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The Yin and the Yang of life

Yin yang

 

Candy crush is an interesting game but being stuck at a level leaves me struggling to devise ways and means to clear the boxes. Unable to remove the jelly with various techniques I almost gave up when I realised that what happens at the bottom of the box is a cause and effect of what happened at the top, a couple of moves earlier. For an effect to take place at one end it is not necessary for an action to happen around the location. A sequence of actions at a far off location send a ripple which in turn brings the three candies together to create the effect required. So it is with life.

Life is about balance. Today is not a result of yesterday. It is the result of a lot of today’s gone by. I guess balance would be about eating the candy today so that you can reach the next level today – not tomorrow. It would be about living today the way it should be lived. Balance is about living the yin and the yang at a given moment. If you are angry at a situation or a person then there is a lot of yang energy around you. Balance is achieved in this case by keeping calm or by being silent. By calmness you allow the yin energy to balance the moment. You have altered the flow of energy. Being angry or yelling creates more yang energy and creates an imbalance which imbalances the flow around you. By neutralising the two energies you have achieved the yin and yang balance and achieved harmony. That is what every moment is about – achieving a state of harmony to create a life that is balanced.

There is no situation where there is only yin or only yang. With sadness there is happiness. When we walk the circle of life, we will walk through the yin and the yang. One will give rise to another. So whatever we go through in life be it yin or yang, one will always succeed the other. The balance is achieved by being comfortable with the flow of energy as it passes from one phase to another.
To find the balance we need to see the yang in the yin and the yin in the yang. When we do that we have learnt to balance life and create an equilibrium that makes our today as perfect as it can be.

———  Sabinder Singh

The joy of living

Reiki healing

 

Reiki has now become a way of living. As I cannot imagine a day where I do no yoga, I cannot imagine a day where I do no reiki. The more I do reiki, the more I understand about life and the simplicity of all that happens around us and within us. I now know that everything around us is an act of creation – a creation that has sprung up from our mind. Every person, every situation and every act around us is a manifestation of our beliefs, our thoughts, our strengths and our limitations. We alone have the power to create our lives and we alone are responsible for our circumstances.

Here are some beautiful words that echo my belief in what life is:
1. You receive a Body
You may like it or not, but it is yours for this life-time.

2. You will learn Lessons
You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called ‘Life’. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid

3. There are no Mistakes, Only Lessons
Growth is a process of trial and error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the one that ultimately works

4. A Lesson is repeated until it is Learned
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go to the next lesson.

5. Learning Lessons Does not End
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better than “Here”
When your “There” has become a “Here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “Here”.

7. Others are Merely Mirrors of You
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you Make of Your Life is up to You
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. The Answers Lie Inside You
The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All You need to do is look, listen and trust.

10. Whether you think you can or can’t – in either case you’ll be right

 

—–   Sabinder Singh

The universe is abundant

I was collecting sea shells with my daughter and there were thousands of shells scattered on the beach, all washed ashore by the waves. We had planned to make a sea shell box and were collecting the shells so that we could stick them on a box, to make it look pretty. My daughter had collected quite a bit so I suggested we leave and come back if we needed more. My excited daughter happily skipped beside me and said: “there are so many shells, I can never pick all of them.” But we do not need all of them, I replied, “we need enough to complete the box”.
I looked at the sea with its endless supply of shells scattered on the beach. There was enough for everyone, if everyone just picked up what they required. If we had tried to amass all that was on the beach that day, there would never be enough. Not for us and not for anyone. Nature provides for us constantly.  There is plenty for each one. Plenty as per our requirement. When we want to amass more than we need, we let our greed take over and then the scarcity starts, because we are hoarding and no longer simply replenishing ourselves.
abundance
Why do we have this need to keep a security blanket around ourselves at all times? We do this with the food we eat, the clothes we buy, the items we display, the time at our disposal and whatever we think enhances our life. Does this need stem from an underlying fear of having nothing. Nothing means you are a nobody and being a nobody means you are left all alone. Is that so terrifying? Not really I thought.
When I let go of the fear that I will not be left with much, I found the fear replaced with the thought of “plenty”.  I realised there was plenty around me. I also realised  that the universe will always provide for you and me. If you really want something you will get it. It is the law of the universe. I know for sure that when I constantly think about something it just happens leaving me pleasantly surprised every time. I am learning to trust and let go and amazingly life is responding by becoming so easy. Imagine quitting all that worrying and leaving it all in the comforting hands of this infinite energy source. When you want something for yourself, just ask for it with all your heart and soul – and you will get it, if it is good for you.
The energy is all around us. When we create a thought we set into motion a pattern that attracts more similar thoughts that tap into the energy to create our reality. So think thoughts of abundance, thoughts of plenty thoughts to create a richer life. And spend a moment counting your many blessings 🙂
~ Sabinder Singh

Joy & the Immune System

Happiness is one of the greatest antibiotics available to us. It creates balance in the blood and releases stress by flushing out damaging toxins. Studies have shown that depression leads to lowered T lymphocytes. Negative emotions will therefore contribute to prolonged infection. Just by staying relaxed and happy you can boost your immune response.

A way to build the immune system is to focus on the thymus gland. The thymus gland is an important organ of the immune system. It regulates the level of prana or life energy within the body. In scientific terms the thymus gland is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells. T cells protect the body from viruses and infections and form a part of the immune system. The thymus produces and secretes thymosin, a hormone necessary for T cell development and production.

For those allergic to environmental changes an increase in allergy symptoms indicates that our immune system is working overtime. A stuffy nose, inflamed eyes or a sore throat are a result of the mucous produced by the immune system, when it fights, invading infections. If the immune system is not strong the bacteria can go deeper in the body and cause fever or pain and even aching in the joints.

In complementary medicine this gland is of vital importance for the life energy available within the body. This gland is located between the heart and throat chakra right where the two collarbones meet. The thymus sits above the higher eighth chakra and is associated with immune system function for the rest of your aura.

An important quality of the thymus is an expression of uniqueness – what is natural and unique to you. When you repress your qualities you suppress life energy. This results in stress and an inclination towards stress producing illness. If you relax the nervous system the symptoms of allergies start decreasing and diminish over time.

Yoga asanas are an excellent way of relaxing the nervous system. Some Yoga postures that focus on deep breathing and relax the nervous system are:

Kapalbharti – a brilliant technique for allergies as it forces the mucous out of the body.

The Tortoise pose, the Pigeon, the Fish, the Boat, the Bow and the Bridge – stimulates both the thymus gland and the immune system.

Inversions and Forward Bends like – Downward Facing Dog pose (improves the flow of the sinuses and help flush mucous from the lungs).

Camel pose (opens the chest and lungs).

Cobra pose (increases lung mobility).

Basic yoga poses and breathing exercises induce a state of happiness. This state is not just a result of the exercise induced dopamine but goes deeper. The mind-body connection created in yoga brings change at a cellular level. Yoga breathing activates the Parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga integrates mind, body and spirit and therein lies the beauty of this discipline. This connectedness brings forth a deep well of joy and peace. Therein lies the happiness.

~ Sabinder Kaur 

 

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