Never underestimate the power of death – or indeed the power of life!
Something I learned in India a couple of years ago. I’d taken myself off for some peace & quiet, away from the hustle & bustle of Rishikesh market to sit for a while on the banks of the sacred river Ganga. Ram Jhula to be exact. Where holy men bathe, and cows roam peacefully alongside them. You can’t help but notice the the interconnectedness of all living things in a place like this. On this particular day however, I learned an even greater lesson. Looking out across the river, a young boy of 11 or 12yrs old caught my eye. Barefoot and dressed only in red draped material from waist to thigh, he rummaged in the water, every so often popping something into his mouth. It was hard to make out exactly what he was picking up from a distance and after a while, curiosity got the better of me. For half an hour I’d watched this strange behaviour and had to find out. When I asked, the answer was far from what I expected. In broken English, he told me how he was collecting gold. Gold from the bodies of dead people cremated there. Gold they no longer needed, which could feed his family for a week. At this moment everything made sense. The irrational fear of death, when actually it’s merely a continuation of life.
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For many years Ive been coming & going to & from India. My journey began in 2009 with a rucksack & an ‘I know everything about meditation’ attitude. Believe me – it doesn’t last long in a place like India. Sure, I’d been meditating for many years, priding myself on how long I could sit in a session. I now know, in all that time I achieved very little except a numb behind 😊 but it’s a lesson learned. We all learn in life along our journeys and my reality came one hot Summer’s day in Dharamsala – home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Why Buy What You Already Have?
There’s an old Lancashire saying “There’s Nowt Stranger than Folk” and it’s true. If we go to the fridge and there’s enough food, we don’t go and buy more. If we’ve eaten a hearty meal, we don’t just eat another, so why do we spend vast amounts of money for someone to solve problems we already have the answers to? It’s a complex question, but often it’s more difficult to look internally than externally – why? Because looking inwardly can reveal things about us we’d rather not admit or face. We live and work on automatic pilot, often jeopardising our own health – anything but face our problems head on. Then when our body grinds to a halt & our mental health suffers, we seek out therapy. The mind is a powerful tool, when relaxed it can help us rationalise and make sense of things in a way we can’t do when it’s busy. This is why meditation is key to our mental & physical wellbeing.
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Some would say Absolutely Not! Why should someone who did us harm be forgiven? What makes them worthy of forgiveness & why shouldn’t they pay? Then there’s the counter argument – Why Not Forgive? What good does it do holding onto pain & anger? Is there any real closure in taking revenge? Most importantly, does it change what happened? What are your thoughts on forgiveness? I’d love to hear your views. Please Like Share & Comment!
Are you struggling to sleep? Do you go to bed and find yourself completely wired? Here are 5 common mistakes!
1- Grabbing a Coffee: Coffee is top of the list of things NOT TO DO when managing stress related insomnia. Coffee increases adrenaline which in turn, speeds everything up making us more tense and wired.
2- Going online: If stress is affecting your sleep, the worst thing you can do is log on to social networking sites. More often than not you’ll get into chats that stimulate the mind. What you should be doing, is calming it.
3- Snacking: If stress is keeping you awake, late night snacking is the worst thing to do. Most food nowadays contain sugar which will provide energy as opposed to relaxing you. If the stress is through the day, snacking can become addictive hence piling on the pounds.
4- Getting stuck into office work: Often work related stress is the reason we can’t sleep. Although he working day is over, the mind needs to unwind. Picking up that work at night, will increase stress levels.
5- Switching on the TV: Pretty much like going on line, TV stimulates the mind. Most often when we turn on the TV, it’s to at home something we enjoy. Being in this zone, stimulates the pleasure centre part of the brain (the Amygdala) which releases seratonin . Seratonin is known as the body’s natural happy chemical – something you don’t need pumping around when you’re trying to sleep.
1- Taken up Meditation to Deal With Stress? But Finding it Difficult to Focus on Your Practice? TM is effortless. There’s absolutely nothing you need to do. No need to focus on different areas of the body, on the breath or even acknowledging thoughts. Transcendental meditation takes you above all of these things. If you struggle with meditation practice – try TM you’ll be amazed!
2- TM helps with traumatic memory, so if you’ve experienced trauma the last place you want to be is in the moment.
3- TM Calms the Mind. TM has a well-proven effect of letting your nervous system settle into a state of deep rest. This will automatically turn the notch down on your stress levels. Do you see now why TM is great for Westerners? Here, stress is the number one killer & the main reason people go off long term sick from work.
4- TM benefits the physical health. This is because the mind & body are interconnected. Evidence has shown that regular daily practice of TM for just 15 minutes ..
* Reduces stress and anxiety.
* Improves sleep.
* Allows greater sense of clarity and productivity.
* Lowers blood pressure.
* Enables a greater sense of calmness throughout the day.
* Reduces cortisol.
* Lowers risk of heart attack or stroke.
* Improves brain function and memory.
The Transcendental Meditation technique or TM is a form of silent mantra practice. It was developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in the 60s and is commonly connected with the Beatles but TM goes deeper than just its association. Using a mantra, & practiced for around 15 minutes twice per day while sitting with one’s eyes closed, TM can have amazing effects on the body.
There a have been over 340 studies published on TM which over the years has been incorporated into schools, universities, corporations, and prison programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and India.
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