Have you ever been in a situation, like being in an elevator with someone you don’t know, of feeling the awkwardness as you both are looking forward at the door as if the other person isn’t there: you suddenly break the silence with the profound observation of… “Nice weather we’re having lately, huh?” to which they reply “Yeah, it sure has been.” Continue reading “How Small is Small Talk?”
Not all people agree that reincarnation is part of our natural cycle here on earth: it’s too abstract a possibility. I’ve so often heard, “you’re born and you die – it’s as simple as that.”
Religions often have views about the afterlife. Christians believe in hell and heaven, Muslims believe that the present life is preparation for the next realm of existence, Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation – that once a person dies on this earth, they will be reborn to a new life and the status of that life depends on the work they did before their death. (1) Continue reading “Reincarnation and Karma: Hocus Pocus or Perfect Balance?”
Recently, in the lead up to Christmas, I travelled from Australia to the UK to attend the funeral of a close family member. I had been working through a natural sense of physical loss prior to my trip, and so I was feeling a gentle sense of acceptance within myself as I undertook the long journey north to celebrate the passing of this person’s life.
Travel protocols and security require us at several stages of air travel to declare our reasons for travel, and we often converse with fellow travellers and share our reasons for making such a long trip. Continue reading “Sympathy, Snow and a Robin”
For as long as I can remember I have not understood why it is said that some people go to heaven and some go to hell – it never really made any sense to me.
I did notice however, that someone could create heaven or hell on earth for themselves, or other people, depending on their personal life choices.
I could not understand either, that if God was love, why would he send some people to hell to rot for eternity, and others that were good to fluffy clouds, to kind of um, well… sit around with angels playing harps. Even though I was quite scared of the hell option I remember feeling heaven felt a bit boring, a bit mundane and a bit surreal. Continue reading “The Missing Link to Understanding Reincarnation”
When we are younger, particularly in the ‘Western world’, we tend to not see the hidden treasures all around in the form of elder people because we are not looking at them. We have been trained by media, TV, sports, music and fashion to pay attention to and follow youth, and to disregard elders as if they are irrelevant and embarrassing reminders of where we are going, that we don’t want to go. So we make the elders invisible. Continue reading “Hidden Treasure and the Illusion of Elders”