Nature

Some days you simply need to spend time with nature.

Get out of the house and stroll through the park. Walk on the beach or down by the river. Sit in the garden.

If there is nothing natural in your immediate environment, befriend a pot plant.

 

A mystic’s toolkit

Old style mystics withdrew from the world into monasteries or convents, or they lived as hermits in a cave or a hut a long way from civilization.

Modern day mystics are called to embark on the journey in the middle of things. It’s no longer about running away, it’s about finding yourself right where you are.

Old style mystics relied on prayer, fasting, and isolation. They turned away from the experience of everyday life.

Today’s mystics are called to embrace the experience of everyday life, so you’ll need to use some different tools. Continue reading “A mystic’s toolkit”

The mystical journey

It’s not about finding God. That’s an impossible task.

That which is, otherwise known as God and a host of other names, reveals itself to anyone who takes the journey inspired by the question: Who am I?

That’s the mystical journey.

The point of the mystical journey is not to find God but to become known by God, and the only way you can come to that is to know yourself. Continue reading “The mystical journey”

Crossing the start line

The journey starts that day you wake up and wonder what is going on in your life.

That’s the day you realize there has to be more to life than whatever you’ve been doing.

It’s the day you start questioning whether what people are telling you is the truth. It’s the day you stop being one of the herd.

That ‘day’ may dawn on you over a period of years or it may arrive as an unexpected life event you can’t fail to notice.

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Phoenix

Phoenix by Mark Dawson

Mark Dawson is the author of the John Milton and Beatrix Rose thriller series.

In Phoenix, written to help fund a friend’s medical expenses, Mark brings his two two heroes together for a plausible but highly improbable mission – the usual stuff of thrillers. It’s even got a touch of a POTUS 45 tweet about it, with the Brits doing the dirty work for the CIA.

It’s a quick and enjoyable read.

You can find Phoenix on Amazon and read about Mark on Mark Dawson.

Crime fiction set in Australia

The Stella Bruno Investigates series is set in and around Adelaide, South Australia.

A few things to bear in mind when reading The Identity Thief.

Australia went metric in 1975. The units of measurements are the same ones you encounter in Europe.

Distance is expressed in kilometres (and we spell it that way too), temperature in degrees Celsius, weight in kilograms, and height in metres or centimetres.

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Fredrik Backman

Every now and then you come across a book you really enjoy. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of those books for me.

On the surface, it’s a grumpy old man story. Maybe that’s why my wife suggested I read it. But, underneath the surface story, it’s a story of love and redemption.

If you’re ever feeling down, like Ove is at the start of the story, reading this book will remind you that the secret is to get outside of yourself. Think of other people. Do things for them. Be with them.

A Man Called Ove is a wonderful story of how Life intervenes to get Ove’s attention and reopen his heart. Some of it is sad, some of it is touching, and some of it is really funny. I enjoyed it.

You can find out more about Fredrik Backman and his books at:

Publisher’s page

Blog – in Swedish

Amazon page

From the Hay House World Summit 2017

Over the last few days, I’ve been listening in to the free Hay House World Summit 2107.  A really smart way of showcasing the work of one hundred of their authors.

You can still register to listen in to the last week of so of the summit.

If you enjoyed My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living you might appreciate the three books I’m currently reading as a result of what was available for the first session of the summit.

A Course In Miracles Made Easy by Alan Cohen.

The overview you always wanted if you thought A Course In Miracles was beyond you.

The Abundance Code by Julie Ann Cairns

An introduction to a different way of thinking about abundance.

Be Your Potential by Joseph Clough

If you’re interested in what’s going on in your subconscious mind and wondering what you can do about it.