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'Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.'
In the business world we measure employee performance in terms of time, money, and output to determine bonuses and promotion prospects. On a personal level how do you define 'value'? The dictionary says:
- the regard that something is held to deserve
- principles or standards of behaviour;
- one's judgement of what is important in life.
When I sort my closet I make the judgement of what to keep based on, 'Is it beautiful?', 'Is it useful?' and 'Can I live without it?'. Every year it shrinks.
'I make myself rich by making my wants few.'
But what about how we spend our time and with whom? Bob Dylan says, " A man is successful if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do". Given that we have a limited time on earth it behooves us to live in a way that embodies our true selves and allows us to grow as humans.
'Your core values are the heart of your business.' - Anon
As the holidays and another birthday approach, I reflect on what is giving me the deepest satisfaction in my life in order to do more of it while on the flip side what is not serving my true Self and letting that go. I am indeed fortunate in that everyday I express my values, to share, inform, and transform clients which brings profound satisfaction knowing I have made a difference not only here but elsewhere in the region. The Red Doors community grows, the breadth and depth of our services expands and from one drop, one person, the ripples of change travel around the world. Thank you for joining me on the journey. I invite you this week to let go of the baggage that is no longer allowing you to live in your authenticity.
Wayne Dyer, author and acknowledged expert on personal development has written that every step of our life journey is a teaching opportunity. He says he was not aware of all of the future implications of these early experiences but with the clarity of hindsight he knows that every single challenge and situation together defined the patchwork of his life. For which he is grateful.
In the holiday season I invite you to reflect on your own personal journey. Are you consciously living to fulfill your purpose? It is impossible to change what has already past, but it is not too late to rewrite the future. What are you waiting for?
Sight - perception of objects by use of the eyes
"It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What's essential is invisible to the eye." The little Prince.
Predators such as owls and cats are renowned for their eyesight. They live in the moment, 'what you see is what you get'. Our interpretation of what we see is clouded as we delete, distort and generalise based on our experience, memories and culture in order to derive meaning. This takes time, energy and can even be wrong! Can you imagine accepting what we see for simply that? When we accept others for who they are as we experience them in the here and now with no hidden agendas, no second guessing, just acceptance. I invite you this week to remove the clouds and filters and to see life as it is, in all its beauty.
Sometimes when I need a miracle I look into the eyes of my child and realise I already have one.
Lost innocence, Trust, Belief in magic. When was the last time you saw the world through the eyes of a child? You saw the world for what it is without judgement, without filters, without prejudice. As adults we immediately delete, distort and generalise to apply meaning to sensory input. Children relish the magic of nature and simply accept the here and now. Adults spend hours learning to still the mind and become the empty vessel. This week I invite you to spend time with children. Even on the bus catch their eye, see what they are looking at and imagine seeing those things for the very first time.
Today is International Peace Prayer day. It is indeed fitting that we are in the throes of torrential rain for when it rains we have a choice. Stay in and grumble or go outside and embrace the weather. A Pluviophile (n) is someone who finds joy and peace of mind on a rainy day. When my kids were young we would put our bathing suits on and run around with wild abandon just for the shear pleasure of it. I invite you to take an umbrella (or not), wear some flip flops (or not) and go out to find peace in the rain and to share a prayer for peace on earth.
May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you at night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze breathe new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
- Apache Blessing
Go well, go in peace.
Tonight the moon is the furthest away from earth in its orbit, so even though it is full, it appears as the smallest full moon of the year. Its effect is the same. It is like the two inner circles above that are actually the same size. Sometimes our mind perceives obstacles as too large / small to tackle thus leading to procrastination and eventually regret. This week I invite you to think of something that you have been putting to one side for some time and look at it from a new lens. Chunk it down into small baby steps. By themselves each is not that difficult. Accomplish the first one and the feeling of satisfaction will spur your enthusiasm to completion.
Go well, go in peace.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
What else do you incorporate into your daily routine? Vitamins, breathing exercises, stretching, meditation, supplements, green tea, the list is endless. Are we obsessed with retaining our youth or aging well? Does it matter if we can't do full lotus in headstand anymore or that we don't look like we did in our 20's in lycra? Do you look or feel your chronological age? Hong Kong has the highest life expectancy in the world yet on a per capita basis the population is not the healthiest.
This week I invite you to reflect on your routines and whether they are serving to maintain and foster your personal well being in such a way as to be sustainable. Remember 15 minutes of movement/day prevents 40% of chronic illnesses and in this case nothing does succeed like excess, rather find your perfect balance.
Go well, go in peace.
People come into our lives for a reason, a season or lifetime. Like the tides rising and falling each day so do relationships. In the case of our mothers though the tide is always full, they love, protect and care for us throughout their entire lifetime. We mature and may become parents ourselves ending up separated by distance and our busy lives. However our moms are always there, to listen, support and offer unconditional love.
Yesterday a good friend lost her mom after a prolonged illness. The depth of emotion of her loss is great, yet although her mom's presence in the physical sense is gone, she is comforted by the fond memories and to sense her mom's love whenever she chooses.. This is undying.
In kundalini yoga a chant is used to help souls ascend, it is called Akal. Here is a version by Snatum Kaur
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It was wonderful to play at IRIS on the weekend for hundreds of yogis in the open air on grass at sunset.
Go well, go in peace.
Last week I invited you to clear the clutter to allow space for opportunities and people to come into your life.
As I write I am speechless with gratitude . No sooner had I stepped into the studio this afternoon when the phone rang and I am now booked to be filmed for a local TV show. I put the phone down and an email arrives with a confirmed rental booking plus an offer to play overseas. An envelope is slipped under the door with a refund for overpaying a bill and then I receive news that I will perform at the Asia Yoga Conference on June 11. Lastly Green Queen graciously published an article featuring Gong Baths today as well.
Rather than saying 'Can it get any better? or as Jack Nicholson says is this 'As Good As It Gets?'
I prefer to remain open, I am humbled by the recognition and validation of that which I am creating and offering to the community. It is wonderful that interest is growing and my dream of elevating energy and creating harmony is gaining momentum as evidenced with the increases in attendance . for every event last week. On Saturday we initiated 14 new gongsters who did a fantastic job playing for a full house all night long until sunrise on Sunday. Next weekend we will play for IRIS.
I feel like I am riding a wave, it is exciting, I know not where I will end up but you can be certain that if I take my eyes off my goal I will certainly take a spill. For all of those who are already joining me on this exciting journey thank you for believing.. For those yet to join, we welcome you with open doors.