END OF YEAR: RECAPITULATION

END OF YEAR: RECAPITULATION

RECAPITULATION

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come." - Joseph Campbell

My first experience of recapitulation was going to confession after I made first communion.  I enjoyed the process of going to a priest and telling him what was bothering me so he could absolve me of my pain.  The spiritual placebo effect of letting go made me feel lighter and less burdened. Whether you use this process yourself as described below or any other spiritual practice, we all benefit from it in creating a new pattern for our mind. And as our mind grows calm, our hearts feel safer to expand into new beginnings. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Mantra: "I offer everything that happened this past year, positive and negative, to the sacred fire. May all that was accomplished bear good fruit. May all my mistakes be forgiven. May the karmas of this past year be dissolved. I offer gratitude for my life."- Sally Kempton

 

Self-Work: (this is what I do)

1. On small pieces of paper write out every major disturbance of 2012. Be specific, use names, and describe situations and feelings.

2. Repeat mantra above repeatedly. Commit yourself to letting go.

3. Burn these papers. What's done is done.

4. Remain quiet for a while and enjoy a clear heart.

5. Go out and celebrate a new beginning! 

 

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
 — Ralph Waldo Emerson

12/31/2013   Tags:  end of year, life coaching, letting go, recapitulation, emerson, joseph campbell, happiness, happiness coaching, Alchemy Yoga, Self-Work

HAPPINESS THEORY

HAPPINESS THEORY

June 2, 2011.  The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying that what we all have in common is "we all want to be happy."  From traveling the world at the age of 2 years old I agree.  All people everywhere regardless of color, economics, location, age, all want to be happy. Yogic philosophy agrees too. We have a naturally born right to be happy, without approval or meeting any prerequisites.  And what's more, that we are already happy.  As Dr. R.M. Matthijs Cornelissen of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, explains, "In the Vedic tradition,ananda, or delight, is seen as being present in the essence of everything that exists. Happiness is thus not something that depends on what you have, but what you are."

You cannot become happy

you can only be happy.

In the book How we Choose to be Happy they studied happy people and found that there are 9 choices happy people make.  One of those 9 is appreciation.  They actively practice gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude.  They don't buy in to what geneticists say, that we have a happiness set point.  The happiest people according to Behaviorists can move beyond that biological set point through practices such as yoga and meditation.  In fact, many studies suggest that yoga can effect positive states of mind. In 1993, a British team measured the effects of three relaxation techniqueschair sitting, visualization, and yoga and found that yoga resulted in the greatest increase in alertness, mental and physical energy, and appreciation for life. "Yoga primarily changes your consciousness, which includes your way of looking at things, in the process, many aspects of your physical functioning also change, including your brain chemistry." (Cornelissen)

What is it that does bring lasting happiness, no matter what the circumstance? The ancient poet and mystic Rumi suggests the answer when he says, “Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible.” The invisible world is within you, and it’s where lasting happiness resides.  Here is breathing exercise we practiced in class today to help cultivate gratitude from the inside out.  And I love what Happiness coach Barry Kaufman author of Happiness is a Choice writes, “Heartfelt gratitude really is the fastest way to experience happiness now.  It is impossible to be truly grateful and neurotic; it is impossible to be truly grateful and not happy.”  

Inhale: I welcome happiness,

Exhale: I am grateful

Inhale:  I welcome inspiration

Exhale:  I am grateful

Inhale:  I welcome love

Exhale:  I am grateful

Inhale: I welcome hope

Exhale: I am grateful

So today, make a point to tap into your invisible world.  You have everything you already need. Or as Joseph Campbell, cites from a Polynesian saying: “We are standing on a whale, fishing for minnows.”  What you are looking for—what we are all looking for—is as close as our invisible world of the self. Happiness is the whale right under your feet. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

6/2/2011   Tags:  HAPPINESS, RUMI, GRATITUDE, JOSEPH CAMPBELL, ANANDA, CONTENTION, SANTOSHA, CHOOSE HAPPINESS, BREATH MEDITATION

MIND OVER MATTER - THE PLACEBO EFFECT

MIND OVER MATTER - THE PLACEBO EFFECT

JULY 22ND, 2008:  “ONE PERSON WITH A BELIEF IS EQUAL TO A FORCE OF 99 WHO HAVE ONLY INTEREST.”  – JOHN STUART MILL

 

The theme for class was The Placebo Effect.  This is when Scientists give either an experimental drug or a dummy pill to patients and see how they do.  Frequently, those taking the fake feel similar effects to those taking the real drug. Scientists had previously assumed the placebo effect was psychological but recent findings now prove that BELIEF enables the mind to heal the body.  Studies have proven that if the brain believes it has the ability to heal and overcome, it will take action.  It’s when the brain gets bogged down in disbelief that disease triumphs.  Science is discovering the truth behind MIND OVER MATTER something the ancient yogis have known for thousands of years!.  Now the question is: how much do YOU believe you can free your mind and think your way to health and happiness?

 

Each pose is an opportunity to try this out for ourselves: so think your way steady to balancing on one leg, think yourself fearless to trying an inversion, believe yourself peaceful and calm.  Ultimately, I hope the yoga helps you appreciate the unique gifts you have waiting to be shared with the world.  You just have to believe you can achieve anything!  Or as Joseph Campbell writes “IF YOU DO FOLLOW YOUR BLISS YOU PUT YOURSELF ON A KIND OF TRACK THAT HAS BEEN THERE ALL THE WHILE, WAITING FOR YOU, AND THE LIFE THAT YOU OUGHT TO BE LIVING IS THE ONE YOU ARE LIVING.”

 

 

7/28/2008 9:41:20 PM   Tags:  placebo effect, mind over matter, joseph campbell, elizabeth kubler ross

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