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Insight to the Nature of Suffering

Along the way of enlightenment, I seek to give knowledge from other wise beings and pass along the lessons I am or have personally experienced.Please enjoy:

Excerpt from “The Dalai Lama’s Book of Wisdom”

Along with the methods for cultivating a sense of closeness to others there is another key element for developing compassion, and that is deepening our insight into the nature of suffering. The Tibetan tradition maintains that contemplation on suffering is much more effective when it is done on the basis of one’s own personal experience, and when it is focused on oneself, because, generally, we tend to be better able to relate to our own suffering than to that of others. This is why two of the principle elements of the Buddhist path, compassion and renunciation, are seen as two sides of the same coin. True renunciation arises when one has genuine insight into the nature of suffering, focused upon oneself, and true compassion arises when that focus shifts to others, so the difference lies simply in the object of focus.

AEROGA WORLD

What is Aeroga?

AEROGA™ is a pioneering health and fitness practice that reinvents traditional Vinyasa Flow and Aerobics, maximizing advances in our scientific understanding of the body, mind, spirit connection and how each component is vital to the health of the other. AEROGA is structured so that every person, young or old, can engage in a workout that is innovative, powerful, rhythmically enhanced, and spiritually enlightening.

The former ELITE super model, Tracie Wright-Vlaun has taken her own international Power Yoga practice and created AEROGA. This is an Aerobic Vinyasa Flow, focusing on high-energy, high-intensity, body-sculpting poses. In addition to the many health benefits that have already been proven from a regular yoga and exercise routine, AEROGA’s integration of cardiovascular work, meditation and targeted yogic poses stimulates physiological and neurological processes now believed to directly affect health and wellness.

Her extensive knowledge of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety have allowed her to utilize AEROGA’s full potential as a proven therapeutic method for treating these silent and sometimes debilitating disorders. Wright-Vlaun is also in the process of launching a study of AEROGA’s impact on children and individuals living with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD).

In addition to a remarkable career as a supermodel and entertainer, Tracie Wright-Vlaun uses her extensive knowledge of rhythm and music to deepen her AEROGA practice. Tracie’s client list ranges from Fortune 500 corporate executives, celebrities, pro athletes, world famous models to doctors, teachers, police officers and housewives. All reaping the benefits of the AEROGA; workout and experiencing life-altering changes in their bodies, minds and spirits.

Says Wright-Vlaun “I believe that AEROGA is not simply a gateway to the body you always wanted and never thought you could have. For me, for my clients, AEROGA is a lifestyle. AEROGA is therapy. AEROGA is healing. AEROGA is about liberation bringing strength, power, intensity, balance, excitement and passion together in one dynamic session. AEROGA incorporates and stimulates the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of a person in a practice that finally brings together areas of wellness that have, for the most, remained separate specialties in the health and fitness worlds.”

Today I saw a Dolphin. What does it mean???

The Meaning of Dolphin
• Along with speed, diligence and intelligence the Dolpin is also a messenger of love. This is partly due to its association with Delphi, which signifies the love embodied within the womb. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to take the form of the dolphin and was also known as the Woman of the Sea. When depicted on an anchor or pierced with a trident the Dolphin is a symbol of the church being guided by the love of Christ.

• Playfulness
• Transcendence
• Gentleness
• Harmony
• Intelligence
• Contentment
• Friendship
• Community
• Resurrection
• Generosity
• Power
Christian symbolism conveys the dolphin as an aspect of Christ. Dolphins seen in Christian art are symbolic of resurrection. Some artists utilize the protective, stabilizing, compassionate demeanor of the dolphin as a message of wellbeing to the pure of heart. Some artistic renditions speak of dolphins transporting the spirits of the faithful to Christ’s side upon leaving their physical bodies.
This dolphin meaning is mimicked in ancient Greece where legend tells us the dolphin was responsible for carrying the souls of the dead to the Islands of the Blessed.
Also in Greece, the dolphin is a compatriot of both the god Apollo (sun) and the goddess Aphrodite (moon). Both lunar symbolism and solar symbolism are represented in the dolphin.
• Sun Dolphin meanings: Active, Life, Vibrant, Health, Renewal, Intelligence
• Moon Dolphin meaning: Hidden power, Intuition, Dreams, Conception, Feminine
This is a key understanding because the dolphin meaning is connected with themes of duality. It has to do with the dolphin being both fish and mammal. It is both of the water, and an air breather. Ergo, dolphin symbolism talks to us about “being in two worlds at once.” Indeed, the dolphin is a great conveyor of the concept of yin and yang.
Along with the divine Apollo sun and Aphrodite moon associations, other deities associated with the dolphin include:
• Poseidon (Greek), Neptune (Roman)
Themes of kingship, rulership, authority, strength, dominion, freedom, intelligence, compassion and fatherly protection over the entire kingdom (sea).
• Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman)
These gods contribute dolphin meaning of: Love, friendliness, playfulness, sensuality, desire, exploration, curiosity, attraction and joy.
• Dionysus (Greek), Bacchus (Roman)
These deities underscore the dolphins ability to uplift, and carries themes of joviality, freedom, wildness, abandon, creative self-expression.
Greek myth indicates Dionysus was known to turn himself into a dolphin and transported the shrine at Delphi where the cult of dolphin worshippers convened.
The term delphi is noteworthy as the Greek word for dolphin is delphis and its derivative, delphys means womb. This incorporates more lunar and feminine attributes to the dolphin scene.
In Celtic animal symbolism, the dolphin as a highly honored creature as it was seen as the protector of sacred wells and sacred water. The dolphin, to the Celtic mind, is the watcher of the waters, and the guardians of all things water-associated.
Pirate lore also hails the dolphin as a symbol of protection. Indeed, legend admits dolphin sightings were often exaggerated into incredibly fantasies of mermaids. Sailors often understood the spirit of mermaids lived in the heart of the dolphin, and ancient stories of the sea refer to dolphins metamorphosing into beautify sea maidens (and mermaids) if seen under just the right conditions.
Whether this is true or not remains to be confirmed. What is true is countless tales of dolphins interacting with humans in friendly, even protective ways. This colors the dolphin meaning in hues of compassion, caring, community and generous spirit in reaching out to connect with another species.