Quiet contemplation

I use quiet contemplation as a tool to help me strive for inner peace. Having peace not only represents our inner perceptions, but how we deal with our life and the people in it.

Inner peace comes from how we deal with our perceptions. It represents quietness, a quietness that incorporates love and respect that we have for each other, despite any political, cultural and religious views …

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30 Aug, 2012

Emotional patterns

Emotional patterns from our early years will often stay etched with us throughout our adult life. Different emotional patterns form depending on the different influences and those will bring about different emotional patterns in us.

For example, if someone is overpowering and we don’t know how to react when that person is around us, we may become more submissive. Behaviour traits tend to run in families. How many of us will stop …

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29 Aug, 2012

Not stopping to question

As children, we don’t stop to question the decisions our parents make for us. We assume their decisions will be in our best interests, for our own good.

As parents, we can either make decisions for our children based on what we want, or we can make decisions based on our children’s best interests. Early on in parenting and learning on the job, I came to understand …

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27 Aug, 2012

Lashing out

As a child, I was less than careful with what and how I used to say things. Looking back it wasn’t my fault. I had good enough reasons.

My mum would often say ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.’ But children don’t always think how they speak. They will often blurt things out, without engaging their thoughts first …

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25 Aug, 2012

Greener grass

When I look back at what my grandparents had, my generation had more; but in comparison to my children’s generation, as a child I see now that I had very little.

Our grandparents lived the simplistic life without having the opportunities or the lifestyle. I was lucky to have a better lifestyle in comparison, but had very little in the way of opportunities. When I look at …

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24 Aug, 2012
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