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This Site Has Moved…

In News on February 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

In¬† what will be it’s 3rd incarnation, the Skyflowers have now been presented on a shiny new website at Www.skyflowers-online.com. This new site will phase out the the little used .com.au site as well as this wordpress.com site.

The reason for the move is one of expansion.

The NEW skyflowers-online site will still be a blog site but the main difference is that it will be self hosted and therefore, more flexible in it’s template structure.

Final choices have been made on host providers and the theme of the website is all but chosen; of which will be a ‘minimalistic magazine style’ format. The blog component will still be there with daily postings of articles; this time with a heavier emphasis on the my integrative medicine research work. There will also be the addition of new features such as a slideshow photo gallery of photo’s, greater use of video tutorials, a flower essence database searchable by keyword¬† and a little later on a shopping cart feature where you can order products online.

The new site is now up but it will take some ‘tinkering under the hood’ to get the whole new design layout in place.

P.s. You will be able to better follow the blog via your favourite social networks such as facebook, myspace, twitter and youtube – that way you can stay in touch with the research project.

P.p.s. Make sure you subscribe to either the emailing list or RSS feed so that you can be altered to new posts and changes to the website as soon as they happen.

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The Mind Can Heal Itself

In Conscious Living on March 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

The ability of the human mind to peel away the layers of falsehood and reveal ones truth has always amazed me. So much so that I have devoted much of my life to the study of it. How does the mind work? How do emotions interact with our thoughts? How do we become aware of things and ‘know’ new things? What inside us makes new knowledge ‘stick’?

What amazes me most about the human mind is it’s ability to provide it’s own healing. How is it that we can be confused one moment… and wise and enlightened about our circumstance the next? What are the mechanics of this? How do we make such shifts… and more importantly, can we harness this ability?

Making a Practice of Rooting Out the Disturbances in Your Life

In my life, I’ve adopted the practice of examining the disturbances in my life. Whether it be an outer situation that has knocked me in some way or an internal clash, I take the time to address each instance and become aware of what troubles me.

So as part of my daily practice, I take the time to ‘pull out the weeds when I see them’ ( a mentality left over from my days of working at Gardenworld. ) It is either done right there and then or later during my evening reflection-meditation. This may seem laborious to some – of focusing on each disturbance – but my philosophy is “I’d prefer to deal with it once… than to live it again.” This is based upon my ( current and evolving ) belief that each negative incident in my life belongs to a ‘pocket of awareness’ inside me. I may be wrong but until I find a more accurate model to live by, I’ll follow this one.

The Roots of Anxiety

In Billbergia, Conscious Living, Homework, Puya, Vriesea on February 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Today I had to make a decision on a rather benign and non-life threatening business issue. As I approached the point of commitment, I noticed that I was extremely anxious about what I was about to do.

As my practice is to ‘notice and not judge’ what I do, I decided to get to the bottom of the anxiety. Now when I say this, I wasn’t looking for a clear answer or a “memory of the time I…” which set up the current axiety. What I was looking for was a simple comfort with what I was about to undertake. After all, anxiety didn’t fit the situation… but it did fit my perception of the situation.

I was nervous.

My usual practice whenever something is stressful or emotional is to ‘sit with it’. By this I mean I sit with my ill feelings and allow them to float up into my awareness. If I don’t have time right then and there, I sit down at a later date and review the ill feelings when I can. Usually before bed.

My point is that I always review my inner stress the day that it happens. And it doesn’t take long to do so and bring closer either.