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The Seamless Flow of Truth

In Homework, Study Group on April 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

This is just a reminder to notice your current experience. And to participate in the moment. By noticing what is current – from your feelings to your comfort, you can respond appropriately to the current circumstance.

Begin noticing yourself in this moment. By doing so you are actually training yourself out of the bad habit of labeling your experinces, making up stories about what is going on and the other mental ‘hit-or-miss’ fiction we commonly indulge in. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Voice of Many

In Responses to Peoples Letters on April 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

“I don’t know where to begin to fix everything. It’s not a case of delusion due low self esteem. I am bright enough to understand my own reasons and results to some degree. My eyes are teary and my nose is wet and I feel hopelessness. I cried during shower yesterday. It is easier to not realize yourself, but I am a realist and too bright to handle myself. Besides, I don’t like people that fault and don’t even recognize it. Everyone have their own world but there has to be some limits, according to me. Am I suppose to live every second of my life attempting to “correct” myself? Why did I have to evolve so wrong! Dumb childhood.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons for the Week

In Study Group, Weekly Classes & Workshops on April 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Self Respect – In this weeks study group we will look at ‘protecting the potential within you’, the attributes of healthy boundaries and how to deal with the territorial emotion of anger when your boundaries are crossed.

Session timesTues 7.30pm Armidale, Wed 1.30pm Elsternwick.

The Precious Jewel – The Mentone group will be looking at contentment, the preservation of your innate state of joy and why happiness is just like interior design.

Session timesWed 7.30pm Mentone.

Self Respect

In Aechmea, Flower Remedies, Study Group on April 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm

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Self Respect – Low Esteem, Worthless. Aechmea weberi

+ Dignity. Self worth. Having the backbone to stand up for yourself. Honoring others while valuing oneself.

Being a doormat. Open to being used and abused. Low self esteem due to possessing poor boundaries.

Genus Tillandsia – The Air Plants

In Botanical Archetypes, Flower Essence Therapy, Responses to Peoples Letters, Tillandsia on April 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

logo_tillandsiaYesterday I wrote an article in response to a woman dealing with an obsessive / compulsive tendency. We began looking at the issue and I suggested some flower remedies as supports for her as she unraveled the consciousness behind the issue.

In the article, the first flower group suggested was Genus Tillandsia. The Tillandsias work to defuse mental fixations and obsessive thoughts – or “unbroken lines of mental energy giving rise to the illusion of solidity, substance and permanence”. The Tillandsias help to ‘deactivate’ the mind and return you to a neutral state of awareness. ( Kind of like taking your car out of gear so you can idle on the spot – you can just be present and are not pushed or forced to move. ) Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with Obsessive Compulsions

In Botanical Archetypes, Flower Essence Therapy, Mailbag, Responses to Peoples Letters on April 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

In this weeks mailbag comes a question about dealing with an obsessive tendency. The woman in question feels compelled to check… and recheck the gas stove every time she leaves the house. Despite having performed several checks ( and making herself late for appointments because of the habit ), she still experiences high levels of anxiety.

Q. How do you correct this problem with the Skyflowers? Read the rest of this entry »

Strategies for Securing Lasting Peace

In Homework, Study Group on April 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

Solitude. It’s one of those words which seems to dwell on the fringes of modern vocabulary. Little used in todays world, it is as though mere mention invokes its shrouded meaning, obscuring any inspection of the words true nature.

When asked to describe what ‘solitude’ means, people generally answer that it means ‘to be alone’ or ‘to be by myself’. And they will probably add ‘…being away from other people’ indicating that there is also a ‘distance element’ necessary to ignite the experience. In fact, we tend to believe that the element of distance is the primary cause of the tranquility we experience when we are ‘away from it all’. Read the rest of this entry »

Diary Reaches 1,000 Visitors!

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

img_20801The Diary of the Pineapple Guy has now past the 1,000 Pineapple ( visitor ) milestone in just over 2 months. With people logging in from Europe and elsewhere overseas, it makes me happy that the diary is viewed as a worthwhile read.

Thanks for the support.

Brendan

The Art of Noticing

In Homework, Study Group on April 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

img_6870In this weeks study group, we discussed what I call ‘the art of noticing’. Now, this practice involves one deceptively simple thing – noticing your experiences. Your thinking, ‘what’s so hard about that?’ am I right?

Noticing is not as easy as it sounds. And is indeed an art form and something to practice – in fact it’s the ONLY practice we do in my classes! Noticing means that you become aware your experiences – from leaves falling from trees to the fact that the dishwater is a little too hot for your hands. Now the tricky part is to continue noticing and remain in a state of ‘open awareness’ – that means that your senses remain open to everything that is going on and therefore not limited to any one point of focus. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do I Do When Murky Stuff Comes Up?

In Mailbag on April 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

This post is in response to an email I received from a girl dealing with some ’emotional murk’ that was coming up for her and clouding her view of life and herself…

“… Just remember that the only reason you can shed the emotional murk is because you can see it, are not identifying with it anymore and therefore, not acting on it and perpetuating it in your life. In other words, when emotional distress comes up, remember that you have already stepped out of it…” Read the rest of this entry »