of any type.  It also stops any negative energy entering our body and mind.  We can breathe in love and breathe out fear. Fear of what in particular?  Breathe it out gently. Continuing to breathe with this intention will eventually bring a sense of neutrality and lead to an absence of fear or stress. Every time we notice the symptoms of fear, we can pay attention to our breath repeatedly, persistently and lovingly.

Am I operating out of fear or love?  This is a question we can ask ourselves with every thing we do.  We can become a vehicle of change.  We may be the only encounter of love that someone may experience.  How do we want to touch others, with love or fear?

 

 

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In The Meantime

What sustains us when everything around us falls apart? What do we hold on to when everything we were holding on to just slips away and vanishes?

At one point or another in our lives, we all have been devastated by divorce, death or an illness.  The time in between now and until we make it is the meantime and it may prove to be the most significant time of our lives.  The question is what do we do in this meantime?

We can blame others, be angry at our luck, or believe that we are doomed no matter what.  This will make us feel worse than we already do.  When nothing else will work, we may feel compelled to look for answers within ourselves.  We may begin to remember other painful incidents in our lives and wonder why?  Why what we are going through feels like we have been there before?  And if we continue to contemplate, we may begin to notice our habitual way of being, thinking and reacting.  This may be a moment of relief because we have just begun to understand ourselves.

This meantime is the time for unconditional self-love, self-knowledge and self-awareness.  The desire to be deeply known and understood is no one else’s but our own responsibility.   When our happiness and security is dependent on someone or something else, it means it can also be taken away.  We may also push away this external source of happiness and security by constantly worrying that we might loose it.

I am not suggesting that we won’t ever fall back into our old habit patterns of self-pity and blaming others.  The learning is hidden in the falling and climbing back on.  Mastery of life, we seldom can, it is in its trials and tribulations that we may begin to understand it.

How we do one thing is how we do everything.  When we take away all the dramas, it is all about choices. It takes continuous, repetitive and persistent effort to have our actions reflect our choices.  In this meantime, what do we choose to do?

We can trust that whatever has happened and will happen is for our higher good.  We can sit with whatever comes up and allow ourselves to feel deeply what we feel.  We can choose to be gentle, kind and loving to ourselves and open our hearts to no other but ourselves.

Why do all this work?  What is the point? That is for each one of us to figure out for ourselves.  I do know that if we do not learn from our experiences, they will continue to repeat.  We can choose not to be prisoners of the past.  We can let go of a rigid picture of the future that we dreamed up a long time ago. Where we begin and where we end up is hardly the point.  It is all the stuff in the middle, the meantime that life is made up of.

We are all equipped to handle anything that comes our way and this meantime is the time to realize that.   In spite of all the cracks in our foundation, realize that we are whole inside.  When we are convinced of that, we will understand that this meantime is not the time to “fix” ourselves; it is the time perhaps to see ourselves for the very first time.  We may rearrange our stuff.  Only then, we can let go of fixing others, forgive others and most importantly forgive ourselves.  Our biggest and most important teachers are those who have hurt us and therefore have forced us to take a closer look at ourselves.

No one can make our meantime less painful.  We must spend time alone to gather up all the pieces and parts of ourselves that we have given away or lost.  Behind every experience there is a lesson.  Let go of the experiences, hold on to the lessons.  Share them with others.  Everything we are, we are because we have made it through our experiences.

I do not know what we will find on the other side when our meantime is over.  I suspect that our heart will be so open to love ourselves that it would hardly matter.  There would no longer be a need to change others.  We will accept ourselves and therefore others unconditionally and be glad that we took this meantime to understand our own making.

 

 

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Simple Steps to Health & Happiness in 2014.

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 amongst people that is inspiring and uplifting.  We are reminded again of our dreams and desires and our fire is lit.  Regardless of what we name our resolutions, they all come from a desire to be more healthy and happy.

As we move into the year, our energy wanes and we forget what we wanted. This happens for many reasons. One of the reasons is that the gap between where we want to be and where we currently are is too big, too ambiguous and without any template for making a change, we repeatedly land in the vicious cycle of getting off and on the track.  Naturally, we fall back on what’s familiar and therefore “comfortable”.   Secondly, we have no internal reference or experience of what it would feel like to be more healthy and happy. Our current state becomes the norm and we have nothing to compare it with.

To experience health and happiness in the full spectrum of our lives, the changes must be internally driven and not externally imposed.  Consider this to get started on some simple steps:

  1.  Every obstacle is a gift.  Can you recall a time when what you thought was a biggest hurdle ended up being a blessing in your life?
  2. Make peace with the past.  The past is where you’ve been, what you’ve enjoyed, what you’ve endured. Are you stronger, happier, and wiser or are you weaker, bitter, and angry?  What are you going to choose? The choice is up to you.  Hold on to the learning, let go of the story.
  3. Pay attention!  Where do you feel stuck?  What is the feeling? Where do you feel it? Simply breathe into those areas. Liven up the body and let the energy move. Sit with it for 60 seconds before you react.
  4. Move your body.  Walk, run, dance, do yoga or anything that is physical. Start an activity that you like and do it 3-4 times per weak.  Movement changes our body, changes the internal environment, changes perspective and opens us up for possibilities.
  5. Keep it simple.  Whether it is nutrition, lifestyle changes, career goals, family goals, make a simple change one step at a time.  If it feels too much or too big, break it down into small little steps. Do one thing per week and repeat if needed and keep going.
  6. Do not get stuck in the little stuff, remember the bigger picture.  Everything happens to take you to the new level of growth, expansion and evolution.  Do not come in the way of it.  You do not need to understand everything now.
  7. Learn how to access and claim your personal power.  One of the very powerful tools is meditation.  It will serve you well to learn it.
  8. You do not need to do it alone.  Seek expert guidance.  Join in with a friend or family member who will encourage and support you. There is a lot of power in having the right people align with you.
  9. When the time pressure is on, begin and the pressure will be off.
  10. And keep it light!  Nothing is a big deal!  We are all trying to figure out how to live.  We are in this together.  Have some fun and enjoy the ride.

This is your year!  Name it and Claim it!

 

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Taking confusion out of Nutrition

We live in a world of countless choices and an overflow of information and nutrition is no exception.  Between the plethora of diets and a new miracle food of the week, it is no wonder that we are more confused than ever.   While it is wise to eat organic, non-GMO and unprocessed foods, our ability to digest, absorb, assimilate and eliminate the undigested food is far more important and will give us a deeper insight when making food choices. We are what we digest.  The food combinations, timing of meals, our internal experiences and outer environment are some of the factors that affect our digestion.   Weak digestion is one of the reasons that we can eat the purest and healthiest foods, yet create toxins (AMA in Ayurveda) in the body.

We do not need convincing that there is no magic food or magic pill when it comes to our health and vitality.  We are multi-dimensional beings and the purpose of food is not to just fill an empty space, but to nourish us at many levels. We are unique in our constitution, tendencies and imbalances and the one-size fits all approach to food just does not work. Moreover, seasonal changes, physiological changes, illnesses point to the need to look at the whole picture and gain a deeper understanding of how food can be used as preventative medicine and to speed up the healing process in the case of an illness.

The time-tested 5000 years old wisdom of Ayurvedic Medicine takes the guesswork out of what to eat to create optimum health and how to build strong digestion. It offers a simple yet sophisticated and direct prescriptive path that is specific to our unique constitution and imbalance.

The different constitutions are called doshas and are comprised of the five basic elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth.  The three doshas are Vata (ether + air), Pitta (fire + water) and Kapha (water + earth). While Vata is responsible for movement of food in the body, Pitta is responsible for the digestion, absorption and assimilation.  Kapha is responsible for the mucus lining in the stomach. To keep vata in balance, favor foods that are warm, cooked, oily, heavy, and with sweet taste and avoid foods that are raw, cold and bitter.  To balance Pitta, reduce the amount of heavy animal protein, spicy hot foods and include bitter taste.  To balance kapha, favor foods that are pungent, and light.

Here are some additional guidelines that can give us a better understanding when making food choices:

Food conveys life force (prana) to the body.  Life force is not the same as calories. Calories give the body “fuel” to burn, not necessarily give the body vitality and luster.  When we eat food that has sufficient calories but does not supply the energy the body can signal to continue eating when excess calories have already been consumed.  Examples of this would be eating frozen, old and processed foods.

Food conveys its qualities to the body.  Light food lightens the body. Spicy hot foods in excess can inflame the body.  Cold foods cool the digestion and dry food dries the body.

Insatiable cravings are a symptom of imbalances.  Indulging in the cravings without addressing the underlying imbalances will deplete the body.  By incorporating all the six tastes in our meals, we can balance the body and stop the cravings. The six tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent.

This column is meant to be a little preview of the bigger picture that we need to understand in making food choices. When we eat what is specific for our unique body, we can create optimum health. An Ayurvedic consultation will reveal your constitution, imbalances and a nutritional plan that is specific to you. Making small and smart changes is the way to everlasting health.

 

 

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Ponderings for 2013

 

  • Fulfillment/satisfaction is an inner experience. It does not come from multitasking and balancing everything in our lives; it comes from pouring ourselves deeply into our passionate pursuit in life.
  • Life is not a zero sum game.  When we take time away from family or work for our-self, our family/work will be enriched by the things we learn, the growth we experience.
  • Life/Love flows where it is needed.  Allow yourself to flow into whatever it is that’s calling for your attention.  Do not invent guilt.
  • Guilt, shame and blame are a construct of the mind.  The only real emotion is LOVE.  Everything else is absence of LOVE.
  • We are ONE person with ONE life.  When we divide ourselves between various important aspects of our life, we crumble.  Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided can not stand.”
  • What is a Life Well lived?  What does your best life look like and what things do you do regularly to take you a step closer to that best life.
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Is Yoga a religion!

Recently, a couple of my fellow Yoga teachers were asked to teach Yoga in a school but asked to not call it Yoga.  Obviously, some parents are concerned that their kids might be learning some religious rituals, so not to upset the parents, teachers opt out of bringing Yoga into the school system.

Is Yoga a religion?  More than a debate, it is a fear that keeps this profound healthy practice away from many people especially our youth. Where there is fear, there is a need for better education.

Yoga teachings come from the Vedic culture (the oldest living knowledge/philosophy), a part of Hinduism.  The word Yoga means union – to unite with what we have become separated from i.e. to our physical body, to our spirit and to nature…(you can fill in the blanks). That union can come through a physical practice (Hatha Yoga) or a spiritual practice (i.e. Bhakti Yoga).   The practice that is most popular in the Western world is Hatha yoga due to its obvious and documented countless benefits.  Having said that, a spiritual practice is not separate from a physical practice.  Try being spiritual in a body that does not work.  It is challenging, isn’t it?  A spiritual practice means we are able to look at the bigger picture.  How is that possible when we can’t move beyond our body and are stuck inside our head?

The practice of Yoga provides a spiritual direction if that is what we are seeking.  The depth and wisdom of Yoga is like an ocean; it is endless, however, the teachings are dynamic and practical; it is not a dogma.  The learning is experiential, not forced upon.  The practice is meant for anybody in human form.  The fact that millions of people all over the world practice Yoga clearly indicates that one does not have to be Hindu to practice Yoga nor you become one by practicing it.

Without going all Webster, isn’t religion a gateway to spirituality?   When religion gets confused with politics, we remain stuck in the religion and sadly never really move beyond it to spirituality.  The practice of Yoga welcomes all humanity, all religions; it is a spiritual practice – connecting with your own spirit through your body and mind.

We do not become Hindu by practicing Yoga just like we do not become Christian by attending Church.  We remain who we are – pure consciousness in human form. When we are healthy in mind, body and spirit, we can happily move in the direction of our purpose.  If we pondered more on our spiritual development, there may be a less of a need to “protect” our religions.  We live in a polarity world.  We unite only when we embrace diversity.  The point of religion is to unite, not to divide.  Spirituality unites all humanity and all religions.

As a society, being highly stressed has become a norm. We are told that we can have it all and right now, so we work hard to chase this ever-moving target. Inevitably this stress gets passed on to our kids.  We have placed more emphasis on their performance, whether it’s sports or academics, but none on inner expansion and development.  Starved for real wisdom, guidance and connection, many kids become prone to anxiety, depression and unfortunately far too many turn to drugs.  In spite of drug education and all the damage control does not keep drugs away from kids.  Why is that?  Because Kids need an internal experience for reference as to what connecting with their body, mind and spirit feels like.  It is this experience that holds the power to keep them moving in healthier direction. The Yoga practice can and has served as prevention and can give the kids that experience.  But instead of seeking the truth, we continue to hide behind our fears and biases and keep this very practical and proven practice away from our children.   For a handful of parents who want to bring Yoga practice to their kids have an uphill battle as there is no collective support from our culture or society as a whole.

Yoga practice for school age kids is self-regulating.  Kids learn to check in with themselves, enjoy moving, gain a sense of self, have better body image, de-stress, are happy and better equipped to meet the challenges of school; not to mention agile and have less sports injuries.  All of this sets up a foundation for a healthy life beyond the school years.  Drugs or anything that is toxic to their well being no longer holds the appeal.

Holding on to beliefs, biases and fears that keep us stuck is a waste of our intelligence and spirit. The point is not to win or to be right, it is to bring joy, peace and freedom into our lives; it is to be happy and healthy.  For only then, we can serve humanity.  Yoga offers that.  Do not get hung up on words, seek the truth and dive into the practice and experience it for yourself.  Cultivate the experiential knowledge that unites humanity not divide it!

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Understanding Anxiety

Do you or someone you know experiences anxiety?  Studies show that one in every 3 individuals (kids included) experience anxiety at one point or another in their lives.  More often than not, it is accompanied by panic attacks, depression or other nervous system disorders.  Occasionally experiencing anxiety is not the problem, only when it becomes a way of being.  Many factors contribute to anxiety, but it often results from anticipating or affirming an undesirable future outcome and being locked into that mental space.

What is anxiety?  It is an emotion like anger, disappointment, fear etc. Emotion is energy in motion that has vibrations.  When an emotion lowers our energy, it has low vibration and when it lifts our energy it has high vibration.  Energy can only be transformed; it can’t be destroyed or created.  We can’t talk ourselves out of feeling anxious or any other emotion that zaps our energy.  We can only transform it.  We can either transform it into more anxiety, fatigue, panic attacks or into creativity, life force and exuberance.  This all depends on the state of our internal environment.  When the internal environment is weak, we magnify the symptoms and manifest more disorders.  Our energetic field is the subtle yet the most influential part of our being that dictates what we attract into our lives.  Carrying emotions with low vibrations attracts more of the same into our lives.

We must create an internal environment that can hold high vibrations and high energy, strength and vitality that is much stronger than the stresses outside. This requires conscious effort and practices to create and maintain an internal environment that elevate us to higher sense of self.  Any practice that changes the pranic and molecular environment of the body such as Yoga, pranayama are highly effective in creating the required shift.

The fire is the most important element that is required for transformations.  It is the same fire that helps transforms our food into physical energy. Just the right amount of heat and pressure transforms a carbon molecule into diamond. Too much fire can burn and too little may not be enough to create a shift. The “just right” amount can transform our emotions into devotion, intelligence and wisdom; our anger into passion and radiance; our fears into love and our anxiety into creativity.

We are multifaceted human beings.  No single approach or “one size fits all” approach may be sufficient.  Physiological imbalances contribute or worsen anxiety symptoms.  Being underweight, emaciated, overdoing, eating foods that are too light or airy can perpetuate anxiety.

When our internal energetic environment holds high vibrations and the vitality inside is stronger than the pressures outside, we can organically transform the stress into something greater. The task is not to resolve every problem, the task is to elevate and purify the internal environment where problems take on a whole lot of meaning and we gain a bigger perspective.

We are built to adapt.  Our strength lies in our adaptability and not in us being the strongest and the fittest.   We must adapt to the external stressors by raising the vibrations of our internal environment.

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