Karma ⇔

Karma derives from ancient Indian philosophy, and is defined as “the universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence.” I often wonder about karma, and how it functions in my life. When too many bad things happen sequentially, I start to wonder.. am I bad person? I am often unusually lucky also, and people have noticed and commented on my so called ‘luck’ before. But does this make mean a ‘good’ person? Or do things just happen?

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Synchronicity ∞

There is one aspect of life which is proving magical for me every day a the moment, and that is synchronicity. wonderful wonderful synchronicity. what some people call ‘coincidence’, I call the universe unfolding exactly as it’s supposed to, just like a miracle. every day an incredible synchronicity occurs which proves yet again that the cosmos is an unexplainable vortex of energy, crashing and colliding, with the occasional crystal clear harmonious happening.

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Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation: Tips for Feeling More in Control

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What are fireworks? They are colourful, bright, beautiful and a symbol of a celebration. They can also be painful, loud and scary.. if you see them that way. I like to view thoughts like fireworks. They can paint a beautiful, awesome picture if you have them under control. Out of control and they can be too loud and even painful. The most important thing to remember, however, is that you are always in control. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, you have autonomy. Thoughts are like clouds passing over our sky, they may cloud our consciousness but they do not define our existence.

As the Tao says, “Stop thinking, and end your problems.”  Here are some things I practise to think less, and live more in the present.

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25 Agreements for a Healthy Happy Relationship

Relationships

These agreements are particularly useful after an argument, getting together again after a split or in the case of healing painful differences in a romantic relationship. It could also be great for reaffirming an already secure and happy relationship! It is a general guide, some of them of course do not need to be followed exactly, but they should help you re-establish a loving, healthy, secure bond with your partner.

  1. Accepting differences of opinion: the right to have or believe them, respect them.

2.  Be aware of the power/words you are saying, and this connotations. Use them productively and wisely.

3. Support each other, encourage, trust the good intention of the other person. Believe in each other.

4. Take equal responsibility for any argument or event that occurs in the relationship.

5. Leave the past in the past.

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Do Filmmakers have a Social Responsibility for what they Show in their Films?

Cultural Commentary.

A few months ago I was living in Australia, and I went to see the film ‘Deadpool’ after being invited by a friend. I can’t deny that the film has some really great moments, a funny script and actors I respect a lot, but still I struggled to sit through the film. At first I thought there was something wrong with me, because at times when others were deeply engaged in the film I was shielding my eyes and hiding behind my hoody. My friend thought I was joking, but at one point I got up and left for a while to take a break from the screen. I am a very sensitive person, but I found it a bit strange that I was the only person in the cinema who seemed so affected by the upfront and direct violence in the film. Following this experience, I began to wonder what it was that made something, i.e., explicit violence in films, so attractive to some people but yet so difficult for me to watch.

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A Gran(d) Canarian Adventure

Travel

From our small apartment next to the sea, we walked to the town of Galdar and back every day along dusty roads dotted with wild cacti and vegetation.

Along haphazard paths and roads we came home with the afternoon sun painting the path ahead of us gold. As we bounced home leaping across the rugged landscape, our skin glowed in the fading light. The way was paved with adventure. Sometimes the road simply ceased to exist, and choices of pavement became endless: steep hills between houses, ragged stone walkways and the rocky grassy space in between. This is Galdar, the seaside town in the province of Las Palmas, where colourful square houses rest in clumps on the horizon beneath a backdrop of misty volcanos. Continue reading “A Gran(d) Canarian Adventure”

First Impressions of the World Down Under: a Brits Perspective

Travel & Culture

I grew up with idealised notions of Australia as a dry, deserty landscape scrawling with bushes, the occasional indigenous community and tribes of kangaroos. I arrived ‘down under’ as a lone study abroad student, with just a suitcase and somewhat naive expectations. Australia both surprised and disappointed me, made me love and made me lonely, but like all other places I’ve travelled to in the world, changed my perspective irreversibly.

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A World within Worlds

Walking down the beach the sand reflects the millions of stars in the sky and the rocks glisten with sea water and moss. There is an atmosphere of tension in the air, as if every single sea creature is waiting for the final moment when the sun falls beneath the skyline and the moon comes into full being in the sky. Every inch of the landscape is touched by salt from the unruly waves which take power over the beach every day. The scene is the epitome of life, but at the same time remains still and harmonious.

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