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Archive for August, 2014

Holidays

On Monday in the UK it was a Bank Holiday For the majority of people this mean a day off work (wonderful). If you don’t know, Bank Holidays are so called after the introduction of the Bank Holiday Act in 1871. Banks and many other places of employment would close on these days. Prior to that there were over thirty additional days off from work, so I assume the Act was introduced in order to reduce the time employees had off from work.
These days we live in a hectic world. We rush from A to B with our minds preoccupied with things we “have” to do. We make lists in our minds and run through them over and over again. When we do this we are distracted. We not only miss out on the here and now and what is all around us we also risk becoming ill due to the stresses and strains that we put ourselves under. Our bodies are on heightened alert all of the time when we live like this, our immune system works over time to cope with the stress and our adrenalin levels are high. The body can only cope with so much and at some point the cracks will begin to show. For some this will mean frequent colds, headaches (especially at the weekend when the body is able to rest and you begin to unwind), stomach upsets, gall stones, hypertension and depression and so on. These are just a few of the conditions that can occur when the bodies internal environment is not taken care of.
We must learn to look after ourselves internally. Why and how can we do this? We must realise that we are unable to control all external events around us. At times we simply would not want to and at other times our lack of control can be painful, if for example a loved one is ill and all you can do is sit by and watch them slip away or perhaps a friend has a drink problem and you are unable to convince them to seek help in order to change this self destructive behaviour. At times we must learn to accept that others can and do make wrong live choices.
When we learn to control our inner environment we feel at peace, calm and relaxed. We are better able to cope with the bad things that life throws at us from time to time. We can leant to take control of our inner environment by eating good food, taking exercise, especially Yoga as this will work on the body and mind at the same time and by meditating. Meditation is exercise for the mind, it helps to de-clutter and, most importantly, it helps to slow things down so that you can think more clearly. Meditation on a Bank Holiday, or any day for that matter, is a holiday for the mind.
In my blog next week I will show you how you can learn to meditate properly.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams
Reading about the death of the actor Robin Williams last week shocked and saddened me. As a child I looked forward to watching Mork and Mindy on TV, it was one of the highlights of my week. I was also disgusted to read that there had been many spiteful and malicious comments on facebook and twitter regarding the manner of his death. Whilst I do not want to engage in the possible reasons as to what drives some people to do something like that, I do believe that what we put out to the world comes back to us three fold. If we generally act in a kind and compassionate manner this will be returned to us in abundance. if we are mean spirited and spiteful that also will be returned to us.
Have you ever been thinking about someone and the phone rings? Of course you have, this is because whenever you think about someone you are sending that person your thoughts and feelings. I now want to dedicate the rest of this post to people that we know who are battling a physical or mental illness (or both). Please post whatever information you feel happy to share. All who read the blog can send positive thoughts to the people concerned and those of us that  are trained in Reiki can send a little distant healing.
I would like to start:
To my good friend Kathy who has cancer and who is battling with a difficult home life. Love and best wishes. I know you have the strength to deal with both and have a joyful and abundant life.

World Peace

Today it’s Monday and I am sitting in my office at home with one of my cats at my feet. I feel totally relaxed and at peace and I feel deeply grateful for this experience. How many people experience true peace in their lives?
I was watching the news a few days ago and I saw updates regarding the current situations in Israel, Ukraine and Syria. Whatever your political views the loss of life on all sides is horrendous. When we see or hear about war we often think why can’t they just along? Why can’t they just be at peace? The secret to peace is that it must come from each and every one of us. If each of us acts in a kind and compassionate way towards others then the world would be a much better, safer, happier place. Each of us must act and treat others in the way we wish to be treated. It is only when we feel that we have been wronged or threatened that we become angry, defiant and destructive. By treating others with respect and compassion our own lives will become that much richer, as we develop a sense of deep compassion in our hearts.
Please remember the words that I have written today and practice respect and compassion for your fellow human beings as well as the animals and wildlife around us.

Mindful Walking : Achieve Peace Within

Mindfulness (more…)