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Your Health
by Pati Kearns
Yoga Spirit at Dance, Etc.
Close Of The Year
As we near the close of the year, the timing has ripened
to take a look back and ask ourselves some pivotal
questions. Am I a better person than I was when the year
began? Have I learned, assimilated, and practiced that which
is most essential to happiness? Have I dedicated myself to
benefiting other beings? Have I checked my intention and
asked myself why I am doing a particular thing? Have I
decreased my anger? My worry? Jealousy? Have I
increased my compassion? Faith? Love? Without
introspection, we live on the surface, never penetrating the
depths of who we are and why we’re here.
A few things I know to be true. When I genuinely care
about and want to help other beings there is alignment. It’s
right. The same is true when I’m in gratitude. Every part of
me knows it’s right. If I’m angry, or gossiping, for certain,
there is a part of me that knows I’m out of alignment, that
it’s simply wrong.
It takes training and practice to change. As my dear
teacher Khenpo explains, if we want to accomplish
something, such as being a great chef or playing the piano
well, it takes training and lots of practice. We can’t try the
piano for a few times and say it doesn’t work, we are the
ones who have to make the effort to make it work.
In life, we all want to be happy. This, too, requires some
training. We need to know what happiness is (short answer:
less anger, anxiety, jealousy, greed, arrogance and
ignorance). And we need to know how to get there: become
aware of our thinking and change it when its negative,
increase our compassion, faith, love, and wisdom.
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche (Khenpo) will be
rd
teaching a winter retreat December 27 – January 3 at the
Greek Isles Hotel in Las Vegas. The fee is $150 for all eight
days. Rooms are available for those who would like to stay.
Pati Kearns teaches Yoga and meditation at Dance Etc.
Call 279-9523 for more information.
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