Holding on to anger, resentments, hurt and pain rather than forgiving is something that is very detrimental to our health.
When we can resolve major issues like power, control,
abandonment, jealousy, and anger issues the sooner we can move out of the drama and into a really creative, productive and exciting life in which we are truly growing!
When we overeat eat cooked foods, processed foods, junk foods, packaged foods loaded with chemicals, over-salty & over-flavoured foods, or we overeat then our colon is stressed. And when our colon is stressed, we are stressed. And then it’s much harder to be kind, positive, loving or forgiving.
We are so addicted to foods that harm us. And so it is easy to get addicted to addictive negative
emotions that harm us too.
And just as much it’s easy to get addicted to anger, hate, confusion, sadness, despair. Powerful emotions generating powerful addictive chemicals in our body.
But when we eat a raw diet, it’s possible to break the cycle. Diet and emotions work together in so many ways. And interesting that eating a diet which is not addictive in any way, we become free of addictions. We think more clearly. We aren’t so easily stressed.
This is what we focus on our retreats. We do a week of raw food, eating our way into health one bite at a time. We workout and bring play back into our life. And we do our inner work. And together these planes support each-other to generate a huge forward momentum that we are truly shift into a whole new way of life and a whole new level of vibrancy!
We offer personalised retreats to support you in any transition; a holiday just for you. Please see our personalised page for all the details.
I don’t think there are many people who haven’t wanted to stick their heads in the sand (and never pull them out) after feeling like they got a slap in the face from something or someone they really wanted. Rejection plain ole doesn’t feel good, no matter who you are. The ego is a fragile thing.
Alas, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud. The beauty of it all is that as hard as it may be in the moment that we feel we are being rejected, we always seem to survive, don’t we? What we feel that we lose in life affects us only in the way we allow it to.
Life is full of rejections, some more significant and life-changing than others. What road we take from there depends on a lot on which direction we decide to take afterwards and somewhat in the direction that life takes us in on its own.
We can either see a rejection as a roadblock or we can see it as an opportunity to move on to something better. Whenever we find ourselves in a situation in which we have lost something that we were not ready to let go of yet, we could always look back at other times in which we felt this way and see how far we have come from then to now.
We need to keep asking ourselves if it’s going to matter a week from now, a month from now, a year from now or how about 10 years from now? The answer if we really think clearly about it, is that it probably won’t matter at all.
It’s crucial that we keep all of the life’s rejections in perspective or we may end up repeatedly missing out on a lot of spectacular, life-changing stuff that comes next on the changing road of life.
And …wouldn’t that be a shame?
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Every 9 weeks I teach a silent (physical) class. My retreats always finish with a silent practice. And in workshops I will usually have a ‘silent’ break somewhere in the middle.
A silent practice is where I lead by having students follow my movements. But just because I stop talking does not mean things go quiet!
In fact, the opposite can be true. You start to hear other sounds more intently. Other voices, the water trickling, the wind swishing, the sound of clothes rustling.
It is why many teachers discourage people from leaving a class while others are meditating or relaxing; you might think you are being quiet but when the teacher stops talking all other sounds can be amplified.
And even if we could be alone in a room, we still would not be in silence. You start to hear the sounds of your breath, the sounds of the inner workings of your body—stomach gurgling, pulse throbbing. And, unless you are a seasoned meditator, you will likely find your internal voice can take on a noise all of its own!
That said, a non-verbal (physical) yoga class can help you in many ways. Since I teach one every 9 weeks and will be teaching at least one at our retreats, you will get to one eventually. Below are some of the benefits you can expect.
First, it is a practice of letting go.
Without a teacher’s verbal instructions you need to ‘be’ where you are at that present moment in time. Indeed, you cannot ‘be’ anywhere else. When no one is telling you how to do bakasana or a handstand (or even something less complex), if you cannot figure it out, you need to let that pose go.
That means you also get a snapshot of where you ‘are’ at that moment in time and what your level of readiness for particular postures is. It gives you some insight into what you might need to cultivate further.
Second, you gain an appreciation of just how much mental energy it takes to listen.
Listening is a great skill. It helps you to be a kinder, more socially able person.
But language processing, even when people are saying helpful or kind things, takes up a lot of your brain’s capacity.
When you do not need to listen anymore you are free to follow your own internal voice and intuition. Again, you become more in tune with what is going on with you at that moment in time.
Many religious orders and spiritual retreats harness the insightful power of this type of silence.
But being in silence does mean being alone. A third benefit is the amazing capacity of the verbal silence to enhance a feeling of connectedness.
In a silent class you are not just doing your own thing entirely. You are still following the basic movements and timing of the class.
And the silence combined with shared movement, helps you feel more connected to others in the group. You sort of become a bit like a school of fish who move collectively—communicating via something other than spoken language.
The connection is not just to the group, however, because the silence of the group also helps you become more in tune with the environment. You attain a keener sense of the ground beneath you, breeze and sun on your skin, wildlife around you, and the people passing by.
A fourth benefit is that this type of practice can help you out of ‘over-thinking’.
With no verbal instructions you have less to question—what does that mean? What is she talking about? Am I doing it right?
Over-thinking is one of things that can block movement of energy through our body and, as such, block feelings of overall well being. It can make us stiff, rigid, anxious, and prevent us from seeing clearly.
When we cannot ‘see clearly’ we do not feel at our best. We tend not to make the best decisions.
These four things—letting go, going inside, a sense of greater connection to the group and environment, and thinking less—all help you to practice bringing about a sense of calm.
Most people, at the end of the silent practice, find it easier to meditate and find the quality of their meditation much enhanced.
We will be sharing some beautiful silent practices with you at our retreats and in the classes we teach around the world. Looking forward to seeing you somewhere soon!
So that could bring up the question of how is it the mind is so active?
It is there to take care of us. If we are not present, which is most of the time, we may not recognise a possible danger.
Trouble is, the mind is rather crude, so misses the subtle.
It can only access the past, so to be on the safe side it tends to be either pessimistic of optimistic – thus missing any possibility of anything new.
Scientists are now telling us that we have more thinking cells in our heart, and belly, than we do in our head – so there are other possibilities.
So in order to access any new suggestions from these centres we need to learn how to listen.
So the suggestion is to spend a little time each day listening to what the other centres may be attempting to communicate to us.
It can be called the Intuition.
Some scientists are now saying that there may not be anything like what we call time, and what we call the past and future may be generated in our minds.
If that is so, maybe psychics are accessing our possible future?
And if they can do it, so can we – if we give it a chance – by being a bit more accessible.
Inspirations from Paul Lowe ~ http://www.paullowe.org/