My blog is all about wellness. For me, there is a strong connection between my mental and my physical health. I have always delved deeply into spiritual ideas – and when I have found peace within myself, my body automatically responds with health and vitality. I also believe in the importance of treating my body with respect – feeding it nutritious food and being active and energetic.
I call the way I try to live my life: Mindful and Respectful Living. It is a journey for me and one which I am still far from mastering. I endeavor to listen for the ideas of Divine Mind, God, and respect those around me, and whom I come into contact with on a daily basis. I am also mindful of what I cook and feed my family. I try to buy as much organic food (meat/vegetables) as I can, and ensure I know where it has been grown and that it has been reared sustainably and in a humane manner.
It is in no way my intention to convert anyone to a religion or way of thinking, but just to inform and introduce my readers to ideas that have helped me. I myself am a very free thinker and I love to read and study the ideas of many different spiritual, nutrition and wellness teachers. My ideas are continuously evolving.
On my spiritual journey I have had many wonderful influencers, starting from when I was a young child. My mother has always had a undeviating trust in God, and with many challenges our family has had living in Africa, I have seen the power of prayer in action. The positive outcome of many of the instances simply could not have been chance or coincidence. Even my father – a practical engineer, who has never taken anything on face value (always diligently researching and questioning) claims that there must have been divine intervention.
I was listening to a podcast of Oprah interviewing Wayne Dyer about his book, “Change your Thoughts, Change your Life” and he said, very eloquently, “… There’s no coincidence. In fact, coincidence itself is a mathematical term. Remember in geometry, they would say that two angles that coincide, fit together perfectly – so now we’ve taken a term that means ‘two things that fit together perfectly’ and interpreted it to mean ‘something that fits together accidentally.’ We’ve just reversed the whole concept of coincidence – it’s co-in-side.” (https://potentialwithin.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/coincidence-god-winks/). This is how I feel about the blessings my family and I have experienced. I do not believe they were just chance.
My darling husband and three beautiful children are also influencers on a daily basis. I always strive to learn, discuss, and teach them about many different things. It is an ongoing journey – both for them and for me, and I don’t always get it right. Recently, my husband and I sat and discussed what “angels” were over a cup of tea. This is just one of many discussions we have had about such things.
One of my early spiritual teachers (and whom I believe has had one of the greatest impacts on modern thought) was, and still is, Mary Baker Eddy. Eddy lived between 1821 and 1910 and was a true scholar – studying the Bible Scriptures from a very young age. She had an immense trust in God and her ideas about the connection between spirituality and health were groundbreaking. In her time, she was arguably the most powerful and famous woman in America. Some of her healings were on a par with Christ Jesus, and she wrote many books, including her most celebrated best seller – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The book is based on the Bible and the teachings of Christ Jesus.
Mary Baker Eddy had wanted the teachings to be accessible to everyone – within or without a church organisation – and it is my greatest desire to see her given credit for being one of the biggest influencers of the wellness movement. Joel Goldsmith studied her writings for many years before writing his own books and starting his own movement called “The Infinite Way”. Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, among others, give credit to Joel Goldsmith as being one of their influencers.
As I stated in my first blog, I have met many people who are on a spiritual/wellness journey independent of actual “religion”, and all these ideas can be incorporated into a way of life which helps them to progress and meets them where they are on their journey.
For me, my spiritual journey has gone through many stages and I believe that wellness comes from a trust in God and the purifying of my mind and body (what I accept in to my thoughts and in to my body). This is such a wonderful quote which sums up the connection between the mind and the body: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” – Mary Baker Eddy
It always amazes me how a spiritual teacher like Mary Baker Eddy, who was so radical, avant-garde and progressive, is now little known in modern society. She proved how, by changing and spiritualising one’s thought, it led to a change in one’s life experience. She showed her students, through demonstration, how healing was as applicable now as it was in the time of Jesus. Einstein showed a great interest in her teachings and it is said that, at a church service which he attended, he apparently stated “”Do you people realize what a wonderful thing you have?”
Two other statements from Mary Baker Eddy which have always resonated with me are: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” and “The time for thinkers has come” (Science and Health, vii). The importance of turning to God in any situation and not accepting what others are telling us (which isn’t very easy to do in the modern age of internet and TV), but to really think and research for oneself.
I believe God talks to all of us and great inspiration comes from listening. There have been many spiritual books and movies which have “spoken” to me in different ways. These are just a few of them – I could write forever on these as there are many more, but I have just chosen a few:
“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruez. These agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best. How great and freeing life would be if we followed all of them!
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. As the Amazon review of his book states: “Ekhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment.” Ekhart Tolle had hit the depths of despair when he found this enlightenment and the book articulates beautifully how he found joy by living in the moment – by not being dragged into regrets of the past or fears of the future.
The works of Wayne Dyer, including the movie “The Shift”. On Google Books it says that this movie “Explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. “ A really beautiful movie with so much meaning and truths. He has also written 31+ other books and his talks and interviews are available on You tube.
“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrnes. Both the book and the movie explain the Law of Attraction – how being grateful, changing one’s thought and choosing a path in life, can bring wonderful benefits into one’s experience. For me, it focused too much on getting “things” instead of giving. But overall, it did give readers and watchers an idea of how to attract good into their lives.
“The Power is Within You” and other books by Louise L. Hay – and her wonderful box of gratitude cards.
“365 Thank yous – The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed my Life” by John Kralik. This is such a great example of how powerful gratitude can be to transform one’s experience.
Books by Ann Beals of The Bookmark (www.thebookmark.com). She states on the front of her web page: “Welcome to a new adventure of the mind. Never before has the Word of God been presented with such power to heal, protect and transform your life.” Ann delves deep into the works of Mary Baker Eddy and others, and has also written many books of her own.
The Movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. There are so many beautiful quotes from the movie, but some of my favourite are: “Life offers a thousand chances; all we have to do is pick one”…“Regrets are a waste of time. They’re the past crippling the present.” ….“Never lose your childish enthusiasm and things will come your way.” A wonderful movie in every way.
The great Oprah Winfrey. I have enjoyed her interviews with many great spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer. My husband recently gave me her book, “What I know for sure” as a Birthday present. He knows me well as it is exactly the sort of book that I enjoy reading on a warm summer’s day (we have many of those where we live in Brisbane!). This is just one of the quotes which I loved from the book:
“What I know for sure is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance – to love free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand. You can either waltz boldly onto the stage of life and live the way you know your spirit is nudging you to, or you can sit quietly by the wall, receding into the shadows of fear and self-doubt.
….And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
So very true. Let’s always make the choice to dance!