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May I be filled with loving-kindness.

May I be well.

May I be peaceful and at ease.

May I be happy.

 

May he/she be filled with loving-kindness.

May he/she be well.

May he/she be peaceful and at ease.

May he/she be happy.

 

May my family be filled with loving-kindness.

May my family be well.

May my family be peaceful and at ease.

May my family be happy.

 

May my community be filled with loving-kindness.

May my community be well.

May my community be peaceful and at ease.

May my community be happy.

 

May the world be filled with loving-kindness.

May the world be well.

May the world be peaceful and at ease.

May the world be happy.

 

 

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Posted in Identity, Love, Science

Consciousness of the Universe

The universe appears to be an impersonal array of stars, planets, gas, dust and galaxies, seemingly moving and expanding aimlessly and randomly. Does the universe have feelings? Happy? Sad? Lonely? Is the universe conscious of itself? Does the universe ever know love?

It is said we are the consciousness of the universe, and the universe seeks to understand itself through us. Why is that so? Why are we here and why are we left on our own to make sense of our existence?

Granted we have feelings and we can feel love. It is observed that we love and accept ourselves and others, we send a message to the universe that life is worthwhile, and our existence is not futile.

Why do children remain carefree while we grownups often feel despair and anguish as we grapple with identity crisis and existential crisis? Perhaps it is our perception that has changed as we grow up – the universe has always been the same. Life always has its ups and downs, and many things remain a mystery. Maybe it is good to retain the innocence and wonder of a child. Simplicity and wisdom, or child-likeness and maturity, need not be mutually exclusive as both are reconcilable and compatible when we find that balance.

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Posted in Philosophy

What does school really teach children? Some thoughts on education

Source: Freedom Is A State Of Mind

To a large extent, the above observation is true concerning the traditional system of education, in which conformity, compliance and rote learning are rewarded as it focuses on getting good results in exams, regardless of how much students really understand what they learnt or are able to apply in their lives or whether they learn to be more humane towards other people and the environment. Much of the education also doesn’t really equip students to discover and accept themselves and nurture their self-affirmation and self-development because the emphasis is on proving their worth through achievements and competing with others.

I have also come to see education doesn’t necessarily teach or enable people to relate to one another, and having high credentials doesn’t necessarily mean they are good at relating to people.  I don’t subscribe to the society’s mindset about people with doctorates and high qualifications either – in fact, whenever I read newspapers on weekends, or read Amazon book reviews, and when someone spoke or wrote so highly about their qualifications, I get kinda turned off myself. Ultimately, the value of a character’s character is not measured in how many degrees or titles he holds to his name, but how he treats himself and his fellow human beings.

At the end of the day, what matters is relationships – with oneself, with others, with the environment. This reminds me of my favourite Native American Indian quote:

I do not think the measure of a civilization
is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
But rather how well its people have learned to relate
to their environment and fellow man.
~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe ~

Posted in Identity, Love

Does the adage “Blood is thicker than water” still stand true?

Source: A friend of Humanity

I think the saying “blood is thicker than water” may no longer apply due to changes in society as we are experiencing a global collective evolution, in a sense, whereby we realise we are all one and connected as a family, which goes beyond blood relations. I also think we all came from the Source/Great Spirit, and the family we are born in is only a channel through which we came into the world, and at a deeper level, we belong not to our natural family, but to a spiritual family – a universal brotherhood and sisterhood, so to speak.

Like what this post says: “We are all connected. Our actions are like waves, touching all things.” We are waves belonging to the same ocean of humanity – and we can relate to one another through our very humanness of joys and sorrows.

Someone also said that we live in ever evolving and ever expanding universe, and the old adage “Blood is thicker than water” is going through a metamorphosis. I think that is true. Even in Nature, in the animal kingdom, I seem to see more and more examples of interspecies relationships in which animals of different families and species can become good friends with one another. This video captures some examples of interspecies friendship and fellowship, which I find heartwarming.

I believe that people are waking up all over the world and questioning conventional mindsets, including the conventional idea that “family” means “blood relations”. In real life, we do see many instances in which friends treat each other better than immediate family members and relatives. I think friendship transcends all boundaries, including culture, race, nationality, language and even “blood relations”.

I am also coming to realise that being born in the same family with others doesn’t necessarily mean we are able to connect deeply with them (for example, our siblings) at the heart level or soul level, and being in the same blood family also doesn’t give these family members the right to be mean to us or take us for granted. I think essentially we are all human beings and we can only relate best to one another through showing basic love and dignity to one another, and therefore being blood-related to another person doesn’t exempt them from extending this basic human compassion to their fellow human beings.

Like what the above picture says: “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who LOVE YOU no matter what.” Yes, we are family because we love and accept each other for who we are.

I also like the universal truth expressed in this nugget below.

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¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆°We are all connected through a golden thread of spiritual DNA. One soul to the other. Though miles apart we connect at the heart. Many blessings to each of you ♥ We are all connected and I am blessed and grateful for our connection ♥

Yes, we are connected at the deepest level in our soul. Though we may be miles apart, we connect at the heart.

Posted in Meditation

Hiddenness, a Place of Purification ~ Henri Nouwen

One of the reasons that hiddenness is such an important aspect of the spiritual life is that it keeps us focused on God.  In hiddenness we do not receive human  acclamation, admiration, support, or encouragement.  In hiddenness we have to go to God with our sorrows and joys and trust that God will give us what we most need.

In our society we are inclined to avoid hiddenness.  We want to be seen and acknowledged.  We want to be useful to others and influence the course of events.  But as we become visible and popular, we quickly grow dependent on people and their responses and easily lose touch with God, the true source of our being.   Hiddenness is the place of purification.  In hiddenness we find our true selves.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen

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Mindfulbalance

To live well, we need to be able to see what’s happening, in us and around us. We also need to know how not to get impulsively drawn into unskillful, reactive patterns of behavior that don’t serve us or those around us well. Mindfulness offers us a way of paying attention to what’s actually going on, to know what’s happening at an experiential level. And that is something that we tend not to train ourselves in these days — instead our education system, our workplaces, our media, our governments, all tend to train us in creating and valuing concepts or products — we get stuck at a head level and a doing level, driven by thinking and activity. There’s nothing wrong with ideas or products, but there’s an imbalance in our culture whereby a more intuitive knowledge is ignored, or just not cultivated, and it is this kind of…

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Inspiration from my favourite tennis players

Video commentary:

Serena Williams vs Venus Williams 2002 Wimbledon Final Highlights. With them getting the trophy’s and the interviews.

Great sportswomanship, grit and determination. Gracious in accepting the results of the final, whether win or lose. Both sisters are visionaries, history makers and role models in their own right.