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Sunday, 8 February 2009

Snow snow snow

Avebury's been covered, along with much of the rest of the UK, with a nearly a foot of snow. The result is that our beautiful landscape has been transformed into a magical kingdom.

Here we have Silbury Hill, white as it no doubt should be, standing majestic and proud.

Again, Silbury Hill, this time hiding on the horizon.

And this time, a panoramic of the landscape. Notice the small group of people hiking up the hill.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Ancient Anomolies - Moot - 1st February 2009

This month we were joined by Andy who kindly imparted some of his extensive understanding of ancient anomalies.

The first part of his talk centred on the giant stone works found all over the world, in particular Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico and Egypt. In Machu Picchu for example, there are examples of 10 ton blocks that have been carved to perfection and lifted 2.5 km and then interlocked with scary precision that still puzzle modern day engineers. In Andy's fascinating report, he also told us, amongst other things, about the sheer weight of the blocks used to make the pyramids.

Andy then went on to point out that the great stone works of Avebury and all of the connecting sites, clearly demonstrate that past civilisations had a clear understanding of our solar system and how the planets moved etc. He then pointed out the Christian O'Brian had discovered a line of stone markers in Essex called line A - oddly the markers are curved to the same extent of the meridian of the Earth... so we knew that the Earth was a sphere in 2500... now that certainly does not correspond with our ideas of megalithic culture and roaming Celts.

After talking in some depth about the Olmecs, Andy finished this amazing journey of discovery with querying how it could be that Egyptian mummies could have been found to contain within their inners, compounds that could only have originated from the Americas.

After the main talk Andy was kind enough to come back and spend some time running through some questions and answers. Clearly, if one considers the sheer volume of evidence available to us then we can only conclude that there were once great civilisations on this planet potentially greater than ours today. Furthermore, why are these not noted in our history books?

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Pranayama - Moot - 4th January 2009

After a brief stop for the Yule festivities the Avebury Moot was delighted to welcome back Vickie. Vickie, an experienced and diversely learned Yoga Teacher, came to give us a talk on the Yogic breathing work of Pranayama.

Vickie explained the importance of breathing and how the concentrated techniques can enhance health.

Yoga breathing, or Pranayama, is the science of breath control. It consists of series of exercises especially intended to meet the body's needs and keep it in vibrant health. Pranayama comes from the following words:

Prana - "life force" or "life energy"
Yama - "discipline" or "control"
Ayama - "expansion", "non-restraint", or "extension"
Thus, Pranayama means "breathing techniques" or "breath control". Ideally, this practice of opening up the inner life force is not merely to take healthy deep breaths. It is intended for yoga practitioners to help and prepare them in their Meditation process.

In our respiration process, we breathe in or inhale oxygen into our body, going through our body systems in a form of energy to charge our different body parts. Then we exhale carbon dioxide and take away all toxic wastes from our body. Through the practice of Pranayama, the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide is attained. Absorbing prana through breath control links our body, mind, and spirit.

Because of the daily work, family, or financial pressures, we tend to ignore our breathing. Thus, it tends to be fast and shallow. The use of only a fraction of your lungs results to lack of oxygen and may lead to different complications. Heart diseases, sleep disorders, and fatigue are some of the effects of oxygen starvation. Therefore, the negative energy of being restless and troublesome leads to lesser prana inside the body. By practicing deep and systematic breathing through Pranayama, we reenergize our body.

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