February 2019 - Inner Revolution Yoga Studio

February 27, 2019

Attachment is the association with what is mine. The ego wants to own and control and attachment is the ego’s way of controlling. When it comes to our thoughts if we attach to a particular thought we begin to identify with this thought. We are not our thoughts. This identification with our thoughts and emotions is what causes our suffering.

February 26, 2019

Resistance is a form of force. When we resist we close down, we contract, we fight, we push. When we resist things that are already happening we are creating more friction, more resistance. Resistance is a measure of the opposition to current flow in an electrical circuit. When we move our energy in the opposite direction we do not more forward. When we have resistance to our thoughts we are using more energy and pushing it in the wrong direction. So what do we do? First we need to understand that thoughts are just thoughts. They only gain energy when we feed into those thoughts. The first step is that step of awareness and noticing. Not to push against it but notice and then release it.

February 25, 2019

What does it mean to react? A reaction happens when one responds to something. When our nervous system tells us we need an immediate response. For example when you put your hand on a hot stove your reaction is to immediately remove your hand so that it does not get burned. Reaction to move ourselves out of harm is a positive feedback loop. Reaction to our thoughts and our emotions can have an effect of  closing us down and creating a response in the body that is real and if in fact we are not in danger our body is still reacting as if we are. Our physical bodies are intelligent but we react the same way we would if we think we are touching a hot stove and the emotions starts to surface our body will move through the same physiological reactions. This is why stress is so damaging for our bodies.

Next time when a worrying or stressful thought pops into your mind see if you can notice and not react. To not react means to not let that worrying or stressful thought move into another worrying or stressful thought. Bringing awareness to this reaction response will help create more space between your thoughts. It gives us time to notice and stop the future train of worrying and stressful thoughts.  Like the above image says molecules on the left have a greater chance of combining…like if we create more worrying and stressful thoughts then we will be in a position to become more reactive.

February 22, 2019

Emotional intelligence  is teaching human beings how to feel all of their emotions and how to appropriately communicate them. On of the biggest advantages to being emotionally intelligent is that once we learn to feel that emotion it no longer takes up space in our body. If it no longer takes up space in our body it no longer feeds our pain body. This form of education will help humans release trauma at the site so that they no longer carry it with them in their body.

February 21, 2019

The pain body is this concept that our bodies hold all of our memories and experiences on earth. When we have an experience on earth that we hold on to this experience gets imprinted in our body. Some of these experiences create space and ease in the body while other experiences create contraction and disease. The pain body feeds on this contraction and disease and as long as we give in to this the pain body grows. When we become aware that we are feeding our pain body we can stop feeding it. Once we stop feeding this pain body we can sit with the contraction and disease to release it out of our body.

February 20, 2019

Each day one of our rituals is to go for a walk in nature. Once we are in the woods we ask for nature to send us a lesson or a teaching for the day. A few days ago our lesson was the wind. As the wind blows it moves in the path of least resistance. It encounters obstacles but then changes its direction to move in the path of least resistance. When we face obstacles in our journey can we find the path of least resistance?

February 19, 2019

Elemental learning is a form of knowledge that comes from the elements.  To begin this work we look towards natures elements for answers or lessons.

Listen to the wind and contemplate its awarness to find your answers.

Look into the fire and feel the heat to observes its lesson.

Touch the earth and anchor in to expand your energy to absorb more wisdom.

Embody the water (drink it, swim in it, immerse yourself with it) to feel the flow and open to the universal direction.

Reflect on space. Open it up in your body and mind.

February 18, 2019

When a child chooses us as their parent it is our  job on this earth is to raise  connected humans. Ones that understand their dharma and how to share it with the world. Humans that respect themselves, others and the earth. Humans that understand that karma is real and the universal debit is always paid back with interest. The job of being a mother or father is not an easy role. Some of us rise to the challenge while others constantly make the same mistakes only to rebirth old patterns that keep getting moved along the DNA. A family we do choose. We choose to learn from each family member. To love and respect each other on all paths of choice. To let go of control and let each member of our family learn their own lessons. To trust in the process. To grow in the process. To make mistakes. To honour thy self.

February 14, 2019

Love is the strongest healing vibration there is. The more we open ourselves up to give and receive love the better earth will be. Love is to feel great affection for ourselves and others. This emotion has been gifted to us to use. Here are some fun LOVE facts!

1. Both males and females must have adequate testosterone for sexual attraction.

Yes, even women have small amounts of testosterone. Testosterone creates desire as well as aggressive behavior, which may push you to pursue the person who is creating this desire.

2. We can sense and are attracted to a person with a different immune system.

If this isn’t bizarre, I don’t know what is. This finding came about during a study conducted by Claude Wedekind of the University of Switzerland. He had women test subjects smell unwashed T-shirts of men. Women consistently preferred the smell of the man’s shirt whose immune system was different than their own. Apparently the same findings were discovered in rodents.

3. Falling in love is as addicting as cocaine or nicotine.

Dopamine, a chemical that is released during the initial attraction stage of the relationship is also activated when using cocaine and nicotine. It gives you that rush of pleasure and happiness that makes those drugs so addicting. It also enhances the release of testosterone, which as stated above is essential for attraction. I suppose falling in love would be the safer drug of choice if you had to choose between the three.

4. Love can literally make you crazy.

Something you may or may not know about love is that it can lead to serious infatuation. The same levels of serotonin that bring about the infatuation are found in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder. This is probably why you cannot seem to think of anyone else when you have fallen in love.

5. Love needs to be “blind” for survival.

It does not seem to matter what others say to a new lover—he or she is always perfect in our eyes. This blindness is critical for us to move forward in our relationship and is usually required to move onto the “attachment stage” as scientists call it so that they can stay in love long enough to have and raise children; in other words, to populate the earth.

6. Your nerve cells work better during the first year of love.

A protein in our bodies called Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) that is important for the functions of certain sympathetic and sensory nerve cells seems to thrive during the first year of being in love. Basically our senses are heightened and our fight or flight response system is more active during young love.

7. Romantic love and the love between a mother and child share a similar chemical connection.

The hormone oxytocin is released during child birth and when a child nurses as well as during orgasm. Oxytocin is thought to help long-term bonding.

8. When you take away one of the key “bonding” hormones, the attachment will disappear.

A study was done on prairie voles, a rodent that forms a long-term mating pair, where the hormone vasopressin was suppressed. These pore voles lost their interest in their mate immediately and did not even protect one another from new mates.

9. We are attracted to those who look and/or smell similar to one of our parents.

As creepy as this sounds, a partner who looks similar to one of our parents is found to be comforting. If you are a female and your father wore certain cologne, it is a familiar and comforting scent. This makes sense, but let’s not bring Freud into this.

10. We also tend to fall in love with someone who looks like ourselves.

Talk about narcissistic, right? Aside from facial features, hair color and eye color, we also tend to be attracted to those with the same lung volumes, ear lobe lengths and metabolic rates.

Although we might not want to think about these things when we are falling head over heels, it might be necessary to remind ourselves to not completely lose our heads in the chemical love spell we are surely under.

Sources: BBC: The Science of LoveWiki: Biological Basis of LoveBBC: Sensual Signals