Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Outreach Yoga Challenge - Day 24 All we need is Love

On or off your yoga mat, always try to find stillness in your breath and notice the moment. Let go of the past and trust the Universe when it comes to your future. All that is, is now. Nothing is permanent. Stay connected to others through community and love. John Lennon famously reminds us, 'All you need is love, love is all we need'.
Being from Liverpool, the Beatles are a part of my life, and its great to be from a part of the world that is known everywhere for beats of the scouse boys. I've been missing 'familiar' lately, my aura feels 'lacking' but I'm embracing change with an open heart, not just in the external world. Thanks for embracing me back Canada, I'm so grateful to be here, play me another Beatles tune?

Epigenetics reveal that our environment determines the growth and reproduction of each seed and cell. Rather than a pre-determined destiny, based on previous experiences, genetics or out-dated prophecies, we have  the power to program our reality simply by choosing our vibrational state. Pretty cool huh?

Choosing to see Beauty in all things fills our Hearts with Gratitude. Beauty inspires and delights our senses, and we remember all life is Sacred, perfect and profound. Attuning our senses to Beauty and the glorious nature of creation provides a nourishing environment for our cells to thrive!

Just for today ...
Be present to the Beauty all around. Open your gaze and let yourself be amazed at the infinite ways Love is expressed in the world, pat a puppy, smile at a stranger, open a door, let someone out in traffic, volunteer, have a voice, look at the colours of autumn, give your coat to a homeless guy. Know this is simply a reflection of the Beauty you are, and will always BE. Pay attention to when you find yourself repulsed by something you judge as ugly or imperfect. Give thanks and courageously seek to find the Beauty in the illusion of imperfection. As you do, you return to innocence, purify the Heart-Mind and raise your vibration into one of Love and Gratitude. This provides the optimum environment for our cells to thrive, programming them to deliver more and more to be grateful for!
This is how we Birth New Reality.  

"The new science of epigenetics recognizes that environmental signals are the primary regulators of gene activity. As described in book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, cells read and respond to the conditions of their environment using membrane protein perception switches. Activated switches send signals to control behavior and regulate the activity of the genes.  This editing process can provide for normal or dysfunctional protein products from the same gene. You can be born with healthy genes and through epigenetic processes, express mutant behaviours, such as cancer. Similarly, you can be born with defective mutant genes, and through epigenetic mechanisms, create normal healthy proteins and functions. Perceptions shape biology and behaviour. The conventional belief that the genome represents the equivalent of a computer's 'read-only' program is now proven to be false. Epigenetic mechanisms modify the readout of genetic the code-- which means that genes actually represent 'read-write' programs, wherein life experiences actively redefine an individual's genetic expression. The 'new' biology is based upon the fact that perception controls behaviour and gene activity!

The control is with YOU."

A couple blogs ago I suggested researching your passion, your inspirations, finding a mentor you aspire to, some spiritual guidance. If you are new to Yoga, or a devotee, here is a head start to the Yogi's essential reading list (I'm still working my way through!) Read with a purpose, feed your intelligence you were born with! Every considered you were being numbed down by reality shows, junk food and constant advertising to brainwash us all into consumerism madness?
If you have any additional great books on Yoga to share, please leave a comment with the advice, would love to hear from you!
• Anatomy of Hatha Yoga : H. David Coulter
• Anatomy of Movement : Blandine Calais-Germain
• Bhagvad Gita for the Common Man : the Vedanta Kesari Vol 95, No 12, December 2008
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika : Yoga Swami Svatmarama
• Iyengar Illustrated Light on Yoga : BKS Iyengar
• Kundalini Yoga Physical Wisdom : as taught by Yogi Bhanjan, compiled and illustrated by Harijot Kaur Khalsa

• Sahaja Yoga : Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
• Surya Namaskar and Mantras : author unknown
• The Book of the Vedas : Virender Kumar Arya
• The Kundalini Yoga Experience : Guru Dharam S. Khalsa and Darryl O’Keeffe
• YinSights : Bernie Clark
• Yoga of Sound : Russill Paul
• Ayurveda Encyclopedia : Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha
• Bhagavad Gita,  A New Translation : Stephen Mitchell

• Bhagavad-gita As It Is : A. C.  Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
• Co Ex System as Systemic Phenomena : Stan Grof
• Deepak Chopra 7 Spiritual Laws : Deepak Chopra MD and David Simon MD
• Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light : Namkhai Norbu
• Ego, Hunger and Aggression, the Gestalt therapy of Sensory Awakening : F.S. Perls
• Family Secrets : John Bradshaw
• Family Soul : Burt Hillenger
• Love’ s Hidden Symmetry : Burt Hillenger
• Paramhansa Autobiography of a Yogi : Paramhansa Yogananda
• Pathways to Healing : Don Ollsin
• Phenomenological approach in Psychotherapy : Burt Hillenger
• Pranayama, beyond the fundamentals : Richard Rosen
• Raja Yoga : Patanjali
• Repetiton Compulsion : Freud
• Siddhartha : Hermann Hesse
• Taoism : Eva Wong
• The Essential Yoga Sutras : Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally
• The Mozart Effect : Don G. Campbell
• The Science of Flexibility : Michael Alter
• The Roar of Silence : Don G. Campbell
• The Web That Has No Weaver : Ted Kaptchuk
• Yoga for Wellness : Gary Kraftsow
• Yoga, the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness : Erich Schiffmann

Thanks for following the challenge, sing me out Beattles, my mum used to sing this song to me... she still does... I've been wearing your  hippy jacket, from the 70's? It looks like autumn and feels like you mummy, guess you are cycling the streets of vancouver with me afterall... I miss familiar...

If you'd like to leave a donation for Outreach an amazing charity, for whom I'm writing this blog in support of, that would be tres formidable!

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