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Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness – Bringing it all Together

October 9th, 2012
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In Spiritual Fitness we have looked at how we experience and affect our energy system in four different ways: the physical body; the emotions; the mind; and the “spirit”. Spirit is an opaque term that is hard to define – for me, it is a catch-all for the aspects of us that lie beyond the other three levels. These aspects are by their nature transcendent and so beyond strict definition and knowing, but can be summed up as a higher state of consciousness.  For some

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The Inner Smile

September 28th, 2012
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The Inner Smile The Inner Smile is a practice that I discovered through some study of Taoism. Taoism is a fascinating body of knowledge to investigate and has several important elements of practice. I will provide a summary here of the Inner Smile meditation – I have made some small adjustments to the classic practice to make it a little more straight-forward. If you want to find out more, then I recommend Mantak Chia’s excellent work “Healing Light of the Tao: Foundational Practices to Awaken

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The Mind & Our Energy System

September 12th, 2012
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So what are we talking about when we refer to the Mind and its role in the human energy system? Well, first of all I should clarify that we are not looking from the perspective of psychology or neuro-science, but rather from the perspective of working with our energy and personal development. By mind I mean the aspect of our awareness and experience of life (ie our consciousness) that creates structure and form. It does this in various ways, although language and imagery are very

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Stuck in our Heads

September 12th, 2012
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So what is the big issue with the linear mind, if any? Well, it depends on what is important to you and what you are focusing on. Lets start by looking at some simple day to day situations. For example, if you are working and are using a computer to prepare a report or presentation, linear thinking is great because it is just what you need to order information and create something that is fit for purpose. Conversely, if your partner is really upset about

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Thoughts Create your Feelings

September 12th, 2012
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There is a significant link between your mind and your emotional state. Emotions are created in the body by the action of neuro-transmitters in response to external stimuli (man with a gun; surprise visit from a loved one etc) or internal stimuli (thoughts; food; exercise). So our emotional state often tracks where our thoughts are going – if we are going through a relationship breakdown then we will probably dwell on that and so feel sad and blue. Conversely, thinking about someone we love makes

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