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Do Something Altruistic For Someone Everyday……..

This is a lovely exercise I found in the book – The Gift Of Peace – Thoughts for a Peaceful World written and produced by The Brahma Kumaris:

Do Something altruistic for someone everyday.

Develop the habit of enjoying doing this, not for any reward but just for the sake of it and discover the fruit of that action.

The best gift is to give happiness and to finish sorrow.

The Love Foundation…………

The Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Our vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and understanding of unconditional love within individuals and society as a whole.

Choose Love

It may be easy to look around our world today and see the appearance of chaos, difficulty and strife.  Yet, when we come from an open heart, we can also see our opportunity to love all things into balance, joy, harmony and peace.  This planet does not need more visions of desperation, fear, doubt and hate – it requires an abundance of love, especially unconditional love, to heal and restore the beauty contained in every moment.  This becomes the easier path once we take the first step and begin to share our love.

When we bring unconditional love back into our personal, professional, community and family lives, we begin the journey of restoring wholeness and happiness to our planetary adventure.  Of course it takes determined effort on our part as the old ways of being are quick to return in our mind.  However, this effort to love is rewarded with a new perspective on everything and all life benefits as a result.

Here at The Love Foundation, whether through Global Love Day each May 1st, our annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational, the Love Ambassador or Act of Love designations, and our newest program, Loving Earth, each of these opportunities are simply ways to keep the understanding of love fresh in our collective hearts and minds.

Ten years ago we started this nonprofit organization as a way to inspire and remind people of the simple power of loving unconditionally.  In just these few years, we have witnessed a growing worldwide momentum embracing this opportunity to bring the awareness of unconditional love back into our daily lives.

We look forward to expanding this dialogue and welcome you to walk this journey of unconditional love in your part of the world.

http://www.thelovefoundation.com/

Simply beautiful.

A Beautiful Piece on Peace……………

You are what you think. Think that you are a being of peace, and peace will become your new personality. share good news with others. Always have something interesting prepared to share with those you meet. Remember to have a peaceful thought at least once a day.

Taken from The Gift Of Peace book by the Brahma Kumaris.

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 Quote from “The Gift Of Peace”

www.bkwsu.orgThe Gift Of Peace is a small book published by the Brahma Kumaris that will cost you £2.00. The book was written by on of the long serving students and teacher of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University just after he visited New York 3 weeks after September 11th 2001. It is a fantastic collection of thoughts, sayings and advice on how to be peaceful and happy.

Here is one excerpt that hit home for me:

Circumstances are like objects. They are not alive; you bring life to them.

The positive is more powerful than the negative. The positive is innate. The negative indicates what is missing inside you. Light exists and its absence is darkness.

Never forget you are a human being who can decide the attitude you take in life.

You have an enourmous positive inner potential still to be discovered. these thoughts will help you face any circumstance in life with a different perspective.  

This resonates a lot of truth for me when I sit back and think about it.

Living In Your Nature, by Mike George………

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.

Very reasonable Yoga Weekends for Beginners and Intermediates in London……

I have been looking at the Sivananda website today. there is lots of great information on there. I love the words they have on the site – Serve, Love, Give, Meditate, Realise.

Anyway, they have some really good facilities including meditation and yoga courses. They have charges but Auranics approves these. They are reasonable for what you are getting. Here is just one of many….

Weekend Intensives…

www.sivananda.org

Beginners’ Weekend
July 11 – 12
A very popular alternative to the 4 or 6 week Yoga 1, this weekend intensive gives a complete experience of the yogic lifestyle while providing a sound basis for your home practice. Delicious vegetarian meals, nature walks and workshops on yoga and meditation make this a “mini” retreat in the heart of London.

Intermediate Weekends
August 15 – 16
Similar in structure to the Beginners’ Weekend, this follow-up weekend focuses on deepening the Yoga experience through the practice of variations, introduction to the headstand and a deeper understanding of the Yoga philosophy.

cost: Members £57 / Non-members £75 / Concessions available

The daily programme is as follows:
Saturday | 10.30am – 5.30pm
10.30am Yoga Class
12.00 Lunch
1pm Walk
2.15pm Talk: Introduction to Yoga
4pm Yoga Class
Sunday | 10.30am – 5.30pm
10.30am Yoga Class
12.00 Lunch
1pm Video presentation
2.15pm Talk: Introduction to Meditation
4pm Yoga Class

Just one of many courses available.

Equalitarianism…………

Why is it that when there are atrocities/plane crashes/natural disasters etc that we are always told by our news teams how many people died in terms of their nationality? Ie “of those who died, there were 5 British people, 6 Danes and 2 Americans.”

Who cares what nationality they were. The point is that people died. It doesn’t matter what colour or creed they were.

At a soul level, we are all the same. On a human level, we breathe the same. If you cut any of us, we bleed the same.

I believe this creates further divisions between us. In these situations, we should mourn our losses as a whole not as some people do through how many of “theirs” they lost.

We should unite as humans not segregate ourselves.

I am an equalitarian. We are all the same, at the same level. The only one who is superior is God/Higher Power. No man or woman on earth is more superior to any other. I also believe that titles are a bad thing. They create connotations and preconceptions and distance us from total equality.

Ok, I’ve realised I’m ranting. Hopefully you get my point on this. I’m ranting because I feel strongly about this!

How Fab is this?

Thanks to John O’Shaughnessy from Moon Dragon for introducing me to this – Playing For Change: Song Around The World ” Don’t Worry”

FREE, YES FREE FABULOUS GUIDED MEDITATIONS…

You calm your mind down with Meditation. It can be as basic as just breathing slowly and letting go. No matter how deep you choose to go in, you will always benefit from it and come out refreshed.

Whether you are new to meditation or have done it before, these are great, peaceful sessions. The Brahma Kumaries international site has these six:

The best way to go through these is to find somewhere quite where you are comfortable and at the right temperature. You can sit in any position you like, eyes open or closed. Try different ways and you will soon come to realise what works for you. And just listen to the meditation. If your mind wonders, that’s ok. Bring it back as soon as you are conscious that you have drifted.

For many of us, not taking care of our minds can be very detrimental. So it’s worth investing in your mind even for just a few minutes to a few hours a day. Out of 24 hours in the day, take a bit out for you. Even if you are just sitting in silence observing your breathing pattern. You will receive some amazing solace.

Anyone can meditate, from a child to a senior person. Kids benefit really well from it because they are not afraid to try it. They just let go and have a wonderful experience.

There are many CD’s you can buy if you struggle to get with how to meditate. Just go into any search engine and add “meditation CD” and go through the list. As mentioned before, Anne Jones has some great ones on her CD’s.  

Good luck!

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Taking some quiet time just for you xxx

I got the following from a session I attended at the Brahma Kumaris recently. It is truly beautiful:

There is a part of you that is perfect and pure. It is untouched by the less than perfect characteristics you have acquired by living in a less than perfect world. It is filled with wisdom and so, is a constant source of wellbeing. It’s a total absence of conflict and negativity of any sort makes this part of you a still point – a deep enriching experience of silence. Make time to practice this inner place of silence. It will bring you untold benefit.

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