Center yourself by breathing in fully. Breathe into the belly. Breathe into every cell of your being.
With your out breath smile to your heart. With your in breath send love to your heart. As you breath in and out in this beautiful manner get in touch with how wonderful it is to have a loving, peaceful heart that touches the mysteries of life.
As you breath in and out notice how your heart allows your life to be possible in this very moment and how love is always there for you every minute, every day, forever.
As you breathe in and out know that your heart always understands that love is eternally present. Commit yourself to this wonderful deep feeling of love. Let go of all else that troubles you.
With each out breath feel your heart relaxing more and more and expanding into this beautiful wisdom.
Allow each cell in your body to smile with ease and joy. Notice how your body, emotions and mind are connected. Notice as you experience this ease and joy in your body how your mind and emotions celebrate the beauty of this moment, the beauty that is created forever.
Give yourself a chance to rest deeply in this embrace as you continue to breathe deeply in and out sending love, gratitude and appreciation for the gift that you are now receiving.
Release all the tensions that may be holding you back. Trust. Trust the gift of Love.
From my heart I thank you.”
“Many people have asked me for the meaning of Peace and how Peace can be put into practise in daily life.
I would like to share with you that Peace is often thought of as a state of non-violence. That it can only be reached through political means or by changing what seems to be the source of conflict outside of ourselves. I highly commend the wonderful people in the world that have made a difference in bringing Peace to the conflicts of the world but I believe that Peace comes from inside.
When we understand that Peace is a state of mind then we understand true Peace.
A good starting point for our state of mind to understand Peace – a state of mind that is often used to the turmoil and chaos that we are faced with, through the infliction of pain and suffering that we perceive as agitating the serenity of our essence – is to remember to nourish the body by not inflicting this turmoil and chaos onto it.
When we are conscious of what we do to our body, when we are conscious that every action that we take creates a momentum that moves through the body, then we understand that simple actions such as eating, drinking, walking, working, what we read, what we listen to, what we entertain ourselves with, creates a momentum that effects the body and hence the mind.
If we inflict pain onto our body by unconscious actions that violate the harmony of the body, that violate the temple that is our body, then we move away from the serenity that is our essence, the serenity that is peace, into a state of turbulence. This then becomes apparent and manifest in the world as a state of non-peace.
In this way, each individual has a great capacity to be mindful of every action that they are part of.
Be aware that what is not healthy for your body is not healthy for your mind. Be aware that if you are addicted to watching conflict outside of yourself such as the negativities that the media, films, radio and other entertainments often “thrill” the mind with, then it takes a lot for the mind to remember the serenity that is its essence as it spends time digesting through the many layers of forgetfulness that is caused by such actions.
It is our quest to honour our beings by nourishing body, mind and spirit with the purest nourishment that we know of so that we can cultivate, and not only talk about, Peace from within.
Now there is a new, amazing paradigm shift happening whereby the old sense of treating the temple (meaning ourselves) harshly and with a lack of consciousness, that our ancestors and culture in the past condoned as necessary, is shifting and shifting rapidly.
This means that what we bring to ourselves and to our consciousness such as foods and drinks, tv programmes, magazines, books, films, conversations and other such things no longer need to contain intoxicants that keep us separate from pure consciousness.
Please be aware that if these intoxicating aspects are used in a way that poison or damage your body or consciousness that you harm not only yourself but also future generations. Interestingly you also negate your possibility to understand that fear, anger and confusion are not eradicated through numbing oneself and that by nourishing yourself purely from a conscious space you help yourself to become more alive and create an alive sense of Peace deep inside.
It is time now to let go of any diet or other nourishment that brings fear, anger, confusion or violence into our body, mind or emotions by consuming only those things which bring Peace to ourselves and other living beings rather than continuing to cultivate the old paradigm within our bodies, minds and emotions.
I believe that Peace is generosity. It is learning to cultivate a loving kindness that brings well-being to our body, mind and emotions as well as to people, animals, plants, the earth, the universe – everything that shares this beautiful world with us.
When we consciously share our time, our energy, our money, our resources, in a way that is conscious then we respect others and ourselves and this respect prevents what feeds disharmony and conflict.
All these conscious actions accumulate so many beneficial and beautiful manifestations.
Embrace conscious actions.
Be generous to yourself and others.
Live a simpler, healthier, more compassionate and peaceful lifestyle for the benefit of all.
Allow yourself to share this Peace with humanity.”
With all the financial troubles assailing the world at this time I have been asked for some advice about how to invest ethically or what to do with money, which to me is a symbolic extension of who you are.
There are many ethical bonds, banks and organizations that one can invest in. Better still why not consider investing in consciousness by supporting conscious people and their work and help create an atmosphere where this becomes a new paradigm.
I personally do not believe in half hearted so called environmental funds or companies trying to look good by accumulating a few green points and using the right language to fit into what has become the vogue at the moment.
Beyond spirituality, which is always the best thing to invest in, and down to the more mundane worldly aspects, there are two major societal problems facing us and the world today – energy and war.
Energy in the past has been predominantly either nuclear or petroleum based – both of which are destroying the world.
If money is invested in alternatives then these alternatives become more viable. Governments are not interested in losing the profits that traditional energy sources create for them, even if they say they want something different, so it is a matter for the public to create the momentum.
There is a risk here. The energy companies run a lot of the politics and everyday foundations of the modern world.
War is greed, madness and a game that some people believe necessary to control what they have already.
If we invest in the traditional material world, ie banking, shares, etc most of the money somehow goes into that cycle.
Hence, if we all look at utilising ethical institutions like the Cooperative Bank in the UK where their policy is not to invest in goverments or companies that support such regimes then this is one way to put pressure on those which are more unethical indicating to them that such behaviour is unacceptable.
Having more than a few thousand euros in a traditional bank for a long period of time means that it goes into this unethical energy/war cycle.
Investing in long term high interest accounts does the same.
So I would suggest investment companies that have an ethical sorting out policy. It is never 100% foolproof but it is one simple step to take in order for your money to become greener.
If you don”t mind risking or losing the money then i would invest in wind or ocean power or what might be the future energy source, microbes creating energy, ie methane and biodiesel.
In the end, it is about human beings and their consciousness. Every action that you support helps to create consciousness on some level.
So, for example, supporting amnesty international extends this love to humans who suffer extreme pain.
Supporting the essence that creates the freedom from these dynamics is about supporting the spiritual teachers and enlightened beings that bring miracles into a world that is in the midst of chaos. This I believe to be crucial and often overlooked due to the many and varied daily practical requirements (ie shopping, mortgage, savings, clothes, jewellery, perfumes, cigarettes, alcohol, entertainments, holidays, cars, etc) that seem to grow more important than the supporting of beings who dedicate their lives to the evolution of human consciousness.
The Dalai Lama, because of his spiritual intention, often does more to change human consciousness than some radical organisations battling in a non-conscious way to change the world.
The Dalai Lama doesn”t battle, rather he invites the transcendent level of consciousness to deal with any problems.
Sometimes people believe that materialism is the only paradigm possible when they see so much of it. This is where a bridge beyond materialism and consumerism needs to always be supported and strengthened.
Often the simple things in life are a gateway to well-being and happiness.
Live simply. Be conscious of your actions and support conscious actions.”
Tony Samara believes that the extensive use of mobile phones, microwave ovens and other gadgets that emit specific radiation frequencies are seriously damaging our bee populations as well as our energetic bodies. He therefore emphasises the benefits to the environment created by minimising their useage.
Instead utilise sms rather than making long phone calls on mobile phones and find other ways (such as internet telecommunications) to stay in touch with family and friends. Also by using conventional cooking methods you can help nature and yourself.
We will now include an excerpt from a nature journal to highlight the seriousness of the situation:
“According to a study, beekeepers reported an average loss of just over 36% of their colonies over winter, a figure up 13.5% from the previous year, and just over a third of all beekeepers reported losing one or more of their colonies to the condition named Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Since 2006, their keepers have been reporting the sudden and unusual disappearance of large numbers of their bees. Virtually overnight, all the adult bees in a seemingly healthy hive disappear […]
As critical pollinators of many of the foods we depend upon, healthy honeybee populations are essential to our food supply. About 130 different crops rely upon honeybee pollination. Some 30% of all the different types of nuts, fruits, and vegetables we consume.
Things we can do:
· Plant species native to your region in your yard and garden. These will provide abundant food for local bee populations.
· Grow a wide variety of plants with different colors, shapes, and flowering times. A diverse range of plants will attract an equally diverse range of bee species and give them plenty of food choices throughout the growing season.
· Stay away from hybrid and genetically modified plants, which often don”t produce any of the pollen that bees need to survive.
· Never use pesticides or herbicides of any kind. Though these poisons may be meant for plants and non-bee pests, they can often have a “spill-over” effect that harms innocent bystander species, bees among them. (Pesticides are also extremely unhealthy for us land-bound creatures, too!)
· Consider starting a hive and being a beekeeper by creating a nest for wood bees (which don”t sting!) by simply taking a non-treated block of wood, drilling holes 3/32 of an inch to 5/16 of an inch in diameter and about 5 inches deep, and leaving it out for bees to find. Traditional beekeeping also has many rewards, from a supply of homemade honey to assured garden pollination.”
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What percentage of your waking hours are you “plugged in” (i.e. checking things on the internet, doing email, texting, playing with your wireless device, watching TV, posting to Facebook or Twitter, and more)? If you’re anything like me and most of the people I know and work with, probably more than you’d like to admit.
Recently I began to confront my own obsession (borderline addiction) to being plugged in. For many years I’ve justified my somewhat obsessive nature about email and internet use by the fact that I run my own business and have to stay connected in order to make sure I’m taking care of my clients, generating new business, and not missing out on important opportunities.
However “true” this may seem, in the past few years (especially with the addition of social networking, texting, and other forms of “instant” communication and information sharing), it has become clear to me that my desire to stay connected has gotten a bit out of control and has had a negative impact on my life, my well being, and my relationships.
From entrepreneurs to sales people to managers to stay-at-home moms – just about everyone I know and work with seems to have some form of electronic obsession impacting their lives in a negative way.
About a month ago, I woke up on a Sunday morning and said to my wife Michelle, “I’m going to have a media free day today – no email, iPhone, internet, TV, or anything else. Today, I’m going to be totally unplugged.” She looked at me with a bit of amazement and disbelief – I think both because I was actually saying this and because she wasn’t convinced I could do it.
I had my own doubts and a few weak moments early in the day where I almost fell off the wagon and checked my phone. However, I was able to do it and by the end of that day, I felt great. I was able to relax and be present in a way that felt grounded and peaceful. The past four Sundays I’ve been “unplugged” and I’m loving it.
What if we unplugged more often? What if we gave ourselves permission to disconnect from technology and the “important” world of uber-communication? While for some of us this is easier than others, most of us could benefit from a little more unplugging and a little less emailing/texting/web or channel surfing in our lives.
What’s funny to me is how hypocritical we often are about it. When our spouse, co-worker, or friend is busy on their phone, checking email, or being “obnoxiously” plugged in, we often get annoyed. However, when we’re the one doing it, it’s almost always “necessary.”
Here are a few things you can do to start unplugging yourself in a healthy way.
1) Take inventory of the negative impact of technology in your life. How much stress, frustration, and difficulty does being constantly “plugged in” cause for you? Think about this on a physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual level. Admittedly, this is a bigger issue for some of us than others. However, the more honest you can be with yourself about it – both the impact it has on you and any underlying fears that may be associated with it, the more able you’ll be to alter your habits.
2) Challenge yourself to take conscious breaks. See if you can schedule a full day to be “unplugged.” If that seems to scary at first, try a morning or a few hours. And, if doing a full day seems easy – try a full weekend, a work day, or something else that will be a stretch. I’m working up to doing a full weekend myself and entertaining the idea of week day (although that seems scarier to me at the moment). Push yourself, but go easy on yourself at the same time – baby steps are important and perfectly acceptable with this.
3) Unplug together. See if you can get other people in your house, your family, or those you work with to unplug with you. Doing this with the support of other people can be fun and make it easier. It will also create accountability for you and those around you.
Our issues and challenges with technology and our obsession with being connected and online 24/7 don’t seem to be going away or getting better culturally. In fact, if we just take a look at our own lives and habits in the past few years – for most of us, things are getting worse. It is up to us to interrupt this pattern and to disengage from our electronic obsession in a conscious way.
While unplugging may not always easy or encouraged in the environments we find ourselves in, it’s crucial to our success and well being in life. When we’re able to disconnect ourselves, we can regain some of the passion, energy, creativity, and perspective that often gets diminshed or lost when we allow ourselves to get sucked into our phones, computers, TVs and other devices.
Another sleepless Sunday night, overwhelmed with stressful thoughts of the next week. “Pay these bills, beat the traffic tomorrow, I have to try harder for that promotion…” Our minds are racing with everyday stressors when in turn we forget about the one person who follows us from birth until death, ourselves.
It is important for everyone to take the time to channel our anxieties and discover the antidote. Each of us must break down our worries; financial, emotional, spiritual or otherwise, into simple forms. We often believe our problems are too big, that we can’t comprehend that the answer to our dilemmas can be so simple.
The first step to attacking our problems positively is to be ready to take a chance. One must make the choice to deprogram. Its time to take a breather, stop being so hard on yourself, and do a little something for you before you tackle these problems. A healthy meal full of leafy greens, a relaxing soak in the tub or a nice long walk are positive ways that cost little to nothing and are great relaxation techniques. Each one involves treating yourself just a bit, giving yourself a break from the ever nagging voice in your head.
Have you considered meditation? One of Buddha’s greatest quotes is “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” By giving yourself the gift of meditation, it can be the difference from tackling those nagging problems and running from them. For those on a tight budget, one can learn how to mediate by taking out recommended DVDs and books from the library, or visiting a local Buddhist temple.
Another key stressor for us is anger. Missing the big promotion, having an abusive boss or a marriage that is under peril are all examples of stressful experiences we may go through. It is important for us to channel our anger during mediation to find the answers we need. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.” Buddha’s words are so powerful, but lets face it, letting go of pent up anger is nothing short of an art form. Needless to say, it is important for us to realize, that life is so short and everyday stresses are drops in the bucket of what your life is truly about and what path you have chosen to take. If life is a path, then mediation is the trusty pair of sneakers we use to give us the comfort from all those pebbles and stones.
One day long ago, I was in the United States and an advertisement to join the army came on television. It posed a question that stuck with me, “If your life was a book, could you guarantee that anyone would read it?” This struck me in a different way then intended. If we can’t face our stressors, and clear our minds with mediation and relaxation techniques, how will we ever be able to accomplish what we are set out on this earth to do? So I pose the same question, “If your life was a book, would you guarantee that someone would read it?” Don’t let your opportunities be overshadowed by the cemented weight of stress. Break free by giving yourself the gift of mediation. “Truth comes from within. Do not seek it without.”