3 Thought Thursday

By Monique Rhodes

Here is your weekly dose of three things that have impressed me during the week or that I am contemplating. 

What I have been watching this week  - 

When I first started learning to work with my mind I was introduced to the benefits of how it might change my life by a woman called Tenzin Palmo, an extraordinary British woman who lived in a cave high in the Himalayas for 12 years working meditating - you might like to have a look at the book about her experience Cave in the Snow. I met Tenzin Palmo almost 20 years ago in Australia and over the years she has become my friend. I was fortunate to be with her in California at the weekend. It reminded me of the incredible woman she is, able to be isolated and alone for 12 years. This week I found a TV show called Alone on the History Channel. It's a reality show and basically people are dropped in a remote part of the world alone and whoever manages to stay for the longest wins. The contestants are highly trained survivalists. I have to say I find it fascinating. There is no crew and they film the experience themselves.  In the first season that I am watching, aside from the bears, wolves and cougars scaring them, the biggest issue these contestants face is their own minds. Being alone, with no distractions, shows them where their minds are at, how busy their minds are and, although they may be mastering the elements of the wild, the wildness of their own minds is their biggest hurdle. I couldn't help but think that Tenzin Palmo, having lived 12 years among wolves and snow lions, and with such a mastery of her own mind, would win this show easily!

My favourite innovation of the week - 

I spent many months high in the Himalayas in India in a place called Ladakh. I found this short video on how an engineer has managed to create an artificial glacier to provide fresh water completely fascinating. I also enjoyed it as I have met one of the people in the video. Such an innovative idea. 

My favourite article of the week - 

As a musician I loved this article - The Chrords of the Universe - It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?

Don't forget, if you have something that has touched or impressed you, send it on to me. I'm always looking to be blown away by the wonders of this world. 


Monique Rhodes

Happiness Specialist

Founder, The 10 Minute Mind