Our life is shaped by our mind, we become what we think. This quote crosses the boundaries of the worlds religions and modern ideas on mental health and well-being. Control of our mind is one of the most challenging and rewarding of human tasks. Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘undertaking this kind of training requires the patience of someone trying to empty the sea with a teacup’.
When we start down the road of self-development. When we change ourselves, we have already begun to change the world.
The Buddha once said: ‘little by little we make ourselves good, as a bucket fills with water drop by drop’.
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In this Vlog I share what I did during my days and nights in the camping pod. Austerities, prayer, study, meditation and much more. At the end I have tried something different. Let me know what you think.
A popular Zen saying tells us: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless your too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”
In this episode I speak about the different levels of retreat. For the mind, body and soul.
By retreating from the world we can rest and recharge, gain clarity of mind, focus on whats important, develop a plan for the future and much else besides.
Please let me know if you intend to go on retreat this year, or if you have been on one recently.
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The Retreat – Part One – Brook Meadow Farm.
In this episode I speak about the location of my retreat, it’s setting and facilities, and the experience you are sure to have by going to stay there.
This episode is a prologue to a series of four episodes about a retreat I recently went on.
For some it would be considered a retreat, whereas for others it would be seen as a short prison sentence. How do you see it?
A retreat is the act of withdrawing. A time away from the world and the rat race. A time away from technology.
Stay tuned for the coming episodes in which I will cover; location, why you would go, what I got up to, and the return to life.
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There is a term in Arabic: Hafiz, and it’s meaning is that of guardian or memoriser. It is a term used by Muslims for someone who has completely memorised the Qur’an.
The Qur’an is divided into 114 Surahs (chapters), containing 6,236 verses (comprising some 80,000 words or 330,000 individual characters). This process generally takes between 3 and 6 years part-time together with schooling.
There are many Hafiz all over the globe. Those noble among us who spend their time focussing on and memorising the Holy Scriptures.
We now have a specific list of the Worlds various lineages and their works. And we have all of the worlds Scripture to draw from.
Where would you begin? The Qur’an, The Gospels, Psalms, Phaedo, Bhagavad Gita? The list is endless. We can’t memorise them all, but it is clear that we can certainly memorise one. Where would you start?
If only the entire world adopted a Universal Religion. One where we focus on the strengths of all the religions and aim to transcend the weaknesses that hold them back.
Investigating the religions of the world it is clear to see that everyone is worshipping the same principle.
If everyone were free to hold on to what they believe, what makes them happy and content. If everyone adopted this attitude there would be no hatred or religious fanaticism.
We could all coexist happily. Free from suffering.