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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Seventh Law of Yoga: The Law of Dharma from Lee Ann

The 7th Spiritual Law of Yoga: the Law of Dharma

When your life is an expression of your deepest purpose, you are energized and enthusiastic because you are connected to the creative flow of the universe.  Your actions bring fulfillment to you and benefit everyone affected by your choices.
"Yoga found that the most reliable way to live fully is to discover our own dharma - and to do it full out.  To bring everything we've got the the task.
To live fully committed to the gifts that have been freely given us, to cultivate them into a state of profound mastery - and to dedicate our mastery to something bigger than ourselves... In the authentic development of these gifts, we will both find ourselves and transcend ourselves at the same time." ~ Stephen Cope
We commonly use the word DHARMA to "mean purpose in life."
Another meaning of the work is "essence."  Your essence is the heart of your existence.  Your dharma is the essence of who you are. From your essences arise your intentions.  Your intentions drive your thoughts.  Your thoughts give rise to your words.  Your words are translated into actions - into habits of behavior.  Your habits of behavior manifest as your contribution to the world.  This is your dharma.
Although we all have a unique purpose in life, discovering what that is can feel daunting - and actualizing it can be even more challenging.  yet the answers we seek are always within.  We just need to quiet ourselves long enough to hear what our soul is telling us.
Before you meditate or spend time in silence today, ask yourself: What is my dharma?  How can I help others?  How can I serve?  As your mind becomes still, you will be able to hear the wisdom and guidance of your inner self.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The 6th Spiritual Law of Yoga: the Law of Detachment

You have control over your actions and choices but not over their consequences.  Knowing this, you can step in the direction that seems most evolutionary and trust that either you will get what you want or you will learn something of great value.
"He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing: detachment." ~ Meister Eckhart
Many wisdom traditions teach that the path to happiness and spiritual enlightenment lies in letting go of attachment.  This doesn't mean renouncing your desires or living the life of an ascetic.  Instead, you set an intention then relinquish your attachment to the outcome.  The Bhagavad Gita states,
"Yoga is perfect evenness of mind.  Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness.  Those who are motivated only be desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.  When consciousness is unified, however, all vain anxiety is left behind.  There is no cause for worry, whether things go well or ill.  Therefore, devote yourself to the disciplines of yoga, for yoga is skill in action."
Attachment is based on fear and insecurity.  When you forget your true self - which is pure consciousness, pure potentiality - you begin to believe that you need something outside of yourself to make you happy.  At a deep level, however, you know that happiness can be lost and therefore has the potential to bring you pain.  The only way out of this dilemma is releasing your attachment to a specific result.
Today, step into the field of all possibilities, set your intentions, take action, and let the universe take care of the outcome.
source: The Chopra Center 21 Days of Inspiration

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yogic Inspiration from Lee Ann: The Fifth Law of Yoga, The Law of Intention & Desire

Everything in the universe consists of energy and information - including you.  When you quiet your mind and introduce your intentions into the field of pure potentiality, you harness the infinite organzing power of the universe to achieve your desires.
"A wave of individuality rises from the unbounded ocean, and for a time, forgets that it is the ocean in disguise.  When the wave begins looking inside, the memory of wholeness is rekindled, and the wave again knows itself as unbounded, infinite, and eternal."
~David Simon
For more than five thousand years, the Vedic masters of India have taught that our essential nature is infinite, whole, and eternal.  We have an innate impulse to grow and create health and fulfillment.  To fully experience these gifts, we need to embrace a holistic understanding of life that considers the whole person - the mind, body, and soul.  Just as the planet's ecosystems are interdependent, the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives are intimately connected.  When one system is out of balance, it affects the functioning of the whole.
From this holistic perspective, health isn't merely the absence of illness or symptoms: it's a higher state of consciousness that allows vitality, well-being, creativity, and joy to flow into our experience.  As we shift into this higher awareness, we see that we aren't our bodies, our possessions, our titles, our circumstances or our relationships.  We're spiritual beings in the eternal unfolding of life, and our natural state is wholeness.
Practice seeing beyond the masks of individuality.  Look into the eyes of the people you encounter today and see the reflections of your soul.
om Love, om Laughter,
Lee Ann
excerpts from: The Chopra Center 21 - Days of Inspiration

Set Your Sights On Expanding Love & Acceptance to Achieve True Happiness: The 4th Law of Yoga

The Fourth Law of Yoga: The Law of Least Effort 

When your actions are motivated by love, your energy multiplies and you're able to create anything you want.  When you seek power and control over others, you waste energy chasing the illusion of happiness.  Set your intentions on expanding love and you will be able to manifest your desires with effortless ease.
"The softest of stuff in the world quickly penetrates the hardest.  Insubstantial, it enters where no room is."
When everything is flowing according to our idea of how things should be, it's easy to feel in harmony with the rhythms of the universe.  When there is a lack of alignment between what we want and how our life is unfolding, we're more likely to feel disharmony, stress, or frustration.  yet it is our resistance to what is happening in the present moment that intensifies our distress. Whether we're getting a root canal or finding out that we've lost our job, our fear and the frightening stories we tell ourselves about our situation magnify our pain.
The present moment is not always easy to accept, but learning to listen to the sensations in our body and the message they are sending will calm our emotional turbulence and ultimately will enable us to benefit from the experience.
Connect to your body, accept this moment, know that change is inevitable, and become clear on what you would like to see manifest.   Your ability to co-create the next moment requires acceptance of the present.
Om shanti, om peace, 
Lee Ann