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Ordinary Can Be Awesome

Are you aware that everything in life can be nourishing? Everything can bless us, but we’ve got to be there for the blessing to occur. Being present with quality is a decision we are invited to make each day.

It is said that Spirit is not only found in holy places, prayer and meditation, yoga and retreats. It is everywhere; in your relationships, your work, your daily chores, in nature … to be experienced if you are willing to connect deeply with your environment.

In being open to connect with something, you open to its essence, its purpose and meaning. There are other dimensions of reality below what we normally see and hear. So, let yourself open to the mystery.

We live in world deities, but most often holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to un-wrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.

Have a nice day


House Clifton Today

Hello Mr Phrogg  pic Good morning everyone,

Gosh, storms have slapped us silly. The gale force wind and bucketing rain has engulfed us for more than a week. At times the mist was so heavy that one could not see anything beyond the deck. The trees have been thrashed about and the little plants in the garden bullied but all seem to have coped in the end.

Then just as one thought the winter had arrived; the conditions changed in a flash bringing hot weather today, with calmness and a gentle warm breeze in the air. Amazing!

Wandering around the garden early this morning I was pleased to note that the young lemon trees have survived the recent harsh conditions and are in fact flourishing. I am however concerned that if we get further torturous wind that the new leaf emerging from one of the palms will get damaged as the last few have. The tree is looking rather awkward at the moment with knit one, skip one and break one leaf format.

Additional lighting has been installed in the meditation courtyard where Mr Koi and his other fishy mates are happily housed and doing so well. Mr Koi has grown rather large since his arrival some years ago. In my heart he is still my baby even though approximately 30cm in length now, he still likes to suck my fingers and nudge my hand when I spend time with them or when I feed them. He is also very much ‘the boss’ of the pond.

I am also pleased to report that the blender finger is healing extremely well and it seems will leave very little scarring which is a very pleasant surprise. This is thanks to new methods of healing which is referred to as the wet method. What this means is that the finger is wrapped in a type of dressing which keeps the damaged skin moist and is replaced every three days. On removal of the dressing it pulls away with it any scabbing formation, thereby allowing the skin to fuse together smoothly. All fascinating to observe; oh yes, I could eventually look at it, as gory as it was.

All for now, chat soon.

A New Earth- awakening to your life’s purpose

Fans of Eckhart Tolle’s last bestseller, The Power of Now, have been waiting eight long years for the follow up, and now their patience has been amply rewarded. A New Earth – Awakening to your Life’s Purpose is a phenomenal book, written with real warmth, humour and a huge amount of insight. If you’re a newcomer to Tolle’s work then by all means, start with this one – A New Earth stands on its own merits, and is guaranteed to win the author a wide new readership.

A New Earth is, very simply, one of the best offerings in the field of personal growth and spirituality to come out in years. No matter how near or how far you are along your own spiritual path, you can benefit from reading this book. Like his last book, this one is all about finding more joy and purpose in your life right now, and who doesn’t need that?

The key to more joy and purpose is by living in the present moment. Rather, “being” in the present moment. How do you do that? According to Mr. Tolle, it comes by a slow dismantling of the ego, and it’s endless attachment to the world of “form”. Many authors have written about the desirability of living “in the Now,” but few have laid out such a clear, concise method for doing so as Eckhart Tolle has. This book is transformational on several levels!

Indeed, one gets the feeling that Mr. Tolle has spent the last several years wisely and well. A New Earth offers one insight after another that one can only imagine must be the product of endless hours, days and months thinking, experiencing, (Being?), getting tripped up, and starting over again. He gives us concrete examples, anecdotes, tips from his years of counselling and, best of all, he details some of the signposts of progress as well as the common pitfalls.

As for the “Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” part of the title – that is, in fact, our purpose – to grow in consciousness by being in the present moment. This is the next wave of evolution that will lead to “A New Earth.” But if you are thinking more along the lines of “I’m unhappy in my current job, but I can’t figure out what I really want to do,” then don’t despair – Tolle gives plenty of solid advice for how to tie in what he calls your primary purpose (consciousness) with what he calls your secondary purpose (what kind of rewarding work you want to do).

Recognizing and dismantling the various aspects of our ego can be a long, hard, and sometimes painful process, so it would be fair to ask, why do it at all? Perhaps because the only thing that is harder and more painful is the way we are living right now. Or, that in our attachment to “forms,” – material things, emotions, old thoughts, the need to feel superior, etc., we are manifesting a world that is hostile, chaotic, polluted and depressing. “Being present” is as simple as not allowing the ego’s games to drag you into either the past or the future – “consciousness” is as simple as recognizing the ego’s attempts for what they are: an endless effort to make you unhappy, dissatisfied, anxious, angry, afraid, and more. For this clarity and conciseness, thank Mr. Tolle.

The author deals with potentially heavy issues with a wonderful, light touch. His descriptions of the ego’s ploys are spot on, and his suggestions for countering these ploys and growing in awareness are practical and clear. But best of all is the news that this new awareness – this evolutionary growth in consciousness – is already happening. And because it’s now in the collective conscious, those of us who are catching up get to “ride the wave,” so to speak, building on the momentum of those who have gone before us, like Mr. Tolle. That also means that if we start doing the work now, we don’t necessarily have to “wipe out” and learn the hard way. If building or manifesting A New Earth becomes a purposeful,tolle_picture joyful experience, it will be because of people like Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany, where he spent the first thirteen years of his life. He graduated from the University of London and applied himself as a research scholar and supervisor at Cambridge University. At age 29, he experienced a profound spiritual transformation which radically changed the course of his life.  his time was devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.


Extracted from: Merlins News – By Cheryl Shainmark

Healing Techniques

Channel Clearing Breath

“Alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple but powerful technique that deeply relaxes the mind and body. Use it to quiet your mind before beginning a meditation session or to calm racing thoughts and anxiety if you are having trouble falling asleep.

This focused breathing serves the purpose of regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. Here is a practice you can try right now:

Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril.

At the peak of your inhalation, close off your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale smoothly through your right nostril.

After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation.

Continue performing alternate nostril breathing for the next few breaths, following the same pattern. Your breathing should be effortless, with your mind gently observing the inflow and outflow of breath.

Balance Energy flow

Hand positions are used to regulate and balance the flow of subtle energy throughout the body. Joining the fingers or touching them to another part of the body creates a circuit that allows the energy, or prana, to flow. Here is one to try in your next meditation:

This position as seen in the picture is known as “the seal of patience,” It is formed by placing the tip of the middle finger on the tip of the thumb.

The energy position is said to promote patience and discernment, as well as the courage to fulfil one’s dharma or life purpose.

Hand position

Self Talk Is So Very Revealing…….

The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold; therefore if you wish to know the mind of a man, just listen to his words.

Are your words typically negative, critical, gossiping, deceptive, illusory, justifying, blaming, manipulative and argumentative? Or…..are they more uplifting, inspirational, positive, questioning, beautiful, loving, universal, truthful, accepting and supportive?

The throat is our centre of expression. Who we are will always sneak out in our attitudes and in what we say. Be conscious of the pattern of words that pass over your lips each day for they reveal much about who you are. Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.

A Trusted Tradition

Bicarbonate of Soda: This very versatile substance was first recognised by bakers as being beneficial in bread making. When added to the ingredients it caused carbon dioxide to be trapped in the mixture resulting in the dough rising. It has since been used for making cakes and other dough based products.

Other than baking, Bicarbonate of Soda also has many other uses around the home. It is an excellent odour neutraliser, cleaning agent and is safe when used for the relief of acid indigestion and constipation. Read on to see the versatility of Bicarbonate of Soda.

In the Kitchen

Ovens: To clean your oven, make a paste of Bicarbonate Of Soda and vinegar for a fast-acting powerful cleaner that tackles the worst baked-on stains.

Microwaves: Wiping out your microwave oven with a Bicarbonate of

Soda and water paste will remove stubborn stains while deodorising at the same time.

Cat iron pans: if you have cast iron pans, you can remove rust spots with a thick paste of vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda. Scrub with a dishcloth and then rinse with hot soapy water.

Pans: remove stains from pots and pans using a wet cloth or sponge sprinkled with a little Bicarbonate of Soda. Caution – using this method on non stick pans could harm the specially treated surface.

Fridges: do you have stain streaks down the back of your refrigerator which you thought might never come out? Make a paste of one cup of Bicarbonate of Soda, half a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. Gently rub the paste on the stains and watch them disappear!

Cleaning silver: making a thick paste of three tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda and one tablespoon of water works great for polishing silverware, especially between the grooves and in the little decorative areas of your silverware.

Dustbins: sprinkling Bicarbonate of Soda in the bottom of refuse bins and into bin bags will keep garbage smells from invading your home in-between municipal bin cleans.

Rubber gloves: here is a great tip. Sprinkle a little Bicarbonate of Soda inside your rubber gloves each time you finish using them. This helps to slide them on easily and prevents them from getting smelly from hand perspiration.


Barbeques: for a great barbeque clean, a thick paste of vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda with a scrubbing brush will quickly loosen grease, dirt and grime on the interior and exterior of your grill.

Bird baths: regularly clean your bird bath with water and Bicarbonate of Soda paste, rinse well with clean water. This will keep the bath fresh and mould free. Bicarbonate of Soda leaves behind no chemical residue that might be harmful to the birds that visit.

Paintbrushes: paintbrushes which have gone hard can be softened again by soaking overnight in a solution of one litre hot water, a quarter cup vinegar and a cup of Bicarbonate of Soda. Rinse well the next day for a ready-to-use-again, restored paintbrush.

Musty car odours: musty smells in your car after prolonged damp conditions or spills can easily be eliminated. Simply sprinkle a little Bicarbonate of Soda in your car boot, under loose floor mats and even sprinkle lightly on the seat covers.

Hair Care

Condition Hair: does your hair feel waxy and unmanageable? You can speedily remove shampoo build-up by mixing two tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda in one teaspoon of your shampoo and wash as usual. You will find your hair will be revived, lighter and lease greasy.

Clean combs and brushes: soak them in a basin of water with one tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda.

For Children

Play dough: take two cups of Bicarbonate of Soda, one cup of corn flour and one cup of warm water, to make your own play dough that will keep children occupied for hours. Add a few drops of food colouring to create different colours.

Crayon marks: you can easily remove those crayon marks from the walls or other surfaces with a little help from Bicarbonate of Soda. Make a thin paste of Bicarbonate of Soda and water, use an old toothbrush to scrub the crayon marks off the wall without having to repaint.