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Sunday, July 30, 2006

My best friend

This is Kevin, my black Labrador who died almost five years ago. I can still not talk about his death as it hurts too much. He was the ultimate friend, and I’m still thinking of him almost on a daily basis. I wish somebody, who reads this and who has also experienced the deep hurt of losing an animal friend, would reply………….?

Be good and have a grand week!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

From a wise man!

Speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910 guys, Teddy Rooseveldt said:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

He could have been speaking to each and everyone of us……….

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Hi everybody!

I miss the Tsitsikamma mountains today. Its Sunday, its cold and I'm on the Highveld wishing I could be in the mountains.......... my mountains................ the mountains where I left my heart and where I adopted a white wolf recently. Here he is, one-year old and very special. Although they live in captivity (the wolves), they have enough space in the various camps for the numerous wolf packs.......

Is'nt he gorgeous? My pretty little white angel...........

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Breath is a Divine Truth


Nymph Kellerman

Breath is a rhythm,

the life-rhythm of every living cell....

breath is an activity,

the rhythmic activity of every living cell...

breath is a force,

the active force behind every living cell..

breath is a truth,

the Divine truth in every living cell....

Deep breathing is a therapy in which the breath-of-life is accentuated. From a Theological point of view, we see that our breath is the breath-of-life as we received it from God. The origin of the word “breath” as we read in Genesis 2:7, is found in the Hebrew word “neshamah” which means “Breath-of-God”, “Spirit-of-God”, “Mind-of-God”. Gen.2:7 - And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”.

Neshamah, the breath of life, is the principle of life that is called “the Lord's lamp” in the Bible, because this moral sense is a direct gift from God and enables man to see his real condition. We see this in texts such as Prov.20:27: “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly” and Ec.12:7: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it”.

In John 20:22, when Jesus breathed upon the disciples, (symbolizing all of mankind) saying: “……receive ye the Holy Spirit”, we were authorized to carry out the commission in John 14:12 – “The works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do......”. God’s Breath and Spirit live in us and give us life. And God’s Breath in us can make us healthy on many existential levels.

The Latin anima means breath or soul whereas animalis, the derived adjectival form, means having breath or soul. The noun animal is derived from animalis and is used to indicate all living beings that breathe noticeably. From a Psychological and Biological point of view, anima refers to the human mind as a non-material entity that nonetheless interacts with the body via the brain and nervous system.

When we think about the “Spirit of God” we think of the Holy Spirit and we become conscious of the truth that the first man in all his purity, newly created in the Image and after the Likeness of God, as the crown of God’s creation – was filled with the Holy Spirit at the same moment he received his breath-of-life from God.

The concepts of breath, soul, spirit and mind is furthermore the logos which we find in the opening chapter of the gospel of St John – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” and “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” – the Spirit of God from which man receives his breath-of-life. The Spirit of God that speaks to man when he enters the inner chamber of his mind, where he finds himself and where he finds God.

Each human being is a carrier of God's Breath and God’s Spirit and God’s Mind, and it seems so logical to believe that this is then the reason why focused breathing and deep relaxation are such powerful tools for healing and maintaining health on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

FROM: The Road to Damascus

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Aim High

Lee Down

Change is difficult for many people. Often times our whole identity is wrapped up in what we've learned as children will work for us when dealing with people, allowing us to survive, thrive and fit in. While some people have had to learn to thrive in the midst of change and learned to be adaptable by being open to new ideas and embracing change, many others have had to fight for survival and every table-scrap that came their way. Behavior is learned and it takes work to unlearn and dismantle these old beliefs.

The truth of the matter is that win-win is always possible. When you are able to see beyond the ego and recognize the abundance that is available, people, minds, and ideas come together and can create amazing changes that improve the current scenarios for many, many people. When you work with people who have this abundant and generous attitude, you are uplifted, the team soars, and amazing energy and creativity is unleashed. This is much harder to do, to sustain, and to elevate within others when you encounter individuals driven by the thought of scarcity and competition.

People like Steve Jobs are visionaries that have sought to bring about such shifts in society and in business. One thing I've learned along the way is that it is often better to take the high road. This isn't about judging others as wrong or seeing yourself as better than others. This is about recognizing your truth as to how you wish to BE in the world. Don't compromise your integrity. Don't get caught up in the competition. See the vision, see the outcome, feel the purpose and passion you're driven to offer the world, and give it freely. We all die. You can’t take anything from this life with you. So give what you have to offer the world. What is not given is lost forever.

If your goal is to truly bring about a positive change and serve others, how it is accomplished becomes less important and seeing it accomplished becomes more important. While it may be a blow to your ego when others criticize your inspiration, or someone takes the credit for something you've introduced, holding fast to the benefits for everyone will often soften the sting. You do need to pick and choose those places where you'll offer yourself, the key is to evaluate whether it is serving a common good. When you’re getting compensated for your contributions, gratitude would serve you spirit of peace. If you continually feel abused and stomped on, maybe it is time to move on to a more collaborative team, as well as a more receptive and appreciative audience.

Knowing that you are accomplishing your purpose and living your passion will be reward. In time, it will be recognized. Imposters will eventually be seen and heart & soul will always outlast the mind & ego. Along the way, through the journey that is your life and career, you will need to hold fast to the true inner qualities and nature of the brilliance that is you. Don’t allow these negative experiences to become something that undermines your value. You are not the negative experience. Often times, the negativity we experience from others, is more a reflection of them and less about who you are.

We all have different lenses, different gifts, different wiring, and different experiences. Difference is not something to be judged, it is a gift of diversity that brings the pieces of the puzzle of life together and creates a society, a solution, a technology, etc., together for the benefit of us all. Don’t doubt yourself when others cannot see the vision you see. Keep true, keep your intentions, and you will attract the right support, the right people, and the right opportunities. Lower the ego and aim high the vision.

Best wishes, Lee

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Lee Down is a Professional Coach, Trainer/Facilitator, Speaker, & Writer of One Man Can Human Capital Development that focuses on relationships, the key foundation to success in business and life. With more than 15 years professional experience and a thirst for truth and understanding, he focuses on the human spirit and human capacity. Working with clients, he facilitates the breaking down of beliefs, barriers or obstacles that bring clients forward on their journey of discovery with spirit, energy, abundance, passion and purpose, integrating the mind and body experience. Working with business, he brings visionary leadership and relationship skills to the forefront that witnesses an empowered culture evolve and develop directly impacting the improvement to the bottom-line.



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Thursday, April 27, 2006