Book review: “The monk who sold his Ferrari”

I do realize that I will ever only write reviews on books I think you should read. And “The Monk who sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma is just one of those books everyone needed to keep on their kindle or in their book shelf. Although written in the form of a novel this book is nothing but. The whole book is a candid conversation between two old friends, one of whom used to be a high shot lawyer but after a heart attack radically changed his life. So radically that he was not seen for three years, nobody knew he had set of to find true meaning in life and eventually spent several month living and learning with monks high up in the Himalaya mountains. This book is no mere time killer to keep you busy when you haven’t paid your DSTV (cabel tv) subscription, this book could potentially transform your life. Let me correct myself, YOU could potentially change your life with the very practical and many times spiritual advice given!

The book is obviously based partially on eastern religions and rituals but if you are open to change your life and to better yourself this book will speak to you regardless of your faith. It talks about simple things like taking a moment at the beginning of everyday to meditate and to think through the day ahead, and to take a moment at the end of the day to reflect over what you could have done differently. The book talks about how your mind is a garden and you should take control over what you plant in it, to keep the weeds out. It reminds us that time is not a renewable source, and that we are all given the same number of hours in a day, we need to spend them wisely. Every chapter ends with a few key points and I read the book with pen in hand.

I will leave you with a few quotes:

“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose”

“For what lies behind you and what lies in front you matters little when compared to what lies within you”

“The most important moment is now. Learn to live in it fully and savor it”

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination”

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Interview with Marisa Shearer

My interview with Marisa Shearer was published this week on the Lusaka WordPress blog.

Here are some extracts:

On the island of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos in the Bahamas you will find the place that Marisa Shearer (born Findlay) and her family call home. Daughter to a Zambian businessman and a British mother she grew up in Lusaka but later moved to the UK to complete her studies. There she eventually took the plunge and turned her passion for photography into a business with the focus on lifestyle and women.

Have you been able to keep the passion for photography after turning it into your bread and butter?

“My passion for photography hasn’t dampened since turning it into a career. If anything it has taken my passion to another level by stretching me past what I thought I could do with a camera and encouraging me to learn more.

What has it meant for you living in the diaspora?

I love Zambia, growing up there was one of the most amazing experiences.  Such kind and friendly people and a chance to grow up very protected.  The Lusaka that I grew up in is very different to the Lusaka today. 

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Is it (yoga) a spiritual practice for you or do you have a secular approach?

“Yoga can be whatever I want and need in the moment.  Sometimes it’s more of a physical practice that helps to stretch and open my body and release any pain or tension.  Other times it’s a quieter and deeper space that I find on the mat that helps me open to deeper and higher parts of myself.”

You are very personal on your blog, does that ever make you feel vulnerable?

“There is definitely vulnerability in everything that I share.  I know that everyone doesn’t have the same views as myself and that some of the things I write about may challenge people’s beliefs.

Read the full interview here.

Visit Marisa’s lifestyle blog At Home With Malita.

Is Yoga unchristian?

I have recently (and finally!) started doing Yoga! This thanks to a devoted Yogi who simply wanted to share the positives she has experienced in her own life. I was not only happy but also surprised when I heard that Yoga classes are now available in little Kabwe. Surprised for two reasons, firstly cause I didn’t think that many even knew what it’s about and secondly because those that know a little seem to think it’s an unchristian practice. Whenever I tell people that I do Yoga I get a skeptical look from many. Perhaps they are thinking “Is she going Hindu now or what?” You will not turn Hindu by doing Yoga poses! Yoga is nowadays practiced around the world in a very secular (non-religious) way. There is off course a spiritual side to it that you can explore closer if you wish, but that is then an active choice you make.

Extract from the Yoga Journal:

“Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.

It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.”

Read more here.

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Someone greater than us

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Gen 9:13

I can hear thunder and I am relieved. We are still supposed to be in the middle of the rainy season but during the month of February we´ve only had rain on five occations and each time only a couple of millimiters. The maize have been looking terribly miserable and dry and is in dier need of water if we are to harvest anything, and the same goes for the soya. Being a farmer surely isn´t for the faint of heart. Every millimitre of rain is carefully documented and records are compared with previous years, are we affected by global warming say? Or is it the weather fenomenon el ninja/ninjo that is playing us a trick? You realize how little we as humans can do and how dependent we are on someone greater than us. God has answered our prayers for rain this time, but I still got a husband looking up in the sky for clouds, hoping for more rain to come. There is always alot at stake when planting, you invest alot just to get something into the ground, and if the harvest is poor that investment is lost. Just imaging it being borrowed money, imagine working a whole season just to end up with a dept to pay off! That´s when it is nice to know we really can´t do much. We simply have to trust that God will take care of it!

Svenska:

Åskan går och vilken lättnad jag känner. Vi ska ännu vara mitt uppe i regnperioden, men under februari månad har vi endast fått regn vid fem tillfällen och samtliga gånger endast ett par millimeter. Majsen har stått och sett riktigt eländig och torr ut och är i stort behov av vatten om det ska bli någon skörd att tala om, sojan har inte sett så kaxig ut den heller. Att vara jordbrukare är sannerligen inte för folk med svaga nerver. Varje millimeter regn dokumenteras noga och jämförs med tidigare år, påverkas vi av växthuseffekten tro? Kan det vara naturfenomenet el ninja/ninjo som spelar oss ett spratt? Man inser vad lite man kan göra som människa, hur beroende vi är av någon så mycket större än oss. Gud har besvarat våra böner om regn denna gång, men jag har ändå en man som ständigt spanar upp i himlen efter moln, med förhoppningar om mera regn. Det är som alltid mycket som står på spel när man odlar, man har ju investerat en hel del för att få något i jorden, och blir det dålig skörd så går den investeringen till spillo. Än värre om det dessutom är lånade pengar, tänk att arbeta en hel säsong endast för att sluta med en skuld att betala igen! Det är då det är skönt att veta att vi som sagt inte kan göra så mycket. Vi får helt enkelt lita på att Gud tar hand om det!