issue #9 ‘peace’ is out now!

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Dear soulsisters,

Issue #9 of soulsisterwisdom magazine is ready for download now.

There is a story about a princess who had her whole kingdom turned upside down because she couldn’t find her necklace.  All the while it was around her neck.

Our search for peace is like this.  Can peace be found in the forests or the mountains?  Can it be found in solitude?Seekers will find that peace can only be found within.

In this issue read about …..

  • A method Sophia Quzi uses to find peace which involves a daisy
  • How to practise Mindfulness and what drove Suma Pillai to learn this practise
  • Thoughts about peace from Gayatri Naraine, a representative of the United Nations in New York
  • Why Marneta Viegas founded a business to help children relax

and much more…..  Click on the button below to get your copy now.

issue #7 ‘Happiness’ is out now!

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Hi everyone,

Issue #7 ‘Happiness’ is available for you to download now.

There is much not to feel happy about this week, or any week really these days, as our world continues on its bumpy, tumultuous journey to becoming the world many of us are working so hard for.  This week there was another terrorist attack in Paris.  Frightening and very, very sad.  All our love and good wishes go out to everyone affected.

Perhaps here, I could introduce you to Eyoälha Baker.  Her story is one of ‘a phoenix rising out of the ashes’.  As we were all greatly affected by the events of 9/11, so was Eyoälha.  She became aware of how repeats of images of the attack and the resulting sorrow of that day affected her emotionally and she became inspired to embark on a project that is all about exposing images of happiness to the world.  Her story is on Page 8.

Ginger Spark made it her mission to find how she could be happy once again after becoming very ill and feeling deeply dissatisfied with her life.  Her story is on page 25.  Ginger is needing to get some feedback about one of her online courses and is offering it for FREE to soulsisterwisdom readers.

And Sophia Quzi’s ‘Finding Happiness in Ordinary Moments’ on page 30 is a reminder to us all – with some lovely sharings of her own experience.

And of course, there is so much more……Take care, be safe and Enjoy!

Rebecca Signature

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What we can learn from St Francis of Assisi

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Dear soulsisters,

A few years ago I visited Italy and thankfully, Assisi. Assisi is the most adorable Italian village on top of a hill – the home of St Francis and Clare (one of the earliest followers of St Francis and founder the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition.)

Today I reread an article written by a friend, Anthony Strano, of a visit he made to Assisi. I thought I’d share….

“It is early April, early morning and the curling mist fills the valley below Assisi. The only things I hear are the birds and the bells which chirrup and chime in turn. Otherwise a silence embraces the dawn lit city. A silence that has existed, I am sure, in Assisi during the time of Francis and Clare.

As I gaze outside my room there are two tall pine trees totally occupied with Francis’ chattering sisters, to whom he once said: “little sisters, if you have now had your say, it is time that I should also be heard.” It is said after these words they became silent and listened to him. However at the moment, the birds are still chattering away obviously happy to feel the sun’s topaz light aureole their tiny heads. They glow like golden hosts as they continue to open their melodious tongues. For a moment it looks like a new painting by the great master, Giotto, who is well known in this city.

Beyond our sisters’ voices there is a vast calm, an infinite feeling of quietness. Just to be here, away from the mind’s rampant scurrying and scampering is heaven. The mind has been trained to be relentless for facts, believing that intellectual acrobatics and a plethora of facts define truth. In fact, I find the opposite. Too much thinking, too much talking, takes us very far from the truth of things, but even more so, from our inner peace. Prove, catalogue, plan classify, validate, theorize, analyze, scrutinize, judge, demonstrate, interpret ….. “STOP!” I have often screeched. How about a break?

Everyone has an opinion about everything. Now, with all these crises everywhere, an ocean of opinions on the whats, the whys, the hows, have created a flood of repetitive facts. Read any newspaper, watch any television program, browse the internet. The flood rises as everyone claims justice, blaming real or imagined culprits, and it just goes on and on, higher and higher.

It seems that in the 21st century we have precipitated ourselves into an abyss of extremes. Over informed and over opinioned, people often do not halt the consumption of information. Its healthier to find a middle way: to know when to think and when not to, when to speak and when to keep quiet, when to step in and when to step out, when to make things happen and when to allow things to happen, when to be extrovert and when to be introvert. The realities of life can be found also through a complementary silence in one’s self. When we cool down, when we can listen, when we can tune into the other, then we can speak from a space of insight, otherwise it is just a cacophony of emotive, often prejudiced ramblings.

So, I came to Assisi just to stop: to be quiet, to contemplate the flow of things. I remember Plato’s words: “I am trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.” True reflection does need a distance from the barrage of facts!

Even great thinkers like Plato needed to take time out. Silence, the slowing down of one’s self, creates a space of quietness within, which in turn creates clarity of understanding. Silence refreshes and rejuvenates the mind, whose habitual appetite for noise, news and diversion has created an addiction to everything external. We are the creators of our stress, our crises and breakdowns because we have forgotten to stop, reflect and renew. We clearly understand the obvious need to recharge our mobiles, but what about our minds? To experience inner quietness is as important as expressing ourselves. Without recharging ourselves we cannot function. We cannot communicate with life. Actually, this inner calm gives perspective and a balanced perception to the myriad details and negative things we are daily bombarded with. Inner silence filters everything that comes to us from the outside.

Creating a space for silence is crucial for meaningful living. Taking time out to be silent is a necessity. To stop, to step back and be still gives fresh oxygen to the mind. It is like a car. We buy a car because we wish to move. To go from one place to another, but we would never buy a car that did not have a brake because no matter how far or well the car moves, it must also be able to stop. Our life is for expression and interaction, but we also have to stop from time to time and reflect on our motives, our judgements, our movements. To stop means to observe and see where the traffic in my heart and mind are going. Otherwise, habit obliterates the truth of things and my clarity and peace disappear. So Assisi was a place where I could brake and stop as I had often done on a mountain top in India.

Enjoying the tranquil hills of Umbria I could forget the clamour, clatter, push and rush of the cities I usually find myself in and experience the serenity and beauty of nature, which activated my own inner tranquility.

Francis created his spiritual gentle revolution by first getting close to nature and tuning in to her serenity and principles. He provided an alternative to a legalistic, theologically congested church which had forgotten the simplicity of its own original spirit. His experience of The Divine had reminded him of a Universal Benevolence, which he felt was reflected in the interconnectedness of life not only of humanity but also of humanity with animals, nature and her elements. It became his task to remind others of this divine love and intrinsic interconnectedness. No wonder he is regarded as the Green Saint, the patron of animals and the environment.

At his hermitage just outside Assisi I saw a bronze statue of him lying on the ground and two companion monks with their circled fingers held up to the sky measuring something. It is said that Francis loved to gaze up at the bright Polar Star and his companions were trying to measure certain aspects of that star. The earth and sky were also his companions.

Francis learned to be realistic as well as spiritual for he stated: “Start by doing what is necessary, and then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” To make the impossible possible is a sign of real spirituality, to achieve what others cannot dream of. What others may call crazy or unrealistic but is accomplished by an individual step is a kind of sanctity: an integrity of spirit.

Francis once said :

“Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.”

“Sanctify” is not just a religious term he is using, but it is his deeply felt sense of wholeness and oneness with nature and humanity and unlimited trust in The Divine. To achieve this sanctity he realised that he and his spiritual companions had to absolutely let go of selfish possessiveness and the greed of being. The respect we give to that interconnectedness of life and to life’s resources is an answer to the wars and crisis we see around us today and what he himself had experienced in medieval Italy. He was so shocked by war’s brutality and violence that he broke down and had to reposition himself, his purpose and his code of being. This breakdown is vividly represented outside the Basilica of St Francis where a statue of him on a horse captures his sense of utter desolation and disillusionment as both horse and man limp back from the war.

So, in his hermitage away from his task of rejuvenating Christianity, travelling over Italy and to countries such as Egypt, Corfu, Syria, aligning himself with the poor and sick, Francis found the time to gaze at the stars, mountains, flowers, water and trees. He also spent time talking to the animals and to his brother sun and sister moon. Giotto captures all of this in the paintings which decorate the basilica of Francis where we spent Good Thursday early morning in meditation. A small group of us, who had especially come for a two day dialogue, shared a collective silence for about one hour. Two days earlier a small group of Buddhists, nuns, yogis, Platonists, Christian meditators had actually come together to discuss the creative and healing power of contemplation as a contribution to today’s crises.

Certainly our group felt that inner silence was a crucial start for newness in thought and action. Greece came up as an example of crises and our Platonist friend from Germany perceptively stated that the crises has first started in Greece because that is the heart of western culture and all western culture, to a smaller or greater degree is suffering from the same malaise. So Greece as the parent receives the first blow of the Western collapse. He went on to say that where the crisis is, also exists the solution The roots of heritage hold the antidote to the poison.

The American co-ordinator stated that now it appears to be the time that spiritual principles need to be valued and applied for social transformation. Thought, word and understanding are necessary but also action. So thinkers do not just keep on thinking, speakers do not just keep on speaking, analysts do nut just keep on analyzing but also act. Action that can be effective when a contemplative empowering has happened individually and collectively to change the anachronistic routes of thoughts and behaviour. Without that inner transformation then the same consciousness keeps repeating the same mistakes. The wheel keeps turning in on itself and there is no exit. All innovation began and was sustained by a transformation in consciousness. To act from a space of transformative silence facilitates the application of spiritual principles into social living. Otherwise either we rehash decrepit formulas or become too complacent. As Plato said :

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

imgres-3Anthony Strano moved on to play another part on this earth a few years ago.  While I knew him he shared many powerful and inspiring spiritual insights through lectures, meditation cds and his many books.  You can take a look at http://www.amazon.com/Anthony-Strano/e/B004APLCI0

issue #6 – ‘Empowerment’ is out now!

Dear soulsisters,

Another issue is out now – the theme is ‘Empowerment’

You will love this issue. Beautiful artworks by Sandi Fitzgerald and Joyce van der lely, and wonderfully inspirational and uplifting articles throughout by some of our regular contributors and some new guests.

Kamalamani shares her thoughts on the choice to be childless;

Claire Mingus shares helpful hints about conserving our Qi; and

Sophia Quzi shares 4 mantras that helped her to become more empowered in her life.

Come see, and enjoy!

much love,
Rebecca Signature

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issue #5 – ‘Freedom’ is out now!

Dear soulsisters,

Issue #5 of soulsisterwisdom magazine is out now!

33 pages filled with beauty, inspiration and soul….. articles include :

‘I am the MASTER of my fate, I am the CAPTAIN of my soul…..Nelson Mandela’s Mojo
‘The many ways I sabotage my own freedom’
‘The Power to Face – the harbinger to real freedom’

Beautiful artworks by Heather Lippincott-Faust and Paula Jones.

Come see, and enjoy!

much love,

Rebecca Signature


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issue #4 ‘Changing the World’ is out now!

Dear soulsisters,

Merry Christmas! Issue 4 ‘Changing the World’ is available now.

As well as enjoying the happiness of Christmas, I hope you also find time to reflect, consider, reassess and make a plan for positive change going into another wonderful year. In this issue you will find helpful topics such as changing habits, self-transformation, the importance of kindness and helping others, how we can change the world in ‘ordinary’ ways and following our hearts.

Have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and we’ll meet again in 2016.

much love always,
Rebecca Signature

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issue #3 – ‘Spirituality’ is out now!

Dear soulsisters,

Issue #3 is out now….. filled with lots of goodies including,

  • interview with film maker and author Christina Stevens about her beautiful book ‘Love – the saint and the seeker’ which tells of her journey after being ‘visited’ by Mother Teresa as she slept one night and being told “I will let you film me, but you must come soon”.  In the light of day Mother Teresa said ‘No’ to Christina three times before actually allowing her to film her.  Christina’s story is a story of extraordinary courage, faith, and above all love.
  • link to a free 7 lesson course in creative journaling complete with video demos
  • a workbook, meditation and ‘spirituality’ wallpaper for your computer
  • and lots of inspiring, uplifting and empowering stories from our contributors

Take a peek inside here

much love,

Rebecca Signature

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8 things happy people do!

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Dear soulsisters,

Apparently, happy individuals tend to actually enjoy their mornings. They appear to thrive on waking up with the sun and look forward to a new day or possibilities. These happy people have humble morning rituals that increase their own sense of well-being and give their day purpose.

Read more about their rituals here.  You’ll feel happy just reading about them!

 

much love,

Rebecca Signature

illusions

Editors Note : this is a guest post by Linda Cooper
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Throughout my life different things have had an influence on me – here are a couple of Illusions that drifted in out of my life, but …   not any more…..

 

Illusion number one …

You have to be physically beautiful to be loved…

“If you want to be happy for the rest of your life – you have to make a pretty woman your wife”…..

“Stay young and beautiful if you want to be loved”…

These songlines are from catchy tunes that I sang along with not realising the impact they had on me …

Now I realise that beauty does really come from within the self and not from being physically beautiful.

Of course there were many more songlines …..

What are your songlines that you now realise are an illusion in your life?

 

Illusion number two …

Women will support women

This was an expectation and a belief that I had when I started to become interested in women’s issues and my desire to help women gain inner strength.

A realisation for me that; not all women want to be liberated from some roles that ‘ I’ believe are degrading. All of us are different and independent.

Recognising these illusions in my life gave me freedom – that is; not to be frustrated by my expectations of wanting to receive wholehearted support from other women ….. and, feelings of hopelessness.

It also helped me to allow other women to be who they are, and for me not to criticise.  And best of all, the freedom to be me as I am and want to be.

Life is full of Illusions – what are the Illusions in your life?

 

Linda PhotoLinda Cooper grew up in England and immigrated to Australia in the sixties with her Mum, Dad and siblings. Moving to live in Adelaide in South Australia into a new suburb, surrounded by gum trees, vineyards, magpies that swooped at you, snakes in the garden, trapdoor and red back spiders and possums that got under your bed and made scary noises, was a big change from the beauty of the area where she had lived in England. It took time, and now Linda loves Australia and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland where she co-ordinates the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre.  Linda is also a mother of two sons and a grandmother. You can find her at …..
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how to rewrite your life story

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Dear soulsister,

Here is a wonderful piece from Tris Thorp, a lead Master Educator at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing…..

“Everyone has a story. Your story consists of various chapters that span the course of your lifetime. Those chapters run the gamut from happy to sad, traumatic to transformational, and everything in between. Your stories are what make up who you think you are and it’s what determines how you show up in this world.

Telling your story is something you do every day. You continually tell yourself the story in your own mind and other times you tell the story to others. Every conversation you have is, in some way, a reflection of a past experience. Your internal dialogue is infused with memories of things that happened before, and you’re either moving toward or away from recreating another version of that experience with nearly every thought you have, every word you say, and every action you take…..”

Click here to see more.

 

much love,

Rebecca Signature