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I took a step back – Now Apple are advising the same!

I have recently taken a step back and a break from my social media. I deleted it from my phone! Having the app on your phone is like having a cupboard full of sweets and chocolate in the house when your trying to loose weight, its just too easy.

Whats interesting about this is that Apple have released a new keynote software update speaking about exactly the same thing; “screen time software.”

This software allows your to access weekly reports of your activity; how much time you are spending on your phone, where you are speeding it. How often you pick up your device and whats drawing you in.

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Two Week Life Reassessment

Reassessing our lives is a great process to work through. I have two weeks holiday beginning tomorrow and I intend to use this to reassess my own life.

I try to be introspective at the best of times, but life has a way of getting on top of us and we can lose sight of whats important in our lives.

Four important things that I need to reintegrate into my life are:

  • Exercise
  • Study
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

This new undertaking gives us an opportunity to connect on a deeper level if you are interested in incorporating some of these things into your own life. Join me for the journey by subscribing and following on the various platforms and I look forward to hearing from you.

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You can get it if you really want!

Be sure to watch till the end as I share an exercise to help you focus on getting what you want!

In this Vlog I speak about the process we must follow to get what we want.

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Joy!

Inspiring others by living your best life.

In this Vlog I share the stories of individuals who have inspired me to start Vlogging and push myself harder and further than I have before.

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Near Death in Tenerife

In this Vlog I share my near death experience when coming in to land at Tenerife South airport, and everything involved in that moment. I also share my thoughts about the books I have read whilst away regarding how modern society doesn’t contain what our human nature needs.

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Islam & Terrorism

In light of the recent attack in London, and the swell of peoples opinions about this incident and all other related topics on social media, it has led me to dive into my books on Islam to find some clarity on the issue. This is a habit that we should all get into, particularly if we like to share our thoughts and opinions with the world through the internet. If we rely only on the mainstream media for our education, then we cannot consider ourselves at all educated.

I will be mainly focussing on the tenets and doctrine of Islam and the Muslim way of life, so as to help you understand a little better how far removed Islam is from terrorism. It is quite likely that you associate these two words together (Muslim = Terrorist) and this can be put down to the media propaganda and its hidden agenda.

To begin, I would say something about the way Muslims will greet one another; with the words: As-salāmu ʿalaykum which translates to ‘peace be upon you.’ The definition of the word peace is ‘1. the normal, non-warring condition of a nation, group of nations or the world. 2. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations. 3. a sate of tranquillity or serenity.’ Now think for a second, do you associate any of these definitions with the word Muslim?

The word Muslim means ‘one who submits to God’, and in Arabic the word for God is Allah. Islam is a religion that was revealed to all Prophets according to their belief, and a Muslim is simply, one who follows the Islamic faith.

There are two main sources of Islam: First is the Qur’an which is a book that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, and is considered by Muslims to be the spoken word of God which he communicated to mankind through the Prophet Muhammad. You may find it interesting, as I certainly did, to know some of the chapter headings in the Qur’an. There are chapters called; Joseph, Jonah, Abraham, Mary, The Romans, and Noah. Yes, these are also personages from the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah. The second source of Islam is The  Sunnah which is the Prophetic tradition or path. This refers to the Prophet’s speech, actions, silent approvals, outward appearance and character that was observed by his companions, written down and passed on generation after generation in written form and oral tradition. This body of literature is often referred to as Hadith. As I mentioned briefly above in sharing some of the chapter headings, the Prophets of Islam are the same as those of Judaism and Christianity and the story’s of their lives differ only in interpretation.

Islam forbids all forms of terrorist activity. There are however some extreme factions of people who, in the name of Islam, terrorise both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The most well-known of these militant groups are Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria and Iraq. These terrorist groups are called Khawarij in Islamic terminology because the term refers to those who rebel against Islam and the Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad foretold their appearance and instructed the Muslims to stay away from them, and to defend themselves if they attack them. They first rebelled against the Prophet’s disciples in the time of the fourth Caliph, Ali, killing some of the finest companions of the Prophet Muhammad. Now, according to sources there are some 1.6 Billion Muslims around the world. We must not tarnish everyone with the same brush, as the great majority of the followers of the Muslim faith have the same attitude towards Al-Qaeda and Isis as those in the western world do.

There is another often used term in Islam which is Jihad, it means ‘the spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.’ The main usage of this term would be to strive or struggle towards a virtuous and praiseworthy aim, such as the struggle against ones tendency towards vice and the betterment of society. This use of the word is an inner struggle, and is shared by all of the worlds religions, to better oneself and move closer to The Good. Jihad appears often in the Qur’an without military context.

Islam contains five main pillars. These are considered the five basic acts in Islam and are mandatory for anyone who would consider themselves a Muslim. They are:

  1. Shahada – Faith
  2. Salat – Prayer
  3. Zakat – Charity
  4. Sawm – Fasting
  5. Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca

I truly hope that this cursory knowledge about the religion of Islam will give you a better understanding of a Musims beliefs and ideas. And we must always remember to look in introspection and ask ourselves where our bias’ and prejudices came from. Did we suddenly form them when we turned 13? Did we learn and form them in high school? Or were they impressed upon us by the world that surrounds us, by our parents, grandparents and close friends?

To conclude I will share a quite that is worth keeping in mind in these trying times:

‘Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.’

 

 

 

 

 

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Universal Responsibility


What with it being the Dalai Lamas birthday today, I thought it would be appropriate to share his thoughts on universal responsibility. For his whole life he has worked tirelessly for all sentient beings. 

I will share a quote from the Dalai Lama:

“At the same time, the problems we face today- violent conflicts, destruction of Nature, poverty, hunger and so on- are mainly problems created by humans. They can be resolved- but only through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. To do this, we need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and for the planet we share, based on a good heart and awareness. 

Now, although I have found my own Buddhits religion helpful in generating love and compassion, I am convinced that these qualities can be developed by anyone, with or without religion. I further believe that all religions pursue the same goals: those of cultivating goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different, the ends are the same.

So, although it is difficult to bring about positive change in society itself, it is undoubtedly worthwhile to try. It is possible. This is my firm belief. Whether or not we succeed is a different matter: what is important is that we do our best.”

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