Monthly Archives: September 2014

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5 Steps to having BOTH spiritual and material power

Gone are the days where we think we could only walk the spiritual path in seclusion; living inside caves or mountains. Thank goodness for great spiritual teachings, from the likes of Swami Muktananda, who taught us that life greatest learnings and fulfilment  come from balancing spiritualism and materialism; and not one at the expense of the other.

Anybody on the path will know that the value of your cultivation increases when you do it in the real material world. For example, setting up a business and using scripture teachings to run your business – this is many times tougher than living ascetically in the mountains.

To strike a balance between mind and heart in business is like walking on a tight rope. You have to be very aware, very alert and observant of your own thoughts, intentions, as well as  a bridge between divine guidance and urban dwelling.

1. Reflect at the end of everyday. If you are not already doing so, try this on. Spend the last 10 minutes of your day, before you go to sleep, contemplating your day. Mentally go through the events, encounters, interactions, people that you met with. Observe with detail whether you are closer to your goals today than yesterday. Ponder on the things that caused emotions to arise, especially those that left you feeling lousy.

And ask yourself, “What actually happened, what are the facts, what did I do, or not do, to have created this; what is the impact, what did I learn, how can I be better tomorrow?” If there are emotions arising during this time, let it arise, feel it, then let it go. Emotions don’t last more than 10 minutes if we allow it to play out; but if we don’t, they can result in years of suppression, and affect our behaviour in undesirable ways that we blind to.

2. Move vigorously everyday! Find a way to perspire everyday – jogging, dancing, gardening, yoga whatever activity that you enjoy. Our favourite is dynamic Yoga with lots of salutations, movements and endurance. We literally turn into a tap (pouring sweat) during workouts, and afterwards you feel over the moon. Its so important to perspire regularly, not only the toxins are removed, but emotions that were lodged in our joints are released out. And it also regulates the fluid function (a second chakra activity) of our body,  restoring natural hormonal imbalances. Just make sure you drink enough clean filtered water to replenish fluid loss.

3. Live with your heart on your sleeves Not literally, but metaphorically. You know, this existence, this life that you and I have, this world that we have known for as long as we are alive, is but a pretty bubble. An illusion that Sutras call “Maya”. It is a stage of drama with you as the super star. Everything that matters is that relationship and dialogue you maintain with Divine, everything and everybody else is there for you to make use of. All for an ultimate objective – uniting with Divine. So, what is there to scheme, to lie, to fake? If you see anything not right, out of integrity, people bullying others, etc, and you know that your opinion makes an impact, then speak up. Do it with as much love and compassion as you can afford. Quit the falsities, but of course make sure you uphold integrity within yourself first. When you live this way, your thoughts, words and actions, how you are with yourself, how you are with others, will all snap into alignment. This is power in itself.

4. God wants you well. This world exists for you to break free, and the resources of this world is given by Divine for your cultivation. It is not Divine’s plan for us to suffer, be in debt or broke, or be miserable prolongedly. Of course things happen, many of them could be unpleasant. The focal point is not for us to conclude that we are victims; but to know that whenever we are in great pain God is sending us a huge message. Buddha said “All life is suffering”; but he does not mean us to take his words in a literal sense.

All life is suffering, read it with the heart, feel it, feel its weight. And then enquire deeper, keep asking “Who am I?”, “Why am I here, in this life?”. And share the insights, share the process with others in your life. Stay with the enquiry process, no matter how young or old you are, because that is the most important essence of any spiritual path, the journey of enquiry. Which is I believe, one of the ways that Buddha meant for us to benefit from his Dharma.

5. Make use of Sound Invocation Mantras, which are ancient sound vibrations that are encoded with a consciousness beyond our intellectual understanding. When various syllabus are pronounced, specific parts of our brains are activated. Think of how many percent of the brain the average man uses – less than 10%. Even Albert Einstein, a Scientist considered to be of genius level, uses less than half his brain. Imagine who you can be when you can activate more parts of your brain to work for you? Think willpower, skills, talents, intelligence, speed of thinking – all of which can lead to greater material fulfilment.

Here is an ancient Mantra – called the Gayatri Mantra.When sang 3 times morning and night, it leads to higher Knowledge, Understanding and Truth :Ohm Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Tatsa Vitu Vahrae Niyam Bhargo Devahsya Dyimayee Dhiyoyo Nah Pratcho Dhaya

(C) Linda Loo

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3 Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipes to beat the haze!

We had been under a haze for the past one week, gone are the days of long hikes, walks and outdoor games. Man, even my dog is complaining!

But one of the fantastic thing about raw foodists is that we believe in using nutrition to make life work for us. So we found that by tweaking our usual smoothies, we can increase immunity, boost lung capacity, and speed up elimination rate. Read on to see 3 new immune boosting recipes that we are sharing with you!

 

Antioxidant Bomb

1 Cup Pineapple Cubes

1 Cup Watermelon Cubes

1 Cup Apple Cubes (Jazz or Rose apples)

2 Squirts Marine Phytoplankton

2 Cups Coconut Water

 

Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour out and enjoy!

 

Berry Fizzle

2 Cups Papaya Cubes

1 Cup Goji Berries (soaked in a little water for 30min)

1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

3 Tbs Inca Dried Berries

2 Capsules of Probiotic Powder

Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy immediately, or keep in a bottle in the fridge for the friendly bacteria to multiply. Stays good up to 3 days in the fridge.

 

Chocolate Popsicles

2 Cups Frozen Banana Chunks

1 Tbs Vitamineral Green Powder

2 Tbs Yacon Syrup

3 Tbs Raw Cacao Powder

1 Cup Chia Gel (1/2 cup dry seeds soaked in 1 cup water)

1/2 Cup Water

Blend all ingredients in a blender, pour into popsicle trays or ice cube trays, and freeze. This is so good on a hot summer day (It is summer all year round in Singapore!).

 

 

Short on time? Check out our Ultimate Health Pack for busy professionals like yourself who wants the punch without the fuss. Extra value, all super foods, easy to use, and so delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Keys to having a Powerful Yoga Practice!

1. Tapas – The Sanskrit word meaning fire, discipline and action. It refers to one’s attitude of pursuing goals, making things happen, striving for improvement and progress. Any Yogi or Yogini would know it is impossible to progress on your practice without hard work and effort. For example, if you wish to master a specific advanced asana like Hanumansana (split), you need to set aside time to stretch the hamstrings, loosen the hips and strengthen the lower back.

2. Svadhyaya – ‘Sva’ means self, ‘dhyaya’ means study. This is the Sanskrit word for self study. So many commercial Yoga studios never even touch the importance of observing oneself’s conduct in their classes. This is in fact, one of the precepts under Niyama – which is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Svadhyaya means to always study and introspect ourself. During an Asana, where it is painful, emotion shows up – watch to see if the pain or tension is moving or easing off in any particular angle? Keep observing and breathing into the pain, and become aware to the relief, and how different it felt when you last did the same Asana.

Outside of Asana, it also means to maintain awareness of ourself, our thoughts, words and actions, our impact on others. And then scrutinise them closely. Did we say something uncalled for today? Is there any area which we could have demonstrated more balance in our actions? These are all necessary in daily action including those times when we are not in a Yoga class.

3. Ishvara Pranidhana – This means to surrender to a higher Divine, or God. Besides the first 2 points highlighted, this is equally important in ensuring progress. Tapas MUST be balanced with Ishvara Pranidhana, and Svadhyaya is more effective when it is done in dialogue with God. Humans are imperfect, that’s the beauty because we can strive towards perfection and make that our practice.

Ishvara Pranidhana includes the process of detaching from the outcomes. It does not mean we should adopt a sloppy careless attitude. We must still practice Tapas to move towards our goals and purposes, but after we done our best, then its time to let go and let God.

Ishvara Pranidhana is even more necessary for Yoga/Meditation and spiritual teachers. There is a higher power behind our existence and awareness, and the burden of the world does not fall on your shoulders.

(C) Linda Loo