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Nick Heyward

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I had a dream the other night where I was doing a music quiz.
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One of the songs came on, and I had no idea what it was or who it was by.
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The quizmaster gave us the answer… “It was ‘On A Sunday’ by Nick Heyward”.
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And in that moment I realised something…
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I had been dreaming the dream. It was my quiz. I was the quizmaster.
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So how come I didn’t know the answer?
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Of course, I did know the answer, there was just a part of me that couldn’t find it.
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And I think that’s true of our waking lives. Often we know the answer. We just don’t allow ourselves to find it.
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Let’s remember that we are the dreamer and somewhere, deep inside, we know.
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Courage

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People tend to think that courage involves not being afraid of things.
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They see people who push themselves out of their comfort zone and live life on their terms; and they mistakenly believe they don’t feel fear.
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No… courage is not about feeling fear, it’s about feeling it and acting anyway. Letting go of the stories that the fear induces. Letting go of the past experiences that caused discomfort and pain.
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Courage is truly the path to serenity… but don’t for a minute think it’s comfortable!
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Four Bodies

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In the modern, western world we have fetishized the mind as the be all and end all.
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If you just fix your mindset (the ‘mental’ body), everything will be ok.
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It’s true that your mindset is important, but let’s not forget your physical body, your emotional body and your spiritual body.
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These three bodies, along with the mental, work in synergy to create your experience of life.
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(The word ‘holy’ used in religious practices means ‘whole’… the state where we recognise, appreciate and nurture all of our bodies.)
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Which of those are you neglecting right now?
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What simple step could you take to give one of them a little love today?
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How Long Should You Meditate?

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Some people love meditation… they recognise the centering if brings them, they recognise how they handle life with more ease and grace.
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Other people see it as a chore to be fitted in to a busy schedule.
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There is no right answer as to how long you should meditate, but there’s a beautiful Zen saying that sums it up nicely…
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You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day.
Unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.
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