Love & Involution

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Love, a word that reveals no less than 3 billion results on google, and a topic that every famous poet, philosopher and spiritual teacher speaks often about, a word that causes people to undertake tasks of great creation or destruction; how much of this concept do we really understand as a humanity?

The dictionary and thesaurus says that “love” is associated with feelings of pleasure, attraction, personal attachment, affection; many definitions go a step deeper to include kindness and compassion.

Did you observe that all these definitions are external based; very little, in fact nothing is said about how to conduct our relationship with ourself. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which existed more than 5,000 years ago, outlines the first principe of Yama as Ahymsa – Non Violence. The scriptures had already taught us that the first step to ‘Love’ is ‘Non harming’.

He did not define what is Love, but he told us clearly that NON harming, NON hurting, NON injuring, is Love. How clever; the famous sage already understood that as long as love is based on humanistic terms, on external senses, it leads always to injury and harm.

Some common forms of Love based on humanistic terms includes (not limited to):

1.    Loving a person based on our creation of certain needs we want fulfilled (eg lack of paternal/ maternal love)!
2.    Loving a person based on what the person means for us (eg our need to feel important and needed; the need to be provided for financially, or having a good looking spouse to show off)!
3.    Loving a person based on sexual attraction!

This list is not exhaustive. The above are definitely not wrong; in fact, we all have these at some point of our lives. These are our inevitable characteristics as long as we have a physical body. However, the point is – if we do not grow conscious, and grow out of these characteristics, the love relationship will pass through mutual injury at some point, some even go through prolonged periods of mutual injury – creating what are known as abusive relationships.

Whether the relationship survives through the stages of mutual attacking, harming/hurting, or ends leaving trails of pain and samskaras, depends on whether we are willing to begin a process of involution.

Involution, compared to evolution, is a process of inner progress. It takes effort, discipline and constantly watching our egos, to tread this path. We could briefly summarize 3 main areas of our involution process:

1)    Know Yourself
As long as you are stranger to yourself, you have no real love to offer. Every act of love, or so- called act of love, results in injury to the other person, and eventually to yourself. ! ! By knowing yourself I mean really take time to study your life, how you conduct your life, observe like a scientist (observe without conclusion nor judgement), what motivates you, what makes you happy, what fears you have and why. Again, remember to notice and not pass judgement.

In the initial stages, this process of contemplation, will neutralize the reactivity you have towards your loved ones. If you persist on this self introspection, it brings much joy to your life, be it alone or with any partner.

2) Know the people you love
So, you claim you love your husband, wife, sister, lover, children, parent, best friend etc. Do you know what makes them happy? Do you know how they would like to be loved by you?! ! How to get the answer? Just ask.

Loving a person correctly includes doing things that concern the welfare of the person, not for your own welfare. Like how a mother nurtures her baby in the first few years, purely for the joy of seeing the baby well. Seek to understand them.

The best thing you could do to solicit forthcomingness, is to invite your partner to also embark on the process of involution. When you are able to live and breathe this process of self observation, your attractiveness grows and your loved ones will be inclined to hear what you have to share.

This is also the primary reason why couples and families who practice Yoga & Meditation together often grow closer and more loving. When husband and wife are committed to knowing themselves and each other, their love becomes invincible.

3) Know the nature of this Universe
There are many laws of the Universe. The sun rises to give us day, an apple seed you sow today reaps you an apple harvest later on, water flows from high to low gradients, fire transforms matter, etc. You can observe these from observing how Nature functions. The process of involution gets deeper and more interesting here. When you contemplate on Mother Nature and her works, you begin to realize that it is not Earth that belongs to you, but its you who belong to Earth.  This realization allows us a glimpse into the macro-microsm mechanics of matter. We humans inhabiting Mother Earth is as per how our trillions of cells, micro flora and bacteria are inhabitants of our body. Our entire Universe, is a macrosm of our body. And our relationships, with every other human being, is a reflection of the relationships we have with the various personalities of our minds.

Begin the inward journey today, and you will be sure to see some shifts in your surroundings. Wishing you fulfilling, enlightening and joyful love journey with yourself and your loved ones.

(C) Linda Loo

“Who is Breathing”?

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Take a deep breath in, now. Take another deep breath in, and exhale. Watch your breath. Then ask yourself – “Who is Breathing?”! ! What is this knowingness in you and me? What is this energy, or who is writing this, who is it in you whom is reading this? Why am I me, and not you?

Who made your bones, and gave you blood; the arteries, veins, muscles and organs that coordinate like a fine orchestra?! 
 There are probably no answers to the questions above. They are not meant to have answers. Even if they did, by the time they become words, the meaning is lost. They are meant for you to enquire deeper into yourself, beyond this body.

As I look back with amusement at my earlier years. Before I turned 20 years old, I was already practicing Nadi Shodana (Alternate nostril breathing method used in Yoga as a technique to relax the body) with Marijuana. And Kapalabti with cocaine. When I told this to my teachers in the ashram, they were tickled helpless. Who would have guessed that somebody with a fierce death wish, addicted to unorthodox ways to numb childhood trauma, now turns the same passion towards knowing myself.

I consider myself a late learner. Only at the age of 28, when most of my peers have gotten married and had kids, that I discovered I could not fall in love. It took an auto immune disorder, Eczema and a string of heart breaking relationships, to make me finally admit – I have a problem and I don’t know what it is. For the first time in my life I realized I have a soul; and I am not my body.

We carry our body wherever we go, and its difficult to remember that it will go one day. We identify so much with what we see and touch, our accomplishments, bank accounts, our children, our bodies and faces and even how many lovers we have had. But all tangible things are subject to change. They are not truths.

Our bodies, no matter now well we take care of it, will cease to serve us at some time. That is for sure. And then, we will have to change to a new piece of garment; just as we would change into new clothing after a shower.

This body is not our truth. Only that which does not change nor decay over time, is the truth. How much love and joy you have brought to the world, the good and the growth you created for people, your legacy – these are more true than the body.

And perhaps most true of all – Your soul, do you know your soul, and upon releasing that last exhale, how quick you can return back to the source. This is more true than your net worth.

If I could encourage you to enquire just a wee bit deeper into your existence today, I am fulfilled. May we all die with as much light in our eyes as we were born with.

(C) Linda Loo

Healing Trauma on Yoga

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More than a few Yogis and Yoginis have experienced the occasional emotional release during a Yoga class. Sometimes it comes with a warning – you know that an emotion is brewing as you assume a few specific Asana. Sometimes it just hits you – like a sudden downpour of rain in the middle of a sunny day.

When we were first born as a baby, we are mostly flexible. Toddlers are still pretty flexible; as they grow up gradually, the body begins to stiffen. Stuck emotional energy, repressed pain and unresolved trauma can get lodged into various body parts, joints and muscles. By the time we become adult, we are rigid as a stick.

The first 4 limbs of Yoga – Yama (Code of conduct to others), Niyama (Code of conduct to self), Asana (Physical Yoga Posture) and Pranayama (Breathing Control) are what we call external cultivation. This means that we practice them using an outer awareness.

When we assume an Asana, the bending and twisting action exposes some parts of our body that are otherwise inaccessible during the normal position of our body throughout a typical day of standing, sitting or walking. We then breathe into the body part that hurts most, and concentrate the mind onto the stretch or mild pain. In a way, we are bringing light into the dark parts of ourself that we never wanted to face. As the blocked energy begins to release, a variety of symptoms – ranging from intense deeper breathing, sighing, crying and even cartharsis could happen.

While it is not definite that crying or major cartharsis must happen in order for the practioner to achieve healing, such emotional outbursts are not bad things. It is better to be released in class, in a non harmful way, rather than to have it manifest through other imbalances in daily life. Emotional pain for example, if repressed for long, could result in formation of tumors, fibroids and other undesirable health conditions.

Science, no matter how advanced, cannot teach us what is the science of our soul, what is prayer what is god and what is compassion. Science does not answer our fundamental questions about who am I, what is the reason that I am born, and what is our relationship with god.

Yoga, on the other hand, teaches us that to get the answers to these questions, we have to study ourselves as a scientific experiment. We must be the scientist, the laboratory, and at the same time, the subject of our own enquiry.

Then when we get glimpses of these answers, which are absolute truths in their own natures, the process of Yoga releases great physical and emotional tensions. Some of which are accumulated throughout life, some through previous lives of incarnations.

The journey of discovering that these deep desires and tensions which reside in your much deeper personality, is Yoga as a scientific process.

What to do under extreme releases-

  1. If you know what is showing up, commit yourself to observing it without judgement. Do not resist, avoid, fight or be fearful of it. The key word is to observe with a neutral eye as much as possible.
  2. Keep breathing long deep continuous breaths. Don’t let there be any breaks or pauses in the breaths. Try to smooth out the jerks.
  3. Keep the mind focussed as much as you can on the pain – both body and emotional. The mind may temporarily go into comatose to avoid facing the trauma; try to gently bring the mind back to the moment.
  4. If you need to cry or make noises, scream etc, do it with love, compassion and kindness. Look at yourself with kindness; look at the situation, the memory or whatever it is, with as much softness as you can.
  5. Aim to practice consistently with the same teachers – besides leading you through a safe yoga healing process, your teacher is like a ‘space holder’. It makes a huge difference to practice with a teacher who knows you and whom you trust.

(C) Linda Loo

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Thriving on Raw on the Go! – Practical Raw Food Tips and Snacking Ideas

How to thrive on raw foods when attending business conferences or seminars that last the entire day!

Dear cherished readers, here are some practical raw food tips and snacking ideas that will help you make it through your next seminar with energy:

1. If you have no time to make a juice on the morning of the seminar, bring a pack of super green powders with you, or a bottle of marine phytoplankton, anything with a high concentration of good quality chlorophyll should work fine. We especially trust the Vitamineral Green and Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton. They are easy to transport around, easy to consume, and does the job of alkalising you immediately.

2. Bring at least 2 pieces of each – organic Apples, Kiwis, ripened Avocados, Bananas. Apples are easy to eat, kiwis can be eaten with their skin on – even if you wish to, you could peel off the skin without much effort or mess. Bananas are a gift from heaven to raw foodists. They are so easy to eat. And avocados are perfect to feed fats to the brains to keep them working!

3. Sprouted and dried Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds. Almonds are the most alkalising nuts of all, and easiest to digest too. We like to throw them into a bag with Cacao Nibs, Goji Berries and Organic Inca Berries.

4. A packet of Raw Cacao Powder for the tea break! While people make coffee, you can choose to make a heathy pick-me-up from raw cacao. It is good for the heart and saves you the crash afterwards! 

5. Bonus Tip - You can transport all your heavy stuff on day 1 of your seminar in a luggage trolley bag, and then ask for permission to deposit your foods with the premise fridge. In fact if it is air conditioned area, you could just store them at a cool corner table and label your name. That way you save some hassle for the next few days. 

Are these useful to you? Do write to us if you wish to have any raw food question answered and we can address that in our next newsletter. Big hugs!

Check out our Online Store HERE for quality superfoods!

(C) Linda Loo

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Eating Disorders – Walking through bulimia and becoming free – Part 1

“Addiction: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.”

Some of you who read my bioautography would know, that I was addicted to bulimia for more than a good decade. The most intensive period of addiction I had was the initial years right after I switched my lifestyle. I cut out all cooked processed foods, alcohol, smoking and switched almost completely to raw foods.

The clarity that came along with a diet clean up was too overwhelming for me, and at that time, I had no defence against my emotions. Gave up bread, rice, sugar everything that numbs the senses, i was vibrating high, but my psyche was not ready to handle that.

So, for a good 3 years, i used bulimia as a tool to dull the senses while I did work on myself. The problem with bulimia is that, it can be unnoticed for years, sometimes for their entire lifetimes. Bulimics are clever people, and they good at covering their tracks.

For one, you often could not tell whether a person is bulimic unless he/she shares with you. With an above average intelligence, bulimics often KNOW deep down, that nobody can help them unless they do.

An addiction is an addiction. Whether it is to gambling, smoking, drugs, sex, food, binge-puke etc, it is still an addiction. The formula is the same:

Negative Emotion + Perfectionism + Destructive Behavior = Addiction

In the case of bulimia, there are a number of possible triggers, but most of them are rooted in self hatred.

The phrase ‘self hatred‘ itself is a big word. There are so many causal pathways, that could fill an entire book. In the case of bulimia, when bulimics take such a violent act of bingeing and throwing up, they are essentially punishing themselves, acting out of a loathing they secretly hide.

In this first article of Eating Disorders – Walking through bulimia and becoming free, let me first highlight the importance of walking through and getting out from eating disorders as early as possible, as loving as possible.

1. Health

Both bulimics and aneroxics (another common form of eating disorder that exhibits signs of food aversion, often to the point of starvation) are at high risk of heath breakdowns. Bulimics are especially prone to osteoporosis and tooth decay because of over acidity. Stomach acids are good for the stomach but not good in the mouth. The repeated action of throwing up renders the body in a constant acidic condition. Hormonal malfunctions are common because the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline every time you binge and puke. The body literally thinks it’s undergoing attack. This constant pumping of adrenaline racks your hormones. I’m not joking, if you can’t see life beyond the toilet bowl, you may not be alive for very long.

2. Relationships

Most often than not, bulimics have a tough experience when it comes to social, work and family relationships. Because their emotions are fluctuating between high and low, the experiences they have with others in their lives also fluctuate between passive aggressive. They are either:

- Feeling constantly overwhelmed, unduely stressed, over accommodating, over optimistic, even apologetic to the point of being a “doormat”; or

- Over domineering, overwhelming to others and have a compulsive impetus to high achieving.

Sometimes the bulimic feels the full spectrum of passive aggressive behavior over the course of a single day. This makes their working relationships especially challenging to manage, both for the bulimic and the colleagues.

3. Love Relationships

Before you can love others or give love to others, you first have to give love to yourself. Bulimics are people with great love, but unfortunately due to the causal pathways of addiction, their love is blocked. They are incapable of loving and caring for others authentically because they are in energy deficit everyday. Each time you do the act of binge purge, you are creating what is called an “energy dent“. With barely enough energy to get through the day, there is not much left to give to others. It is ironical because bulimics are often the people who desires most to give love to others. And it can be very sad, for the people around who loves them and wants to see them well.

4. Abundance and Success

We create our outer world experiences; we are responsible for every result we have. Every one of them. When a bulimic creates “energy dents” consistently, year after year, the energy they attract are far from pleasant. When they encounter good energies, or highly conscious people, this energy runs tangent to them. That means they don’t meet, or merge. At worst, they invite bullying abusive behaviors. And this is a huge stumbling block in personal success. It becomes literally a self fulfilling cycle of more self abuse, inability to achieve life goals, more self loathing, and then self abuse again.

(C) Linda Loo

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Thriving on Raw!

Dear cherished reader, 

have you ever encountered strange stares and questioning moments when you opt for healthy options e.g. salads at a social setting?

I was at a business conference last week, and for meal breaks, they had “fine catering”.

There were trays of fried “gourmet” stuff kept warm by candle flames beneath the trays.

As I scanned all the dishes for some signs of nutrition, I observed with dismay there is very little, almost zero life energy in the catered food. Minerals and vitamins are sparse, and chlorophyll is zilch.

Everyday in the seminar room, at about 1pm onwards, people struggled to stay awake. Even for those who had their eyes plastered wide open, I know they have stopped following the training slides.

When the speaker asked questions, most of the time, there were only less than 5 people who raised their hands or answered. Most of the time the room was in deathly silence.

So how do I keep myself energetic at conferences like this? Did I eat lunch; if yes, what? Did I bring my own raw foods? How did I handle all the strange questions from other course mates?

We will share with you in the next newsletter.

Human nature by default is resistant to changes, but most great shifts in our human evolution are caused by people who dared to think out of convention. We had the courage to ask ourselves “What is Food?” 7 years ago, and untill today, we are still enquiring. It is this enquiry process that helps us progress beyond merely eating for the sake of survival, for the sake of social company or for the sake of convenience and media conditioning. We eat to THRIVE, so that we can become our greatest potential.

Every great theory is ridiculed before it is accepted as a norm. Imagine if Columbus gave up after people ridiculed his theory, we would still be ignorantly thinking the world is flat isn’t it?

We are not saying there is something wrong with eating nutrient void, zero energy foods; but we are saying you have a choice! You can choose not to; you have an option to say no to lousy foods and say yes to good-for-you foods. You can make and eat healthy delicious variations of junk foods and feel great, look great, suffer less illnesses and have your brains outperform themselves. Sounds like a pretty good deal isn’t it?

Don’t believe us yet, come join us in RFTTC to learn how to prepare delicious living foods, snacks that will wow your loved ones, your neighbors and of course yourself.

Have you locked in your spot for our upcoming Raw Foods Teacher Course (RFTTC) in end Jan 2015? We have already registered Super Earlies who locked in their extremely valuable price. The Early Bird offer is available till 31st Dec 2014, don’t miss that too! This is a skill that saves lives, and stays with you for LIFE!

I hope to see you on the other side of your screen, hugs! :)

(C) Linda Loo

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We are Born to Be Well!

Great healers like Hippocrates, Ann Wigmore, and Max Gerson advocate something in common – their theory is that true healing means bringing back the body to its natural condition.

At Light Love Laughter, our philosophy is that there is nothing to cure; there is simply Restoration.

When you practice Yoga combined with living foods, super foods, fresh unprocessed quality nutrients, your body shines for you. It becomes beautiful, strong and supple. Mind becomes clear and focused. Spirit sings with joy. The physical body brings the first forms of transformation – less white hair, glowing skin and shining eyes.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and seeds, mineral-dense super foods, medicinal herbs, and shrubs. They are grown from Earth, wholesome, and by eating them natural as they are, we preserve the Earth element. This Earth element is important because your body is made from Earth too. In case you are wondering, yes we (or rather our bodies) are bio decomposable.

Any processing, treatments or over cooking destroys and takes away the Earth element.

Innately we all have healing capabilities; our bodies are created to be strong healthy machines. The moment you treat the body rightly, you restore it back to its natural state. The natural state is wellness.

You don’t have to believe us. But try it first!

Here’s a challenge for you: Go raw for a weekend. Go high raw, if not full. Notice the differences. Observe the changes in your skin, hair, and eyes. Notice your sense of taste, smell, and hearing. Notice your shift to greater emotional awareness and mental clarity.

Cheers to youth, vitality and radiant health!

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(C) Linda Loo

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Pranayama Power! – Applications in Daily Life

Dear cherished reader, have you experienced pranayama practices before?

Pranayama Yoga refers to the practice of applying various breathing techniques to expand the Prana / Breath body - or the Aura / Presence / Energy Field of a person.

There are several ways you can use Pranayama to up sports performance and enhance daily life.

(*Disclaimer – the suggestions below are applicable for those who are athletically very active and generally fit people. Do not attempt the strenuous sports unless you already are doing so, or as advised by your health guru.) 

1. Swimming
In between the laps while resting, instead of just breathing normally to catch our breath, the Nadi Shodan can slow down the heart rate much faster. As you progressively make the laps, you will feel a renewed energy for powerful strokes.

Just 10 Nadi Shodans in between say 3-4 laps, can accelerate exercise stamina incredibly.

Normally it takes a few minutes before heart rate normalize; with Nadi Shodan, it gets significantly faster.

2. Interval Training for Stamina
This can be applied to both running, or strength training. One of the most effective ways to increase stamina for distance running is to engage in interval training. This means that we work our heart rate up fast, and then take a break to allow heart rate to drop. Just before the heart rate reaches below a certain cardio zone, we make the next dash.

Now, if we apply Ujayi (deep throat breathing) during the breaks, we recover faster (meaning we can cover more circuits in the same time), and there is more energy when we make the next sprint or interval.

When performing the Ujayi in between workouts, there is a natural tendency to rush because the lungs is calling out for oxygen. Make an effort to slow down the breathing, employing Ujayi technique, deep into the diaphragm, and then out through the nose. This method strengthens respiratory and lungs capacity, giving an edge to your interval training.

If you don’t believe this, experiment! Perform conscious Ujayis in between your next workouts, and watch how your heart calms down faster than before. Don’t forget to measure your running speed so you know how much your stamina progresses. 

3. Insomnia No More
A rarely used, but powerful way of breathing – called the Bhramari Breath, or the Bumble Bee / Humming Bee breath, works wonders to relief insomnia.

Inhale through the nose, and then exhale in a humming sound with the mouth closed. If you are to place your finger right below your nostrils, you will feel a soft gradual gust of breath flow out gently. You are using sound vibration to tone and massage the upper body organs.

To relief insomnia, just stick your forefingers into each side of your ears to close up the outer world sounds. Close your eyes, inhale and exhale in a nice long hum. Until you are totally out of breath, repeat again.

Perform this preferably in a private space, for 10 rounds, and then feel the deep sense of calm descend.

Yoga is an Art and Science so deep that would take more than one lifetime to master! The more we learn the more we realise there is more to discover. However, one thing that is proven which we already know for sure – it works wonders for the human body.

(C) Linda Loo

“Yoga is the dance between the light and the dark within you. The light is what brings you back to the mat, and the darkness is what you uncover there. Don’t be afraid of this darkness; these are only shadows and though you’ll have to walk down some pretty dark alleys, remember you are grounded in the light, and that light will set you free.”
- Amy Jirsa

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