"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Issue 3 Editorial

by Anthea Torr

FILED IN: Editorials · Issue 3

It has been a most exciting couple of months, as we have had so many extraordinary people contact us through the magazine.

So many people selflessly wanting to help and contribute simply because they care and others offering congratulations and support. Tony Grogan so graciously did our wonderful front cover, also because he cares. Thank you Tony!

It is a constant reminder every day of the awesomeness of the human species, and our ability to love – which is the very essence of everything, and only dulled by our fears. If you think about it, fear itself is an illusion, brought on by limited belief systems.

People may say how they fear for their children or their financial status, but if we changed our thinking and turned it around to make every experience a gift for growth, our fears would diminish considerably. If we allowed the happenings just to happen, without the fight, and let the experience teach us, we would live in a different world. The age-old saying “what you resist, persists” is so true.

Our feature article, “Feeding the World: slowly, ethically, sustainably” is the beginning of a journey and down the road we will be covering many issues that relate to living our lives more consciously and impeccably.
I was reading The Paradox of Our Age by the Dalai Lama and he said in such a few words where we have gone wrong, and maybe if we started to live our lives on every level more “slowly…harmlessly and ethically” our transition to the new world, that is just around the corner, will be easier:

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more convenience, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more medicines but less healthiness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but we have trouble
Crossing the street to meet the new neighbours.
We have built more computers to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods but slow digestion.
Tall man but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window,
But nothing in the room.
-His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

We hope you enjoy this 3rd issue and look forward to more of the comments and contributions in all their forms.


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