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Live the talk, happy and healthy

The sankalpa for August, “I nurture my physical body in healthy and loving ways” is a timely one for this season of viruses and flus. Only last week I was left with little choice other than to ‘Be still and heal’ while healing from a virus. The less-wise earlier version of me would have tried to soldier on through the illness, sharing the infection with those I met, and doing untold damage to my immune system. Because I know now to be more nurturing and loving to myself, I listened to the doctor and cancelled my classes for a few days. I had only recently been telling a friend that she needed to stop and heal, and here I was faced with practicing what I preached. In some things I do feel authentic in my practices, such as using mandalas for meditation. (I have personally been doing this regularly for years, so I…

Pride, the good side

Many years ago in primary school, part of our English curriculum was to learn proverbs and sayings. One of them was illustrated in a picture in which a proud man was about to quite literally fall. One of my favourite novels is Pride and Prejudice, a story based around how Elizabeth and Mr Darcy almost missed out on a happy life together because of pride. The lesson of the saying Pride cometh before a fall became entrenched even more solidly in the psyche. Perhaps because we learned these sayings at such an impressionable age, and also I think, because an aspect of the Aussie culture is to not respect anyone who ‘has tickets on himself’, most people of my generation see pride as a negative quality.  Certainly, when pride is a dominant aspect of our personality, the possibility of a healthy relationship or contentment becomes a challenge. An unhealthily proud person will find themselves judging others as…

The Power of Love

The Christmas present from my son included a Typo calendar, which has little discount vouchers on the bottom of the page each month. In January, I could get a half price notebook. Being addicted to stationery and happy to take advantage of a bargain, of course I used it . It is here on my desk now, and the cover says “THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS TO BE HAPPY Cat videos. Weekends. Pizza.”  Perfect. So in this amazing country of ours where there is plenty for all (especially pizza), why is there so much fear, hate and sadness popping up in the media; and especially, why in my facebook newsfeed? Authors such as Russell Brand and Bruce Lipton caution us against swallowing the hype of the mass media which ultimately gives control to those in power by creating a culture of fear and powerlessness while we direct the blame to anyone who might seem…

Three Days of Silence

The silence became my three days of solitude, with mostly silence; because I quickly realized that silence is not practical when you are practicing at home with your beloved dog and cat. Leo the dog was especially bewildered by my absence of verbal cues, staring up at me and clearly trying to anticipate what we were up to. To continue in total silence would have been cruel. Misty, being a cat, simply persisted in meowing at me until she received the appropriate response to her demands. So really it wasn’t quite solitude either, with them in attendance, but I pressed on determined to experience what I had planned for my three days between Christmas and New Year with all the family away. I began my journal, and had my first epiphany early on that first day. For many years I have wanted to write a book. I knew what I wanted to…

Manifesting

The definition for the verb ‘manifest’ most often includes synonyms like display, show, reveal, or make public, materialisation or appearance; or in the spiritual sense, the incarnation of something or someone. Have you ever had an experience of manifesting in your life? Many months ago I decided to trial manifesting for finding car parking spaces. It was something simple and something which I believed would cause no harm or loss to another. I only need to ask for it before I need it, and believe a space will appear. It hasn’t let me down. I always easily find convenient spaces to park, even at very busy and congested times. So this led me to wanting to better understand this phenomenon. In 1925 Florence Scovel Shinn wrote The Game of Life and How to Play It, and followed with three more books. She was famous for helping thousands of people solve their…

Forgiveness

Preparation for the meditation teacher training at the Gawler Foundation that I will be attending next week requires reading a number of books, including Ian Gawler’s “The Mind That Changes Everything.” In the chapter, Healing The Heart, Ian addresses forgiveness, including the things that forgiveness is not. For example it is not saying it was OK, not forgetting, and not easy.  I was reading the chapter this morning and practised one of the exercises. This was still very much in my mind while I was showering. Then while drying myself with the towel, I heard the ipod speaker play a few notes of a song in my bedroom. Expecting my grandson might be up and playing with the ipod, I opened the ensuite door to say good morning; but no-one was there. The few notes of music occurred twice more before I decided to go out and investigate. I was certain that I…

Old Wives Tales or Old Wives Wisdom?

The more I read and learn about ancient wisdom, the more examples I discover that justify practices which were once commonplace in my childhood; and now ‘modern science’ is ‘proving’ that some of these wisdoms are valid. For example, I was reading about the healing properties of the metal copper, which includes being antimicrobial (kills germs). So when hospitals were being made, using door handles made out of brass (copper and zinc combined) was to minimize bacteria transfer. We seem to have forgotten that they were not ornamental, but had a purpose and have switched to other materials. Incidentally, copper is an essential mineral for our survival: helps with iron absorption, regulates the thyroid, makes bones strong, and is the primary element responsible for producing melanin in our bodies. Drinking water from a copper vessel ensures bacteria are killed and the healing properties are absorbed internally. So Prince Arthur was…

Create Momentum

Momentum involves movement. What I appreciate about this image is it shows how your momentum flows to other areas of your life and likely to others around and near to you. When we start something…a yoga session, a new project, writing a blog, replacing an old habit with a new and better one… we recognise the difficulty in getting started, but once we get moving with it we find ourselves rolling along and gaining momentum. Sometimes though we go through times when we feel stuck; like we are walking the same track and going nowhere new. Perhaps you have been attending the same yoga class, or doing the same home practice. Perhaps the routine which helped you to establish your daily meditation habit is beginning to feel like another daily chore on your ‘to do’ list. Perhaps you are feeling like you are boring to be with because you don’t have…

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