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New Blog – Conceptualising Mind

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Here’s a Link to me first post on my new blog – enjoy.

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Gone Fishing

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Imagine you are sitting by a beautiful stream, green, glistening in the morning sun, with wisps of morning mist still playing over the surface. Spring is in full bloom, the water is flowing smoothly and effortlessly. Across the other side of the stream are fields, fields of spring-green wheat swaying in a gentle breeze.

There is a sense of effortless calm.

Just to your left, as the stream curves to the left, with green meadows on the left, and a small copse of trees on the right, you catch sight of birds skimming across the water catching flies.

And, as you imagine this scene, you cast out your line. The fishing rod held firmly in your hand. The float makes a small splash, as it hits the water’s surface, then it rests, elegantly, floating.

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And as you sit back, reflecting on the scene, your senses filled with the fresh scents and sounds of springtime, you relax completely. Sure in the knowledge that your not going to catch any fish, as you haven’t put any bait on your hook.

Just sitting, just being, just nature aware of nature. With no need for anything more, no desire for anything different.

And, if you can find yourself imaging all of that, well welcome to meditation.

True meditation can only happen when you’ve given up searching for something else, and when you desire no more. When all is accepted as complete. All is as it should be. Including you.

© David R. Durham
Spirit Healer
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Beards: Psychology Of

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Beards to many people are just facial hair. Some men grow ’em, many men especially in Western societies don’t. Some folks love ’em, whilst other’s hate ’em.

There is also a curious global difference. In the West, to a large degree, people are prejudiced against beards. Whilst from the near East through to India, beards are the norm and are valued. This is partly a religious thing, where Muslims and Sikhs especially favor beards, but then again Jesus allegedly had a beard.

My theory on why beards are not acceptable in Western societies is two-fold. Firstly, there is the first world war. Due to the horrendous living conditions in the trenches, and problems with hygiene and head lice, men became short haired and clean shaven. Prior to the first world war, beards were much more common and accepted. Secondly, good old Hollywood often portrays the ‘good guy’ as clean shaven, and only ‘bad guys’ have beards.

Why do beards generate this level of emotion I wonder? And having periodically let the old facial hair grow out, I can testify to the unexpected and odd reactions to sporting a beard. After all, it’s just hair. Isn’t it?

So, I decided to do some digging around, to rustle up some different views on this subject which is dear to many and came across this fascinating video documentary. It is about six American guys who decided to grow a beard, and as a part of this experiment they created a regular video-diary of their experiences and the reactions of other people. It’s called Winter of The Beard.

Clearly there is more to sporting the old facial whiskers that meets they eye.

And, of course, there is a website decided to said beards called All About Beards

© David R. Durham
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