Day Eighty-Seven:The Path to Self Realization -Jnana Yoga-Lesson One-The Four Margas of Yoga

Quotes by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (29)

Do you ever feel like life is just happening to you  and that you are

entirely out of control of your path and the outcome?

I think we all do at some point-what would life be like if

we came to the realization that life is set up to teach is lessons

that will allow us to evolve in a forward continuous flow as

a river towards the sea? That is the goal of Jnana Yoga; to

come to understand that each experience, no matter how

challenging or breathtaking is there to solidify our sense of

self and mold our divine and glorious selves. If we view life

from a philosophical stand point it will be easier to navigate

through it armed with the knowledge that the intricate web

of experiences hold the keys that allow us to thrive life rather

than survive it!

Letting go of ego based thinking is the goal of Jnana Yoga. When a yoga

student can listen with intent and begins to embrace the knowledge

shared with them by their instructor or their spiritual teachings, they

are pursuing the Jnana path. In order to release ego based thinking

one must become introspective and contemplative and trust that

the key to becoming self aware lies within each and every one of us.

An individual that is pursuing the yogic way of life will not be

satisfied with practicing the physical postures solely but will delve

into the philosophies and nature of yogic spirituality.

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Read More at this Incredibly Resourceful Site

http://www.sanatansociety.org/yoga_and_meditation/jnana_yoga_gyana_dhyana.htm#.VTUW89JViko

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Morning Meditation-Louise Hay: 

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Journal Entry: Do you feel like life is ‘happening to you’ or do you feel that

you are an active participant? Think of a time when you were an active

and willing participant in your life. What was different then? What brought

you away from that way of thinking? What could you do to get back to that

way of thinking.

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Some Great Insightful Videos about Self Realization and Jnana Yoga

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Evening Meditation:

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

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An Exciting Update!!!! Upcoming Interview with Jason Stephenson-Mediation Expert & Life Coach

As you all know-Jason Stephenson has been a constant on my blog.

His meditations are by far the best and most consistent online.

I have integrated them into many of my blog entries as he has

a huge library of meditation videos that focus on any issues that

you need addressed.

I will be interviewing Jason on Tuesday morning all the way

from Australia-I will provide the interview online on Tuesday’s

blog entry so I look so forward to sharing this with all of you!

Peace, Love & Namaste

Day Eighty-Six: “Not Just Downward Dog”: The Commercialization of Yoga

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There are so many people that buy into yoga because it is a trend.

Yoga has become one of the items on a long list of consumerized

“products”. It has always been there but many people don’t

truly know the delicately weaved history and the multi-faceted

nature of yoga. It’s Hindu Roots stress the importance of integrating

the many paths of Yoga into every facet of ones life and that until

one does that the physical postures are just that-physical postures.

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Here is a link outlining the history of Yoga

http://goldenyogi.co.nz/history-of-yoga/

There are four main paths of yoga which I will be describing in more

detail over the upcoming four posts. There are also many styles

of yoga: Here is a link to a list of styles with descriptions:

http://www.lululemon.com/education/yoga

Integrating yoga into all facets of your life may have

already happened and can happen organically just through the

practice of physical yoga. Just doing the postures can incite

a connection to spirit and allow you to witness a side of yourself

you didn’t know existed. On the other hand if you just use it

as a method of working out and feel disconnected from yourself

even though you are doing the physical postures than you are

not practicing traditional yoga.

Decide what it is you are trying to gain from yoga and then

path the way for yourself by integrating the yogic perspective

into those parts of your life.

Shop around when it comes to instructors; if you have an

instructor that is disconnected from the spirit of yoga and

does not absorb the yogic way of life-that teacher may

not be the right one for you if your goal is to widen your

connection to the source within and outside of yourself.

If yoga did not become so commercialized and maintained

it’s traditional roots I believe there would be more spiritually

healthy and connected people in the community.

On the other hand-the upside of the commercialization of

yoga has brought it into the light and allowed people to

seek solace in it’s practice-bringing them closer to themselves

and to their spiritual side.

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Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: What is your connection with yoga? When

was the first time you were interested in it? Does your

practice connect you at a deeper spiritual level or are

you left wanting more? If you have never done yoga;

what do you wish to gain from practicing it?

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The History of Yoga-A Sweet Little Film

The History of Yoga-A Full Documentary

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A Beautiful Playlist for Your Day

Evening Yoga Practice and Meditation:

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Eighty-Five: “What Do You Mean Your Spiritual?”-The Difference between Spirituality & Religion

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When people ask me if I am religious and I retort with the answer

“No, but I am a spiritual woman”. I get the same responses every-time:

a glazed and confused look-as if the individual is too polite to say “What

is that supposed to mean?”; or maybe a “well what religion do you

most relate to?”; or even a quick change of subject to avoid delving

into the conversation altogether.

Being spiritual does not mean that you commit to a specific religion

or way of thinking; it means that you believe in something more than

ego based thinking…that you connect to a higher source be it outside

or inside oneself…that you seek peace and enlightenment and reach

for ways to connect more fully with life and it’s magic.

I am not saying that if you fall under the “spiritual” category that

you shut the door to religion-you may actually connect to aspects of

many, many religions but feel that if you submit to just one that you

will be closed off to learning and appreciating all of the other religions

and what they have to offer.

There are many things in life that make you feel closer to your source

and for us “spiritual folk” that could be something like sitting in a tree

and feeling it rock gently with the wind; a quiet moment of meditation

where you feel so at ease and comfortable with yourself that you are

afraid to stop; digging in the earth as you watch the seeds you spread

grow into vegetables; connecting with the essence of your body during

yoga; listening to your child laugh with wild abandon…

Does this mean that we are all spiritual? I think we all live our lives

seeking the “spiritual experience” and that connecting with one another

regardless of our belief system can also enhance our feeling of contentedness

to our source.

My spiritual path during this very difficult time in my life is what has

allowed me to rise like a phoenix out of the ashes and desperately seek

out meaningful moments all throughout my day as a way of healing

myself. When I reconnect with my “spirituality and practices” I

am either so lost and disconnected and I need it to rescue me, or

I am at my best and it allows me to be even better!

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Morning Meditation: A Spiritual Treasure Chest

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Journal Entry: Map out your spiritual or religious path and take notes

on when you felt the most healthy and connected in your life-was spirituality

present at the time? What are your goals when it comes to spirit? What are

some ways you can connect to spiritual experiences that you love?

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The No Bullshit Guide to Spirituality

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Deepak Chopra’s Perception of Spirituality

Healing Spirit-Guided Meditation for Sleep

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

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Day Eighty-Four: “Her Vision was In the Cards”-The Tarot & Spiritual Card Decks-Lesson Three-Spiritual Trinkets

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The day after our first date, the man that would end up being my life

partner sent me the most exotic bouquet of brilliant violet orchids.

Hidden inside was The Empress tarot card from his Aleister Crowley

deck. That one card remained with me for years to come. It

sparked my curiosity and left me wanting to know more about

these mysterious cards. I was under the impression that you had to

have a psychic personality-interacting with the spiritual realm in

order to decode the messages of these tarot cards.

One faithful day, I found that Empress card and went to find

the deck it originated from. Along with the deck I found an owner’s

guide. It was so fascinating I read it from cover to cover in one,

very long sitting. The Aleister Crowley cards were so artistic and

at closer observation I saw how many symbolic images were embedded

in each and every card.

I was a born observer of people and could read someones story or emotions

upon meeting them. I guessed at that moment that I was spiritually intuitive

and that my sensitivities and experiences could make reading tarot an

attainable prospect.

After studying and familiarizing myself with the cards I began doing readings

for my friends and acquaintances. My readings became epic, lasting over

three hours and so much information would organically flow out me, from

a source I never knew existed, that I had to stop for many years. I guess

it was the fear of the unknown that made me fear what came out those many

times. I did a reading about a month ago, and again I was back at it.

I have since then found a deck that I adore. It is a love filled deck devoid of

dark and foreboding images-It is the Doreen Virtue Angels and contains cards

that have stunning images. She explains her reasons for creating this deck in the

video below. If and when you decide to purchase a tarot deck for yourself

ensure that you are moved by it in some way. Follow your intuition when

selecting the right deck for you.

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There are also other decks that you can find for inspiration; like

Louise Hay’s I Can Do It-deck of cards containing inspiring images

with Positive Affirmations.

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There are even cards for Chakra Balancing and Affirmations

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Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: What is your experience with spiritual card decks;

tarot or otherwise? Have you ever had a reading or been curious about

having one? Below there is a video of Doreen Virtue performing a reading.

View the video if you feel compelled and respond.

Here is a Link for Positive Affirmation Cards that are Available

http://affirmationcards.com/

Three Principles to finding the Tarot Deck of your Dreams

An Article from Llewellyn Worldwide-New Worlds of Body, Mind & Spirit

http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/627

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Some things to Consider when looking for your Deck:

1. What is my goal in obtaining a deck?

2. What images and colours am I drawn to?

3. Does it have a good reputation?

4. What store can I go to to purchase it?

5. Find the person in that store that you sense has knowledge and

expertise as this is a decision you don’t want to rush into.

6. Smudge and clean your cards energies and do not allow anyone

else to touch them-if you do make sure you cleanse the entire

deck after use.

7. Display your cards in your sacred space and in a place where they

will not be dishonored.

Annual Angel Messages and Card Reading by Doreen Virtue

If You Are Highly Motivated You Can Make Your Own Tarot Deck!

My Favorite Phone App of Readings is The Goddess Tarot:

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Evening Meditation-Hay House Morning Mediations:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

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Day Eighty-Three: “Her Prayer was Carried By the Wind”-Tibetan Prayer Flags-Lesson Two-Spiritual Trinkets

As a camera shot pans over the summit of the Himalayas…high above the

ornately carved Buddhist monastery flashes of colour…penetrated by the

light of the setting sun criss-crossing over one another…carry the prayers

of all the men and women who have courageously trekked to the cap in

hopes that their brush with the majesty of nature will humble and 

redesign their spirits…

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The Tibetan Prayer flag-a representation of the hopes, dreams and

wishes of earthbound souls, scrawled with intention in ink on small

sheets of cotton, dyed in colours that represent the earths elements.

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Earlier on in my blog I wrote about Sacred Spaces and in that entry there was

a video on how to create your own prayer flags. Mine are splayed across my

fireplace-one more way for me to use the law of attraction to transport me

in my mind to the place I most need to visit-Tibet. There has always been

a feeling of familiarity embedded within me-a feeling that I have been to

that majestic place on the mountain side in the Himalayas…maybe it has

only been in my dreams, but one day soon I hope when I open my eyes

I will be standing on the summit-breathing in the vision I described at

the beginning of my entry today. One Day!

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Here is an Incredible Article that Outlines the meanings and

History behind Tibetan Prayer Flags.

http://www.prayerflags.com/download/article.pdf

Morning Meditation: Using your own personal mantra. Repeat

your mantra as you inhale for four seconds and exhale for a count of five.

You can do this meditation to the video below.

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Some Tibetan Ear Candy for Your Day

Dharma Shop is an Excellent Resource to Purchase Authentic Prayer Flags

http://www.dharmashop.com/categories/Prayer-Flags/?sort=bestselling

Make Your Own Tibetan Prayer Flags:

A More Modern Version of a Personalized Prayer Flag DIY

Evening Meditation: 

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Eight-Two: Gentle Healing Sounds-Tibetan Singing Bowls-Spiritual Trinkets-Lesson One

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If you want to start proclaiming that you are at one with your spiritual

self you may want to think about adding a very special Tibetan Singing

Bowl to your collection of Spiritual Trinkets. Though they can add

aesthetic brilliance to your spiritual alter-creating sound from a

Tibetan Singing Bowl can bring you closer to the core of your being.

I have been on a decades long search for ‘my’ Tibetan Singing Bowl

and I feel that it must compel me…whisper my name…call out to me

that it is mine…

Therefore; I have yet to add one to my ever growing collection of

spiritual trinkets. It is possible to access hundreds upon thousands of

incredible Youtube videos, CD’s, online music, ever the archaic cassette

tapes filled with the healing sounds of the Tibetan Singing Bowl.

You may recall a Yoga or Meditation class that you took where the

instructor introduced the class and closed it with her or his bowl.

If you close your eyes tightly enough while you listen to the song of

the Singing Bowl you will be instantly transported to another place

and time…where you are suspended on a hilltop high above the

mountains of Tibet…over looking the most serene and ornate

monastery carved into the shimmering silver rock of the Himalayan

mountains.

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For more Information on the History of Tibetan Singing Bowls

Below is an Excerpt from Bodhisattva Trading Company Inc.

According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

Metallurgical analysis have varied, from a predominantly two metal alloy of copper and tin with trace iron content (Oxford University, UK) to an eight alloy of copper and tin with traces of iron, lead, zinc, gold, silver and mercury (Concordia University, Quebec).

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bells produce have a direct affect upon their chakras.

Playing the bells usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates a balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl tunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

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Morning Meditation 7 Chakra Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls:

 

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Journal Entry: Respond after completing the Seven Chakra Meditation.

If you don’t have time to do this, go about your day while listening to the

selection of music below and then report on how the music affected your

day.

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QiGong for Beginners Video-25 Minutes-Follow using Music

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Wellspring of Silence on Soundcloud-Beautiful Singing Bowls

https://soundcloud.com/masaj-sonor-cluj-napoca/sets/circles-of-silence

Your Source for Purchasing Tibetan Healing Bowls

(Though I would suggest finding a New Age or Holistic Healing store in

your area and playing the bowl first so you know it has the tones you are

comfortable with.)

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Evening Meditation-Deep Sleep Meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Eighty-One: Mother Natures Gems-Lesson Three-Holistic Therapy Series-Crystal Healing

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Free Printable Chart Outlining Healing Properties of Stones and Crystals

http://thecrystalhealingstore.com/downloadz/chart-bundle/crystal-chart.pdf

My personal connection with stones has been a positive one. I have

actively sourced stones to assist me with balance or healing at certain

times in my life. When my sister passed I wore a grey agate necklace

and continue to wear it on days where I need extra strength or to

help me ease my worries. Just having it against my skin soothes

me.

Much like all of the other therapeutic techniques we’ve been discussing over

the 90 day journey; crystal healing is meant to compliment and enhance other

therapeutic remedies. Crystals have been around since the dawn of time and

have been used by cultures all over the world before ‘modern’ forms of

treatment were used. They continue to be used by those who have a

deep knowledge and understanding of the miraculous nature of

their powerful healing qualities.

There is a stereotype that only gypsies or free loving hippies believe in the

‘voodoo’ of crystal therapy-but there are scientific reasons why crystals,

along with stones, herbs, oils, foods and many other miraculous bounties

sourced from the earth have incredible healing qualities.

Crystal Healing is still fairly new to me; but something I am anxious and

excited to explore further as a Reiki practitioner. In the future my hope is

to integrate crystals that activate and balance the chakras to enhance

my reiki sessions with clients.

Crystals can be used to aid in the healing of a wide array of ailments

such as; insomnia, mental health imbalances, headaches, lack of

libido etc…

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This Link has an Incredible Amount of Information

on the subject of Crystal Healing if you want to delve deeper:

http://www.crystalwellbeing.co.uk/introcrystalhealing.php

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Morning Meditation: 

Journal Entry: Review how you have been feeling and record any

imbalances that you have been noticing. Now refer to the crystal

healing website above and record any of the crystals that you feel

may be useful to you now. Seek out a New Age store or the online

resources for crystals below and add them to your therapeutic

toolkit. Record the effectiveness of the crystals.

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 Crystal Age TV of Youtube has Informative Videos 

https://www.youtube.com/user/CrystalAgeTV

Crystal Bowls Meditation

How to Sense Crystal Energy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cpWc3O78DY

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Peace, Love and Namaste Em

Day Eighty: Tapping Your Way to Emotional Freedom-Lesson Two-Holistic Health Technique Series-EFT/The Tapping Solution

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I am going to be completely honest, when I started to hear about

the tapping technique while exploring holistic strategies to

assist with mental health symptoms, I dismissed it completely.

I could not imagine how tapping yourself in several places could

heal what ails you; that is until I spoke to a dear friend who uses

the technique for her anxiety regularly. She is one of the most

inspiring and spiritually wise people I am blessed to know and

has been waded through treacherous waters along her path.

Months ago we were having one of our typical conversations

about how we were using the tools in our spiritual toolbox;

sharing their usefulness and sometimes miraculous results

when she spoke of how the tapping technique had gotten

her through her darkest hours.

With a full endorsement from my spiritual sister on this

journey I began exploring the phenomena of tapping which

is typically used, in therapeutic settings, and gaining

widespread notoriety in mainstream psychology, wholistic

health circles and the scientific community.

I was hungry for more. I look forward to sharing these findings

and results with you.

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What is the EFT or the Tapping Solution you ask?

Remember when we learned about positive affirmations? While

EFT is a way to reprogram your negative emotions by tapping

very specific points on your body while using new positive thought

patterns or affirmations.

EFT Morning Meditation with Jessica Ortner:

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The Tapping Solution Film Trailer

http://www.thetappingsolution.com/eft-tapping-film/

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Here is a link to Hay Houses most prominent source for

tapping-It is a Youtube Channel called “The Tapping Solution”:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TryItProductions

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EFT Universe-An Incredible and Very Informative Site on the Topic:

http://www.eftuniverse.com/

EFT Case Studies for Many Different Health Conditions

http://www.eftuniverse.com/faqs/eft-and-tapping-hundreds-of-case-studies

Here is a Video by the Most Prominent Name in EFT-Jennifer Ortner:

Another Video of Nick Ortner’s Speech at The World Summit:

An Excellent Article by Jennifer Howard:

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http://www.outsidehealthandfitness.com/emotional-freedom-techniques

A Book about Connecting the Chakras with EFT

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Evening Meditation for EMT:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em