How To Understand What Yoga Really Is (Without Distortion) By Understanding The True Definition Of Karma

Yoga, as it is defined by function and purpose, is simply the practice and process of using a proven system of self-discovery to attain the highest state of consciousness that you (and all other human beings) are capable of attaining during the one life that you are manifested into your unique and personal human expression throughout all of time and history.

And this is important to note because your focus on the “one” (from which all emerged, and the one expression that you are born into) should always be at the center of your practice although your current atoms are repurposed from the atoms of decayed “others” from the past, and your body is created using passed on and rearranged DNA that connects you to common human ancestors (and also to all related species from the past, present, and future, to all living things going back to the first unicellular organism, and even back to the very first elements that formed cells and all materials that exist within the whole of creation to begin with as well).

Yoga operates on the premise that everything that has happened up until this point in your (individual historical) expression (if we observe the world from your perspective that is) has led up to this moment in which you exist based on the collective Karma (WHICH SIMPLY–AND NEUTRALLY–MEANS ACTIONS THAT HAVE A CAUSE AND EFFECT IN THE WORLD). Whether you are looking at the Karma of the Big Bang, the Karma of your cultural/historical context, or the Karma of something you did, said, or ate yesterday, Karma is not a judgment, or value, system. Karma is simply a word/process/phenomena that explains the interconnectedness of all things.

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The Importance of Stress Reduction For Optimal Heart Health And Overall Well-Being

Our hearts, brains, and guts are key control centers for processing and managing emotions and for keeping us alive, well, and fully functioning as we navigate through life. And the effects of stress on each of these centers, and, therefore, our overall well-being is becoming clearer with more research each day.

While normal stress (engaging in new and novel activities and interactions, learning and growing, participating in healthy physical activities, etc) is necessary for helping us to grow and develop resilience and happiness in life, overwhelming, chronic, and toxic (destructive to our mental health) stress has a definite negative impact on our health and overall well-being (physiologically in and in all possible ways).

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Always Ensure That You Are Connecting, Not Dissociating, With Yourself Through Your Yoga And Meditation Practice

If you have been practicing correctly, even for a short amount of time, you will know that true Yoga and meditation (and certainly the higher state of consciousness known as Samadhi) is marked by greater presence, wholeness, awareness, and connection to your true self and reality. “Being in the world but not of it” is not the same as disconnection from your self and/or from reality itself, which in psychology is often referred to as a state of dissociation.

Dissociation, in the psychological sense, is marked by a disconnection from your self and reality due to extreme stress and overwhelm that creates the subconscious need to escape from, and tune-out, presence as opposed to increasing it. This “tuning-out” allows an overwhelmed psyche to more effectively cope with the intensity of life or a stressful situation, bringing temporary relief which may prevent an affected individual from “falling apart” while he/she interfaces in/with the world.

While dissociation creates a sense of separation and detachment from oneself and reality–almost like being in a dream-state while remaining “awake,” a state in which one perceives one’s consciousness as being separated from, and not fully present in, one’s experience in one way or another–true Yoga and meditation generate an internal experience that creates a deeper connection, and stronger presence, in oneself and “reality.”

This presence creates greater awareness and understanding, more peace, and a healthier ability to cope with the stresses and uncertainties of life and the world as opposed to diminishing one’s presence in the world to escape the stresses of life. Dissociation, therefore, creates temporary (and unhealthy if left unchecked) relief from suffering, while Yoga and mediation create more mental resilience to effectively manage stress and suffering and successfully rise above it.

This is a key differentiation.

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