I first tried Esoteric Yoga several years ago. Initially, I was unsure that I was really ‘getting it’ and during those early years, I struggled with the practice. My mind just would not stay present in the body. It wanted to busy itself pre-planning what I would do later in the day or tomorrow or next week. Better yet, my mind loved hashing over things that had happened the day before, thinking of all the clever things I ‘should have’ said.
But, with practice, I began to experience the union of my mind with my body, and had my first real experience of conscious presence. Over the years, I had heard a lot of different references to conscious presence but never knew exactly what it meant until I experienced it in Esoteric Yoga. When the mind is focused on or aligned to what the body is experiencing, this is conscious presence.
I recently went to a free talk. About sustainable fashion. On a Friday at 10am. In a local pub on the beach front. All of this sounds like everything I would not do. I rarely attend ‘talks’, free or otherwise. I have no interest in fashion, but I do in sustainability. I never go to a pub (not even at 10am). But there I was second row from the front. To my surprise, I enjoyed it very much.
The discussion was between Clare Press and Zoë Gameau. ** It was organised as a promotion for Clare’s book Rise & Resist, about gentle activism which as it turned out was much more what the event was about than selling her book. She didn’t even read from her book. Clearly, she wasn’t there for self-promotion.
She describes Gentle Activism as a more beautiful, fair and kind activism for a more beautiful, fair and kind world.
In recent times I have lost faith in the media to report accurately, or fairly, or truthfully. The days of investigative journalism are dead and gone. Instead I observe cut and paste reporting. I know of 12 articles that were reproduced 1000 times. The only thing different in some of those reproductions were the headlines. Always striving to out sell the competitor, the editor adds another sensationalist word to the headline. Never mind that there is no evidence, no proof, no truth in the added word. The examples of lies, intentional omissions and twisted truth are too numerous to do justice to them in a short blog like this. It would take a book. Fortunately, a lawyer friend of mine is writing that book. Today I'm pinpointing the journalistic use of the phrase 'Mainly Women.'
We live in the age of ‘post-truth’ journalism. According to the Oxford dictionary, post-truth is described like this: an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’."
Do you sometimes discover a new bit of information and wonder how you got this far in life without knowing? Or maybe one day you realise that you have never really understood the meaning of a word or phrase but when you do, it expands your experience of life? Setting aside my personal embarrassment (of not having known this before) I have to ‘own up’ in order to share with you my discovery of imminence vs immanence.
The word imminent is frequently used in the course of a normal every day conversation. Something is always about to happen. Someone’s arrival is imminent. A change in the weather can be imminent. The second coming of Christ is imminent.
Remember that old fashioned custom of pausing a moment and giving thanks before putting food in your mouth?
I’ll admit right here that I have forgotten to do this for ….. well, years! I have at various times in my life attempted to acknowledge the blessing of having food on the table. But it wasn’t something I was religiously raised with so it was never really ‘in my body’. Therefore, it was easy to forget to do it, even though it only takes a moment.
Why do some people suffer from motion sickness and others don’t? For some people it happens in buses, planes, boats and trains – and for many it happens in cars, particularly when riding in the back seat. There is evidence to say that even the ancient Greeks and Romans suffered from motion sickness, or at least they were aware of it, so I suppose you can get it riding in a chariot!
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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