Meditation: What’s Your Why?

“Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment.

Would you take it?

Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory.

Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it?

The pill exists. It’s called meditation.”
 Jonathon Haidt

There is a plethora of information on meditation these days. Type in a search for meditation on YouTube and 8,550,000 videos are on offer. Amazon sells 500+ different books on the topic. On Google there are 630,000 UK web sites offering some form of meditation facilitation from practical mindfulness to esoteric journeys to far away galaxies. We are spoilt for choice!

Despite the huge growth of meditation as an ‘industry’ and the array of options it offers, it is important to decide on your own personal type of practice and your specific reasons for doing it. Meditation is only an effective tool if it is practiced daily. And committed, frequent practice of anything requires you to have a strong reason ‘why’ you are doing it…or it is too easy to give up! Read More

The Five Hallmarks of Enlightened People: Some Suggestions for Their Attainment

Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being”. Adyashanti

This quote from American spiritual teacher and author Adyashanti highlights that enlightenment is an attainable state for us all. It is not something we have to seek for. In my experience though, we do need to train our mental muscles to embrace the qualities that enlightened people embody. And that means practice!

Below I have put together a list of the mental traits of enlightened masters: individuals such as Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and living masters such as Eckhart Tolle, Mother Amma and Gangaji. In this short summary, I have given a series of suggestions on how we can do our best to work towards these hallmakrs if we want to evolve and grow towards Enlightenment through our lifetime. Read More

What Can an Eighty-Nine Year Old Vietnamese Monk Teach Us About Leadership?

Zen master and former peace activist Thích Nhất Hạnh has spent much of his life traveling the world teaching Buddhist principles of mindfulness, love and compassion as the route to happiness in life. In 2013 he toured the US, spending a day at Google and speaking to more than 20 CEOs of US-based technology companies to offer his advice on living in the present moment. In 2014 he toured Europe, again speaking to large crowds. He is currently recovering from a brain haemorrhage suffered at the end of 2014 and, despite his advancing years, he is making a good recovery. Meanwhile, thousands still go to his centre, Plum Village in Southern France, to meditate in the quiet space there and practice mindful living. His monastic order is the fastest growing order in the world.

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How Can You Be The Light in the World?

One of the key teachings of the spiritual text A Course in Miracles is “you are the light of the world.” This means that each and every one of us, without exception, is this light that The Course speaks of that we can bring into the world. We are that light on our good days and on our bad days. We are that light when things are going wrong and when things are going well. We are this light regardless of what is going on in our world. This light within us never fades nor diminishes, however bad we may have been. Read More

What is Spiritual Intelligence?

Spiritual Intelligence is our connection to, and awareness of, the intelligence of Spirit that is within us all. This intelligence is guiding us through our inner wisdom, our gut feelings and the gentle nudges we receive guiding us on our path. It is there for us to rely on and have trust in at all times. All we have to do is be willing to act on this guidance and allow it to direct every aspect of our lives. Read More

Dealing with Challenges

Challenges in our lives give us the opportunity always to surrender to a Higher Power and allow that Power to heal us. Throughout difficult times your intuition can guide you in alignment with that Higher Power to assist you in moving through the issue with a sense of ease.

Releasing all your problems, worries and concerns to your Higher Mind for this to take place, involves the following steps:  Read More

How to Heal Your Mind

The spiritual text A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a three part book containing a text, a workbook and a manual for teachers. The workbook is a 365 day mind training programme based on Universal spiritual truths and it is said to be the channelled teachings of Jesus. Although written in Christian language, I sense it is both Buddhist and Taoist in its teachings and through working with it you obtain a very different perspective on life. The main focus of ACIM is on the re-training of the workings of our minds through forgiveness and the recognition of the profound effect that has on our lives and the lives of those around us. Read More

Rejection is Not What it Seems

We have all experienced the pain of being rejected: we didn’t get the job that we had hoped for, we didn’t get the part we wanted, someone who we care about alienates us and the one we love doesn’t want us. Whatever the cause, it is not a palatable emotion to deal with and if we are not very careful it can lead us into feelings of being unloved, unwanted and unworthy. And yet in truth, everything that is meant for you will not go by you and we have to know that if we didn’t get the situation or person we wanted, it is because there is someone and something better coming our way. But, it is one thing knowing that and it is another thing dealing with the emotions that come up when we feel rejected and hurt. Read More

Our Deeper Motivations – Are They Helping us or Hindering us?

Our motivations are the ideals or values that you are living by, which determine your actions in every situation. There are two types of ideals that you can follow: those motivated by your personality or ego, or those motivated by your Higher Self or Divine Self. If you are following the motivations of your ego it is likely that in some, or perhaps many areas of your life, it is leading you into some form of suffering. In reality any area where you are suffering negative emotions is a sign that you are following and acting upon the ideals of the ego. Read More

Healing the Split Mind

Have you ever felt “I really want this or that but……”? Or more specifically“ I really want this relationship but…….,” “I really want to be successful but…….”? And after the “but” is a host of reasons why you actually do not want it and in fact, actually fear it. It is really helpful to examine what the “buts” are hiding, because when our mind is split like this, it keeps us stuck however much we may want to move forward. Read More

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