Ethics, Empathy and Generosity are three efforts that work together. Nipun Mehta, Ian Baker and Yogic Practices assist us in retaining all three qualities.
From the Newly Released book by Ian Baker, ‘Tibetan Yoga, Principles and Practices’
“Since Everything is but an apparition
Perfect in being what it is,
Having nothing to do with good or bad,
Acceptance or rejection,
One might as well burst out laughing!”
Longchen Rabjampa Drime Ozer, 14th century
“Nonetheless, as indicated by Lonchenpa’s remark on the opposite page (p.252) concerning liberating laughter, non-dual mirth and cachinnation can serve spiritual functions that recall the essential role of play and humor in authentic religious life. The loss of appreciation of make-believe in adult life is prefigured in the loss of the original meaning of the English word, ‘silly’, which in its earliest iteration ‘sely’ once meant ‘holy’. Ian Baker
For those who have hung around me a little bit or in session know I tend to abide in laughter in all situations. Great liberation arrives with “loud-subduing laughter from the core of one’s being.” Ian Baker
As inspired, cultivate a good sense of humour and laugh often.
Get Involved at Service Space
The opposite of Narcissism is EMPATHY. Yet, sometime people who are narcissists are very energetically sensitive. This is not from being empathic…it is from amplifying neurotic behavior within the electromagnetic field of their body. They have started to sell their soul to an external perception of self and force.
As a society, we are conditioned to enable NARCISSIsM through Social Media and everyday life. We validate the dis-EASE. The reason I write about this because it is a growing illness and you can help. Validating the condition is like feeding an alcoholic a beer. What narcissism leads to is additional mental illnesses, disease in the physical, emotional & spiritual bodies, abuse, depression, anxiety, addiction and a society that is ‘ill’. So, the next time you “like” those Boobs, Abs, Bottoms, and/or “LOOK at ME I am important” SHOTS. Think twice. How you can help is encourage the individual to get some professional help and be of service to humanity.
If you feel you have a shade of grey of narcissism running through you…you might stop and think about why you really are posting another selfie of you. OR Ask yourself what are you going to serve? See there are a lot of people suffering silently and even if you are all that and a bag of chips…your post might actually cause more harm than good. With awareness, we can make a healthy society. I am pretty certain that we have objectified the HUMAN body enough and could manage to take a few more HUMILITY lessons. As inspire, read some of the classic signs of a narcissist (please do not diagnosis self or others…use this as a list to gain perspective.) https://bestlifeonline.com/narcissist-signs/
As mentioned, if you feel this is ‘you’ get some professional help.
There are approximately 326 million people in the U.S. (The U.S. population has increased) and 6% percent of them have narcissistic personality disorder, which equals 19,560,000 people. If each of those people narcissistically abuse just five people during their lives, that amounts to an additional 97.8 million people!
If you apply the same formula to the world population using the current population estimate of 7.5 billion, are you ready for this?
3.3% of 7.5 billion = 247,500,000 people with antisocial personality disorder
6% of 7.5 billion= 450,000,000 people with narcissistic personality disorder
247,500,000 + 450,000,000 = 697,500,000 people who lack empathy, or are without a conscience. If each of those people narcissistically abuse just five people during their lives, the tally of potential damage affects over 3.4 billion people!” https://psychcentral.com/lib/author/bree-bonchay/
To Be NOTED: I am using this syntax to address clinic psychological pathologies. Empathy in this setting is defined with 3 parts: Cognitive, Emotional and Compassionate. From an electromagnetic perspective, if one is trained the energy of suffering is transmuted and brought back into the harmony this is what occurs in sound treatments, shamanic practices and acupuncture. From a Buddhist, perspective true compassion would encompass all these through the deepening of one’s practice. In the West, many yogis and spiritual people extend “compassion” as pity or a sentiment. They have not developed the practice of compassion or actively follow precepts to daily extend compassion for the benefit of all beings.
Eyes Open…Words Drop
Heart jolts…BE ‘will’
Hold Bolt…SIT Still
Immortality Illustrate… sT
Vulnerability takes Courage
Which can lead to two powerful experiences…a deeper level of intimacy with ‘self’ and others. Which ultimately opens a gateway into the ‘NEXT’ through the heart…
Now, you might ask, “Why on earth do I want to be vulnerable?” Well, ‘she’ will simply say, “So you truly know what it means to experience Self ‘LOVE’.”
The benefit of truly loving ‘self’ is that you are ready to authentically and transparently love others…which includes a partner, your family, friends, and even strangers…In addition, your world view shifts and inner peace arrives… Suffering ENDS!
In her humble, opinion this is the greatest gift we can give to ‘self’, humanity, planet earth and the universe…
How do you know if you are there yet?
Ask yourself these questions…
Are you at peace with everything and everyone in your life?
Is your mind empty and heart clear?
Do you see everyone in their highest reflection and only speak of them
Has judgement, doubt and fear dropped from your thoughts and conversations?
If you answered ‘NO’ to any of these questions…then examine where to bring in your courage to be honest with ‘self’. Then, welcome in the moment where you might feel like running the other way…take a deep breath and SIT within the truth and vulnerability you might find within these questions and answers!
If you are ready…DIVE in, Explore ‘SELF’ and discover the calm within.
‘She’ speaks from experience that within each threshold ‘she’ has passed within her heart…a deeper level of love, compassion and humility has been revealed to ‘she’ for ‘self’ and others.
…WHICH can lead ‘US’ to the most profound understanding of the heart and the world system we exist in…
Feel into the moment and learn how to share the emotions you want to build upon. Creating good vibrations with self and the world around you.
Take a Sacred Journey with ‘She’ (Aka Suzanne Toro)
An Ayurvedic Retreat and Zen Adventure ~Bali, Indonesia
November 2nd – November 9th ~ 8 Days/ 7 Nights
The Island “Gods” of Bali and Ocean’s Essence have called ‘She’ with the Energy of Shiva+Shakti leading her to offer a Zen Adventure, Vision Quest and Ayurvedic Retreat.
We will Play, Quest and Pray.
She has mindfully planned a journey that will leave you with a deeper understanding of Ayurveda, Zen Practices and Mind-Body-Heart-Soul Well Being. You will have new tools to balance your Dosha, techniques to deepen your practices in Yoga (Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the entire ‘8’ Limb System). In addition, you will participate in sacred traditional ways that will connect you deeper to your soul, open your mind & heart to the unseen, assist you in embracing your free will, and guide you to rediscover harmony from within. Ultimately, you will BALANCE your Mind, Body, Heart and Soul.
Integrated into this adventure is a 3-day Vision Quest lead by ‘She’ that will be supported by several Sacred Ceremonies, Indigenous Practices and Mother Nature. ‘She’ will guide you; yet, you will discover ‘a vision’ to take home with you and integrate into your life.
This is a unique opportunity to experience life from all directions with the love and support from a compassionate team, traditional elders and a joyful guide…’She’. Come and enjoy this intimate retreat that will transform and regenerate you under the mindful eye of ‘She’ (Suzanne Toro) and the Island of Bali. Especially designed for those who want to deepen their inner wisdom (aka teachers), in healing & recovery from disharmony in the mind-body, in a life transition and/or ready to take a respite.
You will create peace, awaken a vision and unleash JOY.
Connect with Upcoming Meditations, Retreats and Workshops!
Are you ready to listen deeper and meet the guidance needed to meet your life with clarity, focus and ease. Indoor to Outdoor to Indoor Retreats & Quests
As we are entering the ‘Spring Season’ and as we migrate from repose to action, there is always plenty of time to connect with the retracting ‘Yin’ (Feminine) energy and the rising ‘Yang’ (Masculine) energy. By sitting in the silence, reflection, creativity and creating space for forward movement you will have better insight for where and how to direct your energy.
Taking time for a formal retreat (silent and/dharma focused), VisionQuest or DreamingQuest is an opportunity to deepen your spiritual practices, heal, transform and do focused inner work.
The retreat and quests are very private, held in remote locations and take focus. The results stay with you for the rest of this life and maybe into the next. My attention to detail, my guests well being, ancient traditions passed down to me and the support of my elders insures that I provided you with a safe and integral container to do the work in. In addition, my deep reverence for and relationship with Mother Nature create a supportive guide for your journey.
I am super excited to add Ecuador to be the hub for the private to semi-private Retreats, Pilgrimage, Quests & Journeys…from the Andean Mountains to the Sea.
Inquire, if you would like to learn more book your private, semi-private or small group retreat or Quest. Customized to meet the needs of the individual and group.