When he came he hadn’t slept well for years. His goal was to figure out why. He had tried everything but nothing worked. He brought all his questions, stayed for a second week doing the program again, going to all the classes again. He stayed on for a third week to implement it all. Little did he know that he carried all the answers. Little did he know that the questions that seemed so important vanished like mist in the sun and he couldn’t even remember why he had them.
Feel for Real (FfR) is the method we use to get to know our needs, observe and understand them, make friends with them and ultimately love them and the Self they represent. It’s a method we use in all we do, a practice that has long been forgotten and oppressed in our society. Distress and eventually disease is the result of this oppression, and the reason FfR was created. It’s not about being mindful but about being bodyful.
She just arrived home after a week of pure healthy living in Thailand at our loved Oshram where the deers, peacocks and butterflies roam freely. The 12 hour flight back to the UK gave her time for reflection and planning. She made weekly schedules and tried to fit in all the things she thought she had to do to stay healthy, realising there wasn’t enough time. How could she possibly become healthy and keep up her "normal life”?
If we can jump out of the grip our fear holds on us, we have a greater possibility to succeed. If our expectation of a certain outcome is a driving force and not a limitation, we have a greater possibility to succeed too, as we detach from “I need to succeed.” The “need” for success becomes a limitation if we are afraid of not succeeding. The frustration a “need” creates in us is not an energy that makes us creative or productive, but rather a block to our energy. Expectation is a driving force if we can work towards the outcome of our expectation while being OK the actual outcome expected is not delivered.
On their way home M, who has joined us three times (last vist with her husband) in Thailand, wrote this on Whats App:
We are on the bus we got an early one. Thanks again, I always feel so good as I leave. I look forward to our skype so I can ask things like 'where does one go when doubt sets in? 🐞🍷❤️🐜🤢🦀
So I answered this:
The aroma of fresh coffee in the morning kicks the morning blues better than anything else I know of, much, much better than the actual taste. New scientific studies show that aromatherapy is hugely beneficial, but the same olfactory bulb (just above the nose) that can be used to heal us can also be easily fooled by the chemical industry
We've known for years that the earth is as much a living being as we are. Ideally our personal health journeys reveal this somewhere along the way, at which moment we recognize just how much we extend beyond our own physical boundaries. At the furthest reaches of this realization lies the understanding that we can only be as healthy as the earth, and the earth, as we.
If you attended the Spring Retreats in Spain, you may recall we began using the phrase “Bum Sitting” where we once used the word “meditation.” The logic was simple - ditch everything we thought we knew about meditation (it’s been passed down through too many generations and with too much connotative disarray).
The general Bum Sitting technique for creativity is easy. Assume any
One outcome of many creative Bum Sittings over the years has recently taken us to Bangkok. Not for more Buddhas (we have lots already), not for more recipes (we have many of those), or for more art (we have way too much) but for matchmaking a consortium of investors with a suitable local manufacturing company..
Why a man celebrates International Women's Day.
Well, that's easy.
First, I wouldn't be here physically had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was born- and second, I wouldn't be here where I am now intellectually had a woman or women not preceded me - in that I was educated - and third, I wouldn't be here where I am now emotionally
Meditation - In latin meditare means to reflect upon, the opposite of trying to silence your thoughts. But there is a huge difference in between having a thought and the thought having you. If there is a thought be with it, and when it passes just be. As opposed to relaxation meditation is done with a very conscious mind, with as much awareness as possible. The more awareness of your being (in time) the deeper the meditation. The form is irrelevant, as long as you can get to the point of awareness. It can be done sitting, while doing something, or with technics like the Zen, Mantra, or Vipassana (awareness of breathing) meditation.
Silly question, of course you know that you breathe! Well, not really. We have totally forgotten that breathing is as important as eating, exercise or sleeping for health. In Ayurveda and Yoga it is described as 'life'. It's even the same word in Sanskrit. Life starts with an inhale and it ends with an exhale. All in between is life.
For men or women, this is a perfect day to be Sisters in (hugging) Arms. Imagine how it is to be Mothers, Sisters and Wives.
How many times haven’t you made or heard someone make a new years resolution but then see it fail, just like the year before? The problem is not the resolution itself. Its the attitude towards progress in that resolution.
Even Al Gore is vegan now. It only took him 7 years to figure out that the number one cause of the end of the world is animal agriculture. Why does it take such a long time for us humans to do what we say others should do?
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Since a great number of studies that show that coffee, black tea and cacao, are indeed good source of antioxidants and it is by far more health than the options that mainstream medicine offers in many cases.
It struck me during a meeting with Tony Blair, before which my friend sent me a chat message saying, "watch your wallet."