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KNOWING vs. BELIEVING

A conversation is recounted in the book # Shantaram  in which the character, Khaderbhai, says: “There is no such thing as believing in #G...

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

AN INTERVIEW BY NANCY RICHARDS OF SAFM LITERATURE

My interview with Nancy Richards of SAFM Literature - Word of Mouth program - is available at http://youtu.be/B6zZa6zKb_Y.  We covered the concept of The Talking Stick as a means of communication, the sacredness and power of the spoken word and the need for authenticity, thoughtfulness and consistency when using the spoken word.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

WHEN DID YOUR HEART LAST SKIP A BEAT?

What has really excited you or really scared you recently?  And how did each feel at the time?  Isn't it curious that we can get the same sensation in the chest for two ostensibly opposite feelings.  Curious, that is, until you work out that fear is just excitement without breath. So, when we are feeling fearful or anxious, all that energy can be converted into excitement and creativity simply by taking more breath.  When next you are scared, try taking three full, conscious breaths and see how the quality of the experience changes.  When next you are excited, breath into the excitement and see it expand.

And is the sensation in the chest not also completely tangible proof of the direct link between mind and body?  When we have that piece, it is easy to see that we can damage the body with negativity and enhance its health with positivity.  Every negative thought will play out in a damaging way on your body.  Every loving, caring or other positive thought and emotion will support your body at a cellular level.

So what do you choose for yourself: excitement or fear, positivity or negativity?

Friday, 26 April 2013

LIFE WILL HAVE ITS WAY...

Life will have its way with each of us, at every moment and whether we like it or not.  Our greatest single challenge is to remain open to what Life is offering us from moment to moment.  As soon as we close ourselves off to what is on offer, and insist that things should somehow be other than the way that they actually are, Life will simply get more insistent that we hear what it has to offer.

How open are you to EVERYTHING that comes your way?

Thursday, 25 April 2013

WHEN YOU TAKE A DISLIKING TO SOMEONE...

When you take a dislike to someone, identify very precisely what attributes or behaviours of the other person you dislike.  Then ask yourself what part of you is mirrored by those attributes or behaviours.  When we dislike something in someone else, inevitably there is a dark side of ourselves which suppresses (or doesn't) that same behaviour and those same attributes.  Our challenge is to recognise and address them.  

Yesterday I met someone of whom I was not overly fond.  I could hear my internal judgments raging: self-opinionated, full of himself, flippant, cocky, ego-bound... When I looked closer, I could see the times in my life when I had not been much different and acknowledged that I had not especially liked me in that state.  The fact that my hackles rose yesterday suggests that the beast is still not dead: work to be done...

Read more about judgments in THE TALKING STICK: EXPLORING LIFE'S POSSIBILITIES, available from major bookstores and on Kindle from Amazon.

Monday, 22 April 2013

WHEN YOU'RE STUCK IN A HOLE...

When you're stuck in a hole, it doesn't help you to look around you.  All you see are the containing walls of your hole.  You need to look up to see where the light is coming from and then clamber up towards the light.

Read about climbing out of holes in THE TALKING STICK: EXPLORING LIFE'S POSSIBILITIES, available on Kindle from Amazon or from my website.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

TAKING OUR LIVES FOR GRANTED

When we take all we have for granted, rather than expressing our gratitude for each gift which Life has bestowed on us, we lose sight of what we have as we fight for what we think we don't have.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

ESTEEM THROUGH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

When we require the acknowledgment of others in order to feel loved, needed, appreciated or simply better about ourselves, we place ourselves and our esteem at the mercy of the world.