Karma

My Guru

You remember in a very recent post with the Holy Grail being laid out as three simple words:

 

Relax

Live Longer

Well, I was too tired to lay it all out and explain this subtly complex but ridiculously simple belief system.  But I’ve got the energy now.  The point in life is not to obligate yourself or discipline yourself or put expectations on yourself but just live.  That’s it.

Breathe and meditate for 15 minutes morning and night.

Eat well.

That’s it.  Just live.  Relax and live.  Long life will follow.

We always complicate things, don’t we?

When someone tells you your terminal cancer is growing like a Colorado wildfire and another person tells you shark cartilage plus aloe plus an acid killing agent is THE KEY, you go for it.  Right?  Wouldn’t you?  Even if it cost over $1,000 but had some good track record data?  I mean, this guy tells me sharks never, ever get cancer.  I found out much later, after I’ve ordered the crap, that they do, indeed, get cancer.

When someone tells you this person is a great healer, you want to believe it when you pray together over the phone…and you even take away some useful things and visualize accordingly.

When someone tells you you have terminal cancer you will open up your pocketbook to any charlatan, snake oil salesmen and well-intentioned goofball on the planet.

Almost all of them convince you their cure will be the one.  (Except my guru.) They are always careful not to make you think it’s a silver bullet because who believes in Silver Bullets?  But when I was up in Wilkesboro the chiropractor there told us his vitamin C treatment was the only one to penetrate the blood-brain barrier.  That’s some serious she-yot if that’s what was actually happening.  What was most likely happening was that the vitamin C, a wickedly high anti-oxident, especially at his 5-hour infusion 5 times a week dosage, was just counteracting the oxidizing effects of my chemotherapy, Temodar.  You see, almost all chemos use oxidization to kill cancer cells.  We think of oxygen as great but in this case you need to think of it as rust.  Oxygen is actually one of the most destructive compounds on the planet — hence the obsession with antioxidents.  My chemo was meant to rust my cancer but I was putting tons of vitamin C to offset that rusting process.  I was killing the killer of my chemo.

So, the point is, that when you feel you’re on death row you’ll open up your wallet and devote hours and hours a day (Hell, Whatever It Takes!) doing some “alternative,” natural cures, if it might be the one, it just might NOT be the one more often than it is actually THE ONE.  The fact is that being an alternative, natural guy, these things appealed to me and sounded silver-bullet-esque in the face of death.

Not so says my Guru.  Chemo is the answer.  No alternative “healer” has ever said that to me.  Chemo.  Good?  Whaaat?

He’s probably the only guy who tells me he has no cure for my cancer.  Even the acupuncturist tells me the acupuncture world is not allowed to say they have a cure, implying that repeated visits will result in a cure.

He’s not one to foist ideas on you.  Instead, he asks, “do you have any questions for me, Adam?”

QUESTION:  I am tired of all the stuff in my house and tired of the clutter and want to keep things neat and uncluttered.

EXPECTED RESPONSE:  Yes, there is much worthiness in an ascetic lifestyle and an ascetic home.

HE THROWS ME A RIDICULOUS MARIANO RIVERA CUT FASTBALL:  No, that is not important.  In fact, it is irrelevant. Buy more stuff!”

QUESTION:  I have a hard time emptying my mind when I meditate.

EXPECTED RESPONSE:  It takes years to get to that point but we’ll get there.

ACTUAL RESPONSE:  What is the the brain’s job, Adam?  To think.  Your brain creates over one million thoughts in a day, most of which we aren’t even aware of.  Why stop something from doing its job?

QUESTION:  I’m supposed to breathe in for 7 seconds, hold for 4 and breathe out twice as long through my nostrils for 14 seconds.  At least that’s what I learned in yoga.

EXPECTED:  Yes, that is what is preferred.

ACTUAL:  Just breathe naturally.  (He then shows me how to breathe in and out.  It is SO natural).  NOTHING FORCED!!!!  Not at all disciplined like yoga.

In talking he offers up this comment:  “This lady comes to me and says which of these supplements should I take?

EXPECTED RESPONSE:  A, B, not C but definitely D.

ACTUAL RESPONSE:  Eat a healthy diet and you don’t need supplements.  In fact, they’re worthless.  Throw them away now!

MY RESPONSE:  So I should take my shark cartilage and aloe and…

RESPONSE:  No.  Just meditate and eat well.

Relax.  Live a long life.

A-ha!  The sneaky bastard was promising longer life.  He just didn’t offer something HE could give to ME.  I would have to find it.  With his caring guidance, of course.

That’s what it’s all about.  Relax.  Live long life.

This guy offers Laughter Yoga tomorrow and since laughter stimulates the immune system much more than anything they’ve ever found, I’ll be there.

Just ready to bust a gut!

TODAY’S POST

I’m Staying Put

Written a minute ago

At the first appointment, my guru claimed he couldn’t cure me of cancer.

Today I told him I knew fear and stress were the main enemies of the immune system and I’ve been afraid and stressed.

He tells me I’m staying put.

We talk through it.  Why would you pack your suitcase for New York if you’re not going.  You’re staying put and do nothing to prepare for going anywhere.

We meditate.  He answers a few questions.

I think he’s right.

Wooten & Adam

Link to Adam’s Obituary from Observer

Staring Over the Abyss…Just Jump!

You’re either going to fly with angel wings or land on human feet.

AdamI used to think 1+1=2 was the simplest thing in the world.  Not so, my dear friend.  I learned today that the simplest thing is so simple no one ever gets it or ever really does it.  It may be the simplest thing to realize but I’m wondering how simple it’s going to be to pull off or to get across in this post.  I’ve talked to my dad, my mom, Wooten, a friend and the “discussion” always seems to take much explaining.  But it’s simple.  You know why?  Life is simple.  So simple, it’s silly.  There are really only two things that matter. Drum roll please for something that is so much more than Charlie Bucket’s Golden Ticket.  It’s the Grand Prize.  You know, the one Charlie wins when he gives back the gobstopper because he proves he’s the only kindhearted one in the story.  Just three words.

Relax

Live long

You notice the “poetic” title I came up with as I sat down to wrestle this writing beast?  You know what?  I was going to wind this tale all the way to that.  Truth be told, I’m tired.  It’s late.  This piece of enlightenment made me realize I should only do things I really feel like doing.  And if you want to know how I came up with this or who told me this you’ll just have to wait until I’m really to sit down again.

Because right now…I’m trying to let go of discipline.  Discipline is something I’ve never been good at but something that always haunted me because I wasn’t good at it.  So, I’m letting go of that.  In fact, me NOT finishing this is part of my training. I’m going to pick this thought up when I feel like it.

But I would strongly encourage you to look at those two things and see if you can add to them, argue with them or find a flaw in any of the logic presented here.

On that note, good night.

Ayurveda

Empowering you to better health

Ayurveda

Ayurveda – The Science of Life is one of the oldest systems of natural health care, originating in India over 5,000 years ago. Today, it is considered one of the leading forms of holistic medicine available in the West and it is certainly one of the best ways to improve your health.

The Buddhist monks from India introduced Ayurveda to China, Tibet, Korea, Mongolia and Sri Lanka, leaving a lasting legacy in their medical systems.

ConceptYoga and Ayurveda are twin sisters, which involve the curing of physical disorders with herbal remedies. Both systems run into deeper spiritual levels, and if practiced properly, can lead to a state of complete physical, mental and spiritual balance.

Ayurveda is SafeAyurveda medicine and other similar therapies, are very helpful for patients who are suffering from chronic diseases. Ayurvedic preparations are safe, as long as they are prescribed by a professional practitioner.

Ayurvedic Dosha (Constitutions)

Ayurveda describes three biological humors of mental and physiological energies, called doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha and each is mainly a combination of two elements. Vata dosha is made up of space and air, Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water and Kapha dosha is made up of water and earth. Each of these doshas is further divided into five sub-doshas. Together, the doshas orchestrate all the activities that occur within us.

In order to achieve good health and well-being, the three doshas, need to be in complete balance.

Ayurveda

Balancing Vata dosha

The characteristics of Vata include dryness, coolness, roughness, lightness and constant motion, which are qualities that are opposite to those in a diet and lifestyle, helping to restore balance to Vata dosha.

Dietary recommendations:

The three Ayurvedic flavors that help balance Vata are: sweet, sour and salty. Including more of these flavors in your daily diet, will help to balance Vata.

Cooked foods, served hot or warm, are ideal for balancing Vata. Leafy greens, beets, sweet potatoes and summer squash, such as zucchini and lauki squash, are the best vegetables to help you accomplish this. You should also avoid or minimize raw foods and salads, drink lots of warm water throughout the day and add suitable spices to your food, such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, dried ginger and black pepper.

Balancing Pitta Dosha:

The characteristics of Pitta, include sharpness, heat, and acidity. It also has qualities that are opposite to those in diet and lifestyle, which help to restore balance to Pitta dosha.

Dietary recommendations:

The three Ayurvedic flavors that help balance Pitta are sweet, bitter and astringent, which is why you must include more of these flavors in your daily diet.

Fresh foods are wonderful for balancing Pitta dosha. These types of fruits include, sweet juicy fruits, especially pears, which can cool a fiery Pitta very fast. Milk, rice, coconut and milkshakes made with ripe mangos are also considered soothing and Pitta-pacifying foods.

Spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel offer healing wisdom. Drink sweet lassi and drink room temperature water, to help improve digestion.

Balancing Kapha Dosha

The characteristics of Kapha, include heaviness, softness, sweetness, cold, stability and unctuousness, which are qualities that are opposite to those in diet and lifestyle and help restore balance to Kapha dosha.

Dietary recommendations

The three Ayurvedic flavors that help balance Kapha are pungent, bitter and astringent, which is why you must include more of these flavors in your daily diet.

Light and warm foods help to balance Kapha. These types of food include clear vegetable soups with beans and diced vegetables, stews made with Kapha-balancing vegetables, dhal soups and light grain/vegetable are also ideal for balancing Kapha.  It is also not recommended to eat too much salt.

Use spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, black pepper, dried ginger, asafetida (hing), cloves and fenugreek, as well as drinking warm water throughout the day, in order to balance Kapha.

Guru Ranjit has been teaching corporate wellness programs and Yoga therapy in major cities, such as New York and Charlotte for many years. Ranjit has educated many professionals and businesses, on how to use yoga therapy to manage stress, anger, depression, anxiety and sleep disorder problems.

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Karma – Enlightened Living and Higher Consciousness

Karma means action and reaction, cause and effect, the cycle of action and its consequences. Actions can be divided into two broad groups: those with a selfless motive, which are rare, and those with selfish motivation, which are common. Selfish actions can result in joy or pain, or a mixture of the two. They always create more karma, complication, and bondage because worldly desires tend to keep us stuck in worldly, karmic existence.


“The practice of karma yoga is a path to freedom from karma and its effects.”

Karma and Consciousness

There is good and bad karma. A body-mind will always have some karma, some process of activity which keeps it acting and reacting. Consciousness, on the other hand, transcends Nature and is free from karma. Therefore, the more conscious and aware we become and the more we identify with our real self or our higher consciousness, the more freedom and choice we experience. Awareness is the ultimate tool we use to liberate ourselves from the bondage of karma. Through the practice of karma yoga, we develop greater awareness. We witness the quality of our actions, how they are filled with desires, expectations, hopes, and fears.

Karmic Theory

Karma is patterns or habits in our body-mind, in our nervous system, in our thinking and emotions, and in the actions we perform every day. Our thoughts,
emotions, and desires have a way of repeating themselves, and these form karmic patterns. We inherit some of these patterns at birth, and some we create over the course of our lives. A karmic pattern can be a strength or a weakness. We can find it difficult (perhaps impossible) or easy to change. We need to develop awareness of our patterns. We can do this through meditation and self-study. Once we identify our patterns, we apply yogic techniques that allow us to act on our patterns—to respond to them, changing those that we can and accepting those we cannot. Acceptance of weakness is a great strength. It is an outcome of authentic meditation, arising from the cultivation of self-knowledge and self-love. For example, we may have a digestive problem, perhaps as a result of worry or anxiety. This health pattern undermines our energy, so we are motivated to work on it.

We may then choose to address the cause of the problem. We may change our eating habits and other lifestyle factors, and we may engage in more powerful
healing yoga methods such as breath work. Thus the old patterns may fade over time as we modify them with the new patterns we are consciously creating.

Karma and Meditation

The root cause and nature of our karmic patterns can only be fully understood
through meditation, which is the most important yogic tool for managing karma. By developing awareness, we can clearly see our karmic patterns in action and respond to them. Meditation also gives us a calmer, less emotionally reactive mind and nervous system, so that we can respond with more peace and wisdom and with less fear, anger, or attachment.

“ Positive karma negates negative karma in life cycle”.