Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gandhi

If you don’t find God in the very next person you meet, it’s a waste of time looking for Him further.

Action expresses priorities.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.

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Thomas Merton

“ We must begin by frankly admitting that the first place in which to go looking for the world is not outside us but in ourselves. We are the world. In the deepest ground of our being we remain in metaphysical contact with the whole of that creation in which we are only small parts. Through our senses and our minds, our loves, needs, and desires, we are implicated, without possibility of evasion, in this world of matter and of men, of things and of persons, which not only affect us and change our lives but are also affected and changed by us…The question, then, is not to speculate about how we are to contact the world – as if we were somehow in outer space – but how to validate our relationship, give it a fully honest and human significance, and make it truly productive and worthwhile for our world.“

Aphorisms

Listen deeply to what your life is saying

If you cling to the past you will not awaken to the possibilities of the present

Adversity is a call to go deeper within

Everything is in the mind

Unravel the truth in stillness and silence

The enchantment of simplicity is all you need

Confront the stranger at your innermost core

Clear – mindedness is a product of a full and spacious heart

There are no enemies when you cultivate a pure heart

Plunge into the pool of deep unity leaving behind the surface of differences and misunderstandings

Life is mystery – embrace the mystery

Fully engaged meditation is a gift of supreme insight

Explore the inner vastness of solitude and stillness for a richer life

MICHAEL LEWIN

Reflections on Healing

REFLECTIONS ON HEALING

Cultivate a peace of mind where nothing irritates you; a deep calm that allows no surface disturbances, then a profound healing can start to enter your life.

Buried deeply in our pain and suffering, our anxiety and worry are the seeds of transformation.

We can either choose to pour negativity into our pain or positivity. But we must remember that the full labour and exertion we deploy is the same.

Looking back into the past, or projecting forward into the future, makes us miss the opportunity to attend to the preciousness of the current moment with all its rich diversity and complexity. What is of real value is this living, cherished moment, in the here and now, not some mindscape that takes us away from this reality.

When the noise of our pain and suffering is at a peak that is often the very place of transformation.

The body is very forgiving and will, in its own time, start to heal itself.

Healing – a gift with give to ourselves.

We must be brave, relaxed and spacious enough to allow grief and sorrow, pain and suffering to pass through us and not remain attached to them.

In its full presence healing involves adopting a non-judgemental, compassionate approach when dealing with suffering. A position where there is no desire to feel that we need to be right all the time. For the curative process actually accepts the need NOT to be right all the time, but definitely accepts the need to be healed.

Healing is an invitation to meet up with a new and better life.

Sometimes it our reaction to the pain that causes the trouble, not the pain itself. If we obsess about its presence, over- identify with our tendency to push ‘ unpleasantness ‘ away then we can build up a degree of resistance which will, eventually, came back to hurt us.

Healing can come to us; come to our bodies to stay if we are good hosts. Are we? Do we welcome healing in as a friend?

Healing can be found in a space of stillness, silence and solitude which allows us to rest quietly and safely within its presence. A space that opens up for us with a whispering of love and belonging.

Life can be unjust and unfair, too many people can attest to this but we just have to work with what life sends us, in the best way we can, hoping that we may find a way forward. We must never forget that in the darkest hours we can meet our salvation.

Only one balm will heal us – and that is our spiritual awareness which softly brings insight, understanding and acceptance to our pain. Gradually, if we are patient and co-operative, this will pave the way to an eventual transformation.

In every moment of surrender there is a moment of healing.

We all carry the potential of a different journey within us waiting to take us forward so make certain you choose the right journey – that into healing.

Our very first responsibility is to heal ourselves.

MICHAEL LEWIN

Edward Blunden

Suddenly the grey pike changes, and quivering, poises for slaughter;
Intense terror wakens around him, the shoals scud awry, but there chances a chub unsuspecting; the prowling fins quicken, in fury he lances; and the miller that opens the hatch stands amazed at the whirl in the water