The Singing Bowl by Roy Dimond

The Singing BowlThe Singing Bowl by Roy Dimond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Singing Bowl is an epic journey for mankind. It follows a Tibetan Monk as he searches the World for answers to a mystery and a long lost book. Forced to flee from invading Chinese Communists the monk is one of a religious group called The Gatherers, he begins by running for his life from Tibet and walking over the mountains to Nepal.

There are many people who will help and teach the monk along his journey and the author uses few names, instead he gives them identities which help form a distinct picture in the mind of the reader. For instance “The Wise Woman of Alexandria”, “The Nomad” and “Wife of Big Brother”. There are some wonderful characters and many have starring roles in the journey of the monk. He travels through The Ancient World, The Old World and The New World and in each world he has a lesson to learn from the people who make up that place.

The people he meets are also from all religions and they show their generosity when they help him and share their homes and food with him. He meets some of his fellow Gatherers who are on their own journeys and interacts with them before they each move on. It’s not all easy, the Communists search for the monk and want to stop and destroy him because of what he represents. Many times his life is at risk and he escapes because of some faithful friends.

I didn’t want the book to end although the Monk’s mystery was solved. My favourite part of the journey was from the Ancient World, I thought I was learning as much as the monk. I wanted to search the dusty book shops and sit for hours pouring over long lost books. I wanted to race through the book, not putting it down, but I also wanted to sit back and reflect on some of the parts that I had read, it really made me think about our World and if you choose to read this book I hope it makes you think as well.

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Saving Our Pennys by Roy Dimond & Jeff Leitch

Saving Our PennysSaving Our Pennys by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saving our Pennys should be a must read on many people’s reading list. It’s a book that will teach you about yourself and your life and help you answer a question; “What are you doing with your life here?”

It follows the life of a school teacher as he begins another year of school in the fast lane of life where everyone’s goal seems to be getting to the end of term, submitting all the paperwork and just surviving.There is a wonderful analogy of a steam train going full steam ahead to its ultimate destination, regardless of the individual desires of it’s passengers.

But our teacher wants more, he wants to remember why he began teaching, he wants to be free of the fear and dread that each day brings as it weighs him down in ever more exhaustion. A fellow teacher offers him the chance to make that change, to step off the train and make a conscious choice to live.

Taking baby steps, movement occurs, enlightenment happens. There was a wonderful moment when he opened the eyes of his students, and one I wish to write down here. If you live to be 100 years old you will be given 36 500 days. “Use your days, be sincere, be genuine, take nothing for granted, treat others well, treat yourself well, be great” How many days of your life have you lived? What have you done with your life?
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Roy and Jeff will be our guests on the blog here tomorrow, come back and fond out more about them and their writing.

Criticism – Have we learnt a lesson?

Criticism of you: How does it make you feel when someone criticises something about you or something that you have done? Chances are that you may feel hurt, threatened or angry. How do you react? Is it a reflex action, a hit back? or self-preservation?

Everyday we face situations and people who may criticise our choices and actions and it can be hard to face up and say “I have 2 choices, I can be angry or I can learn from this.” The harder option is the learning one, where you can turn the criticism into constructive tools to help you improve. It’s very easy to fall into the trap similar to some bullies where those that were bullied turn into the bullies. It’s so easy to dish back out criticism to others for a short-term feel good factor. But before you do JUST STOP and think about how YOU feel when someone criticises you! Could you Change your Words? Do you need to say the words in the first place?

Criticism by you: Try it today, before you open your mouth, or type your words, how would you feel if you received these words? Could you turn them into a positive comment of help?