Our latest article is an account by Yumma Mudra of her meeting with Jack Niland and the profound effect it had on her life. Her journey takes her from the streets of Paris in 1977, the influence of Trungpa Rinpoche and her establishment of the Danza Duende Network. She speaks of her revelation:
“As I entered the mandala of the Master, my mind was immediately fully linked to the Dharma as if I had found the very reason I was on earth. Because, I thought all of humanity was “out of our mind”, my life made not much sense at the time. Dancing seemed to be the only space of sanity inside of me.”
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Bert Scott writes about the musicians who have influenced him and his journey with his guitars through the years and his experience with various genres from Johnny Rae to the present.
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Finally, Karma Changchub’s photos of the woods in East Ayrshire, Scotland, are a pictorial record of the Autumn sun.
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Yeshe Dorje: Wild swimming in Portobello
Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
I am pleased to publish an extensive review by Vin Harris of Mindful Heroes-stories of journeys that changed lives. Vin states: The book … makes the connection between the Hero’s Journey and the inner journeys of people who study and practice mindfulness.
I’ve no wish to supercede Vin’s evaluation in my praise for this book, but rather let the readers enjoy an appreciation of his account of this unique edition. The four stages of the hero’s journey are:
- DEPARTURE: leaving the normal world and entering strange new territory.
- DESCENT: encountering obstacles and receiving help.
- INITIATION: facing challenges and finding freedom.
- RETURN: coming home and being able to help others
(cf A Conversation with David Brazier published in Many Roads in 2014.)
Also included in this month’s Many Roads is a short contemplative film by Sitar Rose, No Lockdown on the River Garry. Sitar is an accomplished documentary fimmaker with a wide range of titles. She says of herself: I specialise in health education work and the arts and frequently work with sensitive and difficult issues.
Lastly, there is a series of photographs taken in and around Edinburgh from the u3a group.
Albert Harris, editor
Yeshe Dorje: River Braan, Hermitage Wood, Dunkeld, Scotland.
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Wishing all a happy and relaxing time.
Photo: Yeshe Dorje
“You are what you eat.”
In this issue there are several articles about food including two recipes from Joys of Nepalese Cooking by Indra Majapuria. The recipes in her book are authentic, Nepalese fare: there are sections on soups, rice, pulses, noodles and vegetables. Multifarious meat and fish dishes are also covered.
has a Masters degree in herbal medicine from the University of Central Lancashire. She also runs foraging courses as well as creating recipes published on her site, including Nettle Cheese, Cooking with Seaweed, Clover Crispbreads and other unusual delicacies. In this issue we feature Monica’s Gratitude for Plants, sharing her interest in the spontaneous occurrence of plants … “just when you need them,” following the Cherokee creation belief that “each tree, shrub and herb, down to the grasses… shall appear to help man when he calls upon me in his need.”
Gavin Haines‘ article on the efficacy of honey in the relief of colds and coughs as an alternative to over-the-counter drugs makes for interesting reading. Many of his articles can be sourced in Positive News, “A magazine for good journalism about the things that are happening.”
Take care and wishing everyone a safe journey through the current times.
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Life holds but one commonplace mystery … time. Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little because we all know that an hour can seem an eternity or pass in a flash, according to how we spend it.
(From Momo, Michael Ende, Puffin Books, later made into the film … The Never Ending Story
Now that the world is in lockdown, we have the opportunity to look at ourselves in relation to how we spend our time.
In this edition of Many Roads for Bodhicharya, we have some ideas expressed in personal reactions to our lives in isolation expressed in poetry, prose and media.
Dr Miriam Maisel has produced a well-researched article, Are We Listening on the response of a world in disorder ; a world in which capital gains take precedence over responsible action to ameliorate the adverse results of climate change and the subsequent problems which arise.
In Maeve O’Sullivan’s Coronahaiku Sequence she has skilfully woven the theme of the virus into commonplace activities and images which evoke our sense of separation from each other and nature.
Then there is Fear: this is expressed in Jaiya John’s haunting rendition of his poem; and in contrast to Mia’s two takes on greed and fear written when she was 11 and 14 years old respectively.
For a long read, there is Yummamudra’s Crazy Wisdom with ideas on time and dance in relation to her determination to overcome the mundane aspects of life on our planet.
And there’s more…
I’m sure you will find something in this edition to help you through this new episode in our lives.
Take care of yourself and others and this time will pass.
A guid New Year tae yin an aw, an monie may ye see.
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INDIA TODAY: Yuval Noah Harari
Making positive choices about the environment is the theme in some magazine articles this summer. Monica Wilde, who I consider to be an eco-warrier, brings our attention to the reality that we can make life style choices which can have an effect on the environment and ultimately on ourselves. The disconnect in life, she suggests, occurs when there is no personal and positive action about our immediate environment.
In her article, Now is the Time for Action, Monica brings to the fore the importance of individual involvement in the face of an increasing crisis in climate changes which is already inimical to the quality of life on earth, to all life. She ends the article with the lucid reality that action is in your every waking moment as well as your dreams.
I am reminded of the shopkeepers and household residents in Indian towns and cities attentively sweeping the pavement outside their shops and houses and cleansing the air inside their rooms with smouldering pine leaves every morning before the start of their day.
Being mindful of our immediate environs is the beginning of a larger understanding of the state of our planet.
Concerning plastic in our lives, this recent article in The Guardian brings home the fact that “humans have made 8.3 billion tons of plastic since 1950” presented in a captivating illustrated format. (The Unted States of Plastic.)
In terms of the personal well-being of individuals-the internal environment of the body-Dr Miriam Maisel, a certified lifestyle physician and family practitioner, states in her webpage:
The main message of lifestyle medicine is that healthy eating along with physical activity can bring about dramatic improvements in many medical conditions, and reduce the need for long medications and even surgery.
In her article, Health Independence, Miriam looks at alternative ways of living that are not dependent on conventional medicines and treatments.
Albert Harris (Ed)
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War doesn’t determine who’s right – only who’s left.
Finding peace of mind is most important ; and in difficult times, when we pay attention, we are enveloped in a tidal wave of media and opinions that are almost certain to influence our way of thinking. To what extent we allow this to happen depends on our own skill in differentiating between what is true and what is not; what is relevant to our lives and others and what is not relevant.
Analysing commentary and discerning the truth of our world situation under these circumstances becomes difficult. Yet above all, we can promote and maintain a moral obligation to give succour to the afflicted in time of war. This is a paradox for the pacifist: how to protect the vulnerable against aggression.
Personally, on an individual level, we can be activists for peace by doing anything that is within our capacity to disseminate our views. In this context, Many Roads plays a small part in allowing readers with an interest in inner as well as world peace to have an opinion about how we can move forward with a compassionate view to finding a solution to evolving events both locally and universally.
With this in mind, readers are invited to offer opinions on events from an apolitical perspective. How would you act as an individual to bring about a more peaceful world?
Opinions matter. Let yours be heard in the next issue of Many Roads.
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