CAN YOU FIND PEACE BY AVOIDING LIFE?
BY DIANNA LUCAS
There is a rich and flowering place within each of us. Close your eyes and envision yourself entering the lush and fragrant gardens of your mind and heart.
There is an opportunity to explore the freedom to create a healthy, meaningful life through integrating your body, mind, and spirit with a sense of clarity and gratitude. By focusing attention to all three aspects of the self, by developing an awareness of the needs and desires of others, and considering the practice of generosity, a sense of wholeness and balance envelops the individual.
Yoga is so much more than a series of ancient postures perfected over time in a studio… it is a way of living.
There are many ways to “live yoga” and Yoga can be practiced on many levels. Having an open, compassionate heart is a true goal of a practice. Jesus, Bhudda, Krishna, Kuan Yin, The Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, The Divine Mother, all have a common thread, they live(d) a life of service, full of love and compassion. Compassion can spring from considering your actions from three levels, your thinking mind, your spirit (or your heart), and your body. Keeping thoughts, words, and actions all in alignment with the practice of ‘nonviolence’ (the use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about change) can be challenging in this contemporary culture.
I am most often asked how to make time to fit things into already packed schedules. The first step is to assess where you are, the second is to determine your destination, and third, to create action steps to get there. There really is no finish line, so it becomes an ongoing process of growth, measured by success and a sense of peace. There are six essential elements of wellness that help in connecting all of these aspects. What you eat, and drink, how you move, breathe, think, and rest are the building blocks for your well-being.
Is there such a thing as yogic eating?
Absolutely! Making healthy choices instead of convenient ones, making vegetarian, even vegan choices create a lower impact on the earth, not to mention on your digestive system. Reducing the amount of packaged foods that you consume has a two-fold benefit. You will reduce waste products in the environment, and you will consume fewer refined foods, which are full of additives and toxins. By eating locally grown whole foods, you will reduce the waste of fossil fuels from trucking in foods from afar, and will benefit local businesses. Remember there are degrees with any practice! Finding balance means beginning with a level of comfort so that one does not become discouraged and give up.
Dianna Lucas is a transformational lifestyle coach, Anusara influenced yogi, organic gardener, an avid chanter and foodie. She hosts classes and workshops in movement and meditation. She continually finds her edge as the loving mother of a teenage daughter and attributes her smile to her Bhakti Yoga practice.
She has been practicing and teaching meditation for 35 years. She believes that there is a form of meditation for each individual and is committed to finding what works best for the personality as well as the chosen lifestyle. “The only way we can change is by choosing to do so.”
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