What do we do to PREVENT thieves from stealing our things?

  • We put locks on doors
  • We add locks to windows
  • We install a home alarm and service it annually
  • We ensure that we’ve turned the alarm on when we leave the home
  • We add tracking devices to our car
  • We set a complicated security lock on our phones eg face recognition or a difficult pattern to unlock it
  • We hide our more precious things amongst other ‘common’ belongings so they’re not easily found if a thief invades our home
  • We hire a storage box at the bank

What do we do to MINIMISE the loss incurred?

  • We buy an Insurance policy to cover the phone
  • We get cover for the car
  • We research and buy a policy to protect the home and its contents
  • We ensure that the policy covers our clothes and electrical equipment
  • We may get an additional insurance policy to cover jewellery
  • We get 5 star cover for the boiler
  • We pay into annual travel insurance
  • We ensure the body is covered if we die abroad
  • Then there’s another policy for accidental damage to the body
  • And there’s the insurance policy that pays a sum after death

What do we do to UNDO any losses?

  • Take photos of what we own so it can be traced and/or re-made
  • Create and save a soft copy of photos so we can re-print them
  • Back up our documents

What do we do to STOP our things being harmed?

  • Don’t let others use them in case they get broken or damaged
  • Scan precious photos so that we have a backup of them in case they’re torn damaged or lost
  • Wash dry iron and store our clothes carefully
  • Clean our shoes with the right products
  • Have furniture sprayed with a protection guard
  • Service the car routinely
  • Use the best oil and fuel
  • Use the better paint when decorating the home which can be doesn’t stain or get effected by mould

What do we do to RETAIN good appearance?

  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Use special creams
  • Make – up
  • Hair treatments
  • Get enough/extra sleep

The list is endless!

What do we do to stop our delusion for all things temporary from  stealing our ability to think straight? To think right…

What do we do ensure we don’t give in to likes and dislikes and behave badly as a result?

What do we put in place to make sure we stay equanimous? Centred…

What do we to pacify, and rise above, that which results in disgraceful thoughts and behaviour – greed, ego, anger and deceit?

What do we do to imbibe forgiveness, contentment, humility and straightforwardness?

What do we to avoid wallowing in the experiences of the body? To stop ourselves being a slave of it…

What do we do to ignore the pull and power of the senses?

Have we got these things in mind AS MUCH AS those mentioned above?

Do we put AS MANY things in place to save our True selves rather than the temporary things described above?


Moving home, unpacking and procrastinating

We moved home in 2013 and although it’s now March 2015; there are 2 boxes, which still haven’t been unpacked.

I have noticed them but avoided going through the contents!

Whose job is it and why hasn’t it been done?

In my mind, both of the boxes had stuff in it, which only I could go through. I avoided it because the contents didn’t have anything in common. If they did, it would be quicker, easier and involve less sorting and thinking.

Inspired to have a clear-out

Last week, Suraj (hubby) went to help his dad clear-out his shed. It inspired me to go through 1 of the boxes, rehouse the contents and clear the space, once and for all.

There were things on top of the box, around it and inside it!

What I didn’t know…

I was feeling quite chuffed as I sorted through the contents on and around the box. Then I opened it and saw Suraj’s things near the top. I was surprised but assumed it was a mishmash of our items. Hence, perhaps it wasn’t a job for me, and me alone.

As I emptied more of it, and as I got to the final layer, I realised it was full of nothing but Suraj’s things. I saw some things and thought “Oh! So this where it’s been!”

The reward

I emptied the box and cleaned the space, after which I felt lighter and happier. That part of the room looked great now.

The realisation

I had got it wrong from the beginning!
It wasn’t a box full of things that only I could go through.
I didn’t need to feel heavy about going through it.
I should’t have felt negative about it and avoid the job for so long, because it felt too hard.

Isn’t it funny, how the mind plays tricks on us?

I thought it was ‘my’ stuff and that it wouldn’t be easy to sort, so I avoided it. However, it niggled at me every time I looked over there, yet it wasn’t ‘mine’ at all.
Whether it was ‘my’ stuff or not; I shouldn’t have procrastinated, and I definitely shouldn’t have let it bother me. Yet I did!

The goal born from this experience

I need to be bothered less by many things; but in this case, I must be less averse to what I see.
I need to procrastinate less, because I know I’ll feel better and lighter for it.
I need to work on feeling more content with the way things are.

What could possibly be wrong with going for a walk in the park and feeding the birds?

19 February 2015

Going for a walk in the park and feeding the birds is such a lovely experience I’ve often been for a walk in the park and witnessed adults and children feeding the birds. The loaves of bread come out, slices are broken into small pieces and they’re scattered on the floor, so the birds can […]

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Do you dislike others reminding you about what you’ve said in the past?

12 January 2015

I wrote a post recently called Do I Change My Tune Quickly? This post is connected to that. I’ve often noticed how our reactions to being reminded about something that we have said can vary so much. Some of the reactions may include:- being taken aback by the fact that the person we spoke with remembered what we […]

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Things to keep in mind when you switch mobile phones

17 December 2014

Whenever I move my SIM card from one phone to another I always seem to forget to save something and therefore I lose bits of information, which I would have liked to keep. I figured that there must others who have done the same thing, so I’ve created a list of things to keep in […]

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Drinks from Britvic that are NOT suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

27 November 2014

Recently, I’ve started looking into which drinks are suitable for vegetarians and vegans again. I approached various companies and asked them to tell me, which drinks contain animal derivatives in the ingredients. However, I also asked them to share which ones use animal products in the process of making these drinks. Why is there a […]

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A list from Unilever showing which ice-creams may contain whey powder from non-vegetarian sources

17 November 2014

Recently, I heard that many of the ice-creams that are readily available in supermarkets and smaller shops are NOT vegetarian! I contacted Unilver who sent me the list shown below. The list shows which ice-creams may contain whey powder from non-vegetarian sources. It also shows a few which are definitely vegetarian. Email attachmentsic vegetarian allergen […]

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