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Who ever came up with these lyrics was an enlightened genius, capturing some deep insights and incorporating them into a kids nursery rhyme. What a great idea. I loved this rhyme as a child. Looking at it now, it’s a bit like a mantra for a good life 😉

Row, row, row your boat (your body is your boat),
Gently down the stream (life is the stream).
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, (be cheerful)
Life is but a dream. (because it’s all just a dream)

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Will it harm me or will it heal me? That’s a question I’ve asked myself every time I went to eat or drink something for the past month, not because I have OCD (I don’t have OCD) but because I wanted to learn a new habit, a habit that would promote a healthy body and mind.

Some time ago I realised that the yogic principle of ahimsa, non-violence, didn’t just mean not to harm other living beings. When you think of everyone as individual parts of a whole, like billions of drops of water that make up an entire ocean, you see that we’re all one and the same, and that harming one being is just like harming every other being. So Ahimsa is the non-harming of any living being including yourself. But when most people think of harming others or themselves, they usually think of it in terms of some kind of physical violence or, less often, mental abuse. The majority of people, including myself, rarely think of non-harming in relation to their diet.

By asking yourself “will it harm me or will it heal me?” each time you’re about to eat or drink something, you become acutely aware of how your diet is affecting your body and mind. Of course when it comes to diet it’s not as black and white as the question I asked makes it seem, for instance drinking a lot of carrot juice can help prevent the formation and growth of cancer for people who don’t smoke, yet when people who do smoke drink a lot of carrot juice it can accelerate the growth and spread of cancer. This is just one example that comes to mind, there are many others. So when asking yourself will it harm or heal me, I’m talking about foods that are eaten in moderation. 

If you want a healthy body and mind, asking this simple question every time you eat or drink, just for a month, gives you a powerful tool for creating health and balance in the body and mind. Even after you stop asking the question, its subtle effects will continue to have an influence on you. In fact you’ll probably even find your eating habits changing for the better. For me, this is one of the simplest and most effective techniques I’ve used in my yogic practices. 

You are what you think

Actually you’re not what you think. It’s probably more accurate to say you’re the observer of your thoughts. It’s a bit of a philosophical round-a-bout. And as much as like round-a-bouts, they make me dizzy when I stay on them for too long. So let me get off this round-a-bout and tell you a story, or my version of a story I once read, that illustrates the title of this post quite nicely.

The story is of a Zen master and a student monk. The monk was having trouble meditating, in fact he was having trouble even concentrating which, as you can imagine, naturally frustrated him. The Zen master, seeing the monk’s frustration, asked him what was the matter, to which the monk replied, “I can’t meditate, my mind won’t stay focused on one object.”

After taking a moment to think about the monk’s problem, the Master asked, “what do you like?”

“The Buffalo,” the monk replied. “I like to watch the Buffalo in the meadow.”

After hearing his answer the Master instructed the monk to go to his meditation room and meditate on the Buffalo. Then the Master left and carried on with his own practices.

On returning to the monk’s meditation room, the Master was surprised to see the monk completely absorbed in deep meditation. When he woke the Monk and asked how long he had been sitting there for, the monk replied “since you left me three days ago.”

The Master told the monk he could end his meditation practice now and leave the room to get some food and water, but when the monk approached the door he told his master he was unable to leave. When the master asked him why, the monk said “I can’t fit through the door, my horns are too big.”

 The monk became so absorbed in his thoughts of the Buffalo that he became the Buffalo. Or to get back onto the round-a-bout, if the monk is the observer, and the observer, while conscious, identifies itself as the flow of thoughts that we call the mind, then what the mind focuses on is what the monk experiences himself as.

As long as you’re conscious and observing then you are what you think. So think happy thoughts 😉

Breast cancer awareness month

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Hello Blog! Sorry for neglecting you. Ive been sick but am much better now 🙂

A while ago I found out I had Thyroid cancer, which I’ve had surgically removed since. As a result, my AWARENESS of cancer and the effects it has on people has increased rather dramatically, as you can imagine. I’ve started a new blog that I’d love for you to have a look at and support if you feel like it. Don’t worry, I’ll also get back to writing this blog too.

The new blog is called cancer free world. head over and have a look at my latest blog all about how vitamin D could save your life.

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