NEWSFLASH! Special Offers & Thoughts
Spring into Summer!
Just to let you know, I will be at the SUN AND MOON FESTIVAL in the South East this August, leading some sessions, so if you are interested, check out the link below or ask me for details.
How’re you doing?
As you know the weather is warming and nature is haring at full tilt towards the bounty of summer and autumn.
How are you? It is a question we are often asked, when we meet someone we know or when we are introduced to a stranger. Do they really want to know how we are? The general answer given is ‘fine’ – “I’m fine”. “I”m doing alright”. “Good, thank you” (although that is grammatically incorrect, the answer should be “Well, thank you.” “I am well”.
What does any of that mean? Obviously it is not about sharing our current health issues or relationship/work/life problems with others. It is either an automatic response, or a shield to protect us/them from the truth. A recent definition for the response ‘fine’, which you may have heard, is that what you are really saying is:- Freaked out. Insecure. Neurotic. Emotional. This may well apply to us sometimes, though not always, and ‘fine’ is often a get out phrase to help move the conversation along.
How often do you ask yourself “How are you?” and then wait for an answer? It is something that we have worked with in class on occasion. Spending time being with yourself can be very valuable, and it is part of the reason that meditation can be so effective in changing our ‘minds’.
New scientific evidence is being explored that shows how the practice of meditation (in whatever form you wish to view that – I believe that true prayer is contemplation that can manifest into meditation) increases the brain’s plasticity, or neuroplasticity – and that we are able to continue to grow new pathways in our brains as we grow older. You may like to read these links to explore this idea, or read one of the many books that are currently available.
So, if you are going to find out ‘how you are’, you will do so most effectively by sitting quietly with yourself everyday to observe and explore what is presented to you, and then you can begin the real enquiry into WHO YOU ARE!
MAY I BE FILLED WITH LOVING KINDNESS, MAY I BE WELL,
MAY I BE PEACEFUL AND AT EASE, MAY I BE HAPPY.
Love & Light, Penny.