Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. As George Carlin put it, “the paradox of our time in history is we have more….” (I’ll share more about this later.)
How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels
We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet.
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“Our leaders got confused.
So we are all leaders now.
They told us there was nothing we could do.
They were wrong.
When we tell ourselves
There is nothing we can do, we are wrong.
….We’re all making the soup.
we’re all eating.
We’re all weaving the cloth
we’re all wearing.”
– Ruth Herbert and Paloma Pavel
While in the corporate world I was paid to be a Change Agent.
Change Agent Definition: A change agent is a person from inside or outside the organization who helps an organization transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.
My job was to inspire people within an organization to “do something.” I’d go in and interview staff about what wasn’t working and in response I’d most often hear “we’ve always done it this way.” What was in common every time was 1. The desire to change. 2. The awareness things weren’t working. 3. Leadership not doing anything different than what had been tried before.
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Compassion in Action: Green Tara is usually depicted as a compassionate being (Mother Buddha) ready to step down from her lotus throne to offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.
This was filmed with the mantra om tare tuttare sure swaha in mind.
Mantra Meaning: From your heart of compassion, please help me to let go and release all blockages so I may have peace, clarity and happiness.
In the teachings of the Dalai Lama he reminds us “that when we chant the Green Tara mantra, we are not simply asking for Tara’s blessings and help with our lives and our “real world” problems. Actually, we are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and to achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.”
For me being near the water always promotes the feminine, lunar energy of nurturance. I need that in my life and I know you do too. Jim’s sound vibration makes this mantra even more powerful. I appreciate how he adds in English lyrics as well, “the secret of feeling alive is to love.”
All of the quotes within the video are from Rumi whose writings to me exemplify universal LOVE.
Join Jim Beckwith and me on the Island of Love, Bali, March 27 – April 3, 2015
#Bali #YogaRetreat: Beauty.Art.Love.Inspiration
Music by http://www.jimbeckwithmusic.com
His new album River of Song out now.
I am so grateful for my meditation practice & I love teaching others as I am here at Prana del Mar Retreat Center. I can’t wait to lead another retreat here again: Gratitude & Manifestation November 30 – December 7, 2013!
“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment.” -Rinpoche