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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

Day Sixty-Six: Vibrational Resonance-Surrounding Yourself with Complimentary People & Environments

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Last night I was invited to a potluck dinner by a friend who has stuck by

me through thick and thin since high school. She was asked to bring a

friend who inspires her-it was exactly what I needed-to feel as though

I had value-what an uplifting invitation. It was at the home of another

friend from high school who is one of the most positive people I know

and offers so much to building positive communities in my city.

I spotted the house from a block away-the small circular patio lanterns

whispering my name in the night…The closer I got to the house the more

I could feel the vibrational pull-one of pure unadulterated loving energy.

Just as our feet landed on the front step we heard a sea of clapping and

cheering and the spiritual vibration was raised to the next level…

We walked into the house and were greeted with smiles and openness-

the floor was covered with people, in each others embrace, side by side,

all at different levels and not one of the faces in the crowd was devoid

of a genuine and heartfelt smile…Each person that brought a ‘plus one’

was introducing their plus one to the rest of the community. The 

introductions were so intense, pure, honest and heartfelt-poignant

celebrations of what the core of the people being presented really

were about and how they enhanced our world just by their presence

and offerings. I felt like I was home-surrounded by like-minded souls

ignighted by their passions…looking for meaning in every facet of their

lives. The pretenses were stripped away as each individual approached

the house. The vibrational energy inviting them to let go the masks and shine

through. I so appreciated every conversation; every interaction that I 

was gifted with last night-I had begun to believe I would never truly find

a community that complimented my energy-but there it was; there it is.

The door to my kindred community has finally opened and I have so much

hope for the future…

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Morning Meditation:

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Journal Entry: Write down the names of people you spend a majority

of your time with. Now also write down the places you spend your time.

Beside each name or place rate your vibrational match number to assess

how much of your life is complimenting your energy-

SCALE: 1 (lowest match)-10 (most complimentary match)

Now consider what you could do to increase your vibrational energy.

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How to Raise Your Vibration Blog 

http://howtoraiseyourvibration.blogspot.ca/2012/01/vibrational-resonance-at-death-like.html

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More Great Talks by Infinite Waters

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Music to Inspire Positive Thinking

Evening Meditation:

Peace, Love & Namaste Em

Day Twenty-Six: “Sweet Sunday”-Embracing the Simple Things & Quieting the Mind

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Life is growing so complex with all of the technology and bombardment

of information. We are constantly in a state of engagement of some kind;

whether it be the television, handheld devices, running here and there…

It can be so all consuming and we get lost in it all. What happens when

you are forced into silence with yourself? Like the moments before you

drift off to sleep. What is happening for you? Is your mind racing with

what you need to do the next day? Are you going over and correcting

an interaction you had with someone, re-scripting the conversation over

and over in your mind? Are you uncomfortable or bored when you are

forced into solitude or silence with ‘nothing to do’, scrambling to go

seek out the next thing that will entertain or inform you? There are

times when I just stop…look out, in silence, content with the simplicity

of it. If someone else is around, I get this quizzical response, like-

“are you OK? Is something wrong? You seem sad? Want to join me?”

But to be honest, sometimes I just want the world to stop, I crave it

actually. I cling on, barely breathing and hold still, just for a slice

of time, I want to stay there and just be. That is why I have always

been drawn to meditation. Even with meditation though I need

a source to guide me through it, a video, an audio narration to

keep me focused. I can’t trust myself to do it, no way, I am too

detached from solid ground. When we shut down and embrace the

simple things I think we open up new possibilities to see more of

the beauty that surrounds our lives. When I was working at my

highly emotional, stressful job as a Counsellor and Educator I

never felt like I was in the moment. I was constantly trying to

multi-task, figure out what I needed to say or do next. I felt

like, with so much to do, I was unable to feel or experience anything

in the moment. I shut off and shut down so much on the weekend

when I was with my husband and my kids-the moments that were

most precious to me-that I don’t recall truly experiencing any of the

dear moments I had with them. I was in a constant dark, robotic state of

actively conquering the massive to do list of responsibility. It wasn’t

until one month into my medical leave that I truly felt a moment with

my children-a moment where I was truly present and emotionally engaged.

My daughter was holding a song sheet of Christmas carols that she was

rehearsing for her Christmas choir. Her thin legs dangling over the armrest

of the chair, an instrumental piano recording playing in the background and

her sweet, precious voice singing passionately about snowmen and Santa Claus.

I felt the moment fully. I was just sitting, with no other distractions, my mind

was completely clear, she was the only focus. It was such a poignant moment.

It was as though the dark veil that had clouded me lifted and the light finally

shone through. I began to weep, mourning the loss of so many of the moments

spent with my children and husband-present but emotionally, mentally and

spiritually vacant. In order to fully experience our lives, we must simplify

or else we will never have time to see the simple things, they will just be

melded together with the mass amounts of stuff we do and bombard

ourselves with day and night.

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Today’s focus will be about embracing the simple moments

in our lives. 

Morning Meditation-Morning Flute Meditation

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Physical Activity-Go for a walk, alone in nature. Pay attention

to your surroundings and the silence of the act.

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Self Care Ritual: Soak in a hot bath with lavender oil and espom

salts. Light candles and lay in the hot water fully immersed except

your face. Embrace the silence. 

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Simplicity Activity: Turn everything off and just sit and reflect

as you gaze out the window-or better yet in your outside space.

Write about the experiences in your journal.

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Inspired Listening & Viewing-Infinite Waters-How to Be Yourself

Go with the Flow

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Inspired Listening & Viewing: Eckhart Tolle Reveals How to Silence the 

Voices in Your Head-with Oprah Winfrey.

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Evening Meditation: Quieting the Mind & Verbal Chatter:

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em

Day Twenty-One: Purging the Past & Embracing the Present

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Much like our homes need to be de-cluttered when things pile

up and become a burden; so do our bodies, minds and spirits.

When we begin to feel overwhelmed we can feel an ethereal

heaviness weighing us down. Holding on to the past makes this

sense of being even more intense. If we keep flipping back to the

past, or continue on with past behaviors that keep us from

evolving to the next rung on the well-being ladder, we stay

at the bottom of the ladder rather than climbing up towards

the sun. Similarly, if we hold on to damaging past relationships

we continue to be scarred by them. Think of the past as a

walkway that you can leave behind, not like a merry-go round

that you need to keep spinning around on aimlessly until you

feel so nauseous you collapse. Stopping it may take some

effort, but once you place your feet firmly on the ground you

will be able to embrace the here and now and look toward

the future.

The past has a positive role; the challenging times can give us

the gift of empathy and compassion; when a shared experience

can connect us or teach us something that we can share with

others.

Releasing the past can allow us to embrace the present and

the future. Continuing to look forward allows us to remove the

heavy bags and walk lightly along our new and promising

pathway.

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Today’s focus will be on the importance of releasing

the past in order for us to move in a positive forward

direction.

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Morning Meditation: Releasing Resistance

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Journal Entry: Create a list of past relationships, experiences,

habits etc. that you feel are holding you from embracing the present

and the future. Using your ‘miracle question’-imagining you awake 

tomorrow and you have magically let go of those past hindrances.

Write about what your life would look like without them.

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Inspired Listening: Owen Fox-Releasing the Past and Pain 

Inspired Viewing:

Rise-a lantern release event where people write their stories from the

past on the lantern and their hopes for the future and release them into

the sky.

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This moving video is of the Dalai Lama deeply moved to tears

by his past:

Eighteen Rules of Living-The Dalai Lama:

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Inspired Reading & Learning: Positive Affirmations-Releasing

the Past:  http://affirmyourlife.blogspot.com/2009/08/releasing-affirmations.html

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Mangano Calcite: This is a soft stone of forgiveness that brings unconditional love.

Releases fear and grief from the past, helps with self-worth, lifts anxiety and

prevents nightmares.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil: Can also be a natural remedy for releasing the past,

it is also good for anxiety and panic attacks, put a few drops on your clothing rather

than directly on the skin.

Evening Meditation: Letting Go of Yesterday-Lillian Eden

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Enjoy Your Future

Peace, Love & Namaste

Em