Archive for December, 2012

December 17, 2012

the Art of living II- true compassion

“Whether people are beautiful and friendly or unattractive and disruptive, ultimately they are human beings, just like oneself. Like oneself, they want happiness and do not want suffering. Furthermore, their right to overcome suffering and be happy is equal to one’s own. Now, when you recognize that all beings are equal in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it, you automatically feel empathy and closeness for them. Through accustoming your mind to this sense of universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems. Nor is this wish selective; it applies equally to all. As long as they are human beings experiencing pleasure and pain just as you do, there is no logical basis to discriminate between them or to alter your concern for them if they behave negatively.” HH The 14th Dalai Lama

well…when i first started to watch videos of  H.H. The Dalai Lama’ teaching i could not help noticing that he was always talking about this unbiased compassion or true compassion that which is not based on whether the person you are directing it to is a friend or not, if the person is kind to you or not, but it is based on the simple fact that that person is a human being and as such has the right to overcome suffering just like any other no matter how he/she behaves.

interesting concept, right? yes, first it is an interesting concept…or, it could be that it is a little outrageous also, ’cause, how would you be compassionate towards somebody that hurts or offends you in any way? i mean…the person cheated on you, lied to you, was disrespectful towards you, humiliated you and any other emotional or physical harm that you can think of or relate to. ‘how can i be compassionate after what he/she did to ME?!” this is more how it sounds like at first…and maybe a bunch of other harsh words and bursts of ager. let me pause here and just say that by no means do i intend to mock or diminish the pain you must have felt, because we do get hurt and i can’t even begin to relate to all the ways in wich a person can get hurt and that is absolutely heartbreaking, but what i am trying to make you see is that we need to get past the part where we are stuck in the I GOT HURT BY you. the ego is so laud that you might hardly be able to hear anything but that for a loong time.

but if you are able to get passed that and my God, i pray that we are all, each and every person on this Earth, able to get passed it and just for one second to glimpse at the other person that is doing this hurtful things to us and see this person’s hurt and pain then we would begin to grasp this ‘absurd’ concept of true compassion. if just for one second you could feel the other person’s pain you could start to understand what this kind of compassion is and how to develop it. because, dear ones, no one in this World that is well and happy would ever cause any harm to anybody, animal or human, not a soul. it is simply impossible. the more hurt and fearful you are, the more aggressive, mean and hurtful you behave.

some time ago, maybe when i was i highschool i heard a saying that goes something like this: be kind to the people that are mean to you, because they are the ones that need it the most. yes, start by acknowledging this truth, then by being kind and if you can try being loving that is the absolute best thing you can ever do for any soul. well…and you might just want to start all that by practicing it on yourself. start easy, anyway you can, but do it- it brings immense benefit to everybody involved.

you know, we just hear wise or sometimes not so wise words every day, everybody is talking, giving lesson, writing, making movies about them and so on, but the truth is that you will only learn on your own when you are ready and, what is most important, from you own experiencing. this is one other very valid reason to, instead of being angry or hurt, you could try to say THANK YOU. what, say THANK YOU?! to whom?! to the person that hurt YOU?! YESSSSSSS! say THANK YOU in your heart or laud in their face or to the wind or write it down or just feel it, because each person that has come into your life was there for a reason and that reason was to teach you something and, dear ones, if you got passed the I GOT HURT BY YOU, then i must, from the bottom of my heart congratulate you, because you also were able to learned from it.

life will always bring about a new challenge…always, if it doesn’t…well….prepare to leave this life, because you did/learned all you came here for… so, when the next challenge arises, just be opened for the lessons and let go of everything else.

i hope and pray that you are all well, healthy, happy and that life treats you gently and that you do not need no harshness to learn…and i also take this time to say thank you to all of my beloved teachers and to Life for all that has given me, is giving me and will give me. THANK YOU!

God bless you!

multumesc

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December 17, 2012

the Art of living- so much to learn…

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Training the Mind

With a determination to achieve the highest aim

For the benefit of all sentient beings

Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,

May I hold them dear at all times.

 

Whenever I interact with someone,

May I view myself as the lowest amongst all,

And, from the very depths of my heart,

Respectfully hold others as superior.

 

In all my deeds may I probe into my mind,

And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise-

As they endanger myself and others-

May I strongly confront them and avert them.

 

When I see beings of unpleasant character

Oppressed by strong negativity and suffering,

May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find-

As if I have discovered a jewel treasure!

 

When others, out of jealousy

Treat me wrongly with abuse, slander, and scorn,

May I take upon myself the defeat

And offer to others the victory.

 

When someone whom I have helped,

Or in whom I have placed great hopes,

Mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways,

May I regard him still as my precious teacher.

 

In brief, may I offer benefit and joy

To all my mothers, both directly and indirectly,

May I quietly take upon myself

All hurts and pains of my mothers.

 

May all this remain undefiled

By the stains of the eight mundane concerns;

And may I, recognizing all things as illusion,

Devoid of clinging, be released from bondage.

http://dalailama.com/teachings/training-the-mind

 

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama,  photo Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

“[…] I believe that the basic or underlying nature of human beings is gentleness.” H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama 

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December 16, 2012

there is beauty in the world

Portrait of Siturubakbak

Portrait of Siturubakbak, Mentawai tribe, Indonesia

Photographer: Joey Lawrence

ps. this woman is a work of art, such beauty…

pps. have you noticed how beautiful are the people around you?

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” Sitting Bull

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December 15, 2012

the healing arts

author unknown

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December 15, 2012

saturday Music journey

let’s star it really slow…

sounds of the Earth

…now…let’s move it up….

sounds of Heaven

….flowing down a little bit…

sounds of the cold Air

….staying there for a while…

sounds of the Air with a bit of Fire

… and moving back down

sounds of sounds of pain

….and going up to the Heart…hopefully satying there 🙂

sounds of Healing

                                                                                                                                    Red Candles

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December 7, 2012

Medicine Man

Medicine Man

“The wounded healer is an archetype for a shamanic traii and journey. This process is important to the young shaman. S/he undergoes a type of sickness that pushes her or him to the brink of death. This happens for two reasons:

1.The shaman crosses over to the under world. This happens so the shaman can venture to its depths to bring back vital information for the sick, and the tribe.
2.The shaman must become sick to understand sickness. When the shaman overcomes her or his own sickness s/he will hold the cure to heal all that suffer. This is the uncanny mark of the wounded healer”

Joan Halifax- ‘Shaman: The Wounder Healer’

foto and drawing c.Crina Radu, nov 2012

ps. let us discover the medicine man inside each of us…

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