Book review: The 7 Ahas of Highly Enlightened Souls: How to Free Yourself from All Forms of Stress by Mike George

The 7 Ahas of Highly Enlightened Souls: How to Free Yourself from All Forms of Stress  by Mike George

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About the book

‘The AHA moment, or the eureka experience, is a moment of profound insight into our own lives which we can all reach. It usually happens when we stop mentally struggling, when we’re open to new ways of seeing, and it can change your life and the lives of others. In section one of this book, Mike George deals with seven myths about the stresses and problems of life, showing that we are responsible for ourselves. In section two he provides seven essential insights into your self, and in section three he gives seven moments of action and transformation.’-  Amazon.co.uk

About the Author:

This book is the fruit of many years of running seminars and retreats for spiritual groups and major corporations. a widely travelled leader and facilitator in the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Mike lives in London. He has previously authored ‘Discover Inner Peace’ (Chronicle) and ‘Learn to Relax’ (Chronicle). -Amazon.co.uk

My thoughts:

This is the second book I’ve read lately dealing with the mind. I just finished a book about a goal keeper who had depression and how that not only affected him but the people around him when he decided to take his own life. This however is a self help book and although the previous one helped to point out warning signals, This one helps you recognise them, not in depth but shows how you can try conquer them. I think with the amount of literature out there today this is a good short course on how to retrain your way of thinking.

I think the main focus is on stress, and it being one of the biggest problems for ill health in humans and what is its cause? Humans! We create this invisible force and spread it like wild fire then wonder why we get ill quickly or dislike ourselves and environment.

‘Stress is a form of pain that comes to tell you there is something you need to change. Pain – any pain – is a messenger saying there is something you need to learn.’

Ask yourself:

‘What are you thinking right now?’

‘What are you feeling right now?’

‘What is the quality of each?’

Last year I did Cognitive behavioral therapy and it was one of the most amazing things to do. I keep wanting to refer to it but somehow manage to avoid it. This book touches on the idea of rewiring our thoughts, not just to clear our minds but to lift our spirits and waken our souls. I liked the idea of how beauty is not on the outside, that is not our bodies, or what or how we are shaped that make us beautiful but what we think and believe on the inside and project out.

When you smile, and someone says I love your smile that is created from within. It was kind of my aha moment. so if I’m sad I must look ugly or less pretty and that’s why people think I look mad/angry. Or I could just be hungry :D .

The main subject of the book is to try to get you to think of how you feel and think has an effect on you as a person, how you react to your surroundings and I think its a great mini guide for anyone wanting to change the way they are feeling.

‘You don’t have to be a doctor to diagnose and treat stress’ – Only you know the thoughts and feelings that lie at the root of your stress, and only you can change your thoughts, emotions and feelings’. 

 If it’s true what it says in the book that we process ‘50,000 thoughts a day’, well no wonder we’re all going a bit mad. ‘thoughts are noise’ With the amount of technology we have to get to grips with these days, that apparently make our lives easier, but to me just cause more problems, We end up absorbing so much useless information that our brains cannot cope with it. Therefore when a problem occurs or workload increases quite rapidly we all go into panic mode and that’s when the trouble begins.

‘Beliefs can be likened to a computer program. They have been assimilated and learned during your whole life, and there are traces from previous lives.’

Towards the end of the book it starts to mention about meditation. About taking time out how if we stopped all these unnecessary thoughts we could process things better. having what was called an oasis moment – sitting and being quiet. no noise just you and your thoughts, have an ‘oasis moment’

‘A quiet mind can be creative. That’s why libraries are quiet to enable the brain to be more creative.’

That’s why we need to take better care of ourselves and stop all this noise running through our heads and save it for something more important. I haven’t done it for a while but writing thoughts down in a book really helps and I really need to get back into it.

‘One: it is not possible for the soul, that’s you, to possess anything, and two; if you don’t let go, nothing new will show up. Write down all your attachments internal (beliefs, ideas and memories) and the eternal (objects, people, places). Take one at a time and ask yourself what would it be like without them, rehearse your life without them, become accustomed to life without them.

And finally like all self-help books it mentions the art of letting go. Not just of thoughts but of objects to. One idea I find very hard to do, but have slowly been clearing out the clutter over the last few months.  I think I need to plan a visit to the charity shop so I know stuff has to be gone by a certain date and then there is a deadline and its done.

So if you want a quick and light book on changing your thinking I recommend this.

Thank you for reading

xxx

The web

This morning as I sat on my doorstep reading a book I noticed some movement. When I looked up a spider was building its web. It had attached it to the washing line pole, across to the fence and then a piece of grass. I was amazed at what it was doing and for about an hour watch it go to work building its web. I was in awe and started taking photos. The fact I can’t stand spiders, amazed me that I could take these. Although editing them have made me feel all itchy now :D

 

its a funny old world

From people randomly throwing buckets of water over their heads to people requesting funny concoctions of coffee its been a strange week. An even stranger month working in a coffee shop and noticing how much we depend on technology and how little we communicate to each other. People meet up and within moments their both checking their phones, talking about social networks and slurping their coffees. On the other hand there has been couples meeting up, flowers and kisses exchanged, sat holding hands, cuddling for ages. 

I love the atmosphere of a coffee shop, some are better than others. The seating needs to be right so you don’t feel like you’re at school. Music has to be right, oh my god some of the music! I’m starting to love jazz music at the moment. its on in the morning and its something else to perk you up other than coffee. 

We’re all to busy these days to take time out. Someone today complained their other half had gone on a business trip and they had to fend for themselves! shocking! Even when I was in a relationship I loved having the house to myself. We all need to take time out and be ourselves instead of part of someone/something. I feel guilty sitting down and reading a book because I have so much to do for work, There is so much to learn in such a short space of time and I just don;t want to let anyone down. its probably why I have this migraine/tension headache, that and not enough water, coffee seems to help and I thought it wouldn’t. weird.

Now to the dreaded words….the ice bucket challenge. This started for a very good cause but has put the fear of dread into me. I really don’t want to be chucking buckets of water over my head. Apparently if you get nominated either way you have to give money. Yes its a good cause but I think I have about £1 spare at the moment and to feel forced to donate because its the ‘in thing’ just makes me feel like I’m at school and being told I should wear my tie a certain way or I’m not cool. Not a good memory. Every year I give to charity for several reasons. I also donate unwanted goods and last year they got £20 on gift aid. 

I think its great that its raising awareness for charity, Im confused which one now. But if it takes peer pressure to donate to charity aren’t we doing something wrong?

Thank you for reading

xxx

 

 

Novel Playlist – On the Road

Originally posted on The Perks of Being a Bookworm:

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I reviewed On the Road a little while ago, it’s essentially about one really long road trip and well, a road trip aint a road trip without a soundtrack. As always, driver picks the music, shot gun shuts their cake hole. Here’s the playlist I created to listen to alongside reading On the Road.

Carry on my Wayward Son – Kansas
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Paradise on Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf
Bad – Michael Jackson
Driving in my car – Madness
Greatest Day – Bowling for Soup
You Know I’m no good – Amy Winehouse
American Pie – Don McClean
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
King of the Road – Roger Miller
1,000 Miles – Vanessa Carlton
Get out the map – Indigo Girls. 

You may look at this and think, man, that looks a lot like the music that gets played in Supernatural. Kansas, Leah, really, but…

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I’m on me way

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Today Is my day. My shifts keep changing around at work so I planned today to sort the house and clean it and do what I wanted. When I got up it was raining, of course its bank holiday. Then I thought even better, lets get the house sorted this morning then this afternoon can be a PJ day and I can sort the blogs and get some reading done. 

I also realised I’d only have enough milk for 3 coffees and couldn’t be bothered to go out (first world problems?) I think I’ve drank too much lately, I believe my blood is now made of coffee. probably why my arm is taking a while to heal from accidentally burning my self on a tray.

I keep saying this but 2014 has been very bizarre. Funniest thing is in about two months time I will have been living on my own for four years. FOUR YEARS!!! And its took all that time to actually feel comfortable in my own skin and finally feel like its home. For the past year I have wanted to move and now I feel like I’ve settled I really don’t want to. Even if the house is too big I have everything the way I want it. But I would like to not live in a back to back. lets hope the prices don’t suddenly rocket as I love the space at the moment. (fingers crossed I don’t jinx myself)

So is anyone else having a bizarre year? Anyone treating themselves to a PJ day? If so what do you like to do?

Thank you for reading

p.s. listening to Proclaimers 500 miles

xxx

What Do You See When You Read?

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Originally posted on 101 Books:

This Slate article has been making the rounds recently, and it’s something we’ve talked about briefly here on 101 Books before.

That being, how do you imagine the characters in the novels you read?

Do you have a good sense of what they look like? Can you see them clearly in your head? Or is it more of a vague, kinda, sorta image that comes every time you read their name?

If you pick up on specific details the author writes, then you’ll have a decent sense of the character—but do most of us actually formulate images based on what’s written—or just how we want to imagine the character in our heads?

Specifically, for those of you who have read and watched The Lord of the Rings, how do you imagine those characters—and how did you imagine them BEFORE the movies were released?

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I wrote this

Just clearing out today and now onto the laptop and found this that I wrote from a 2 day writing/radio production course over 18 months ago

Beautiful sunny March morning, the sky is a rich sea blue. Walking up the cobbled streets filled with
quaint little shops, around the corner I suddenly see the Church, tall and proud, with open arms for
everyone and anyone who approaches. This mighty structure, will not judge, will not frown. It’s a
place of sanctuary for every living soul.

Further along the path to the entrance I see people snapping away on their cameras taking pictures,
recording rememorable moments. Walking past them to the church doors, I find something on the
door. It’s the Sanctuary knocker. It is fierce, mighty and important. Its duty is to test the strength of
those seeking sanctuary for all those needing a sense of peace. I try to remember that this building
was once somebody’s vision. This building was someone’s achievement. This building is a gift we all
can share.

Our lives are filled with noise, music, television, people talking, traffic moving, children crying,
headphones raging. It’s hard to take time and sit in silence for a little while. We forget we need a
sense of peace. A sense of togetherness. Funny, how when we walk into a place of worship,
regardless of religion we all become one. We become silent, we become equal. We do not judge, we
do not scorn, we embrace the silence, we embrace the beauty. The power of the building has a hold
on us. It allows us to sit, to kneel, to stand alone or together. Our voices are hushed. We sing a loud
chorus. We stand alone. We stand proud. We stand together.

We should learn from this building and remember we are not alone. It is easy for us to feel like that
and forget we’re only human. We need to come together, not just for Birthdays or Christmas; but
every once in a while just to remember who we are and why we should unite.