“My students are complaining the muffins and cakes aren’t rising. I keep telling them it’s because everything is so dry we have not had any rain in months and because the earth is dry and the air is dry the materials that you use to create a chemical reaction between flour and the yeast is not occurring as it normally would.”
Janine is one of those school teachers who mould your life for the better.
interested and always finding new ways to teach her food technology.
Her comments she set me thinking how meditation affects the one who practices the discipline and the atmosphere around them.
Meditation changes the atmosphere around us, it influences those who share our life, just as the cake will not rise and the bread does not come to its normal height because the flour is affected by the dry atmosphere, the lack of rain. Our lives are affected if we do not have stillness, calm, peacefulness if there is a lack of these within our lives we cannot rise to our best and our greatest. Our full potential is never realised. Something is lacking the flavour is going and gone.
I encourage you to find a meditation teacher, shop around, as the more formal types of religion drop away we realise the journey is to be made by the individual. Teachers come and go in our lives and some stay in our hearts forever.
Germaine Greer on her convent education: “The nuns bought out the best in me and it needn’t have been brought out – it could have stayed right where it was.”
Nikki Gemmel speaks of her convent upbringing of one particular nun sister Philomene Tiernan.
“It felt as like there was a still centre to her being; A conviction that she was strongly, joyously here, In this place doing exactly what she wanted to do in life. She glowed with contentment. Chatting;warming and stilling with her presence.”
In her article “a life less ordinary”
In the Australian Weekend Magazine August 16-17 Nikki continues speaking of the nuns.
“Many whom I’ve come across having an intriguing core of stillness. They’re not completely a part of this world, not swallowed by it like the rest of this, have the strength to be something else.”
Mine was not a convent upbringing, my yoga teacher Shanti Gowan’s guided us through the steps of meditation. Born in India,with her connections, I was lucky to have sat at the feet of many travelling monks Shanti and her husband hosted in their home. And today so many excellent teachers have written books on the meditation experience and how to embrace this
inner light,and powerful presence.
I invite you to explore this inner well of eternal peace. You will be surprised how you can bring peace and grace into the lives of many.