Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all those of you celebrating our move into 2009.
I have written an article on the Essence Of Life website about the New Year http:// which I hope you may enjoy.
A new beginning is a chance to start afresh and also to let go of that which no longer serve us, like negative thought patterns. Even though times are hard with a global recession, raging conflicts and difficult climates, our Essence Of Life writers believe it is possible to rise above challenges and fears, and to find the sun hiding behind the clouds http://

We welcome you to our site http:// and hope that you will find inspiration throughout 2009 at Essence Of Life.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays!

As our wonderful forum manager Ela Forest reminds us in our EOL forum, there are many holidays going on in December - like Hanukah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwaanza and Eid Al-Adha. Personally I like to celebrate them all - eating doughnuts at Hanuka, having an eco Christmas tree in my home, giving sweets to friends like in Diwali and wishing all my Arabic friends happy holidays too.
The way I see it is that we teach each other and learn from each other simultaneously - in fact everyone and everything is my teacher
Even when something seemingly bad happens in my life - a relationship ending, a loved thing becomes lost, sickness, disappointment, a world tragedy (oh the list is endless!) I have learnt from my time at Essence Of Life to accept 'what is' and to see 'what is' as a lesson in my evolution. http://
And because I believe in love and that everything is for my greater good, though my teachers sometimes seem unfair and cruel, I know that the lessons that come my way are sent to make me a better person. To encourage me to be more gentle and kind, to release toxic emotions like anger, guilt and envy, and to know patience, trust and optimism. http://
And with a New Year just around the corner, let us pray that 2009 will be a year in which humanity will see that the only way to improve our lives is to put all our focus on loving and caring for each other, no matter what holiday we do or don't celebrate, no matter what we do or don't know, no matter what we belive or don't believe...we are all one world!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We Create Our Own Reality

Have you ever wanted to achieve something and felt that it was impossible? Just the other day, my singing teacher said to me that I would never be a professional singer and that I was born unable to hear notes. Well, funny enough, I have had singing lessons before in which I managed to sing scales and songs in perfect pitch. So when this singing teacher told me i would never be able to sing on my own in tune, I didn't believe her. Rather I realised that she was unable to teach me. And i remembered one of our Essence Of Life values - we have the power to create our own reality. Our website, http:// is full of articles about people realising their dreams:
and overcoming difficulties, even life threatening diseases, to live life fully
Life is about the attitude that we have, and if really believe and focus on what we want to be, there is nothing that can hinder us. You could say "But what about the blind man or woman who can never see? " But even with the limit of not having physical sight, a blind person can achieve just as much as a sighted person. Take a look at our article A New Angle On Seeing which shows the fantastic photography of a group of blind people:
So as we approach a New Year and make New Year wishes and resolutions, just remember that which your heart desires is within reach. And if like me you are wishing for world peace and unity, then, no matter how the world is behaving, make that your reality!