On Being Childlike

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Do you always try to keep a childlike eye to what happen in your life? Are your constantly trying to see the good parts of life? Or do you just start worrying every time adversity arise?

According to many teachings, religions or even philosophies such as Taoism for instance, we must all have a childlike spirit.

Stay childlike and be one with Heaven

Lao Tzu

I remember once, I was able to teach my little sister to ride a bike. She’s 10 years younger than me and when she finally decided to take the training wheels off her, I was here to help her. I actually gave a her what I called a potion so that she would be able to ride her bike by herself.

I believe, by focusing on what children have to say about the world, that we can learn a lot. This is why the documentary project The Internal Change I told you about can finally say publicly that it will make a difference in the world during its filming by helping children in need in South-Asia.

Remember about the project I told you about, you can read the first article about it here : Docu-project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us. To say it shortly, my team and I are currently preparing the filming of a documentary from Australia to India that will criticize our consumer society and take example on the children.

Our society is based on possessions, having a lot means succeeding ; which leads to imbalances. But, when we look at ancient civilisations and knowledge, we see that simplicity and sustainability are two words that go hand in hand. In short, focus on the past to understand how to move forward in the future.

As adults, we have a tendency to see the glass half empty, to worry about tomorrow and to always ensure our health and safety. What if, by simply taking inspiration from children’s  temperament, we could grow and blossom again?

One of the secrets to a healthier life is then a simpler life. Or, to use a term known by some, a life that goes toward minimalism. Without saying that we should all live in a minimalist way, it is a way of living more conscious developed by more and more festivals of all kinds that are part of a sustainable approach and from which it is possible to draw inspiration to change little by little our habits and strive towards inner balance.

By focusing particularly on the habits of the children of the countries we will visit, we will be able to realize more clearly where humanity tends towards. We will see that poverty often makes a country rich in its humanity and that children of poor countries will fill the gaps of our western societies.

My sister I told you about earlier in this post, she drank my potion. Guess what, that’s how she learnt to ride a bike! Do not worry, the potion was only water, but I simply told her that this was a potion that would give her enough self-confidence so that she would ride perfectly. And that’s what happened, that day was the day she was able to take the training-wheels off.

Thanks to this movie we will show how, simply by deciding to stop being guided by society and by changing gradually our habits, one can be affected by the problems of the world less and less. One person at a time, it is possible to go toward a sustainable future. It will help raise the vibration of the earth and awaken consciousness.

More explanations on the page of the project on GlobeDreamers.com

In each country visited by the movie, we will engage in an associative and volunteer way. We will visit big cities to witness this consumer society and poorer towns for their wisdom. We will focus on those smaller towns, which at first glance might not be so attractive but that can teach a lot more than touristic places. We will visit monasteries and learn about customs and traditions so that we would open our horizons and always go forward into more understanding of our world and ourselves.

Problem is, the miracle solution doesn’t exist, everything takes time. I would therefore like, with this project, to show to the public how much it is so necessary to start to take care of oneself, bit by bit.

1 – Lines of work 

After two years of research in this field, it is necessary to go on the ground to clearly realize the situation. This is why we will ask 3 questions in each countries we’ll visit :

  • What impact does the consumer society have on the environment and the well-being of the population?
  • What are the customs of this country and in what measures can they be beneficial to us?
  • Does the wealth of this country make its greatness? (or does its poverty make room for the richness of relationships?)
Image by Sasin Tipchai 

2 – Associative work

To do so, the team of this movie is currently preparing it and looking for one project for each country visited. In fact, in order to be sufficiently imbued with countries, to leave our mark and to touch a maximum of subjects specific to the values of the film, the project is still under construction and we will be back soon with a clearer idea of which project will motivate our stays.

And because the children are a major point of the evolution of everyone and of humanity, and that is the subject of our film, we are looking for an association helping children in need in one or more countries we will cross. We are already in contact with an association which teaches English to children and teenagers in Laos and fights for the preservation of the environment there.

We will also stop in monasteries to better understand the minimalist philosophy of life conveyed by the serenity of their residents.

We will also stay with locals, mostly in exchange for lodging to enter into their daily lives and understand precisely what are the impacts of over consumption on their everyday lives. We are already in contact with locals in Bali, Thailand and Cambodia.

3 – The children’s cause

Image by shekharchopra85

According to ILO (International Labour Organization), at least 250 million children would be working in the world, of which 61% would be in Asia.

However, a law dating from 2006 prohibits the work of children under the age of 14 in India. But with few controls and very few laws enforced, an estimated 12.5 million children are working in this country.

UNICEF is also sounding the alarm in a new report released recently. The Covid-19 pandemic, says the organization, « is destroying decades of progress in health, education and other areas for children in South Asia. » Projections show that over the next six months, an additional 120 million children could fall into poverty and food insecurity, adding to the more than 240 million children already in poverty.

India had to order a new lockdown a few days ago. Imagine the damage this could be for so many people there.

Unfortunately, child labour is not the only violation of children’s rights in South Asian countries. India, after Bangladesh in child marriages, still celebrates 40% of child marriages worldwide. The sound girls, promised in marriage at their birth are given to a man older than her around the age of 11 years. Young girls and boys are therefore deprived of normal development and even of proper education, their mental and physical health are hindered and therefore their future. Although child marriage is prohibited by India Law, 47% of girls are married before the age of 18.

The story of my sister tells us about the power of children’s imagination. They just have to believe in something to make it happen. Many more reasons to take care of them and take their point of view into account.

Together with this movie, we’ll go through the biggest megalopolis of the world, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Chitagong, Dhaka, New Delhi, focusing on humbler towns on our way.

We’ll see that simplicity does help happiness to come through.

More explanations on the page of the project on Globedreamers.com

If you too want to be part of something greater, that you want to show up for the world and more specifically for the children of the world, I invite you to take a look on the project. It is supported by a platform for sustainable travel projects called GlobeDreamers.

You can click on the image below to be redirected to the project on their website.

Image by Ben Gananda

Or simply click on this link : https://globedreamers.com/en/crowdfunding/travel/6717-le-changement-interieur-qui-sopere-en-nous-et-tout-autour-de-nous

One way you could start helping the project would be to like and share it on your favorite social media, this will help A LOT the project to be heard!

If you are interested, I will also be interviewed on a live with GlobeDreamers on their Instagram page (in French) on Sunday 19th at 7 pm (GMT +1).

Stay tuned, as said in my previous article, we will dive deeper into the mind-body connection in the next article. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter below!

In the meantime, take time for yourself and your loved ones.

Love,

Ben

Want to keep reading ?

Interested by India’s philosophy ? Have a look on my article about Ayurveda : Ancient Science

Interested by meditation ? Then read this one : Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman

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Yoga as a Path to Transformation

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 : LE YOGA COMME VOIE DE TRANFORMATION

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As promised, let me now introduce you to yoga. I will share the history of yoga, how I went to it and how I find it really beneficial to anyone who wants to improve their life and wellbeing.

Yoga is both a physical and spiritual practice originated in ancient India. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) yujto yoke and samadhi – concentration. Therefore, the one who practice yoga wants to connects one body, mind and spirit and go toward liberation. You can find many different interpretations of what yoga is and we can speak about more than 20 different types of yoga, each with its own practice and goals.

As a matter of fact, yoga was originally created in order for one to be able to stay seated longer while meditating. The more you’re comfortable in your body, the more you’re able to stay still and listen to yourself. Originally, Indus practiced yoga in order to grow spiritually speaking. The yogis encourage union with the finite jiva (transitory self) and with the infinite Brahman (eternal self). Brahman is a term used by the Hindus to mean “God”. To say that in another way, yogis want to connect to the inner God everyone holds in their being in order to find peace. Yoga is ancient path to spiritual growth, a system created to rejuvenate the body and prolong life.

For a beginner, I would suggest starting with restorative yoga, which is a very relaxing and grounded type of yoga. Everybody can do it and everybody should do it, because you don’t even have to do the effort or have to use your muscles, you use the ground and the gravity to help you go deeper into the relaxation. Yes, you read well, I’m talking about relaxation, I’m not telling you to force yourself into building muscles. And it is really good for recovery, healing, anxiety, helps you stretch and even practice patience! If you want to build muscles, then there is another type of yoga that is available for you.

In addition, yoga is known to be therapeutic and really good for all sorts of health and mental issues. Studies have shown its effectiveness for back pain, anxiety, schizophrenia, self acceptation, to name a few.

On this subject, I would suggest you to watch the documentary I AM MARIS on Netflix or THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOGA on UpliftTV.

Actually, I think yoga is a very good way to come into contact with your being, with your body. I know there’s a lot of people showing off the postures they’re doing on social medias and I think that’s the opposite of what yoga should be about. Yoga is about working on your impatience and listening to what your body is trying to tell you. It’s a good thing to want to be good at what you do but it’s another thing to help yourself going there.

When you do yoga, you want to be in tune with your breath. As everyone knows, the breath is where life flows, so as long as you breath, you will be able to tune into your body and your dharma (purpose).

Even if your goal is to build strength, you always tune to your breath to be aware of your muscles. The more you do it, the more you’re able to recognise where your body can go and where you want to lead it.

The mind is a calm meditative flow. The more your mind is steady, the more your body will be as well. The mind is a meditative calm steady flow when you do yoga, the body is an expression of that inner state. So here we are, we use this exercise to always build more steadiness in our mind. That’s where yoga is a meditative practice.

The methods used in the yoga techniques cannot be separated from its philosophy. Because yoga is considered to be a practice of psychosomatic exercices. The more you practice the exercices, the more you are inclined to feel the benefits. In the repetition of the movement, the magic arises.

A yoga teacher once told me :

“We’re not here to suffer through the experience but really grow as a result of the experience. Not only growing physically but also growing mentally and emotionally. As you learn to relate to experiences of discomfort, this skill translates directly into your daily life, when you encounter challenging or uncomfortable situations you can remain relaxed there and interact in a much more functional way with the different experiences of your life.”

And that’s what I actually find magical about yoga. Where one comes into the mat, one is dedicated to doing good to oneself. By deciding to show up and just be here with yourself, you come into contact with your own being, discovering what keeps you away from fulfilling your deepest desires.

It’s like an analogy of life, you come into the mat as you would come into your life. Some days you’re lazy and you just want to relax and some days you want to be as good as you can be and build strength. Of course, the more you practice, the more you will find yoga intense, and that’s when you will have to allow yourself to remain relaxed within this intensifying experience. Discomfort is perfectly normal in the context of yoga and in the context of life, if you feel pain, that’s when you know you have to stand back and change your position – or experience if we still talk about life experiences. When having challenging experiences, you learn to breath, to relax with discomfort and learn from it.

Furthermore, I would advise anyone who wants to start this journey to alternate any type of yoga they’re doing. If you want to build strength, it’s good for you to work on your core and always challenge you but it is also good to know when to relax and listen when your body is asking you to stand back. And if you’re doing yoga only to relax yourself, challenging you might be beneficial.

As you move through the body, there is a lot of energy that we are transmuting. We are playing with the energies coexisting with us, breath, life, laughs, tears, gifts, chakras …

Though the body is how you get to discover your spirit. Even faster than reading books. You drop into the very present moment. Mind starts to go away when you’re in the movement part. Naturally you connect with your heart more and the present is what allows your spirit to blossom, because you’re connected with your body and spirit and the mind is not doing this chatter thing. I find moving in general to be one of the most helpful ways to connect to your spirit.

We are made to move, because if we don’t, we fall.

Personally, I know yoga and therefore meditation has been really beneficial to me. I used to have panic attacks, to speak too fast to be understood and to move through life even faster than my mind was even able to articulate. I come to yoga/meditation as often as I can because when I don’t I feel that my body is not in tune with my being anymore. When I start to articulate my movement with my breath, I am able to come back into my true essence, I encounter myself every time a little more. And it is always a pleasure to discover another part of myself. That’s where I find the magic in life. It’s magical to look at a tree when you remember that it was only a little seed in the beginning. And it is magical to see that one can be even better everyday. I used to think that only self-centered persons could think that way but now, I think that it takes courage and maturity to be able to live in peace with oneself.

Here you can find an article about yoga, more focused on a christian point of view https://puricarechronicles.blogspot.com/2018/07/yoga-practice-of-yoga-is-much-more-than.html

Here’s another really good website about yoga if you’re interested to know more : https://www.yogapedia.com/  

I hope this article was beneficial for you and inspired you to start doing yoga – even more.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions if you want to know more. You can also propose a subject for a future article.

Stay tuned !

Love

Ben

Want to read more? 

Here’s my article about meditation : Stop Running and Listen to Yourself

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Here’s my article about my Docu-project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us

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Docu-project : The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us

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Today’s article is about a project I’ve had for some time now and that holds ideas coming from this website. Actually, beginning to write here gave me the tools to articulate this film project I’m going to talk to you about.

I’ve been saying that we all have to be an example for the people we love and that are able to learn from us. So what better way to try to be one myself and work upon what I can offer to this world.

We will have people looking upon us, wether we want it or not. It’s like the desire you had to look upon that someone who gave (is giving) you strength, someone else is going to have that desire about you. Even if you don’t believe it yet, there will be some time where a childlike/curious person will want to learn what you can teach.

I believe that we can do anything, just by having faith in it.

We might have not all the tools to get to where we want to go. But we can work our own way into making it happen.

Sometimes you just have to offer your skills in order to help others and see your dreams come true. And that is exactly what I’m doing with this project.

The film I’m about to tell you about is supported by globedreamers.com . GlobeDreamers is a communication and crowdfunding platform for committed, humanitarian, environmental, professional, athletic or even artistic travel projects.

The work I’ve been doing here is supported by one main idea : report every positive thing happening in our world, show what lies beneath the everyday routine.

No wonder why I subtitled my website : « discovering everyday what life has to offer ».

So I created this film-doc project from Australia to India designed to criticize our consumer society. And more widely, to open our horizons.

Title of the project

The Internal Change Happening Within and Outside of Us

Countries crossed

Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodge, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.

Goals of the trip

The goal of this project is to make a movie which will criticize our consumer society by comparing it to different cultures, more conscious and sustainable for our planet and others.

Gradually and during the filming of the movie, I will enter other people’s everyday routine. Consider their habits and concentrate on things that destroy our planet as we know it but also our bodies.

Thanks to this movie we will show how, simply by deciding to stop being guided by society and by changing gradually our habits, one can be affected by the problems of the world less and less. One person at a time, it I possible to go toward a sustainable future.

Everything we can note today comes from an inward imbalance of everyone of us composing the planet.

My wish is that I would open the eyes of a large number of individuals, show them that it is possible to go towards a healthier and simpler life philosophy, one which goes back to the basics for us as individuals and as a collectivity.

A way of living available for everyone who is curious enough to see it.

Reasons and motivations

By dint of travel, I came across many people who taught me so much. Especially about new ways of seeing life, of taking care of us, accept ourselves and apprehend the world around us.

I start from a simple observation : we are in an over-consumer society. Everybody knows this already but we don’t realise all the impacts our everyday choices can have yet. It’s one thing to know it, the next step is taking action upon it. If one is curious enough, one finds an alternative solution to every bad habit one can have. Plastic can be replaced, meat as well (see my article Why I Stopped Eating Corpses), we can lessen waste, our objects and everyday clothes can be used more than once and so on … In short, it is possible to live more serenely and more simply, by being content with what we have.

The movie hopes to impact its audience, just by showing them that it is possible, because other people are doing it. It is possible for every one of us to be that example that will encourage the people we care for to take a step forward to a healthier life.

The countries that have been chosen are expanding and swing from « modern living » to their existing culture. In some ways, their megalopolis take us as an example and their poorer towns keep the veracity of previous generations.

Asia is the cradle of the oldest religions. But beyond those religions, we can find a life philosophy, a serenity brought by habits we don’t own yet. Some of our populations slowly awaken. But if we want a real change, that same part of the population should share its discoveries, show how this new habits are beneficial. Thanks to meditation and yoga for instance, it is possible to do good to oneself and therefore to do good to one body and spirit. And consequently, to do good to the world around us.

How to realise this project

If the movie is to show new ways of living consciously, travel choices will also have to be considered. We will start in Australia through India by taking the plane only to leave Europe, to have a limited carbon footprint. We will go through 2 continents and 13 countries during 1 year. At the rate of one month per country, we will develop a different project in each country to collect as many images as possible.

In each country visited we will engage in an associative and volunteer way. We will visit big cities to witness this consumer society and poorer towns for their wisdom. We will focus on those smaller towns, which at first glance might not be so attractive but that can teach a lot more than touristic places. We will visit monasteries and learn about customs and traditions so that we would open our horizons and always go forward into more understanding of our world and ourselves.

We will meet people to be as precise as possible in the restitution. Thanks to a team of experts, the help of a camera, a microphone and a computer and in a documentary format, we will explore the customs of this world to accompany our personal and collective evolution.

Problem is, the miracle solution doesn’t exist, everything takes time. I would therefore like, with this project, to show to the public how much it is so necessary to start to take care of ourselves, bit by bit.

In the world, we’ll see that in the documentary, we’re all inter-connected. More and more scientists say this now, we live in a magnetic field that connects us all. So if I’m well, my neighbor will be well. And in psychology also but no need to study to know it. If I smile, my neighbor will want to smile as well. I can make a baby cry if I show him a mad face. We have to be our own example, and by being this example to show the way to the people in need.

By trusting this project, you’ll be a part of an active change operating in the world. An awakening necessary to the growth of all.

Together, we’ll go through the richest cities of the world, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Chitagong, Dhaka, New Delhi, soaking up humbler towns on our way. We’ll see that simplicity does help happiness to come through.

No one is supposed to go through life alone. So let’s walk together to an even brighter future.

If you’re interested in my project and you want to support it, I invite you to click on the picture below to be redirected to GlobeDreamers website. You will be able to choose between different counterparts depending on how much you can offer. For instance, you can choose to receive a calendar with photos of my trip, I will film myself yelling your name on top of a mountain or even have your name on the film credits and many more.

Of course I know that not everyone will be able to help and take part of this project but I call upon your help for sharing it, whether by sharing this article on your favourite social media or by sharing the page of my project. Click on the the picture below to be redirected to my project on Globedreamers website :

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Here’s the direct link : https://globedreamers.com/crowdfunding/voyage/6717-le-changement-interieur-qui-sopere-en-nous-et-tout-autour-de-nous

The English version of the project is available on globedreamers website.

Thank you for taking time to read about my project.

Be sure to stay tuned, as my next article about yoga is coming out soon !

I wish you all well in these weird times. Remember that you can choose to be positive, in any case, giving into fear will only make the problem grow stronger. What about using that time home to work on your last project you had on your mind ?

Love

Ben

Want to read more ?

Here’s my article about meditation : Stop running and listen to yourself

Or another one about Coronavirus : New vision of the famous Covid-19

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