Friday, June 24, 2011


Zen Gold
Picture "Zen Gold" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney under CC
An adaptation of my favorite poem's follow below by Sufi mystic Rumi follows below.  I modified it a bit to suit my interpretation.

Oh friend listen to the song of the reed
Singing with pangs of separation ever since it was torn away
From its loving bed
Now it suffers from distant memories and lost love

The secret of my song though near
These inner melodies, no-one can, see no one can hear 

Find the one who can
Let that person share with you the secret of my song
Of mingling that person's soul with mine

The inner flame of love that fuels my being
This inner wine of love that gives me life
Would you dare learn how lovers bleed, and bare open your naked soul
Listen, listen to the song of the reed!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Buddha's Light
Picture "buddha's light" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
Oh holy father, one true lord, beyond time & space
Creator and sustainer of everything
Lost is this soul in this alien land
Confused and bewildered, clutching at straws of ego and ignorance
Oh holy father, only you know your mysterious ways
Like a kite pulling some close, letting others soar in the winds of creation
The string is always in your hand, without which no life is possible
Oh holy father, when will you pull your kite back
Which you let fly so, so long ago :(

Happy Fathers Day Dads,

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Picture "Moonstruck" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney, love the simplicity of this photo.

My speech material follows, somewhat more elaborate than my 7 minute speech

The Fox and the Hedgehog

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing (Ancient Greek Proverb)

The fox is a flashy, cunning creature; the Hedge in comparison is a much simpler creature, he waddles along everyday searching for his food and taking care of this home. Day in day out the fox circles around the hedgehog waiting for the perfect moment to pounce.

"Berlin extrapolated from this little parable to divide people into two basic group: foxes and hedgehogs.  
Foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity.  They are scattered or diffused moving on many levels, never integrating their thinking into one overall concept or unifying vision.
Hedgehogs on the other hand simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea, a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything.  

Hedgehogs are not stupid, quite the contrary, they understand the essence of profound insight is simplicity.  What could be more simpler than Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Dawrin’s Theory of Natural Selection? 
The Hedgehog aren’t simpletons; they have a piercing insight that allows them to see complexity and discern underlying patterns, Hedgehogs see what’s  essential and ignore the rest."

Another great example, in Buddhism Psychology all problems and joyed are reduced to being temporary.

The Hedgehog Concept

"Those who built the good-to-great companies were, to one degree or another, hedgehogs. They used their hedgehog nature, to drive toward what we came to call, a Hedgehog Concept, for their companies. Those who led the comparison companies, tended to be foxes, never gaining the clarifying advantage, of a Hedgehog Concept, being instead, scattered, diffused, and inconsistent."  

What is the Hedgehog Concept?  In a piece of paper in front of you I would like you to draw 3 overlapping circle, and inside this circle label the first one Passion, the second one “what we can be the best at, and what we can’t be the best at", and the last one "Economic Engine”

“If you make a lot of money doing things at which you could never be the best you only build a successful company, not a great one.
If you become the best at something you will never remain on top if you don’t have the intrinsic passion for what you are doing.
Finally, you can be passionate all you want but if you can’t be the best at it or it doesn’t make economic sense, then you might have a lot of fun, but it won’t produce great results.
The Hedgehog Concept is not a goal to be the best, a strategy to be the best, an intention to be the best, a plan to be the best.  It is an understanding of what you can be the best at.  This distinction is absolutely critical.” 

Johnny Depp Example
I really like Johnny Depp’s interview here.  He indicated he was claustrophobic and felt like he was marketed as a product, so he choose roles only that he had already in him, so that he could bring out the character from a place of honesty, how awesome of a statement is that!  He had passion, he knew what he was the best in the world, and he had the economic sustainability.

Toastmaster Hedgehog Example
Lets revisit the Hedgehog using our Toastmaster the vision that Olga (our ex-president of the club) gave me as an example:

Olga’s vision statement in qoutes

"A club that members want to belong to, where they come because they like spending at least 1 hour a week."  (Passion)

"A club that was Stimulating and Safe environment."
(What we can be the best at!) 

Our diversity and intellectual firepower and supporting members bring in a stimulating and safe environment, I once said it’s like tight rope walking, with the safety of a net.  It’s exciting to watch a performance as well as do one.

"….I felt that if the members are comfortable, they would want to reach personal goals that would benefit the club in general. I have tried to make this a social space for networking and promotion of the events that our members are involved in outside of the club. (Economic Engine)"

Toastmaster also builds the communication, leadership and confidence to support your economic engine!

Personal Hedgehog

To finish with I would like to challenge you to apply the hedgehog concept with your own lives.
1. Work out what your passions are.
2. Work out what you are the best at.
3. Find the opportunities within and outside your organizations to achieve economic sustainability.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Buddha Mind
Picture Buddha Mind kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
Grace lend your gentle hand to this lost soul
There are too many paths to choose from
Lend me your light that shines ever so brightly
Embrace me with your heavenly melodies
Lead me to your waters, only which quenches my unending thirst
Oh Grace, on you I depend only to show me the path of truth
Alas, I know its only me who is not holding your hand tight enough
And it is your hands that catch me when I fall

Friday, June 10, 2011


Spirit + Nature
Picture "Spirit + Nature" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
The joy I seek does not rest in coins of gold
Nor can it be found in fame or power
Tempting they are, I must say
But tell me friend, how much does your soul weigh in gold?
Unlike first class, death allows no baggage

The joy I seek does not rest in pleasures of the senses or the stomach
After all how much can one eat?
Overeating is just as uncomfortable as not eating!
What to say about those poor creatures that are slaughtered without thought, who will bring them justice?

The joy I seek lies not in scholarly knowledge
All that does is blow up my ego!

The joy I seek lies in the dormant potential of humility, love, peace and compassion that lies in reach of all of us
So near, yet so far
Like a statue in the stone waiting for only what is not needed to be chipped away
Chip away what is not needed by keeping only that which is kind and is of purpose

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Its not often that you get blown away twice in one week. Today I was lucky enough to go a two hour talk held by Benjamin Zander.  I must say the talk was absolutely mind-blowing.

Most people despair or get angry at the face of problems. But Zander says that all things are possible to solve simply by looking our frame of reference and unchallenged assumptions.  It does imply that we need to re-look at the hidden assumptions that cloud our judgement, and look in the realm of possibility by revisiting and challenging these unconscious assumptions.

He gave an example by getting people to sing happy birthday to a audience member, then he progressed with the level of engagement of the audience, until the end where the whole hundreds of people in the room, were literally showering the woman on a stool with all their heart and soul singing happy birthday with the upmost passion with full arms extended!  You can imagine what an experience that was like!

You see we only know how to sing happy birthday in a single monotonous boring tune, not with all our heart body and soul.  Unless we push ourself to the possibility of doing so we won't be able to do so.  Take this further we are only acting out the motions in life, we are in fact living our lives as Zombies, half dead!

Imagine if we opened ourselves up to the potential of infinite wisdom, love and compassion that is within the reach of each of us, what could happen to us, those around us and the world at large?

When I started this blog, I had no idea that I would be writing poetic verses, hell, I had no idea that I could even write, but it evolved because I opened myself to possibility that maybe I could make a difference to myself by writing and hopefully others. The writings became poetic because I could not get any more effective way to pack a punch with my message, there is only so much you can convey in words without the support of body language.

At the end I said to him while he was signing my book "Why be the wave when you can be the ocean" to which he burst out laughing as that was what his speech was all about, unlocking the potential for us as individual to reach fulfillment personally to benefit our families, our community, our work and our planet!

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Monday, June 6, 2011


blanche / white 2
Picture kindly provided by OliBac

Voice of an Angel
Heart of a Saint
Its hard not to be hit by the arrows of love
The arrows don't have a sharp point at the end, but a white rose
They lock on to you like self guided missiles
There is no where you can hide!
They penetrate deep into your soul
Leaving a mark in your heart forever
That touches your naked soul with bitter sweet tenderness
Thank you Snatam for your gifts of peace to the world

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Picture "Now" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney

I seek those who wear the perfume of humility
What use is a cup which is not hollow?
Have you ever seen a proud lover?
A lover has to go down on one knee to propose
Is humility not an embodiment of true love?

The temple of the living God is not made of bricks or mortar, but of flesh and blood
With a door that is tinier than an atom
Only the naked soul can enter
Oh friend, adorn the perfume of humility
One lock of eternity is opened by it


Picture "Now" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney

I seek those who wear the perfume of humility
What use is a cup which is not hollow?
Have you ever seen a proud lover?
A lover has to go down on one knee to propose
Is humility not an embodiment of true love?

The temple of the living God is not made of bricks or mortar, but of flesh and blood
With a door that is tinier than an atom
Only the naked soul can enter
Oh friend, adorn the perfume of humility
One lock of eternity is opened by it

Friday, June 3, 2011


Picture "Amitabha" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney

I feel lost in the labyrinth of the mind
All these temporary pursuits always lead me to the same dead end
The labyrinth is nothing but my desires and attachments
Yet the world feeds off this crazy frenzy like zombies
Oh friend, don't be a zombie in a labyrinth
I myself created the labyrinth
So why can I not uncreate it?
Uncreate the labyrinth through the discipline of meditation
Real freedom is freedom from yourself
I long for the taste of this real freedom

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