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Boundaries

In this time of the pandemic, boundaries have surfaced in public consciousness. Quarantine and lockdown have meant that we may no longer have private physical spaces to retreat to when we feel it is necessary to ‘step away’ for a moment. Having our physical movement confined and restricted has made us more aware and sensitive…

Healing Our Earth – Nourishing body and soul – Vegetarian pure cooking

In today’s information age, we are continually bombarded with details about the physical aspects of what we eat and the effects that different ingredients may or may not have, and naturally this is important. But in this welter of information, we tend to overlook one crucial factor: the consciousness of the person cooking and the…

A Day in Silence

Generally being an outspoken and free person, I had a fear of being in silence from a very young age. I did however know there were benefits in keeping silent at times, so I experimented with this several times in those days. It was always ok on the day, but I felt limited and sort…

Good Mood Food

Tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes from our event ‘Good Mood Food’ 28th July 2019 GCH, London Healthy Appam Makes 36 (roughly) Ingredients: 1 cup Semolina 4 tbsp Gram Flour (Chickpea Flour) 1/4 cup Green Bell Pepper (Cut into small cubes) 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper ( Cut into small cubes) 1/4 cup Tomato (cut in…

THE ART OF NON-ATTACHMENT

How does the ego convince us that it is real? Emotions sustain the ego because emotions feel real. Emotions come from the ‘my’ value we project onto things or people but that value is not a part of the object or person we call ‘mine’. My car has value for me but that ‘my’ value…

Freedom – Part 2b

Time Being present enables us to be contented all the time. Constant happiness can only be experienced when we are present. Why? All sadness/regret is based on something in the past that has already happened and all fear is based on something in the future that has not yet happened. If we are pre-occupied with…

The Subtlety of Self-Respect

We create an external personality which we call the ego from the external and material influences of our lives and it is the ego that is the source of our sorrow and lack of self respect. The self, the soul, the real I, is already perfect, a peaceful, loving, wise and happy being, infinitely worthy…

Attitude in relationships

Our attitude creates our perception of what is happening in our relationships in life. If I have the attitude that someone is irritating, I will always find something irritating in that person’s behaviour so my attitude is a mind set that determines my experience of the relationship. That attitude of irritation comes from the ego…

Freedom – Part 2a

Body The ego has put our sense of self into the body and the role that we play in the drama of life. The body is not who we are but as soon as we are born, others relate to us as though we are the form we inhabit. “What a pretty girl. What a…

Freedom – Part 1b

Relationships We are all social beings and so we all interact with one another. It is helpful to adopt the attitude that we are all actors playing our different roles in the drama of life. I may be playing the role of a mother, a teacher, a householder and so on. This analogy enables us…

Freedom – Part 1a

Possessions Everything out there in the physical world is neutral. It is what it is. A car is a car. A dress is a dress. Any value judgement is a projection of opinion. “This is a nice dress.” Nice is a value judgement which I have projected onto the dress. The “nice” value is not…

Models Of Perfection Vs Authentic Living

Spiritual awareness enables us to stand back from any situation and not get caught up in temporary ideas of models of perfection, ie, an image of what the ego would like us to be. Examples might include a model in our mind of how a perfect student, or a perfect nurse, or a perfect mother…

‘Live Well with Happier Cooking and Eating’

Tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes from our event ‘Live Well with Happier Cooking and Eating’ 29th July 2018 GCH, London WATERMELON AND FRESH MINT JUICE Ingredients *Watermelon, chilled and chopped into large pieces, some with rind, some without *Fresh Mint with large stems remove Method for Juicing Process in a juicer, one half of the…

How to overcome adversity?

It is true that in life challenges and adversity are a certainty, but do they have to overwhelm and overpower us? Some respond to adversity incredibly well, dealing with them skillfully, optimistically, enthusiastically and appropriately. Whilst others often feel disheartened, perhaps defeated, disempowered – with feelings of “why me?”, as though life holds a personal…

True friendship

They say that true friends are hard to find, we all want true and good friends in our lives but are we that to our own self? The most important relationship in our life is the one that we have with our self. We tend to be kind, caring and thoughtful towards those around us,…

Helping children in finding their purpose

It has been said that children come through you but not from you – you may give them your love but not your thoughts (The Prophet, Khalil Gibran). From this we can denote the importance of lovingly overseeing the growth of a child, but not forcefully dominating or governing their lives. The former allows life…

What is Soul Consciousness?

‘’When individuals of any age learn to turn inward and connect with their innate, divine nature and it’s Source, then, regardless of circumstances, they experience and express true peace and happiness. This is why spiritual education is the need of the hour.’’ Dadi Ratan Mohini Soul Consciousness and Body Consciousness Soul consciousness is derived from…

Overcoming Temptation

Question: How to overcome temptation? Answer: An attractive proposal that I can’t take up. A bar of Belgian chocolate that my aunt just gave me, even though my doctor prohibited chocolate only last week. An alarm clock trying to wake me up at 5 a.m. after I got to bed at two. Dilemmas and temptations…

Cultivating values in everyday life

Question: How to cultivate values in everyday life? Answer: Each morning, making time for silence to connect with the inner being gives the experience of the original qualities of the self – which are peace, love, truth, purity and happiness.  As I connect with these innate qualities, and emerge them in my awareness, I remember…

Overcoming Negative Influences

Question: How can we stop the negative influence of people who are close to us and enable them to change their thinking pattern? Answer: This is a curious question. I don’t know if you have ever made the attempt to change anyone.  I don’t believe I have met anyone who has been successful in that…

The Power of Tolerance

There are different situations that come in life where the power to tolerate is necessary. One is bad words and assault from others, one is when it comes to trying to establish the truth, one is discontent in small or large matters.Tolerance is required when going through sickness. If you speak about a sickness it…

The Power of Zeal and Enthusiasm

What is the first thought you have when you open your eyes in the morning? Is it a positive thought or a negative one? The first thought you have in the morning will usually determine how your day goes by. I am working on keeping the thought that ‘I am loved’ to make my day…

The power of the soul

“Ninety-five percent of our time is wasted on thinking about others; we go on and on with a string of expectations, which becomes like a hammer of demand on other people’s heads. Take a combination of expectations and demand, and what does it equal? Conflict!” At this time in the world Drama, everybody has some…

The Story of Prajapita Baba, the Father of the People

On 18th January here at the Brahma Kumaris we celebrated the day of Prajapita Baba (or Brahma Baba), the Father of the people. This is the day which he left his mortal coil. He was an extremely pure soul and very faithful to God. He had excellent leadership qualities and was also a great visionary.…

New Beginnings

The month of January is a time for making New Year’s resolutions. One of my goals this year is not to miss early morning meditation. My role model is Brahma Baba. This soul used to wake up at 1am to do meditation every day for 34 years without fail. It is good to set goals…

Experiencing the Power of Silence

In my free time I am practicing silence more and more. It is helping me to stay peaceful and calm my mind. As relationships, health and wealth are not a reliable source of happiness, I am finding more and more that spending time with the supreme soul the highest energy in silence is my main…

Creating Heaven on Earth

Yesterday I had a great time at work and managed to create a peaceful environment for others. The return of that was my colleague seeing me as a “special soul”. I work with children so it is no easy feat to create peace for others. Here are my top tips for creating heaven in your…

The Way to move away from the Fear of Fear

You’re sitting alone, quietly watching TV, and the front door is suddenly thrown open. Your breathing speeds up, your heart races and your muscles tighten. After a split second you realise it’s the wind, and that no-one is trying to break in. Yet, your mind went into overdrive, projecting and imagining demons, monsters or criminals.…

Full of all virtues

Right now I am focusing on being full of all virtues and full of all powers.  I think self-respect is the most important as it will clear all other obstacles and if you can see your own good qualities you will be happy all the time. All virtues can be obtained from staying peaceful in…

Overcoming personality clashes with others

I find myself sometimes peaceless due to personality clashes with other souls. I have had some negative experiences due to my own thinking. This can cause the mind to get stuck on one channel. I am now learning to be more mature in handling situations. I have learned that it is best not to get…

Forgiveness as a key to a healthy life

Being healthy nowadays is a kind of a fashion, and it shouldn’t be like that: health makes life much more pleasant and productive. It should be one of our first priorities. Let’s understand that health is not restricted to the body though; it also implies a life with no “dis-eases” in mind, relationships and even…

Spiritual Growth in a Group Environment

For the past few months I have been regularly studying on the advanced course of meditation offered at the Brahma Kumaris Global Cooperation House in London. It is the international centre of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.  For the first time I am getting involved in a group environment on a long term basis.…

How to bring positive change into your life

The mind is a very powerful tool and thoughts can be used to trigger visualisation which triggers the power to discern. This depends on our focus and our consciousness. When we concentrate with the power of the mind and intellect through visualisation together with the attitude of determination, then success is guaranteed. I attended a…

The Power of Truth

It takes time to build up a trusting relationship. Being truthful, simple, kind and open is one way to earn the trust of others. But what does real honesty mean? I have been reading a book which has deep spiritual knowledge called “Divine Virtues of the Soul”. It explains that real honesty means seeing only…

10 Best Steps on Overcoming Anger

  Recognising First Signs Don’t do anything. Don’t act on the angry feeling. This is just an emotion. You can feel it without turning it into a behaviour. Response Try to step back from this feeling and label it, seeing that it is, in fact, separate from you. Notice its strength and how it pushes…

Health Awareness

I recently attended a seminar on health awareness so that I can improve my health condition. I learnt some very useful things. The morning was divided between the three health care speakers: Dr. Prashant, Coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris Cambridge Center, Dr. Isabella Llewelyn, GP in North London, with a special interest in nutrition, cancer research and…

International Yoga Day

Last year was the first time that the world celebrated International Yoga Day officially. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. ”Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of…

Self-empowerment

Earlier this week I was able to develop the power to make a more permanent change to one of my negative personality habits. It was a habit ingrained in me since childhood and I had managed to get rid of it temporarily but then it returned. Since trying Raja Yoga Meditation I have now been…

How to be happy no matter what

I used to believe I would be happy once I found a job, or when others changed…Having the guidance of the One has helped me to accept situations and people. I am developing maturity and becoming fearless thanks to the One. People may still try to take my happiness away and I am learning not…

What is Raja Yoga Meditation?

I have been following the study and practice of Raja Yoga meditation for over seven years.  Over time I have developed more discipline in my practice and have become better able to channel my thoughts and to feel content with who I am.  I have just completed the seven day Raja Yoga foundation course again…