Stressed? Tired? Sick? Unhappy?
Keep in mind that feeling you recall
at the end of a yoga class, the feeling of lightness
and deep calm, a sense of being relaxed, of having released stress
and tension, not only from your muscles but also your mind...
Remember that it only takes a Choice to come back
and re-engage with that feeling, to find some space
in a busy life, a stressful time, a worried state.
That's what Land of Yoga is here for...You :)
LAND OF YOGA ANNUAL
SPRING HEALTH RETREAT
MELB CUP WEEKEND
4pm Sat 29th October - 4pm Tuesday 1st Nov
Maitripa Meditation Centre, Healesville
After last years's great success, we're up for more Juicing!
This will be a 3 Full days Retreat with a major emphasis on HEALTH.
At the peaceful and lovely Maitripa meditation retreat centre,
we will do 6hrs of Yoga per day (3 x 2hrs)
with lots of meditation, resting, and breathwork.
Everyone has their own little comfy room,
and there's plenty of time to be quiet, read, walk in the forest...
Lots of Health and Yoga philosophy, talks, meditations...
and hopefully it's simply fun and enjoyable to be in good company.
The centre is on/in a national forest, with walking tracks.
To see some of the Juicing Combos
we'll be trying, Click Here.
ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT.
We'll each have a single renovated room,
which will be simple in its arangement.
The price is $280 per person, everything included.
There will be ample time to relax and read and talk,
and lots of Yoga and Meditation sessions available.
Bookings are Essential, and payment before the date.
Please Contact me if you want to Book a place.
Well it's been a full-on month since the last newsletter,
James has been having daily chemotherapy for over a week now
(acts by killing cells that divide rapidly, one of the main properties
of most cancer cells), as well as daily radiation therapy too
(Radiation therapy is commonly applied to the cancerous tumor because of its ability to control cell growth. Ionizing radiation works by damaging the DNA of exposed tissue, furthermore, it is believed that cancerous cells may be more susceptible to death by this process as many have turned off their DNA repair machinery during the process of becoming cancerous).
The whole process has been very scary and confusing for James, especially
as there has been no clear direction for treatment. So many people
have so many theories, ranging from diets to medical processes
to chinese medicine, acupuncture, Yoga, meditation...
Given that no-one in the world is SURE of how to fix cancer,
everyone is doing their best based on their own specific experiences...
With this in mind, James and I have looked for simplicity as much as possible,
and he has no doubt that the breathwork gives him tangible benefits,
on a daily level. Breathing oxygen into the blood is a clear way to access cells,
and at the least helps his body deal with the many chemicals
and toxins that his bloodstream is trying to negotiate and also remove.
The Meditation is becoming more valuable too, given how stressful
the whole experience is. It affords him time to slow down, relax,
find some calm spaces and perspective. It treats his body gently,
whilst actively breathing Life into his cells.
Rest is another key element here. His body has been working
very hard for a couple months now - overworking to repair
and manage/overcome the cancerous cells. With the recently
incorporated chemo- and radio- therapies, his body is now
having to deal with some extreme and violent invasions
that also threaten healthy cells. So simple health
and proper rest are vital restorative ingredients in the process.
Thanks to those who have offered their thoughts and skills.
Any Health Questions for Doctor Qu'ac?
Please write in to Toby, Click Here.
Some might find this little clip slightly offensive,
but really I don't think it's that bad. It's also pretty funny:
CLICK HERE TO SEE (1 min) VIDEO
THE WEB OF LIFE
"Let me try, from the first, to indicate the point that we're aiming at...
the point is this: That human consciousness is, at the same time as being
a form of awareness and sensitivity and understanding...it's also
a form of ignorance. The ordinary everyday consciousness that we have,
leaves out more than it takes in. And because of this, it leaves out things
that are terribly important; it leaves out things that would - if we did know them -
allay our anxieties and fears and horrors...and if we could extend our awareness,
you see, to include those things that we leave out,
we would have a deep interior peace."
from "Out of your Mind" audio book by Allan Watts
(Recordings from Allan Watts' lectures in the 1960's).
CAT CAFE THERAPY!
by Carmela Quimbo
The Practice of Dedication
Buddhist practices and teachings generally conclude with a dedication. The idea of a dedication is to (a) reflect on the practice and (b) expand the benefits of the practice to all sentient beings.
From my experience, dedication greatly enhances any practice focused on developing health, love and generosity. It is a gentle but powerful reminder of our connection to other people beyond myself. Dedication helps to prevent therapeutic practices from becoming narrow and focussed solely on myself.
Click on this link to read a beautiful dedication prayer from a Buddhist text, the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Dedication
Following on from the last newsletter, my Year's vow
of Tantric Celibacy has been expanded to include another human!
Carmela of Buddhist Wisdoms has been my best and dear friend
over the last couple years and we easily love and respect each other.
With that in mind, as I was reading more about Tantric Celibacy
(to see this great book, Click Here)
it occurred to me that I could share the experience.
It's already been 6 weeks of dynamic growth and discovery
and we have really enjoyed the experience so far.
We have opened up our intimacies, and found some beautiful
moments of love and connection, all inside the Meditation
that is our larger goal - to grow deeply as individuals, together.
Tantric Celibacy is not about denial, it is about what opens up,
what new potentials are available beyond habit and fear.
It is quite amazing, and feels like a whole new level
of emotional and sexual maturity.
Check it out for yourself!
TANTRA AND LOVE
Tantra is not just about pouring honey over someone's belly button
- it's actually about Love. And love is all about Freedom.
Love is not finding someone you can have for yourself,
to feel good and safe - love is about seeing someone beautiful,
amazing, wonderful...someone that inspires you
to grow and be your most open...
and for that person you love, you hope that they find
their own greatest fulfilment (with you or without you),
that they may be totally self-realised, totally free
to always express themselves to their highest dreams.
In Tantra, your commitment is to the other, always,
as much as to yourself. It is never about selfishness.
It is about giving. x
Recently Carmela bought me a really good top-level pillow,
and it's remarkable how much better my neck feels!
If you, like me, have been using an old pillow for 10-15yrs
then maybe its a good idea to go down to a pillow shop
somewhere, and speak to an expert about getting a new one.
It may well be worth it.
My friend Kemi Nekvapil, who lives a few doors down from
CERES in Brunswick, has an amazing organic garden
which can be seen on Gardening Australia:
CLICK HERE TO SEE GARDENING AUSTRALIA EPISODE
WITH KEMI'S RAW GREEN SMOOTHY
It's really wonderful and highlights her professional knowledge
about raw foods and developing an exceptional and functional garden.
What's clear is that her husband and kids eat magnificently
and are wonderfully healthy much as a result.
Her website is full of great tips and is designed to encourage
people, even city dwellers, to expand their vision of food,
especially home-cooked food. Raw food is powerful,
especially if you've just picked it from the garden!
Have a look, and maybe start a gradual process
of revolutionising your diet:
CLICK HERE TO GO TO KEMI's WEBSITE
On Monday 24th November at 5.31 we will enter the zodiac of Scorpio.
On Friday 11th May at 7.17AM the Moon is Full in Taurus.
Scorpio: Sign of the Extremist, known for their level of drive
and resourcefulness when 'on a mission'.
Scorpio, watch out!
Brilliant, intelligent, clever... and also secretive to their graves!
Very magnetic personalities, often because of how they deny,
it's hard to access the defensive walls of a scorpio
but many will attest to the rewards if one does.
This year, as with all years, will be a great time
for Scorpios to open up emotionally and take some risks.
Life is not a chess game, it is a celebration of possibility,
a wonderful ride of discovery and freedom in potential.
Enjoy trying new things and acting in different ways,
expand your expression and communications,
because love and healing is accessed these ways.
Scorpio, you already have the tools to survive anything,
so why not jump off the cliff and start flying?
(Some parts taken from the
2011 Astrological Calendar + Moon Planting Guide,
Alle Davidson-Farnworth and Dorothy Maniero)
Thanks everyone, don't forget to have laugh 21 times a day.
All the best, Toby xx
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