I would highly recommend this talk to anyone. I’ll be there.
I would highly recommend this talk to anyone. I’ll be there.
So much of this made sense to me. I am going to try Mike’s recommendation on living at the centre of the wheel. I hope I’m patient enough to see the results. I really support Mike’s work. The more I read, the more sense it all seems to make. I guess he is at the right level as a Teacher for me personally to learn. He is certainly thought provoking for me but with lots of agreement.
Here is an excerpt but as always…..
Return to the Centre
From the mysteries of time (last week) comes the conundrum of life. Do we journey through life or does life journey through us? Or both. Are you the driver or the hitchhiker? Or both. Are you the traveller or the witness? Or both. Are you on the stage or in the audience? Or both. Do YOU move or are you moved? Or neither!
Such questions have plagued the intellects of philosophers and mystics for centuries. Today, few of us have little time for such self-indulgent naval gazing reflections, (!) busy as we are with more important matters such as the price of a house, the latest score in the cricket and the weather for the weekend! And yet many of us often feel an ache in our soul which, when examined, reveals a desire to know the answers to such deep and profoundly significant questions, if perhaps phrased in slightly different ways.
If you do stop to look, to understand, to ‘stand under’ the idea of what it means to live, you may begin to sense all is not what it appears to be, all is not what you have been taught to see, all is not as real as you were led to believe.
Here is an excerpt from Mike George’s weekly Newsletter that I subscribe to. I totally understand what Mike is saying. I definitly had the “its them not me” problem for years before I took a really hard look at myself with dissapointment with what I had become. But then you have to go through the rough to get to the smooth in this life!
CLICK HERE Living In Your Nature FOR THE FULL ARTICLE
The absence of peace in our life is demonstrated by the number of ways that we search, usually in vain, to alleviate the stresses and strains of modern living. If inner peace was present in our life we would likely travel less, eat less, shop less, work less, struggle less, talk less and think less. In some cases ‘less’ might, for short periods, become not at all! Such are some of the ways that we search for peace. It is a huge breakthrough moment when the penny drops, and we realise inner peace is generated from within and that no achievement or accumulation of anything ‘more’ from any source outside can induce it. It is also a moment when peace is recognised as the power in the engine of our life. It is the very ground of our being and just as buildings are only built on solid foundations so we cannot build a truly stable and happy life unless we find the power of our inner peace.
This is yet another great piece by Mike George.
Is there anything in your life you are passionate about? What is your passion? Are you sure it’s real passion? Passion is another of those concepts whose meaning has become grey at best, totally blurred at worst.
Most of us will learn to think passion is good. Some of us will come to believe that if you have no passion you have no life, and you might as well be dead. Others exhort us to find our passion in life and then to pursue that passion with a …passion! And there are an increasing number who advise us to fill absolutely everything we do with ‘a passion’ if we want to be successful. Few go on to say exactly what they mean by passion, and so the word passion tends to be loosely and vaguely mixed with a variety of concepts including love, anger, suffering, attachment and enthusiasm. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE…..
Here is another really good article from Mike George.
This is an excerpt but you can get the FULL ARTICLE HERE.
A New Enthusiasm
Many of us awaken each day in a different mood. Others find their mood swinging unpredictably and uncontrollably throughout the day. And some seem to become unchangingly stuck in a rut characterised by continuously dull feelings. Our moods obviously influence our level of enthusiasm towards tasks and people in particular, and towards our life in general. Yet we all know or have at least met someone who is almost constantly enthusiastic and wondered how on earth they maintain their consistently up-beat attitude to everything in their life. Sometimes we are inspired by their enthusiasm. And at other times, because it can be such a direct contrast to our own energy level, we find ourselves irritated and almost tired of being around such a bubbling energy. And yet, deep down there’s often a little voice that says, “I wish I could be like that, be as enthusiastic as them about … everything”.
All of what Mike George says makes complete sense to me. Everytime I read something of his, I gain a deeper understanding. This particular article is great. This is what we need to teach our young and old. Here is a little taster. The full document is ATTACHED HERE.
Comparing ourselves with others is a deep and often subtle conditioning in a world where ‘people watching’ has become, for many, a daily obsession. As we watch, we compare, as we compare, we desire, and as we desire we lose our ability to be content with where we are and what we have. Someone else’s life always look better than ‘my life’, someone else’s success always seems much greater than any success I may achieve and someone else’s future always seems to look much rosier than my future. These thought patterns are fatal to our well-being and over time can paralyse our ability to think clearly for ourselves.
I am seriously considering going to this one. The agenda looks really good and the cost is very reasonable for a 3 day retreat. Plus it is hosted by the wonderful Mike George whom I have a lot of respect for. Take a look:
Life is a process not a result, a journey not a destination, a work in continuous progress. It’s easy to spend too much time focussing on outcomes and striving for achievement, and thereby miss the beauty and the magic of the journey, not to mention the lessons along the way.
We each create our own journey much as a painter paints her painting and a composer refines his symphony. Everyone has a song in their heart and everyone has a canvas called the ‘mind’ on which they will create the panorama of their life. Have you found your song and if so how does it sound? Have you started on your canvas and if so how does it look?
You are warmly invited to join one of the weekend Self Awareness Retreats which offers the gifts of insight and understanding, meditation and silence, the company of fellow creators and a chance to relax and look at yourself and life very differently.
To help you sustain your ‘creative process’, and whatever inner work you initiate during the weekend retreat, you will receive a weekly refresher by email for 18 weeks.
There is much more information on the website– ie full costs and itinerary. Cost-wise, I think £175 for 3 days and accommodation is very reasonable.
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