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Archive for June, 2009

Relaxation and Meditation Visualisation…….

Dadi Janki on Silence…

Wise words on Science & Spirituality…..

Dadi Janki is quite a prominent figure within the Brahma Kumaris. Watch this – she speaks in Hindi bit there is an English translator.

Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You….

From www.Indianchild.com

There comes a time when you must stand alone.

You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.

You must be willing to make sacrifices.

You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.

Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.

There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.

Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.

Be confident enough that you won’t settle for a compromise just to get by.

Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.

Don’t stand in someone else’s shadow when it’s your sunlight that should lead the way.

Could you take a cold shower?

One of my Mum’s friends told me to have one. I have a section of skin on my shins that is quite dry. I have tried many oils and creams and it has never got better. It doesn’t do anything, it just looks cracked. So this friend said you have heat under your skin. Start washing with cold water. You will get used to it and it will solve your skin problem.

So the first time was a bit hard. I went to warn to colder slowly. By the end, I thought – ok that wasnt too bad. And so slowly I have got used to it. It’s really quite refreshing – especially in this weather. It’s a nice feeling to have cold drops falling on your head. Go on…I dare you to try it. Ease yourself in slowly. You might even like it!!!

I have not noticed a difference in my skin yet but I have only been doing it for days. I would have thought it will take a while to sort out. I’ll keep you posted.

A Tribute to MJ……….

MJI never have felt any way about admitting how I feel about Michael Jackson – I am a true fan. So to hear the news that he passed last night was devastating. I watched as the news said he was dead, then he was not dead but in a deep coma and then 30 minutes after that report, he was actually dead. Some accuracy would have been good but then that’s the media for you.  Sorry, I’m finding it hard to say anything positive about the media…as usual.

I wanted to take this opportunity to say what I want to about this. Not what I have in mind for Auranics but words I want to say. So here goes….

MJWhen I was a child going through all of my “stuff,” his music was one thing that always made me smile. His voice, his lyrics, his dance moves…everything about his excited me as a child. As I grew, my admiration for him as an Artist grew. This is what I want to focus on. He was an Artist. The only thing the world out there should have judged him for should have been his music. 

Who are people to say this and that and comment on whether they agree or not with what he does. Look inside yourself first before you judge another person who 1) you have never met and 2) judge him by second hand information from the likes of the media and hearsay say.

MJI never believed the charges set against him and still don’t. I don’t care what anyone says but a man who wrote the lyrics to songs like Man in the Mirror, Heal The World, Lady in My Life etc could not have been capable of what he was accused of. I have no doubts in my mind. I think he got too powerful and someone somewhere thought…ok how can we bring down Michael Jackson?  Oh I know, he spends lots of time with kids…yada…yada. It’s happened to others, why not him? Slander, lies, manipulation of information etc. For some people, the world is MJa really cruel place. People need to understand that he loved children because with kids, what you see is what you get. They are honest. Not sly, conceited, liars, money chasers and manipulators like adults. That’s why he preferred their company because they never wanted anything from him in return. With him being who he was, adults could not be trusted around him.

 

MJI don’t think we will ever know the extend of his charity work and how many lives he touched. He toured in countries no one dared to go. Politically, economically, socially unstable places were the places he went to bring the people some kind of hope. Name me anyone else who has done that to date. Lets not forget the charity concerts that he did.

MJI think it’s quite disgusting all of the people climbing out of the woodwork to say how great he was now that he is dead. No one stood by him when he was alive and the mud was being slung. Very few people did. People were frightened and wanted to protect their own images.

I stopped listening or watching any news associated with him years ago. I didn’t want his name in my mind to be tarnished. So I don’t really know much about him. I just know him through his music.

Even the news is annoying me…too much two faced talk of how great he was. Funny how everyone thinks now about how great he was.  

MMCan we now just let him rest in peace. Right now, I’m watching CNN who are broadcasting the 911 call – I mean is that really necessary? Do nosy people out there really need to hear this? Isn’t the fact that he has gone enough?

I hope and pray he reaches where he is supposed to be with ease. RIP MJ. I’ll never forget you.

Some Beautiful Quotes…..

I came across this site Indian Child recently and really admired some of the quotes on there. I found I could really relate to these words.

Here are a few I’d like to share. For more information, take a look at their website.

Work hard at what you like to do and try to overcome all obstacles

Laugh at your mistakes and praise yourself for learning from them

Pick some flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature

Say hello to strangers and enjoy the people you know

Don’t be afraid to show your emotions laughing and crying make you feel better

Love your friends and family with your entire being they are the most important part of your life

Feel the calmness on a quiet sunny day

Find a rainbow and live your world of dreams always remember life is better than it seems 

BE THANKFUL

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

 

                                                    Appreciating Our Past
 
 
It is easy to be negative about past mistakes and unhappiness. But it is much more healing to look at ourselves and our past in the light of experience, acceptance, and growth.
 

Our past is a series of lessons that advance us to higher levels of living and loving. The relationships we entered, stayed in, or ended taught us necessary lessons. 

Some of us have emerged from the most painful circumstances with strong insights about who we are and what we want. Our mistakes? Necessary. Our frustrations, failures, and sometimes stumbling attempts at growth and progress? Necessary too. Each step of the way, we learned. We went through exactly the experiences we need to, to become who we are today. Each step of the way, we progressed. Is our past a mistake? No. The only mistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth. 

Today, God, help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring about my past circumstances or relationships. I can accept, with gratitude, all that has brought me to today.

Superfood #5 Chickpeas………

www.naturalfoodsuperstore.comFor as long as I can remember, my Mum has always told us how great Chickpeas are for you. We would have them at least once a week. They are available in 2 varieties – black and white. She has always favoured the black ones saying they have a higher nutritional value than their white counterpart. 

Chickpeas are very cheap and very good for you. For anyone on a low cost diet – especially with the current economic status, they are ideal.

Properties:

An excellent source of fibre, vegetable protein, starch, vitamins especially ones in the B group and E, and minerals, in particular magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and iron. 

Health benefits:

www.foodsubs.comThey provide valuable protein(when combined with cereals, nuts, grains etc) for vegetarians. They contain insoluble fibre, which promotes regular bowel function and may protect against cancer. They also provide insoluble fibre, which helps to remove cholesterol from blood and hence may protect against heart and circulatory disease. Chickpeas provide slow-release energy, avoiding peaking of blood glucose levels, which is helpful in the prevention and control of diabetes. They contain vitamins and minerals essential for many metabolic functions and which protect against disorders and disease.

Be careful if you are buying tinned chickpeas – check the salt levels as they tend to be high. It’s actually much cheaper to buy a large packet that will last you ages. Plus if you soak them the night before, they will soften and be quicker to prepare. you can also steam cook them either in a pressure cooker or in a steamer. This is probably the best method as it keeps all of the nutrients in and is quite quick.

Chickpeas are great in salads, soups, curries etc but also great as hummus – one of my favourite things. Y0u can also buy ground chickpea flour (vesan/besan) which can be very versatile in cooking. I know in an Indian household, it is used very often in things like Pakoras (onion barji’s,) Indian Sweets, Indian Yellow curry, Indian Savouries like mattia, semia etc and so on. There are literally hundreds of bi-products of chickpeas.

My Mum also said if someone isn’t well, in India, they boil chickpea flour in water and give it to that person. It gives your strength and makes you better.

Further reading:

http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofchickpeas.html

www.health24.com

Kids In The Care System…………..

I go to Brighton every year to be where my Dad died on the day of his anniversary. It’s a day of reminiscing for me.

A few years ago, I was there sitting on a bench and a young boy came up and just started talking to me. I was impressed with how streetwise he was and more so that he had the guts to come up to a stranger and actually hold down a good conversation. He couldn’t have been more than 13. He said he wanted to be a chef and I was giving him some advice as I was recruiting for the hospitality industry at the time and knew how it all worked. He had a big cut on his hand where he had been ‘playing around with a knife and nearly sliced his finger off.’

He knew lots of places and regions in the UK and then it came out that he is in the care system. Although he had a zesty character you could see that he had lived – and perhaps not such a great life. He was beautiful inside and out. I couldn’t help but think ‘who would ever leave you?’ I wanted to put him in my car, take him home and look after him.

I could never forget him. His eyes seemed to be printed in my mind. All the way home and since I have thought – why didn’t I get a number for him and just check in on him once in a while.

It made me think about all of those children in similar situations.

IF THERE ARE ANY OF YOU OUT THERE WHO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ADOPT OR FOSTER, PLEASE DO. There are thousands of kids out there who are just wasting away. And lets not forget the loads that go missing from the system every year. The authorities have no idea where they are. These children are a part of our society and we all have a responsibility to do right by them. They too are our future.

I fully intend to practice what I preach as soon as the timing is right for me.

So on a final note, if you can adopt or foster, please do. Make that difference to someone elses life.

Thought of the day from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University….

From the wonderful Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.

Really nice pictures too – always make me smile. If you like this, sigh up to receive daily ones.

Personality Development Notes………

Personality Development Notes

Love this one. Great humbling words that I could really relate to. Also from my mate Feds.

Philisophy of Life….

MyFavoritePhilosophy

A lovely presentation and some astoundingly beautiful pictures – from my mate Feds.

FREE EVENT – The Spirit of Coaching 14.6.09 @ 2pm in London

Find your true purpose in life…Bringing out the best in you.

This seminar, part of the popular ‘The Spirit of Coaching’ series, will explore how connecting to spirit is the key to finding and embracing our life purpose, fulfilling our potential and creating a happy and successful life. It will be of particular interest to coaches and others involved in personal growth and development.

Speakers:

Nick Wiliams is the author of five books, including the best-selling The Work We Were Born to Do, co-founder of www.inspired-entrepreneur.com and a trustee director of Alternatives. He is passionate about inspiring people to discover and achieve their innate potential and works with leaders in education, the media and business.

Jackee Holder is an ordained Interfaith Minister and author of Soul Purpose and Be Your Own Best Coach. Her work in organisations as a performance and executive coach and coach trainer supports individuals and teams to align spirit creativity and life purpose into their everyday working lives. She is the founder of the Alternatives Coaching Circle.

Maureen Goodman is the Programme Director at the International Co-ordinating Office of the Brahma Kumaris and a much sought after speaker and workshop leader whose mix of humour and depth help to make the spiritual journey easy.  She leads the university’s outreach work in prisons, healthcare, education, women’s issues and inter-religious dialogue.

Sunday 14th June 2009

2.00 – 5.30pm

How to find us:

The nearest tube is 12 minutes walk away at Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, London. NW10 2HH.Dollis Hill on the Jubilee line (Chapter Rd exit). Bus routes: 6, 226 &, 206 to Pound lane and  98, 52, 302, 260, 460, 266 & 297 to Willesden Bus Garage.

Free of Charge – but please do make a donation as BKWSU are a charity and donation relant. Help them to help others. Let more people benefit.

www.bkwsu.org.uk

www.bkpublications.com

Ladies & Gentlemen, I present String Theory Cello Ensemble…………

www.stringtheorycelloensemble.comI have always found music a wonderful aid to meditation – it helps me to control my chattering monkey mind and go in deeper! If the piece is right, it is wonderful to go on an inward guided journey out of your present space and feel peace and tranquility. So I was very happy to hear about String Theory Cello Quartet because that is exactly what they create – music to mediate to. There is something very emotional about using the string instruments too in my opinion. All in all a fabulous idea I think.

They have some lovely samples on their site for you to listen to. Just Click on Music Tracks to access them.

As the lovely ladies from STCE say in their leaflet:

“Stillness is vital to our sense of well-being: to our ability to reflect. Many people turn to music to find solace there and use it as a focus for their trials and tribulations. Music serves as a mediation for the player and listener alike.” I had never thought of it like that! 

“String Theory have created a musical meditation which threads together sacred and secular vocal music of the Rennaissance. The music mirrors a journey from the cares of the world, to a still point at its centre. From there you are lead forward to face the world refreshed. This is not a typical concert, but more of an event: the emsemble play the cycle continuously and you receive the music. “

Sounds very interesting to me. I am eager to have a listen. I will tell you more about future events as soon as I have further information from Annie Ashton, Una Birtchnell, Fiona Murphy and Catherine Black.

London Fo Guang Buddhist Temple behind Oxford Street….

http://www.londonfgs.org.uk/

Yes believe it or not, there is the Fo Guang Buddhist Temple in the hustle and bustle of Central London. I really wish I knew about these places when I lived in London and had my tougher times. (Never mind! At least I can pass these on to you.)

They offer free meditation sessions and Buddhism Classes plus other classes – their website has all of the info.

I found out about the Temple from a  leaflet I picked up at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London a few weeks ago. The leaflet also had this printed on it which are just wonderfully beautiful words:

  • May palms in every world be joined in kindness, compassion, joy and generosity
  • May all beings find security in friendship, peace & loving care
  • May calm & mindful practice give rise to deep patience & equanimity
  • May we give rise to spacious hearts & humble thoughts of gratitude

There is tons of lovely information and advice for anyone and everyone on their site, like the extracts taken below:

“The seed for Buddhism in England has been sown and will continue to grow. London Fo Guang Shan promotes the four principles initiated by Venerable Master Hsing Yun: “Propagating Dharma through cultural activities, fostering talent through education, benefiting society through philanthropic programmes and purifying human minds”. We also promote Buddhism locally by educating local Buddhists to assist in propagating the Dharma. We are committed to the establishment of a Pureland in western society through nurturing joy and harmony, unity and coexistence, respect and tolerance, equality and peace.”

Amongst many other things, they offer: events like Inter Faith Cermonies (they have one on the 7th of July if you are around), Cultural Events, Community Events and work to help international charitable fundraising projects.

“When people act together, great things are possible. London Fo Guang Shanis looking forward to the collaboration withBritish society and communities in the near future so as to promote enduring interfaith network, create cultures of peace and bring the world harmony and happiness among all people. The London Fo Guang Temple offers a friendly atmosphere for anyone who is interested in its services and activities. It is open to public from 9AM to 5 PM daily except Friday.”

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