More Yin and Less Yang

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We live in an active, alert and agitated Yang dominated world. I’ve been noticing how people respond differently to this in WordPress.

The Yang aspects of ourselves want to acknowledge and state our position in order to lead or enlighten others. The Yin or feminine aspects of ourselves seek to understand and bring support and help.

Today, we need less charismatic leadership with an authoritarian fix-it attitude, and more understanding and compassion to bring us together in a harmony rather than conflict.

I’m not talking politics… but notice how this fits in so beautifully with the Tao philosophy and the wisdom of the Dalai Lama.

When you consider writing your next post, take a moment to pause and reflect on whether this will  add to the Yang aspect of the world, or support the Yin. Will it bring us to more understanding and sense of balance?

We can all make a difference by choosing our response in relationship to others and these times.

This weekend I am teaching the first module of a Yin Yoga Teachers Training program at Hummingbird Yoga and Massage in Bryn Mawr. Just as in the world, I believe we need from Yin in our yoga practice and teaching.

May we all find inner harmony and bring more Yin into the world.

Namaste

Today’s Quote from the Dalai Lama

A lovely reframe from the Dalai Lama 💛
Thank you for this reminder Theresa at Soul Gatherings.

Soul Gatherings

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Remember that sometimes
not getting what you want
is a wonderful stroke of luck.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama ~
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* Pondering – accepting what is

I woke up this morning pondering how it is so hard to accept what is. Our brains say – yes I get it. We may even bring it into mindful awareness every day through meditation or yoga.

We think we have it handled, and then … out of the blue we find ourselves getting impatient, frustrated or triggered.

For example, think of the last time you were driving and were cut off by someone else. Or you were running late and got stopped behind a school bus or a red light? What thoughts, sensations and feelings came up?

road rage

So how can we handle these turbulent emotions and accept what is….

In the moment we become aware of our reactions we have a choice: to allow the fight or flight  reaction to take over with its rush of adrenaline and cortisol; or to center ourselves with full deep breaths and consciously let go of the stories, judgments, and resistance to what is happening.

With mindfulness practice, our reactivity gets less and less.  Our acceptance of the highs and lows of life grows and we become more centered and less volatile.

Like a pendulum we find our way to the center.

From a scientific perspective, the more we meditate and calm our mind, the more neural pathways we create and reinforce our ability to come more quickly to a calm state.

It is a practice…. that may take a long time if not a life time.

The Dalai Lama says that while we cannot stop an emotion from arising, we have the power to let it go, and the highly trained mind can let it go the moment it arises.

writing  on water

The Buddha shared a metaphor for this state of mind. He called it “like writing on water”. Whenever an unwholesome thought or emotion arises in an enlightened mind, it is like writing on water. The moment it is written it disappears.

Through meditation and mindfulness practice we learn to master our reactions and center ourselves.

We re-balance ourselves and in doing so, learn to accept what is.

The next time you are in traffic be ready to breathe deeply and let the emotion flow through you…

And don’t get upset with yourself for getting upset! Let it go.  Just keep practicing coming into the present moment.

Namaste

 

* Haiku – be at peace

inner peace~

Can we be at peace

With ourselves and with others?

Let go of judgments.

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Stop contributing

to the rising storm of fear

that comes from the mind.

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Let go of the thoughts

that undermine heart and soul.

Find Your Middle Ground.

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More now than ever

Connect inwards with the breath.

This is where peace lies.

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End the turmoil now

Come home to the peace within

And become the change.

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* Dalai Lama on Life’s Purpose

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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

I love this message and also the photo of the little mouse on the palm of a hand. It reminds me of the little lady mouse that took up residence in our outside grill in September. Whenever we thought to clear out the nest, there have been babies …. We hope Mother Nature will encourage her to move back out to the woods in the Spring.

Namaste.