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Archive for January, 2010

Releasing Endorphins…………..

Our wonderful bodies have a great way of naturally making us happy – chemicals released in the back of our heads called endorphins.  

This is why when many people over the world pray, bowing their heads is included at some point. I am a Sikh and when we go to the Temple to worship, the first thing we do is bow our heads down to God. It is done in Islam and Hinduism too. I would be interested to learn of any other religions who also do this.

Yoga is also great because you bow many times and can release lots in one go. I had this realisation because I did some Sun Solutes this morning and felt exceptionally great today. I wondered what was different today. Then the penny dropped!

Try it. Get on your knees and bow down and get up about 10 times a day. See how you feel.

Have you heard of Sunscreen?

I hadn’t until my friend Wagner showed it to me today. As soon as I got past the first few minutes of confusion, I loved it. For straight no nonsense advice, watch the clip below…

Self Empowerment by David Childerley….

My good friend Asare sent me this clip to view. I loved it. David is an amazing person with great perspective and he’s very logical. I have visited his website and signed up for newsletters and videoclips. I’ll keep you posted.

This clip is one of a whole series so it is worth doing a bit of digging and seeing what David has to say. I agreed with everything he says in this clip.

Something Better Around The Corner…….

Whenever I have tried to get something and it has not come through, I have tended to get frustrated. Dream job, car, flat etc. So now I have come to thinking that there is a reason for everything and looking back, more often than not, there has been a reason why that thing didn’t come to me. I have usually had a better alternative come through instead.

Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing.

The Planets by Gustav Holst…………

I remember being introduced to The Planets by Gustav Holst during my Music lessons at school. I was wowed back then by such beautiful and diverse pieces of music. I loved Mars for it’s fire and passion and I loved Jupiter for its calmness and sense of new beginnings that I felt from it.

I had totally forgotten about this until a while ago so I decided to look them up and put a few on Auranics. I like to close my eyes and let my mind listen and wander to these. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

One thing I love to do is play music and ask my friends or family what feeling they got – it makes a very interesting conversation as different people feel different things.

So here they are:

MARS

JUPITER

NEPTUNE

The rest are available on YouTube. Enjoy!

Something I like to to as often as I can…..

This is something I have picked up from my Indian upbringing, mainly from my Mum. My Mum is a person who has been through lots of bad times in her life but she has never forgotten her faith and it is her faith that has pulled her through over the years. She does this on a daily basis.

And that is to once a day, thank the Universe. So my Mum will thank the various elements by joining her hands and bowing her head – for example to the Sun whilst saying thank you Sun for coming out today. Thank you for the rays you are providing us. Thank you to the natural flows of water that nourish out environment and give us water to drink. Thank you to the trees for giving us oxygen and being so beautiful to look at.

Whilst we are on the subject of trees, I have never met anyone who loves plants and trees as much as my Mum. At times there have been more plants in our house than furniture. She see’s God’s beauty in every plant and tree. The more vivacious they are, the more she loves them. She can talk for England about it. She comments on how God created Evergreens so that we have colour in the Winter too. Then she will say how thoughtful and wonderful can God be if He provided us with such beauty in nature. I admire her way of thinking.

So when I am driving to or from work, I do the same. It brings me much joy to do this. I think it is as simple as just putting some positive energy out there and it makes me peaceful and grateful to be alive. I personally love the Moon and Stars. I am lucky where I live because you have a beautiful and huge sky at night. I try to do this as often as I can because it is one thing that makes me happy.

For those of you who do Yoga, you will know that this is common practice. you have postures as the Sun Salute, Moon Salute etc. This is the same concept and is spiritually nourishing. It pulls you out of your closed zone and makes you feel part of something big and wonderful – that we are all a part of.

A Beautiful Presentation called WISE WORDS…..

My Aunt Sent me this. It’s a really nice piece of work with wonderful words, pictures and music.

The slide I loved the most said – MUCH OF YOUR GROWTH AS A PERSON WILL COME THROUGH HARDSHIPS AND CHALLENGES. EMBRACE THOSE AND KNOW YOU WILL BE BETTER,  STRONGER AND WISER BECAUSE OF THEM. That put it all into perspective for me and made me relax my shoulders a bit.

Enjoy……..

Wise Words

Thought for the Day……..

As usual from the Brahma Kumaris:

Happiness is a daily decision

And oh boy…………………have I realised this recently. Even people like me fall off track now and again. It’s only when I go back and see how much I have grown and what tools I have gathered along the way, that I realise that I am only human. Just because I am spiritually aware, doesnt mean I wont be touched by hardship and problems. I have re-learned to be happy and kind in these last few months – something I had come to forget as I began to get swallowed up in all of my problems. This is a superficial life – I am here to learn and evolve. I know that now.

Change Your Thinking…….

My Friend Fedz sent me this – it resonated well with me………

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’

UK Snow…………….

Being in the UK at the moment, we are totally snowed under. Many of us have not been able to get to work or even out of the house for several days now. I live in a remote village which has proven to be impossible to leave.

This got me thinking that this is not such a bad thing. It means families can spend quality time together and get to do the things they never get the time to do. For example, I baked some bread yesterday – ok so it didn’t turn out as great as I wanted but as a first effort, it wasnt so bad. I have been reading and making some choices about my life and where I am. I have also been resting and just relaxing quite a bit.

There are loads of people playing in the snow with snowboards, ski’s and just about anything they can get their hands on that will do the job.  

I have also seen a good sense of  human compassion – people helping others at the roadside  who are stuck, neighbours asking if everyone is ok and if the need anything etc. This is always nice to see.

So I personally am grateful for this situation. Lets use this time well. Be safe.

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