When people talk about luck, they usually regard it as something that exists outside of themselves. The typical view is that luck is random, that some people are just “born lucky.” But the truth is that we contribute to everything we experience in life. Each of us has an innate ability to create the lives we want to live.
Karma is a simple principle of cause and effect that reminds us of our powerful creative abilities. It takes the mystery out of luck. Understanding it will allow you to shape your experiences in life.
Allergies. Something people have to deal with each spring, right? It may be normal, but normal doesn’t always mean natural! Perhaps it’s time to take another look.
Ayurveda views allergies in the light of whole-body health. Pollens, dust, mold and other common allergens cause a response in some people because of a disturbance in the digestive system, where the root of our health lies. If agni, or digestive fire, is not functioning at full strength, it’s easier to become susceptible to allergies. So if you’re suffering from the sniffles this spring, take the steps below to improve your digestion. And if you keep your digestion strong, this could be your last bout of allergies, ever.
The cold of winter draws us inward. The sky darkens, the air grows chillier and we enter a period of greater introspection. During winter we find rest and rejuvenation in savasana, corpse pose, or supta baddha konasana, reclined bound angle pose.
But the transition to spring is now upon us. Just as the buds will soon begin appearing on trees it’s time for us to move into life more fully. This is the time to open our hearts, release old perspectives and integrate what we have learned during our time inside. This is a great time to emphasize backbends, which truly open the front side of the spine.
We aren’t alone on this journey. Now that we have admitted our powerlessness, that our lives have become unmanageable, we take the next step in our recovery.
Step out of old thinking and behavior to make Step 2 work for you. It is the desire for a more joyful way of life that leads us to believe something new. We are reminded when we see the twinkle in the eyes of those who walk a path of recovery. We see that this is possible. We may not know what the future holds but we can be certain that up is the only way up from the bottom.
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