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065                                                                                                          10/07/2017

MY KNOWING

We are all here to live every situation you can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of life.  Murray Kibblewhite

CASE STUDY – HOW TO APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE SUBJECT : Beliefs

It is 3,32am and I am laying in my bed awake after a toilet stop. Clearly and close by I can hear the “Or Pork” call of the Morpork bird calling to another. After a series of calls he stopped and I hear the quiet reply from another in the distance.

Yesterday, was a magic Spring day, clear fine and warm in the sun. Perfect weather. And as I  laid in my bed early in the morning, I listened to the various birds in the “Dawn Chorus”, thrushes, blackbirds, grey warbler.tui’s and more. All calling – telling the world they are awake and ready.

The apartment I live in is well-sited to receive the sun all day. The lounge where I work is always warm and has little need for a heater during winter.

Out the window to the East I look directly into the branches of the attractive “Bottle Brush” tree with its many red flowers of circular shape.

Then on the West side of the apartment I look intoa group of magnificent “Magnolia” trees with their large shinny leaves, green on top and bronze underneath with beautiful large creamy- white flowers on display most of the year.

Finally, on another morning as I lay in my bed just before I prepared to get up and just before the sound of the nearby traffic drown out the natural sounds, I could hear many cows mooing. It is an unusual experience to hear farm animals in a large city. Later that day, I walked through nearby Cornwall Park, in the centre of Auckland, and I could clearly see a large number of cows and their calves, the source of the sounds I had heard earlier.

All the sounds of nature are there to hear, if you only listen.

Magic

Learnings

So what was thelearning?

We all must learn to appreciate what we have.

All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what is the real lesson to be learnt?

How to use:-

1) Accept you need to change your Attitude and Actions on a daily basis.

2) Read, view, discuss and learn other ways. Set time aside daily to study.

3) Practice a new action until it becomes a better habit. Then tell your friends.

Check out these links:-

Dawn Chorus New Zealand – www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnHmWFlyK8E

Bottle Brush Treewww.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/in-the-garden/flowering-plants-shrubs/bottlebrush/

Magnolia Tree – www.123rf.com/photo_10251157_two-white-magnolia-blossoms-on-a-magnolia-tree-in-sunshine.html

 

 

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064                                                                                                                      10/02/2017

MY KNOWING

We are all here to live every situation you can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of life.  Murray Kibblewhite

CASE STUDY – SO, WHAT ABOUT ISLAM?SUBJECT : Beliefs

Is there a similarity between being a Moslem and a Yoga student?

The answer to this question arose today after attending my Yoga class. I had invited a young male business associate to join me at my weekly Yoga class. He wanted to gain the feeling of cleanliness and relaxation which I felt.

After surviving the seemingly impossible, sometimes complicated and often painful postures, we decided to celebrate over a coffee, the clear, clean and composed feelings that result from Yoga.

Did the talk help?

Yes it did, as we had a meaningful conversation on a number of subjects. My young friend had some interesting insights into the Islam faith. He explained he had been born in Libya from Iraq parents who some 20 years before had immigrated to New Zealand. He was only 4 when he arrived so he talked like a Kiwi.

He made an interesting observation when he compared several of the Yoga poses to the prayer positions of a Moslem. In Yoga the posture of kneeling and bowing, as shown in the picture above, is very similar to that of prayer used by a Moslem.

Do you think that sounds right?

As well, a Yoga adept had to adopt a relaxed and mindful attitude. Then he observered that Moslem’s pray to Allah five times per day as well as practice fasting during Ramadan. In his eyes, these practices meant Moslems gained self-discipline .I agreed with him and added that Moslem’s do not recognise interest, so money-lending for them was far less onerous that that practised by non-Moslem’s

Finally, he said that while he did not follow Islam, he felt their belief system had much to offer.

Learnings

So what had I learnt?

I learned to be aware of other belief systems and not judge them on the actions of violent extremists.

I also learned that both Yoga and Islam, have much to offer.

All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what is the real lesson to be learnt?

How to use:-

1) Accept you need to change your Attitude and Actions on a daily basis.

2) Read, view, discuss and learn other ways. Set time aside daily to study.

3) Practice a new action until it becomes a better habit. Then tell your friends.

Check out these links:-

For Islam – www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzRmpPGEb6Q

For Yoga – www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9zIz9RsUjI