Author: Debbie Lynn

The Heavy Metal Buddhist.

  By Debbie Lynn 1983 I had just moved into my new apartment—LA style (or I really should say, “L.A. no-style”). I was broke with no furniture except for a few plants, my stereo, over 300 LPs and my leather jacket. Five bucks would get me a couple packs of cigarettes, a can of Dinty Moore stew and a loaf of bread that would last almost a week. Life was good. One very early morning Saturday morning after a drunken night on the Sunset Strip, I was awoken to the sound of bells and chanting. It was coming from...

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Gratitude for the Pain.

  By Debbie Lynn They (whoever “they” are) say our disturbances are all divine, but when we are in the thick of a nasty situation there is nothing divine about it. And the last thing we are thinking about is thanking the atrocity for giving us a life lesson. Enter blame, resentment and a plethora of other emotions that come in with the disturbances. They stack up like bricks when life is bending us over and kicking our asses. Here is how I turned the negativity around. In 2001, my world collapsed. In desperation, I sought out help. This...

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Your Story is Where You Meet Your Self.

  By Debbie Lynn The content of our life, the blood we’ve shed, and the tears of joy or sadness—this is our story. It is who we have been, who we will be, and who we are right now. Tell it like it is or let it go. Our self-story is the moment-by-moment way of being honest with ourselves—taking a few chances, but not making our stuff overly dramatic and hopelessly romantic. It’s about learning to keep it real for the sake of our soul. And over the years our story morphs (or might even disappear) but the one thing...

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Detaching from the Attachment to Love.

  By Debbie Lynn Loving detachment doesn’t mean we don’t care—quite the opposite; it means we care so much we give Love the freedom to be what it is. The Realization I used to think that people who were detached from life, love, and others were void of emotion, selfish and cowardly. I was so wrong. At a very young age I realized the few times that I have been completely attached—in what I thought was love, I had been deeply hurt. Yet through this pain I came to see how I had relied on someone or something for my...

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Struggling with the Knot.

  By Debbie Lynn   “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender– between pushing and letting go– and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.” -Joel Kramer When I began my yoga practice I had no idea how it would be the parallel to my life as the road less traveled. It came to me, called me out on my shit (over and over again) and blended, rocked, then caressed my soul. In all my clashes of day-to-day life yoga was a natural...

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