31 December 2014

Honouring what is important


These two little guys, and countless more like them, who are just starting out on this awesome adventure that we call life…it is for them that we do what we do, in the hope that in some small way we will do what we can to leave this world a better place than when we found it.

As I sit and reflect upon the past year, and the year ahead, I can really feel just how important a time it is for making key life decisions around respecting, caring for and nurturing our consciousness and mental state.

There have been some dramatic changes in the way we use our minds over the past few years. I spent Christmas Eve with some friends whose son was delighted that last term his whole class switched to using the iPad for all lessons. He was thrilled of course, and they were horrified. It meant that he would no longer have to write anything by hand in his lessons, and perhaps more significantly, his classroom went from being free of wifi emf to having 18 devices sending and receiving all day. He had been complaining of being exhausted and not sleeping but no one had made the connection.

The point is, we are using technology in startling new ways and it is all so new that there are as yet no statistics as to the long term effects of things like constant screen use and emf exposure. I was very interested to hear that Jeremy Vine is dedicating a whole week of his Radio Two show to investigating “The Screen” and its impact upon our lives. I certainly recommend that we all educate ourselves properly. I get a long list of questions from people on this subject so I will write at length in the new year. Maybe check out The Screen mid-mornings next week.

[groups_non_member group=”Registered”]But as we reflect upon the year ahead, and perhaps start to make our new years resolutions, I offer a couple of suggestions:


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[groups_member group=”Registered”]But as we reflect upon the year ahead, and perhaps start to make our new years resolutions, I offer a couple of suggestions:

1. Read a book for half an hour before bed. The way we process information is changing so quickly, to the point that we do not spend more than a few seconds snapshotting a web page before moving on. We rarely now stop for long enough to properly imbibe information and reflect deeply upon it. Taking time to read a book at bedtime has two benefits over and above the simple enjoyment of it. Firstly we slow down our brain as we take the time to read properly and become absorbed in the story, and this relaxes a busy mind prior to sleep. And secondly because we can’t get to the end all the time, we add a counter measure to our increasing expectation of instant gratification these days, savouring the journey rather than craving the destination.

2. Get your children to do things that take real concentration and time to complete so that they develop patience and sustained application. This is a very helpful way to start to overcome the tendency to restlessness. Jigsaws, Lego etc.

3. Get outside every day for at least 30 minutes of fresh air. Apart from the obvious benefits of exercise in the fresh air, take a break in Natures energy field so that your own one can reorganise properly from the electrical signals it is constantly exposed to. Get your kids to do it too. The fresh air is as important as the exercise.

So while you are making your own new years resolutions, apart from the obvious; lose weight, get fit; get organised, how about investigating how you might really get mentally fit and healthy this coming year, and discover just how much that will add to the quality of your life. If this is your aspiration, you may be interested in our new online courses which launch on the 23rd January.

As the festive season draws to an end, enjoy yourselves, be happy and make others around you happy. Happy new year to you all.


4 Responses

  1. burgs

    I remember those days when me and my little brother would just head off exploring first thing in the morning. It wasnt such a long time ago that the world was an amaxing adventure waiting to happen for young kids like we were then. While we have so many new and amaxing things in our lives these days, dont lets forget where the real magic lies…out there in the great ourdoors, on the road, under the open sky. Get out there amongst it at every opportunity, because more than anything esle it is that that you will miss most when you are gone.

  2. t carr

    I was thinking back the other day to when I was about ten years old, when me and some friends were fortunate enough to have been taken under the wing of and older couple. They had full time jobs, bank manager and nurse, and two teenage children but despite this for no financial reward they shared with us their free time and love for the outdoors. First we did short trips locally then weekends camping on the moors culminating with winters trips to Scotland hill walking and digging snow caves on Ben nevis. These are some of my fondest memories and the seeds of generosity and freedom they sowed are still fruiting. At the age of thirty five and with two children I’m only starting to properly appreciate what they shared with us.

  3. burgs

    Hey Terence.I hear you. It is under the supportive guidence of our elders that we first start to find our wings. And as you say, it is often many years before we appreciate how important it is to have good mentors to show us the way.

  4. t carr

    Yes man spot on, and it certainly dose not need to be snow caves, even just your parent giving you your breakfast with love and presence or a chance encounter with a kind stranger can totally inspire your life.

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