Articles in Category: Guest Bloggers

The 30 Second Whinge

Written by Noeleen Shaw


My husband and I live a very focused and well-balanced life together in our little country town.   It’s quiet and very conducive to the meditative lifestyle, except for Sundays.

On Sunday there is a market and, if the weather is fine, people travel from the nearby city to our town for a coffee, to sit in the sun, visit the art gallery, or wander the area – the market or shops, the playgrounds and park.   It’s a lovely place to live.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014


Written by Noeleen Shaw


When I began to read Awakening From The American Dream by Master Charles Cannon and Will Wilkinson, one sentence caught my eye: "When did I lose my sense of wonder?"  As I contemplated the question, I thought of all the everyday things in my life I rarely consider. 

So, I am taking a moment now to consider my tongue.   Probably the only time it’s not in use is when I am sitting here typing on my iPad. But wait ... it's delivering moisture to my mouth!!

I talk with it, whistle, sing and chant with it.  I can very delicately separate out a mouthful of food with it.  It carefully measures my swallow as I drink.  It is an excellent temperature gauge for my food and gives me untold pleasure in sorting out sweet, sour and spicy.   It can even find that elusive raspberry seed.    My tongue is an airtight stopper to shift my breath from my mouth to my nose and -- when I was a cheeky little girl -- I would stick it out to be rude to people.

Anything else??  Hmmmm what about kissing?  :)

My favourite of all is my clever ability to lick an ice-cream clear down to the cone without losing a drop.

So -- magical piece of my anatomy -- I salute you with a sense of wonder and will no more take you for granted.

A final thought: there is one time when my tongue has a rest, and that is when I meditate, meditate, meditate.

Friday, 10 January 2014

It’s a Rope. It’s a Snake!

Written by Karon S. Dewey, Ph.D

In the May Question and Answer session on Modern Spirituality TV, Master Charles Cannon stated that our perception of reality determines our subsequent experience of it. The example he used is the rope and the snake. Without clarity, in the darkness a rope can look like a snake and when we project our data onto it our experience in that moment corresponds to our

Thursday, 07 November 2013

Criticizing my Obsessions

Written by Noeleen Shaw


I have been critical of my obsessions today. When I make my bed it must be exactly right.   All the little roses have to line up on the duvet.   The pillows go in a particular order and must be rotated every second day!

As I walk down the hallway I am straightening up the many pictures that hang there. I tweak the mat in the lounge back into a perfect alignment.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Include Everything

Written by Noeleen Shaw

28I have this little spa pool which sits outside our home at the side of a small outdoor patio. It's June and definitely winter time in New Zealand. The trees are bare and they are leaving their tracemarks against the sky. It's clear and cold. There is absolutely no wind and the sky is blue, blue, and blue. Perfect for some "Spa Meditation" I thought.

I collected my iPod and towel.Put on my togs and settled into 35.9C of pure, blissful, bubbly hot water.

I played the new "Synchronicity Bliss" track and began my usual practice of focusing on my breath.

Saturday, 22 June 2013