Usually I write with a Buddhist slant. That’s because I tend to see the world from a Buddhist perspective but not everyone’s Buddhist & we can all learn from each other….
Out in this great universe, millions of viewpoints & ideas exist about ‘true happiness’ what it is & how we achieve it. Some believe we need religion in our lives to be truly happy. Others believe happiness comes from the things around us for example external or material things. We’ve all got our own thoughts about what makes us happy, and whether that happiness is genuine or not.
Let’s get some of those viewpoints together and start a magical discussion about What Happiness Really Is – In other words……Let’s spread the joy!
What is MIND? Where is it located? And why does it cause so many problems? I don’t know about you, but I love blogging. Seeing what others write about & what interests them. Yesterday I came across a blog that really got me thinking more about the mind.
Psychologists, Therapists & Psychiatrists all concerned with mental health, refer to the mind as often being disturbed or out of balance etc. Of course that’s their profession – to better understand the mind and treat mental health problems. Yet, if the most skilled surgeon on the planet disected our body (including the brain) I guarantee he/she wouldn’t locate anything resembling mind. Naturally they’d be able to locate the brain because its tangible, but they’d never locate what’s known as mind. On the other hand, we in the West take shed loads of prescribed medication to balance the mind So I guess today’s dilemma is this….
How do you personally define the mind & if it can’t be located anywhere in the body, how can it be responsible for so many mental health problems?
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Death – An inevitable part of life. As hard as we try, it’s impossible to avoid. Like everything else in life, we humans are impermanent, facing death from the moment we’re born yet we foolishly live under the illusion of immortality like we’re in some way exempt.
So many times I’ve blogged about the dreaded D subject Death. Mainly because here in the west, it’s something we fear or consider taboo. For example, we don’t discuss death in case we tempt fate, and the thing we definitely don’t want, is a visit from the black hooded guy with his wopping great scythe who only appears when your time’s up. There are however, many other differing opinions on death – for example, Buddhism says death is a continuation of life & merely a process of the consciousness leaving the physical body to enter a new one. Christianity sees death as returning home to the creator God & others feel when we die, we’ve gone and that’s pretty much the end.
What are your thoughts on death? Where do you believe we go once this life is over?
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Yesterday something profound happened which got me thinking about my own existence in the world. Let me explain….
Whilst meditating, I entered a place of pure clear space (not unusual in meditation I know) but this time it was different. This time I became aware, that the space I entered also exists somewhere. It’s a little bit like standing by a vast occean and realising you and that occean both exist in the space called earth, which itself exists amongst other planets in the solar system and of course they all exist somewhere too. It got me thinking about the beginnng of time, where & how the world began and whether anyone really knows. One thing I know for sure – It didn’t start with God. How can I say this with absolute certainty? Well, for God to have created the universe, he would first himself need to exist somewhere….Do you see where I’m going with this? If God created the universe, where was he when he did it?
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Most of us have heard about the ‘trolley dilemma’ relating to Buddhism, but placed in that very situation, what would you actually do?
I’ve pondered on this for a while now and even had discussions & debates with Buddhist monks. Despite the many different viewpoints, I can’t help feeling there are still things for consideration – but first let’s look at the scenario……
You’re standing on a bridge over 2 railway tracks. A little while ago, the police arrested 6 people for a serious crime and they are now all handcuffed and waiting for arrest. Five of these people are face down on the first track. The other person is cuffed & face down on the other track. The next train isn’t due for another 15 mins but from the bridge you can see in the distance, a train trolley hurtling down towards the track with 5 people on. Right next to you is a signal box with a large iron lever. If you pull the lever, the trolley will switch tracks and hit one person instead of 5.
It’s in your hands now but before you decide, consider these factors…..
1- By allowing the train to hit one man you can save 5 lives but what gives you the right to decide that one man matters less than the other 5?
2- Karma already decided their fate which is why they’re in that situation so really you don’t need to do anything. But then what about your own karma if you knowingly let people die?
3- You could also walk away and pretend you never saw anything after all – if they weren’t criminals they wouldn’t be there in the first place. But could you honestly live with the consequences of walking away? Again what about your own karma?
What’s your viewpoint on this? Let’s have a discussion
Dementia & Alzheimers seem to be on the increase, especially in the West. I’ve certainly noticed an increase in people mentioning during treatments, their fears around the symptoms. But do you know, there’s a way to slow down the process and maybe even cure the symptoms? I’m really not joking, and I’ve absolutely no idea why we aren’t told about it – Meditation.
But would you know the difference between Alzheimers & Dementia? This is a powerful question and for most of us, the answer would be NO. First let’s understand the differences, and then how a simple practice like meditation can help reverse the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease destroys neurons and their connections in the parts of the brain controling memory. These include; the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. It later affects areas in the cerebral cortex responsible for language, reasoning, and social behaviour.
Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting our mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning (for example, making sense of the world) Dementia is a kind of umbrella that Alzheimer’s disease stands under, and it has many causes. The most common is Alzheimers. Please note… there are different types of dementia too.
Well we’ve reached the final day of our 17 days in colour and we’re looking at the colour Bronze.
Bronze is the colour of stability, sexuality & sensuality. People who favour the colour bronze tend to be passionate & loyal both in relationships & friendships.
When it comes to health, wearing bronze helps with depressive illness alongside combatting the feelings of loneliness. Bronze brings things together, stabilising emotions and grounding. It’s the colour of warmth and eradicating cold emotions & low mood so if you’ve experienced any form of trauma and feel numb or void of emotion, wearing or surrounding yourself with bronze can help to break down the walls.
The esoteric/magickal benefits of Bronze are Love and passion, positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, negotiations. If you’re about to do exams or are preparing for a job interview, bronze is the strongest most powerful colour you can wear.
Because Bronze is connected closely with grounding and stability, it’s connected to the root chakra so wearing bronze can help keep this chakra functioning well.
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On day 16 of the 17 Days in Colour we explore the highly magnetic colour of Silver. This colour is highly representative of feminine energy and all things cleansing.
In relation to health, the benefits of silver are numerous allowing the wearer of this colour the opportunity of natural internal detox. Silver is connected to the Solar Plexus or Manipura chakra because it is highly associated with birth, life and the cycle of rebirth. Additionally, it represents elegance, beauty and grace. The esoteric/magickal benefits include, Female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings. Because Silver has the most powerful healing benefits around hormone imbalance, women who are going through the menopause or any other issues surrounding hormones, would do well to wear this amazingly powerful colour.
Those whose favourite colour is silver, tend to be happy with the simple things in life unlike their gold counterparts. This give them time and space to work on far more important issues such as the home & family and surrounding themselves with beautiful things.
If you favour silver, you’ve probably already realised your gifts of clairvoyance and other similar gifts and you should most definitely share them for the benefit of others.
Silver is probably the most intuitive colour in the whole spectrum.
We all love gold don’t we? Gold plays such an important role in life symbolising wealth & prosperity. We use gold for accessories, to celebrate marriage and to remember those vows on anniversaries but what about the other benefits of this mysterious colour?
The Esoteric/magickal benefits of gold include absolute authority, (self)confidence, creativity, perfection, solar energies, male energy, financial riches, investments, luxury, winning, worldly power, magickal power, overcoming bad habits/addictions. So in a nutshell the colour gold symbolises strength & control. But there’s more to this amazing colour and it isn’t what you’d expect. Whilst gold symbolises self confidence & authority, dominating it is the exact opposite. Many people who choose gold to wear, do so to make a statement & to be seen. It’s almost like ‘wearing a visibility jacket because without it you wouldn’t be quite as obvious.’ People favouring gold accessories & clothing often feel the need to shine having spent too long in the shadow of others, whether it be siblings or others.
Because Gold preference is all about image & the need to belong, it’s strongly connected to the solar plexus or Manipura Chakra. This is the point just above the navel representing attachment to old beliefs, ideals or materialism.