The WISDOM Podcast with Dorothy Zennuriye Juno
PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses | The Fifth Limb |  The WISDOM podcast  | S3 E65

PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses | The Fifth Limb | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E65

July 24, 2022

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PRATYAHARA ~ Awareness of the Senses ~ 

The Fifth Limb of The Yoga Sutras

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 65

 

~ See without the senses distracting or pulling the mind,  ~

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*Pratyahara is the fifth limb of yoga in the Ashtanga yoga system—also called the eight-limbed path of the yoga sutras—and it serves as a foundation for the practice of meditation.

 

Through meditation, you can better understand how to hone your awareness, connect to the present moment, and find inner peace or calm.

 

In the practice of pratyahara you draw your mind inward ~ you release the urge to immediately react to incoming sensation. You approach stilling the mind by shifting the act of sensing from an external to an internal orientation.

 

Through the practice of pratyahara, you develop concentrative powers that could be called supra ~ above sensory because the act of seeing or feeling becomes heightened to a tremendous degree. It is as though you have new eyes and ears, new senses. You perceive colour more vividly and enjoy your food more, and as you truly wake your senses, you awaken to and value the inner psychological and spiritual dimensions that are the substance and source of what you feel, see, taste, smell and hear.

 

Your attention in the practice of pratyahara is directed inwards, being totally aware of where the impulse to breathe in and breathe out arises. The total awareness of this itself is pratyahara – or drawing one’s attention into and within oneself.

 

 

I liken this to what I call a state of bliss. And yes it is a state of being that you can live in as you practice pratyahara ad as you seek to live this state more of the time – especially during the practice of meditation, mindfulness, inner contemplation, presence in this moment.

 

 

Join me for this beautiful exploration of the fourth limb of the Yoga Sutras ~ PRATYAHARA.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

* Yoga Nidra for Deep Healing and Relaxation  [YouTube]

* Yoga Nidra 'Inspired Consciousness'  [YouTube]

 

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA | Part 2/2  | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E64

Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA | Part 2/2 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E64

July 19, 2022

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Waiting to Exhale ~ PRANAYAMA

'ask dorothy' | Q & A

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 64

 

Pranayama breathing guides us into the ease of pure existence.  ~

💜

 

Do you ever catch yourself holding your breath?  Perhaps in anticipation, in anxiety, in the realization that something is not going as you had hoped?

 

Maybe your hold your breath when you think about what magic lives in store for you and your future - like when you daydream and wish and manifest your heartfelt desires?

 

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word formed by two words. Prana means a subtle life-force / ‘vital energy’ / ‘breath of life’ which gives energy to the mind and body (it is also translated as the substance of the astral world) and ayama which signifies the voluntary effort to expand, lengthen and direct life-force or prana.

Pranayama, therefore, means “extension of life force.”

 

Waiting to exhale is the other side of waiting to enjoy life’s precious moments because you are focused in the end goal rather than the entire journey and what more you seek and learn from the total sum of your experiences.

 

The lessons are the magic. They are the ways in which life avails to us the importance of our path ~ of the miracles that continue ceaselessly all around us and in all moments and with our conviction.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

What are you wishing to change or have or be that seems far reaching and yet perfect for you to discover and experience now? The perfect basis of your beautiful nature lives inside of you. To seek and know it is the essence of life in its truest form.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

* PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force  [The WISDOM Podcast S3 E63]

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [A Pranayama Practice with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force  | The Fourth Limb | Part 1/2 |  The WISDOM podcast | S3 E63

PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force | The Fourth Limb | Part 1/2 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E63

July 19, 2022

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PRANAYAMA ~ Extension of Life Force ~ 

The Fourth Limb of The Yoga Sutras   Part 1/2

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 63

 

Pranayama breathing guides us into the ease of pure existence.  ~

💜

 

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word formed by two words. Prana means a subtle life-force / ‘vital energy’ / ‘breath of life’ which gives energy to the mind and body (it is also translated as the substance of the astral world) and ayama which signifies the voluntary effort to expand, lengthen and direct life-force or prana.

Pranayama, therefore, means “extension of life force.”

 

Pranayama is essentially a process by which prana is controlled by regulating the breathing voluntarily. It involves a temporary pause or interval in the movement of breath.

The practice of pranayama according to the sutras helps in transforming the total personality by clearing mental obstructions, purifying the subtle channels (nadis) with prana flow, awakening dormant vital forces in the body, focusing attention, developing concentration and improving overall health and vitality.

 

Pranayama aims primarily at controlling the mind and suspending the mental activity and ego-consciousness in order to bring about a still mind. When the mind still and the breathing calm, the inner light of the true self shines radiantly.

 

The light of the self is always pure even though it is affected by the filters of the mind. When the filters (belief systems, mindset, thought, biases) are removed – as it is a state of pure awareness – there is only one pure light ~ the true self.

 

Join me for this beautiful exploration of the fourth limb of the Yoga Sutras ~ PRANAYAMA.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on The Yoga Sutras:

 

 

* How to Breathe Deeply with Pranayama Breathing  [A Pranayama Practice with dorothy]

* Why Taking A Deep Breath Feels Good ~ The Self-Healing Benefits of Deep Breathing: What You Need to Know  [The WISDOM BLOG]

 

* ASANA ~ A State of Being  [Podcast S3 E61]

 

The Niyamas Series

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SVADHYAYA ~Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* ISVARA PRANIDHANA ~ Surrender  [Podcast S3 E57]  * The Niyamas Series: 5/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

 

* The 10 Sacred Habits of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

* The Four Essential Principles of Meditation  [Online Course @ The School of WISDOM]

 

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

Self-Study IS Liberation | ’ask dorothy’ | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E56

Self-Study IS Liberation | ’ask dorothy’ | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E56

June 23, 2022

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'ask dorothy' | Q & A

Self-Study IS Liberation

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 56

 

~ "gnōthi seauton" ~ Know Thyself ~

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In this episode of ‘ask dorothy’ I answer the question: What are the characteristics and traits of those who self-actualize and who live in liberation and the freedom to be all that they can and more?

 

If you are here and listening, this is for you. 

We live in a society and a world in which we are taught to look outside of our self for answers, for authority, for validation, for friendship, for community; for the ideals that we are taught to strive for and the timeline for accomplishing what is deemed acceptable.

 

Nowhere is our heart more certain than when we have found another who loves and adores us.

 

The gaze is always external. Even when we are asked to know ourselves, we still compare what we see with what we perceive to be the inspired ideal.

 

Self-actualization can be misrepresented. We may have an idea and an image of what it means to experience a state of being in which we have arrived. We are here. We are complete.

 

Self-actualized people have an acceptance of who they are, including what I call ‘the ego mind’ ~ the human construct that at times pulls us in to the limited ways in which we think and act and which create our suffering.

 

When you are self-actualized you experience a drive to be creative in all aspects of your life. This is in fact how you thrive.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and LOVE right here:

 

* SVADHYAYA ~ Self-Study  [Podcast S3 E55]  * The Niyamas Series: 4/5

* TAPAS ~ Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

* SANTOSHA ~ Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3 E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

 

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

* Impermanence  'ask dorothy'  [Podcast Episode]

* The Yamas & Niyamas  [Book by Deborah Adele]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

 

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

SVADHYAYA ~ Self-Study | The Niyamas Series: 4/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E55

SVADHYAYA ~ Self-Study | The Niyamas Series: 4/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E55

June 19, 2022

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SVADHYAYA ~ Self-Study ~ 

The Niyamas Series: 4 of 5

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 55

 

~ The world gives you what you see. ~

💜

 

In this week’s episode we dive into the discipline of self-study and why this is necessary for self-fulfillment, epic growth, and personal freedom.

 

Here I share the steps for self-study and the ways in which we can experience our perceptions to invite us deeper into ourselves with love and grace and appreciation and for learning how capable we are.

The Sanskrit word for this is svadhyaya. Sanskrit is the world’s oldest language and it is the ancient and the classic language of India.

 

'Self-study' or Svadhyaya refers to knowing our true identity as divine consciousness. Think of it like this: This means that you already are ‘good enough’ capable, and perfect as you are.

 

Svadhyaya is the fourth of 5 Niyamas or observances that originate in the ancient text of the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali.

 

The Yoga Sutras or ‘threads’ (as this word translates from Sanskrit) are a collection of 196 short verses that serve as a guide to attain wisdom and self-realization on how to live in order to advance along a spiritual path towards enlightenment.

 

Beyond the postures of yoga, the scripture of the yoga sutras provides the disciplines and observances that guide you in a practical and sacred methodology – to bring greater understanding to your life experiences and the guidance for taking ownership of your life, directing it towards the fulfillment that you seek.

 

 

In this episode I cite and also quote directly from Deborah Adele’s book: . From my research and study of the Yamas and the Niyamas, I’ve found Deborah’s book to be thoroughly enjoyable to read and I love how she has woven personal stories and other wisdom teachings throughout. I will leave a link here for how you can get a copy.

 

The yogis teach that we, as human beings, are at our core ~ divine consciousness.

 

Around this pure consciousness we have been impacted by our varied experiences, our conditioning, and our belief systems. This changes the way in which we see and identify ourselves, what we believe to be true, our preferences and dislikes, and our fears ~ and imagination.

 

If you think about the various layers that we hold ~ each informed by country, culture, gender, family history, the groups we belong to, and our personal experiences, it becomes difficult to remember who we truly are.

 

Who you are is the god consciousness. You don’t need to pray to a god outside of you. You simply need to be your god consciousness far more of the time ~ to live this ~ and to realize how incredible you are as your goodness.

 

The yogis tell us that we suffer because we forget who we are. We forget that we are really the divine.

Svadhyaya or self-study is about knowing our true identity and understanding the experiences that have shaped us. We find clues to this by watching our projections, tracing our reactions back to a belief we hold, and by courageously looking at life as it is.

 

This process of knowing ourselves creates a path to freedom. The ability to shift the way in which we identify ourselves from our ego to being a witness, and finally to our true identity as the divine itself is what svadhyaya – calls the joy of self-study.

 

I close out the episode with the practical ways to embrace the teaching of Svadhyaya.  Please join me!

 

Please consider a practice of self-study.  Leave a note for me here!  Share with me what you are learning in your devotion inward.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on the Niyamas:

* The Yamas and Niyamas. Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice  [Book by Deborah Adele]

 

* SAUCHA ~ Purification  [Podcast S3E49]  * The Niyamas Series: 1/5

* SANTOSHA - Contentment  [Podcast S3 E51]  * The Niyamas Series: 2/5

* TAPAS - Self-Discipline  [Podcast S3 E53]  * The Niyamas Series: 3/5

 

The Yamas Series

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANTOSHA ~ Contentment | The Niyamas Series: 2/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E51

SANTOSHA ~ Contentment | The Niyamas Series: 2/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E51

June 5, 2022

SANTOSHA ~ Contentment ~ 

The Niyamas Series: 2 of 5

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 51

 

~ "Contentment is falling in love with your life.” - Swami Rama  ~

💜

 

Welcome to this series on the Niyamas. Niyama is Sanskrit for “rules, guidelines, or observances.” Niyamas appear in Hindu and Buddhist texts, and they are best known as the second limb of the eight limbs of yoga, as described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

 

In Indian traditions, particularly Yoga, Niyamas and their complement, Yamas, are recommended activities and habits for healthy living, spiritual enlightenment, and a liberated state of existence.

 

The five niyamas the focus of this series ~ are constructive tools for cultivating happiness and self-confidence; the opportunity to practice and live in the balance of each of these arises in almost every moment day.

 

The five Niyamas are practices to be nurtured and cultivated. They will remain with us throughout our lives taking us ever deeper into the subtle realms of our being, moving us closer to the stillness inside.

 

The Niyamas as spiritual and practical teachings lead us beyond the body (in our activity and our asanas) and our mind (in meditation). Without them, samadhi ~ a state of joyful calm, or even of rapture and beatitude, in which one maintains full mental alertness and acuity ~ would be an impossible dream.

 

I also invite to check out my 5-part series on the Yamas next. These are moral disciplines that transcend all world religions as guiding us to live of our light and our highest self. I will leave links for this series in the description.

 

 

In this episode I cite and also quote directly from Deborah Adele’s book: The Yamas and Niyamas. Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice. Her wise words guide us into the practical and the spiritual as we explore the significance of the focus of this episode and the niyama santosha or “contentment” as well as “delight, happiness, joy.”

 

Santosha invites us into contentment by taking refuge in a calm centre, opening our hearts in gratitude for what we do have, and practising the paradox of ‘not seeking’.

'Not seeking' as not needing to be seeking and grasping whilst missing out on what is right in front of us ~ and often what is pure perfection.

 

While there is always a place and a need to look forward and plan the future, it is equally important to measure this with the balance of enjoying what is right here and now and directly in front of us. This is how we cultivate contentment for ‘what is’.

 

Along with getting ready for the next thing we seek, we tend to look at people’s lives and then decide what is missing from our own, rather than appreciate what we have.

When we compare ourselves to others and envy them, we move ourselves into a state of lack and disappointment. This moves us further away from feeling contentment, complete, and whole.

 

Contentment arises out of acceptance—of life, of ourselves, and of whatever life is offering to us in the present.

If you live the practice of Santosha ~ life would instantly be happier, easier, better, and with far more freedom to enjoy ‘what is’.

When we are content, we are happy. Thus—and here is the practice of this niyama—through the power of contentment, happiness becomes our choice.

 

Please join me in this beautiful practice.  Send me a note! Let me know how you are living the practice of santosha in your life.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More WISDOM and resources on the Niyamas:

* The Yamas & Niyamas  [Book by Deborah Adele]

 

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing | The Yamas Series: 3/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E43

ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing | The Yamas Series: 3/5 | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E43

May 8, 2022

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ASTEYA ~ Non-stealing ~ 

The Yamas Series: 3 of 5

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 43

 

If you have everything and if you have the ability to have everything, you will never be in need.  ~

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Welcome to this episode and the third of a five-part series on the yamas. Yamas are the first limb of yoga in the Ashtanga yoga system.

 

The literal translation of the word Yama in Sanskrit is “restraint”. Religious texts of Hinduism and Jainism outline five yamas.

 

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, asteya is described as the emptiness that is caused by a deep loss, unfulfilled desire, and the resulting lack or insecurity, jealousy or resentment that we focus on rather than looking inward ~ which always guides us to what we can and still need to do to support our well being; and to feel fulfilled, content, peaceful, and joyful.

 

According to the teachings in the Yoga Sutra (2.37), when we perfect the principle of asteya, riches comes to us. Although material wealth may unexpectedly appear when we need it, true spiritual wealth comes when we’re complete and whole within ourselves.

 

We don’t need to envy or take from others – whether in their time, their energy, or to seek attention and approval in order to feel good about ourselves.

 

We can rest in the unconditional love and wisdom that resides within us and experience the wholeness of our true self.

 

From this sense of inner fulfillment, we naturally want to give to others rather than to take from them.

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

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More WISDOM and Non-violence:

 

* My Sacred Life: An 'I AM' Meditation  [A Meditation to support your Asteya practice]

 

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

* The Violence We Cause Others 'ask dorothy'  [Podcast Episode S3 E40]

* Yoga International [Article by Irene Petryszak ]

* The Yamas & Niyamas  [Book by Deborah Adele]

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth Sets You Free | ’ask dorothy’ | Q and A | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E42

The Truth Sets You Free | ’ask dorothy’ | Q and A | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E42

May 3, 2022

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The Truth Sets You Free

'ask dorothy'

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 42

 

~ Truth will lead you out of darkness because it is in illuminating ‘what is’ that you then may in the very next moment, find your path again and into the light.  ~

 

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This episode picks up where we left on last in our discussion of the five Yamas – moral disciplines that are recorded in the ancient philosophical texts of the Yoga Sutras and here I dive into some ‘Q and A’ on the topic of truth.

 

Truthfulness or ‘Satya’ is the second yama or limb of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and this moral vow holds many secrets for how we can free ourselves from our suffering.

 

There are many ways that truth finds you. As much as some may avoid truth’s yearnings you can never avoid or deny its huge revelations.

 

I’m going to let you in on a huge secret to what will always bring joy into your life and for what will always reassure you – to live honourably – to feel supported in your decisions – and to always guide you along a right path.

 

Satya the Sanskrit word for truth is the definitive ground. It is what supports and upholds all of your faithful decisions. It is truth that compels you to seek change and to honour what you stand for and believe in.

 

Truth is how you create relations and connection and how you show yourself to be trustworthy and reliable. You need to know ‘what is’ true with accuracy and factual information in order to make the right and best decisions.

 

Truth is not always easy. It is not always what you want to hear or know especially if what is desired is something different. Let me say here that the truth will always be what you need to know.

 

You can work with truth. You can find your way to your right answers when you have the correct and accurate information.

 

Making a decision of any importance needs to rest upon knowing the truth.

 

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

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More WISDOM and Truth:

* APARIGRAHA ~ Non-Attachment  [Podcast S3 E47]  * The Yamas Series: 5/5

* BRAHMACHARYA ~ Non-Excess  [Podcast S3 E45]  * The Yamas Series: 4/5

* ASTEYA ~ Non-Stealing  [Podcast S3 E43]  * The Yamas Series: 3/5

* SATYA ~ Truthfulness  [Podcast S3 E41]  * The Yamas Series: 2/5

* AHIMSA ~ Nonviolence  [Podcast S3 E39]  * The Yamas Series: 1/5

 

* The Violence We Cause Others 'ask dorothy'  [Podcast Episode S3 E40]

The Path of Truth  [Podcast Episode S1 E1 Part 1/3]

* The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice  [Book by Deborah Adele]

* How Do I Become Whole?  [Podcast Episode S2 E56]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode S3 E35]

* Self-Love is 'Being Love'  [Podcast Episode S3 E29]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1 Episode 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

Forgiveness is  F R E E D O M  | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E35

Forgiveness is F R E E D O M | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E35

April 10, 2022

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Forgiveness is F R E E D O M

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 35

 

-  Forgiveness is for giving yourself healing and love.  -

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Timestamps:

A Place for Forgiveness:  0-1:07 |  Podcast Theme Intro:  1:08 |  An Intro to this Episode :  2:35 | Forgiveness as a Solution:  3:44 | Change is Always a Conscious Choice:  5:25 | The Formula for Freedom:  5:51 | How to Break the Cycle:  7:20 |  Out of Your Choice to Forgive Emerges Freedom: 10:08 |  Words to Release Hurt and Suffering:  11:22 |  Peace:  14:27 |  Forgiveness For Your Own Past Actions:  15:59 |  The Greatest Power In Healing:  19:47 |  The Universal Law of Cause and Effect: 21:09 |  The Spiritual Benefits of Forgiveness:  22:08 | If there is someone that you need to forgive...  24:10 |  Forgiveness is Your Willingness to Step Forward:  26:25 |  Podcast Theme Outro:  27:23

 

There can be a place for forgiveness in your heart for the unkind and hurtful actions given by another; for any damaging and abusive behaviour together with the harmful messages that have caused you to hold doubt and a lack of confidence in yourself and of your abilities ~ and for what has evoked within you ~ to question what you know is true and best for your life.

 

I want you to know that you can find a place for forgiveness in your heart and throughout your being - that leads you out of the sadness and suffering you have felt and into freedom: freedom that releases the hurts of the past, freedom that liberates you into the moments of now ~ and no longer mired in thoughts that ruminate on the extent of the damage that has been caused to you.

 

"You break the cycle when you liberate yourself from needing to make another person see the truth of their actions and to change, you free yourself to heal, to refocus on your life, and you are able to release your suffering.

You are not responsible for fixing another person nor a relationship.

You cannot change the past.

You must simply make a decision as to what kind of relationship this is realistically able to be based on all that you have been observing ~ of the other person, and yourself."

 

You may be wondering how forgiveness is a solution; how will it change any of the replete demonstrations of someone’s unkindness, dishonesty, and disrespect ~ or worse - the inconceivable acts of rage and violence from one human being to another.

 

Something that I want you to keep in mind as we go through this episode is the fact that people who are hurting, hurt others.

 

As humans, we repeat the cycle of dishonour, disrespect, aggression, and abuse in its many forms as learned behaviours and for as long as we remain unaware of and/or if we refuse to look at these actions with honesty and reverence.

 

 

 

If you would like my help in your journey of forgiveness and healing, please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, connect with me here:  dorothy@dorothyzennuriyejuno.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

 

More Forgiveness and Healing:

* The Voice of Trauma  [Podcast Episode]

* The Cycle of Abuse Stops With You  [Podcast Episode]

* Spiritual Forgiveness *this was a great reference for me for this episode ~ read more here*

* Emotional Intelligence and Trauma  [Podcast Episode]

* Forgiveness IS F R E E D O M  [Podcast Episode]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E23

A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E23

February 20, 2022

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A Meditation of LOVE and LIGHT

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 23

~ Trust in the wisdom of your innermost dwelling self.  This is the part of you that lives awakened and of your light in the material world. ~

 

Have you ever wondered what the words 'love and light' symbolize?  What is this salutation and greeting and how can these three simple words be the guiding metaphor for you and for each one of us, to free ourselves from the conditions that hold us back from being our true self?  

 

Here and through the experience of guided meditation, embracing all religions and spiritual beliefs, let my words in this contemplative prose help you to discover your inner light and the love that you already are - to be and live in the world.

 

Love and light are the reminders of what your heart expresses in openness, in care, in love and in gratitude.  It is what you exist as now and also what you aspire to.

 

In love and light you hold the space for yourself to exist.  It is both a mantra and a reminder of how each one of us can walk through life in the pureness and grace of what we are.

 

You are love.  You are the energy of love and pure light.  If you see yourself as this; if you continue to remember that this is what you are, then you will feel at peace - comforted by your own choice to live as your light and of the playful ways that you are of love.

 

Now more than ever we thrive in our humanity; in the power of our word and our actions to live honorably - to be self-accountable and to always do the right thing.

 

In some of the episodes of The WISDOM podcast, I've previously included guided meditation because this is one important means of connecting with your highest self; to experience the energy of your heart, the energy of your being, to exist for a time as the nonphysical - to be aware of what you are beyond your mind and body and to also feel the peace and calm that exists within you.

 

I share this meditation of love and light.  It's the first in a very special series of eight of which each meditation guides you on a journey deep within yourself and to witness the inner world of peace and tranquility, of love and kindness, of grace and the true power that we all hold when we live from this place. 

 

Let your own life be guided by the presence of love and light.  Let these words be your mantra for how you approach and live in all situations and of great dignity.

 

In the comments, I'd love to hear from you as to what you experienced during and after this heart opening meditation.  It's a contemplate experience that awakens you to live as your nonphysical self - expansive and free.  

 

Please settle into a comfortable posture and give this time and space to your whole being for the reminder of what you are and the gift of how to live of love and light now and always.  

 

 

If you would like my help to feel the love and light that you are capable of living and feeling,  please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  l o v e  and  w i s d o m:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

This is Self-Love. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E14

This is Self-Love. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E14

January 16, 2022

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This is Self-Love.

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 14

- this episode is dedicated to each and every client that I have been able to help feel the love that exists within; and that they are capable of being -

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What if self-love was something that you simply need to open yourself to; and to refrain from what thoughts and then behaviours keep you closed off from feeling its incredible effects?

 

You may have been struggling with how to feel more self-love, or perhaps you want to live more alive and free in your life; less burdened with the state of your mind and the world.  

Could you more easily feel the expression of beauty in life that exists everywhere you look?

I want to share a different perspective of self-love and one that is remarkable because self-love is your optimal state of functioning. It is how you feel at your best and most confident, and in a state of love you also live more authentic and true to who you are; uncompromising, purely creative, and carefree.

 

I think of it as a natural state of bliss, heaven on earth, and something that we are all able to experience here and now, and yes even in the midst of everything that we all have been living – and especially in the last couple of years.

As you align your thoughts and actions with love, you experience your higher good and your highest self as the pure energy of light. 

This is how you feel when you flow easily with ideas, and as you welcome situations and as you are able to think and feel positively about your life and the world. It’s akin to feeling and expressing happiness, joy, and bliss.

So dive in with me. Open your mind and your heart to more of what you already know, or to something completely new that will help you with what self-love truly is, and how easy in fact it can be to live this.

 

Please check out the list of resources below for all of the goods including The Ultimate Self-Love toolkit

 

If you would like my help to feel the love that you have and hold for yourself, and to live as this,  please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  l o v e  and  w i s d o m:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E12

LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things. | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E12

January 9, 2022

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LIVE AS LOVE. Do These 3 Things

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 12

- a heartfelt plan if you looking to reconnect with yourself, and as you grow along your spiritual path -

 

These three best practices are to help you begin each day in balance and on the right footing; to shift your perspective and to focus yourself on what is most important.

The beauty of each best practice whether used in conjunction with one another or unto themselves and as their inherent power will return you to your divine state – each and every time you embody these.

 

If you’ve been wondering how you can bring more joy, more love, more light into your life, these three best practices are the way in which you open yourself to the god source.

You open yourself to live as the divine; as the energy of pure and unconditional love; as you hold deliberate intention and as you open your heart to this.

 

All of us are on a spiritual path. When you merge your physical reality with your experience as a spiritual being, you embrace the wisdom of the love you hold in your heart as a metaphor for how you live.

 

Embody the practice of living as love.

 

Allow the energy of the divine – your soul consciousness – to open you to love and to being love.

 

And if you would like my help as you navigate this new year in your life; to find and reach your greatness, your goals, your personal triumphs.... please reach out to me.  namaste! 🙏

 

Sending you great 💜 love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

 

Find all Episodes of The WISDOM podcast here  

Love in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly WISDOM Notes here

Visit me on social media💜 :  Twitter   Instagram  Facebook

 

 

More  l o v e  and  w i s d o m:

* How to Live As Love  [YouTube Video]

* The Kindness Challenge [Read The WISDOM BLOG post here]

* Live Your Greatness [Podcast Episode Season 1]

* This Is A Self-Love Movement  [YouTube Video]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

* Do You Let Love In? How to Feel Deserving of Love  [Podcast Episode]

* Work with Me [Life Coaching & Therapy]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

THE HOLIDAY EPISODE: Practical Wisdom for Living the Magic, Wonder, and True Meaning of the Holiday Season | The WISDOM podcast | Season 1 Episode 10

THE HOLIDAY EPISODE: Practical Wisdom for Living the Magic, Wonder, and True Meaning of the Holiday Season | The WISDOM podcast | Season 1 Episode 10

December 26, 2021

THE HOLIDAY EPISODE: Practical Wisdom for Living The Magic, Wonder, and True Meaning of the Holidays.

The WISDOM podcast  Season 1  Episode 10

a little love, magic and wonder from Season One....

  

TIMESTAMPS:

Podcast Intro:  0-2:09  |   Episode Intro & Your Thrive Guide to the Holidays: 2:11 |  Do You Attempt to Recreate Magical Moments? 2:54  | 2 Questions to Engage Your Inner Wisdom for Joy and Happiness:  5:07  |  Create Your Game Plan; aka Your Holiday Strategy:  7:31  |  The Full Thrive Guide Formula: 3 Best Practices:  949  |  1. Be Love:  10:08  |   2. Bring Joy:  15:39  | |  3. Offer Peace:  22:22  | Episode Summary and My Wish For You✨:  27:07  | Podcast Outro:  27:54

 

 

 

The psychology behind our desire to recreate and re-live our most cherished memories of holidays past is to feel that same childlike joy, fascination, and wonder that was magical. 

 

In this episode we dive into The Three Best Practices for cultivating the magic of the holidays in real time; and the strategy for how to do this most successfully. 

This is your thrive guide for the holidays.

 

TRUTH SERUM: You decide that something is magical and beautiful because of how you choose to think about it.  Let your memories of Christmases past be inspiration as you witness the magic and beauty of life all around you.  We sometimes forget our ability to conjure magic in simple things.

A-HA MOMENTS: It matters that you find and feel joy in the real meaning of the holidays.  Practice being love, bringing joy, and offering peace as you cultivate the present moment experiences of wonder, joy, and enchantment at the holidays.

PRACTICAL WISDOM: It is you that co-creates the magic; by choice.  This episode offers an experience of high level consciousness and the best strategy for cultivating magic, wonder and love.

  

Do you aim to recreate the magical moments of holidays past? 

Do you imagine yourself at a particular moment in time during childhood where everything was enchanting; surreal, and as if you were living in a fantasy? 

We tend to go to moments of our childhood as they evoke imagination and powerful imagery that immediately places us back in that time of innocence, of wonder, and of belief in the magic of the holidays. 

Do you think back to memories that evoke pure joy, laughter, and fun, so that you can feel those precise feelings now?

 

As a child, you may have anticipated what gifts were waiting for you under the tree on Christmas morning or what you might receive on every night of Hanukkah.

As an adult, I encourage you to decide how you will curate magic and wonder by design so that you can experience joy, anticipation, excitement, and of course love because you've opened your heart to it; and because of the actions that you've taken to feel magic through the acts of giving, of being grateful, of loving kindness and of nurturing your relationships with your loved ones.

 

In this episode we dive into the best strategy for curating the magic of the holidays; and for experiencing joy in the anticipation of new experiences and shared laughter and fun.  I hope that you will want to continue using these Three Best Practices as 'the' strategy for how you live life! 

  

Discover new ways to feel the magic and wonder of the holidays by opening your heart; and by being grateful for everything as it is now. 

What can you say and do to bring joy and comfort to others through your kind words and actions?

 

Let's begin with a few questions.  Right here is a perfect opportunity to engage your inner wisdom.  Let whatever intuitive answers that rise up, be what you give your attention to. 

Grab some paper and a pen because you are going to want to capture the first impressions and ideas that enter your mind. 

These are important and will be  worth exploring more as you decide what new actions and thoughts you will hold for what you wish to co-create.

 

What are your sources of joy?  What allows you to feel happiness easily? 

Write your answers.  Point form.  Dare to speak these aloud so that you can hear the enjoyment in your voice as you speak your words.

 

Next ask yourself: How will I feel love, joy and happiness throughout the holidays? 

The key here is: how will you feel this for yourself.  (For example, do you need to to be kind to yourself to feel love?  Do you feel joy and happiness when you are doing something that you enjoy?) 

Take a few moments here and consider this.  Let whatever impressions and pictures that come to mind be helpful cues for you.  Record your answers so that you can remember this inspiration and implement it. 

Your visual prompts and ideas will help you create a game plan. 

The notes that you are making right here, right now will help you decide the strategy of the next several days and weeks of the holidays.  It may also give you new ideas for the best practices in which to live your life.

 

As much as we all love to feel enchantment, magic, and wonder; which is often cultivated by reminiscing about a past memory or experience that we associate with feelings of love and joy, I want you to decide how you will evoke these incredible feelings by choosing the specific actions and the attitude that will allow you to feel the way you want to feel throughout the holiday season. 

And, and if you've already figured this out, yes indeed - this is about what you can do to evoke these feelings and not what you might wait for or hope that someone will do for you.

 

We often idealize a situation that we would like but without taking all of the steps that ensures that we may have this.  This is how you manifest your reality. 

If you haven't yet, please listen next to Episode 8 of the WISDOM Podcast which is all about how you manifest your desires.

 

In thinking about how you will decide to feel the magic, wonder and love at this time of year, my hope is that this becomes a plan that inspires you to choose how you want to feel and experience life; and to remember that above all else, you always have a choice; and that it is you that defines your magical moments, whether at the holidays or any time because of your ability to hold presence in the moments of your life and to look for and see the beauty, the magic, in most everything; and perhaps in all of life.


 

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 What allows you to feel joyful at the holidays?  Does happiness and joy originate within you; and with your choice to be joyful, kind, and loving?

 

What makes the holidays enjoyable, less stressful and chaotic, more nourishing of love and self-care, is a rather simple yet ingenious formula - your thrive guide if you will, consisting of three effective principles or 'best practices'. 

 

First: 'Be Love'.  Practice giving love to yourself - first. 

Honour what you believe in and what is right for you (especially since others have different value systems and beliefs relating to the holidays).  Ensure that you have ample time for giving to yourself; for what is important to you, and what nourishes your soul.  This will always be healthy practices that allow you to feel 'in-balance', supported, and uplifted.  Giving to yourself first is not selfish. 

The definition of selfish is to lack consideration for others; and to seek or focus on your own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others. 

Giving to yourself is self-nourishing, and builds healthy self-worth. It is necessary for your well-being and positive mental state to care for and be loving towards yourself. 

As you practice and nurture self-love, it is easier to be loving to others; to give to others of your time and care, because you have first been able to care for your needs.

 

The questions and visualization we did a moment ago was to reveal to you what you need to feel happiness, joy and the energy of love.  Ensure that you take these ideas and implement them daily. 

As the holidays approach and then as you become immersed in them, give to yourself as the first task of the day; even if in small ways.  To acknowledge love unto yourself will have great payoffs.  You will feel more 'in balance', happier, more easily able to navigate stress and challenges, and you will find it even easier to give love to others.

 

This first principle is also a best practice for how to live life. 

Learn to take care of your needs on a regular (moment-by-moment) basis so that you can easily be at your best, and to be this with others.  Consider that when you are agitated or in a low mood, it will be more difficult to wear a smile and engage with positivism. 

From a positive mood state, it is far easier and less stressful to engage in conversation and to be 'on' for the moments when you are in settings that are challenging.  If it helps, repeat the mantra: 'be love' or 'I am love'.  It will remind you of your higher consciousness directives and it will help so much with a joyful, loving holiday experience.

 

How do you become better at the choices that will help you take better care of yourself and do what nourishes your soul? 

How do you better assess your needs and give yourself more love when there doesn't seem to be enough time in a day for this?


 

Here are some best practices and the positive mindset that is needed to ensure that you take the best care of yourself because to do so is self-nourishing and self-love.

 

1. Self-care and self-love begin as a mindset.  It's something that you must decide is important first in order for you to make this a priority in your life.  In the questions that you have already answered about what are your sources of joy and happiness, use your answers to inspire a plan for how you will practice self-care, balance, and love directed unto yourself during a time of year in which you may feel more pressure and external demands from others, and especially if you are new to this practice. 

This is why it's important to decide and map out in advance, what you are comfortable to do, and what you will decline. 

Saying 'yes' to everything may be helpful for some, however if you are honouring your needs and if this includes a need to decline some activities, or to choose how you will participate in something because in doing so, it honours your beliefs, then following this practice of self-care and self-love will help greatly in taking care of yourself. 

Discover how you can give to yourself in the ways that will sustain you and allow you to feel inherent joy; and how this is important and not selfish nor self-serving. 

 

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 "Self-care and self-love is the ability to acknowledge what would make you happiest; what is right and best for you, and to consistently give this to yourself."  - Dorothy Ratusny

 

 

Second: 'Bring joy'.  When you are inherently happy; when you recognize that authentic happiness is an experience that you choose; and based upon the positive feelings that you allow yourself to feel; that are inherently a part of you, you know that happiness is not the result of what others think, say, or do. 

This means that at holiday gatherings, others may not always be at their best; and you as well may have hurt feelings from unresolved past situations. 

Without needing anything or anyone to be responsible for your happiness, you can choose to bring joy; to show up at holiday functions and family gatherings in a positive mood state, and this allows you to spread joy; to observe how your innate happiness is like a feel good experience that is contagious. 

One of the easiest ways to feel happiness instinctively is through gratitude and love.  If you are being loving, you are also going to feel happiness.  When you are thankful for what is in your life; for all of the good that you might take for granted, you will immediately elicit feelings of happiness from within.

Be happy and fully present with family and friends.  Practice feeling gratitude and love for all that you have in your life; even as you continue to work on making aspects different or better. 

The holidays are a time for many of us to come together for a short while; make this time joyful. 

Consider how magical it was for you to feel joy and happiness as a child because of how others wanted so much for you to feel the magic of the holidays.  Now, bring joy into the lives of others as you decide to be happy and positive and as you share of yourself fully.

 

"Important for the success of family gatherings at the holidays is the practice of building and nurturing your relationships throughout the year.  Then, when you come together at the holidays or at any family gathering, you will have built rapport and closeness which then makes it more enjoyable and easy to be with loved ones."  - dorothy ratusny

 


What would a healthier relationship look like? What are some simple steps that would improve your relationships?  How would having better relationships with family members feel?  

 

Here are a few helpful reminders as you navigate the relationships that are important to you, and how to improve connections, gain a deeper appreciation of a loved one, and to cultivate closeness and a positive and loving relationship:

 

1. Practice building and nurturing your relationships throughout the year so that it will be more enjoyable when you gather for festive occasions. Far in advance of the holidays and as a practice for how you live life fully, plan to keep in touch with loved ones, to make an effort to see people that are important family members, and to address disagreements or conflict so that you can resolve what hurts you (and others) are feeling. 

This is an important practice that often gets lost in the busyness of our life and yet, we gain so much from making a conscious decision to invest more in our family relationships. 

I've seen firsthand how the ongoing effort to reconnect and build closer relationships leads to much healing of past situations, and an opportunity to feel closeness and comfort in being together, so that you can all enjoy this improved relationship at the holidays, and ongoing. 

At the very least, prior to gathering with family and other loved ones, if there is an unresolved hurt that may take some time and effort to resolve, a phone call or loving note to your loved one, explaining your desire to overcome past hurts; will go a long way to feeling the love and making a otherwise uncomfortable situation, far more comfortable.

 

2. If you are not interesting in the work of building a better relationship with a family member; perhaps because you have tried and this has been one-sided; and you recognize the limitations that exist, do your best to remain neutral; to be in the moment as you are together, rather than to focus on what hurts or bad behaviours have happened in the past.  You may give yourself permission to not have a relationship with every person of your extended family. 

If your time with this person is limited to gatherings once a year (if that); and if you have made peace with the fact that the person is how they are; that you are not responsible for changing them; then it is important for you to offer peace in your time with them; and not to use this setting to rehash the past or aim to change them. 

Practice gratitude for your ability to put in place healthy boundaries and choose instead to offer kindness and peace here in this moment.

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The Path of Light  | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E5  | Part 3/3

The Path of Light | The WISDOM podcast | S3 E5 | Part 3/3

December 12, 2021

The Path of Light (Part 3/3)

The WISDOM podcast  Season 3  Episode 5

 

“Knowledge is power. The knowledge that you hold when as you think about all that you are capable of is the knowledge of light; of wisdom – of your heart out flowing into deep and certain wonder and appreciation.” - Dorothy Ratusny

 

In this episode of The WISDOM podcast, we dive into the final of a three-part episodic journey into knowing your truth and how to live it.  

With the knowledge that you are the co-creator of your life, you open yourself to the incredible inspiration of your soul infused with light and the messages of wonder and wisdom that you receive.

 

‘The Path of Light is the wisdom that each one of us is capable of living as pureness and love.”  In this episode, I share what it means to live a path of light; how you must choose this intentionally... and the steps to do this.

 

Each Tuesday at 8pm EST, I take you on a journey - inside - what happens in a session of Life Coaching and Therapy in the 'ask dorothy' series as we answer the questions that honour your path and your life.  

 

 

Resources / Online Courses and Recommended Reading:

The Wisdom Archives [A digital healing sanctuary of meditation, mindfulness, spiritual wisdom and best practices for your mental well being.]

Presence [The WISDOM BLOG]

The Ten Sacred Habits of Meditation  [The School of Wisdom]

 

Sending you great 💜love...

 

Sharing the wisdom and beauty of divine love with you...

Namaste!

love, dorothy

 

If you have a question or if you would like my guidance or help, please reach out to me:  dorothy@dorothyratusny.com

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More Resources and Love:

The Path of Truth (Part 1/3) [Podcast Episode on Insight Timer]

* The Path of Truth (Part 1/3)  [Podcast Episode]

* How Do I Live My Truth (Part 2/3)  [Podcast Episode]

* The Ultimate Self-Love WISDOM toolkit

* Self-Love: A Meditation to Heal Your Life  [The Wisdom Archives]

 

A generous 'thank you' to Audio Engineer, P. Kirpikau  radioplato

Podcast Theme Music: 'Aura' from the Album, Illuvia by Eternell  www.eternell.net/album/illuvia

 

 

 

 

 

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