A Near Death Experience

A Near Death Experience

A Near Death Experience

I have taken so many risks in my life …

An ordinary day, heading out to pick up pizza, little did I know.  It’s funny because with all the things that have happened in my life and the risks I have taken, the last thing I expected was to be attacked by a swarm of wasps.

My daughter was 3 at the time and by my side helping to open the gate of our property.  Out of nowhere the wasps charged at me, I was stung repeatedly, My instant reaction was to protect my daughter and make sure she was out of harm’s way.  She was watching, wide eyed, as I jumped up and down trying to evade the painful assault.  I was running around like a crazy man and by the time they had finished with me, I had been stung over 40 times. I checked my little one and she had not been stung once, thankfully.

I raced inside for the bug spray and straight down to the gate, found the nest and torched it. I was satisfied with this result and got back into the car to pick up the pizza.

By the time I had reached the gate for the third time, I started to feel numb and disoriented.  I turned the car around and managed to make it inside the house. By this stage I had a fair idea of what was happening. I laid down on the tiles in the lounge room, grabbed a pillow for underneath my head and asked my wife to call an ambulance.  I was going into anaphylactic shock. I knew I was about to pass out.

This is my recollection …

In the moment, when I was lying on the tiles, I felt myself, my soul, leave my body and I looked back down at myself, at my lifeless body, lying on the floor.  I remember this feeling or more of a knowing that I was slipping away. It felt completely beautiful and natural, just looking down at my body and everything around me.  I felt a total sense of peace and love. While I was in this state I had another ‘knowing’ and was preparing to leave this life for good, when all of a sudden, I heard an unknown ‘male voice’ that said to me, “do you want to stay or do you want to go?” In that split second I realised that I was offered a choice. I answered the voice telepathically and said “I need to stay; I have work to do’.

I believe the reason why I decided to stay from a higher perspective was I needed to work on myself more deeply, to not only become a better human but to evolve as a spiritual being and to assist others. 

Having had several out of body experiences in the past, this kind of thing was not unfamiliar to me, however, this time it felt very different and more final, as if I was coming to the end of my contract in this life.

Choosing to stay

I could see from a higher perspective that the lessons I needed to learn were the most important thing in my life and the reason for staying would be for my spiritual growth and to share spiritual wisdom with others.

As soon as I had made the decision to stay, “we”, meaning the higher unidentifiable male voice and myself both agreed to this new soul contract.  Then in a flash I slipped back into my body and that’s when the paramedics walked in.  I tried to get up and they tried to stop me. They took my blood pressure and it was 20 over 40 which meant, I was coming back from death. They insisted on taking me to hospital to be checked over and I was later discharged with no problems; however, a new and life affirming purpose had surfaced.

I had been given a choice and decided to stay, from that moment on, the most important thing in my life has been my spiritual journey.  Life experiences come and go, every new day I give my full attention to the purposeful  “work” that I chose to stay here and complete.

My near death experience has also shown me not to waste a moment and to use this life to help myself and others in all ways possible.  You just never know when a random swarm of wasps could try and kill you and an all knowing voice from above offers you a choice to stay or go, in a timeless moment, hovering between life and death.

Larry Livoni

Local Spiritual Community

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“Yoga” they said

“Yoga” they said

“Yoga” they said

Not being a natural athlete

Life is full of milestones; some we encourage and welcome with open arms, and others, more fearful, leap out and surprise us like muggers in the night. So hence, my dilemma. Somehow, the big 60 had snuck up on me while I was not paying attention. Upon reflection of my time on planet earth, I was reasonably content with my present life … almost. For many years I’d struggled with keeping fit. Not being a natural athlete, coupled with my aversion to sweating, hampered my search for the perfect regime. After attempting a wide variety of physical activities that severely depleted both my confidence and bank balance, I found the only exercise I actually enjoyed was walking in nature. Yet, this was not always practical and left me partially unfulfilled.

Frustrated, I explained my conundrum to my friends, who all agreed on the answer. ‘Try yoga,’ they said. ‘Perfect for someone your age.’ I immediately listed five reasons why it wasn’t for me: you needed balance, coordination, strength, focus and agility—all the qualities that had cruelly bypassed my DNA. After some convincing, I gingerly agreed and enrolled myself and a friend in a local yoga class.

Fell on my friend in a fit of giggles

So, with my new, shiny yoga mat rolled under my arm and trusty friend at my side, I stood in a very long queue at the church hall. Secretly hoping I’d gotten the dates mixed up and was wrongly waiting in line for an intermediate class, I checked the sign at the door. Alas, it stubbornly proclaimed, Beginners Yoga in bold print, and we were herded into a room where we hustled to find our little piece of temporary real estate. The room was stifling and the 50 odd bodies squeezed into it didn’t help the heat. Maybe I was the midst of a delirium and in reality the sign had read, Hot Beginners Yoga. Given my aversion to sweating, this was not a good start and things went on a steady decline after that. Next, a very stern, middle-aged woman, and her four, equally serious assistants, guided us through basic yoga moves that, to me, defied gravity and the normal ability of the human anatomy. The crunch came when I tried to do the Tree Pose and unceremoniously lost balance and fell on top of my friend in a fit of giggles. Needless to say, this was met with disapproving glances from my instructor and her yoginis, and that was that, end of story—or so I thought!

The Universe luckily stepped in and I later discovered the Thursday morning yoga class at I Am Spirit where I was met with open arms, warm hearts, non-judgment, and so much more. There, under the canopy of a rotunda surrounded by nature and a cooling breeze, Chris, the skilled instructor, guided me at my own pace on a gentle journey of self-discovery of mind, body and spirit. Within this group, where her trusty sidekick, Kim, often has us in fits of laughter, I have found a safe space, full of kindred spirits only too happy to chat afterwards over a well-earned cuppa. Here, I am accepted—faulty DNA and all!

Yoga, I am pleased to say, is now not just an exercise, it is a way of life that has me never wanting for more.

Tina Cardillo

https://www.tinacardillo.com/

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Meditation is an Ancient Practice

Meditation is an Ancient Practice

Meditation is an Ancient Practice

The practice of meditation dates back 5000 years.

Meditation has been recorded in history for thousands of years dating back to ancient times. Indian artifacts reveal the existence of a meditation called, “Tantra” dating back 5000 years.

At any time where a person’s mind is either totally quiet or completely focused (without thought outside of one particular chosen stream,) meditation is being practiced. This can be achieved in a wide variety of ways and through a diverse range of meditation styles and techniques.

Dr. Herbert Benson, through his research at Harvard University in the early 1970’s, pioneered establishing the efficiency of meditation for overall health. Dr. Benson’s impeccable credentials and university affiliation, along with the world class quality of his work, led to the publication of breakthrough articles on Meditation.

Dr. Benson’s studies showed that meditation counteracts the effects of stress. Under stress, the nervous system activates the “fight‐or‐flight” response. The activity of the sympathetic portion of the nervous system increases, causing an increased heartbeat, increased respiratory rate, elevation of blood pressure, and an increase in oxygen consumption, along with many other physiological and psychological reactions.

This fight‐or‐flight response has an important survival function. It helps us to either run quickly to escape an attack or to fight off an attacker with a greater amount of speed and power than we usually possess in our normal relaxed state. But when it is activated repeatedly and for prolonged periods, as happens for many (if not most) people in modern societies, the effects are harmful and can be the cause of serious illness.

Meditation can be practiced anywhere and at anytime.

Due to the slowing down of the mental processes during Meditation, muscles relax and the body begins to function at a calmer and more natural level, this assists in relieving muscle pain, improves the function of the immune system and returns the entire body to its natural balance.

The best thing about meditation is that anyone can learn how to do it and it can be learned at almost any age. It can be practiced anywhere at any time, it is safe and it is free!

Meditation offers a completely drug free and natural way to greatly improve your overall health.

Most people choose to meditate to bring peace and serenity into their lives, to be one with their inner selves, to heal and to improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Meditation techniques can differ greatly from one culture to another and different meditation techniques are suited to different personality types and different learning styles.

Some techniques are expansive and allow for the free flow of thoughts and the observation of the brain function, whereas some types are concentrative and involve bringing focus into the thoughts and others require the total absence of thought all together.

Very simply, we practice Meditation whenever we turn all of our intention and concentration to the task at hand. It is that moment when you say ‘don’t talk to me! I have to concentrate for a minute.’ In that moment you are not thinking about anything from the past, or planning the future or going over old conversations in your head. You are fully absorbed with what you are doing right then and there.

Incorporating meditation into our daily lives also teaches our minds to be centered and calm. It trains us to have control over our thinking and enables us to eliminate the chatter of thought that typically leads us into negative thinking.

The more we exercise control over our minds through meditation and choosing to reflect on the positive aspects of our lives, the faster the habit of thinking positively develops, in much the same way as a bicep muscle will develop and become stronger with regular weight lifting. When our minds are calm and quiet as a matter of normality and we are mostly focused on positive (grateful) thoughts our brains (and our bodies) are in better condition to cope with stressful situations, problems and unexpected situations when they do arise.

Meditation is excellent for stress management

With regular practice you will experience relaxation, increased awareness, mental focus, clarity and a sense of peace.  As your Meditation practice evolves, you become more aware and more sensitive to what is within you, facing unpleasant parts of yourself is sometimes part of Meditation. This added awareness and clarity can help you advance your spiritual growth and clear negative emotional patterns you are attached to. This can be a catalyst to positive changes in many areas of your life.

Kimley Allen

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