Got Duhkha?

What is this?  This Sanskrit word translates to “suffering”    “pain”   ” restriction” 

This is NOT  a “physical”  pain or  restriction.  It is a mental restriction.

Duhkha works on our minds.  It a quality of mind that gives us a feeling of being “restricted” Its where we experience a limitation, a “squeezing” so to speak…

It is not physical pain, yet it can be a mental suffering  associated with illness.

It could manifest as anxiety or stress… of trying to hold onto things –  especially things that are constantly changing (thoughts, emotions, anyone?) 

It can be a basic feeling of unsatisfactoriness towards our life –  and it pervades all Humans because all forms of life are constantly changing…  Nature is always in a state of flux…

Suffering begins in our minds…   

It starts in our minds my friends!

Maybe due to almost 90,000 thoughts/ day that we have?

There is both happiness and sorrow in the world…  neither are permanent because they both are subject to change.

W all have  Duhkha …    we all experience mental suffering..

How are you handling your Duhkha ? 

How about a quick yoga stretch?   20 minutes a day helps reduce physical and mental restrictions!

This video (1/2 lecture and 1/2 yoga stretches) was made due to my frustrations of constant negativity that I see on Social Media….

This video was spur of the moment as I need a quick stretch to handle MY Duhkha…

Peace out Peeps. Try to find your Center….

Have a clear mind peeps. Seek Truth

Four things are usually manifesting in this world, on a daily basis.   

Basically, we don’t see things as they really are And this can cause us distress ..

They are: 

1.) Asmita –  Ego:  the sense that we have to be right, and better than other people.

2.) Raga – Wants/Desires   Making demands.  We want things we do not have.  More simply, we want something because it brought us pleasure (in past) but we do not necessarily need it today.   – or –  what we do have is not enough

We want to keep what we are asked to give away

3.) Dvesa – rejection or refusal:  if we have had a difficult experience (wit  something or someone) we are afraid of repeating it, so we reject the people, thoughts, etc. that relate to the experience. 

Also, we can reject the unfamiliar because we have no experience with it.

4.) Abhinivesa: -Fear:  we have uncertainty and doubts, we are afraid of being judged, and we fear aging. We fear death.

In yoga we call this incorrect comprehension – Avidya.  It  also translates as misconceptions, misunderstandings, incorrect knowledge…  Another  interpretation could be mistaking illusion to be reality

When we are able to remove any barrier, or see through/past misconception, all will become clear…

Avidya, this incorrect comprehension,  is pretty hard to perceive within ourselves, so we look to the 4 separate branches to try and identify what is really  going on, within ourselves and perhaps the world around us….

One should become aware that these 4 branches are always manifesting.. Sometimes one branch  at a time, or perhaps all four branches. For example,

I had a chocolate chip cookie over lunch, it was so tasty, I ate two more, when I really did not need two more cookies.  (Raga – a want / desire)    – or –

Devesa (my rejection of something I had a bad experience with in the past) is creating Fear (Abhinivesa) in me today…

Whichever unconscious response is arising, the mind becomes more dependent on the habit. Then, we just accept yesterday (its actions , thoughts, responses) as the norm of today.  When this happens the mind, our perception, can become “cloudy” . We could lose clarity of a situation. We could make false moves when we are not thinking through things carefully.  If the mind is cloaked, or weighed down, we usually are not making sound judgments.  

I experience this on a daily basis. Especially in my job, on texts and e-mails, etc. However, I never had  an awareness of it until my yoga studies.   Now, I actually chuckle at myself and think, “Yup. Avidya….. It’s manifesting”   I notice the branch, what my habit is, or more importantly, I notice my cloudy/unclear thought/perception, and how it just screwed me.

 I do make demands. Can you believe it? It’s either ego (asmita) manifesting, or I am making a demand due to fear (abhinivesa) I am not to proud to say I have fear – and an ego. (well, the ego is only sometimes. haha). I do reject things too. Especially seafood… I reject seafood… yuck… (this is another blog post)

Coming back to the serious side of this blog, until one practices yoga, or studies its philosophy, or reads this blog, you might not even know that the branches are alive in your life and the world around you.  You might not even be aware of how they can tangle up and choke you….

So know that Yoga is “the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption

and a main goal of yoga is to “reduce the film of Avidya in order to act correctly.

 My daily goal, as a practicing yogini, is to recognize when and how Avidya shows up and what changes I can make (in my daily actions) to:

  • achieve more clarity of a situation
  • lessen my suffering
  • lessen the suffering of others, due to my actions
  • helps others work on themselves –

My wish and my duty as a yoga teacher is to help others achieve the same clarity I aim for.

Be a Seeker of Truth, my fellow peeps,

Try to reduce the film of Avidya in your daily life, to have a clear perception of yourself, and of the world around you.

and as always keep it fresh!

No Fancy Title….Just some thoughts

An old friend recently commented about how I have changed physically & spiritually. Well, I am not sure about the physical, except maybe a bit older and a bit heavier with age ?   LOL

 The spiritual ?  Yes,  definitely !  And you know what?    I could say it was because of him.

 Not my spirituality,  but our situation led to me to my  first Yoga class.  

And that first class set me on a different path…

The first step has to be awareness.   It’s a deeper level of understanding.  And when I made a connection  to this awareness, this deeper part  of me – my higher  Self – I changed. 

My spirituality has been a 13 year journey.  It still is a journey.    Its daily (sometimes hour by hour), it’s  weekly,  it’s monthly, and it can be a battle,  that’s for sure…  It’s not easy to look at yourself… to truly look at yourself with all the baggage,  emotions,  negative experiences that come up… (more on this in a Meditation Blog)

For now, since it’s the time of year for Holiday celebrations, I would like to share Russell Brand’s quick video on Spirituality… You  might not understand some of it, but do understand that it doesn’t matter if we are Catholic, Christian, Jewish or a student of the Vedas & Indian Philosophy….We are all ONE.

In these last few days of the year,  look beyond any fear of religion.  Go past the desire of commercialism, and try to find something deeper. And try to find it in yourself.

 Then strengthen your connection to that deeper part of you, not just once, but  every day.   If you do, your life will change.    Just as mine did ….

Peace out Peeps and keep it fresh!