Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tweet - The rules...

Flight 888
Picture "Flight 888" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
The ignorant is not aware of the rules,
The novice starts learning the rules,
The average person applies the rules,
The experts understands the rules,
The master teaches the rules,
and also knows how to break the rules,
without breaking the rules...


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tweet - sometimes it feels good to be alive

sometimes it feels good to be alive, 
sometimes it does not, 
the difference is that the later is just attachment to so called good things or bad things in life...

Tweet - Too often we sacrifice

too often we start sacrificing things we enjoy,
because we don't have time to do the so called "more important things", 
however this just serves to take away the energy to tackle these, 
and leave you nothing more than a miserable life...

Seek knowledge which unravels mysteries

Good Night Buddha
Love this picture "Good Night Buddha" by h.koppdelaney

That friend brought me up with great care and attention,
He sewed me a garment from skin and veins.
The body is like a cloak and my heart in it like a mystic,
The world is like a monastery and he is my guide.

Seek knowledge which unravels mysteries
Before your life comes to close
Give up that non-existence which looks like existence,
Seek that existence which looks like non-existence!

From Divani Shams, "Life and Work of Muhammad Jalal-ud Din Rumi"
by Afzal Iqbal

Tweet - always have a plan B in place

the cracks are starting to show in the world in all area's economic, employment, environmental, social
one cannot be ignorant about these major "tectonic" shifts that are happening
be mindful of this and what you need to be able to navigate these difficult pathways ahead
for example, keeping this in mind at work, one can focus on learning, relationships, and seeking more stable positions
keeping this mind for health, one be can focus more on invigorating yoga, qi gong/pranayama
always having plan B for various aspects of your life...should things around you take a turn for the worse...

Tweet - Work calls for taking some risks

at work sometimes you just have to take some risks, 
let it be risks that show leadership, value for relationships and integrity...

Tweet - Often we think, why this, why that?

often we think, why this? why that? 
little do we know dwelling on situations that are, 
is just making us more miserable, better to accept what is, 
this allows you open to the joy in just being alive...
and truly appreciate what we do have...

Tweet - giving does not imply giving something material

giving does not imply giving something material,
it can be a kind word of appreciation, of empowerment, of comfort...
the gift of words can bring lots of joy,
not only for the receiver but maybe more so for the giver...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Tofurkey Day..

Buddha's Birds
Picture 'Buddha Birds' kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
we can't change the cruelty that happens around the world,
but can we not we can change the demand that fuels this senseless slaughter?

we create a statement by our non-participation, 
passive as it may seen, it is still a statement...

so this thanks giving...
i am wishing everyone a happy "Tofurkey Day"...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Creating Space for Zen...

The logo I designed has got the number 4 behind the Space & Zen in Roman Numerals

What better way to start a new post for a new blog, than about the blog itself...The inspiration for the name of the blog comes from really nice quote I read in a book by Gawler & Bedford,  where they described meditation as simply "creating space for grace", this resonated strongly with me.  Struggling with meditation for a long time myself, I know you can't force meditation, nor can you force love, kindness, presence of mind, happiness and even sleep, you can simply make space for it to happen naturally.

"Water, if you don't stir it, becomes clear, says a Tibetan proverb. Similarly, the mind, if you don't stir it, finds peace" ~ Sogyal Rinpoche, likewise with our endless thirst to be everywhere except where we are, agitates our minds so much that we can never enjoy the preciousness of the current moment...

"When we stop trying to force pleasant feelings, they are freer to emerge on their own.
When we top trying to resist unpleasant feelings we may find that they can drift away by themselves
When we stop trying to make something happen, a whole world of fresh and unanticipated experiences may become accessible to us" ~ The Mindful Way Through Depression

Instead of using "Space for Grace" I used "Space for Zen" , because Zen encapsulates so much more personally, it implies meditation, it implies mindfulness, it implies direct experience, it implies simplicity, it implies poetry and unsolvable puzzles, it implies there is much more than what can be expressed by words.

Creating a space for Zen then for me a deeply spiritual statement because I believe we are deeply spiritual beings with infinite innate potential. The sad state of the world today requires us to be able to connect to this potential and bring it out so that we can get through in life with joy and peace of mind amongst the chaos, as well as being able to offer this to the world around us through our own very example...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Welcome to my new

Hi All,

Welcome to my new

I have been blogging coming up to almost one year now on, etc. This new blog allows me to take myself to the next stage of evolution. I will be consolidating my writings in this web site from past blogs, look to provide a better structure to index the different sub-themes.

The underlying theme of this site, is that we already have all we need in us, and we "simply to make space for magic to happen in our lives", and real magic happens when we open up to the vastness inside us or "Zen" state of mind inside us.

Enjoy the next journey with me...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Tortoise and the Hare, The Sequel

Picture "Master Oogway" kindly provided by  KungFuPandaWorld
For my next Toastmaster speech, I need to write an original story with a twist, this was a difficult for me to thing to do amongst the craziness and busyness of life, I managed to write a draft sequel to the "Tortoise and the Hare" in the chaos of it all.  I will probably do some further refinements as the speech comes closer.  Here it is, enjoy:

The Hare was humiliated after losing the race to the Tortoise, 10 years later the Hare was a Broken Bunny! The Hare never quite forgave himself for falling asleep at the race, he kept on revisiting that event over and over again in his mind everyday since then.

He pondered "How could I have lost that race, everyone knew I was faster...everyone thought I was better looking, everyone thought I was the one that was sure to be a success in life".  He sure was a dashing young bunny back then, with great looks and speed...

It did not stop there, the Tortoise got the promotions, everyone loved being around the Tortoise, the Tortoise always made time for everyone, even animals he did not like.  The Hare was a sorry picture of what he was before, he looked 10 years older than his age, his face showed his bitterness, and his words reflected it...he was the heaviest bunny in town...

The Hare had heard of the wizard Owl, which was the Tortoise's mentor, he decided to go visit the Owl, after all, if the Owl could help a loser like the Tortoise to become a winner, surely the Owl could help him. He arrived at the Owl's tree, to find the Owl meditating upside down...The Owl sensed him, opened his eyes, and said to him, "so its taken you ten years to come and see me, tell me how can I help you".  The Hare poured out his anger, his hatred for the Tortoise, and hatred for himself...

The Owl listened carefully, and asked, what do you think could change all this...The Hare paused and then he thought "it was that darn race, if I had won it, things would all be different..." The Owl paused, he picked up a twig, and he put a magical spell on it, he said to the Hare "take this, go home, picture in your mind the event you want to change, and break the will take you back in time to change any event you want..."

The Hare was delighted, finally he got "a second bite of the cherry", he took the twig and kissed the Owl's feathers... He went home, and he pictured the race in his mind...and broke the twig, all of the sudden he was transported back in time to the race.  He was there, the Tortoise was there, the crowd was there, all 10 years ago...The Hare said "ahh, I am going to win today! nothing will stop me, I will not sleep today no matter how tired I get"

So the siren went off, off they went, the Hare ran, and he ran, he started to feel tired, and he passed the place he slept before..."ahh I am not going to fall for that one he said..." He kept running, he went passed the carrot farm, and he felt really hungry.  He thought, since he was so far ahead, he would stop and have a quick bite, he stopped and ate the carrots, they were so delicious, he had not enjoyed such succulent carrots for ten years, then he was full, but he kept on he was eating and eating he saw the tortoise pass him by, so he jumped up  startled and started sprinting again, he felt really uncomfortable running with such a full stomach.

He ran and he ran, and then he came across a beautiful female Hare who needed some help to take a splinter out of her leg, being so far ahead again, and enjoying a youthful body again, he stopped to help her, soon he was lost in her eyes, and was captured by her beauty, he lost track of time, and soon the tortoise passed him again...He thought "Just a bit longer, I really want to get this foxy Hare's number!",  he lost track of time, from a distance he saw that the tortoise was slowly inching to the finish line....

He said to the female Hare, "Stay put babes, I will be back...", and he sprinted as hard, and as fast as he could, he ran and he ran, like he never ran before in his life.  The Tortoise was almost at the finish line, the hare lunged and landed on the Tortoise's shell with a thud, he bounced and he flew over the Tortoise and won the race...He face burst with pride. and he forgot all about the Foxy Hare he left behind, "I did it, I did it, I did it", then all of the sudden he was then suddenly teleported to the present moment.  He thought how great things would be now...when he open his eyes, he got to where he left off, nothing seemed to have changed, he went to work the Tortoise was still his boss.

He stomped back to the Owl's tree, and demanded an explanation why things had not changed.. The Owl looked at him and said "I have done all I can please go and ask the Tortoise what his secret is".  The Hare's pride kept him from approaching the Tortoise, until one day he could take it no more, he asked the Tortoise to go out for a drink of wheat juice, down near the non-alcoholic bar next to the lake.

He poured his heart out to the Tortoise and also blamed him for almost half of the things that happened to him.  The Tortoise looked at him compassionately, and friend, "I have always wanted to speak to you about it, but I never thought you would want to listen to what I had to say to you, since you ask, I will tell you...

See your problems lies not in the fact that you got defeated, not just with our race but with anything, I lose in many things myself, we all have our ups and downs.  The problem lies in your attachment to your loses and the attachment you have to your wins.

For me it did not really matter if I lost or won the race, I would have just gotten on with the rest of my life, and forgotten about the race...I just was more concerned about finishing the race and moving on to my next challenge, one day at a time...I know my weaknesses, but I overcome it by just keeping myself present at the task at hand, doing that and only that, and also not getting attached to the results good or bad...I know I may be a bit simple, but I find that works for me.  I did not believe it at first too, when the Owl revealed it to me"

The Hare was struck by this, "could it really be that simple, could it really be that it is not what happens to you good or bad, but how much you are attached to it" he thought...It was a hard pill for the Hare to swallow, but he knew deep down inside that it was true...for when he reflected back to the days in his life when he felt most alive, he could not find any attachments...

The Tortoise did not give up on his friend the Hare, and taught him the Tortoise Meditation Technique, the slow Tortoise Breathing Method, the Tortoise Tai Chi Form.  This gave the Hare a practical way to build these skills, and learn to be more mindful, present and compassionate in life.  The Hare learnt much from his former nemesis who was now his closest friend and mentor and went on to truly live his life....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A lover only knows humility..

I just love this song based on Rumi's poem, here are the lyrics:
A lover knows only humility, he has no choice.
He steals into your alley at night, he has no choice.
He longs to kiss every lock of your hair, don't fret,
he has no choice.
In his frenzied love for you, he longs to break the chains of his imprisonment,
he has no choice.

A lover asked his beloved:
- Do you love yourself more than you love me?
Beloved replied: I have died to myself and I live for you.
I've disappeared from myself and my attributes,
I am present only for you.
I've forgotten all my learnings,
but from knowing you I've become a scholar.
I've lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.

I love myself...I love you.
I love you...I love myself.

I am your lover, come to my side,
I will open the gate to your love.
Come settle with me, let us be neighbours to the stars.
You have been hiding so long, endlessly drifting in the sea of my love.
Even so, you have always been connected to me.
Concealed, revealed, in the unknown, in the un-manifest.
I am life itself.

You have been a prisoner of a little pond,
I am the ocean and its turbulent flood.
Come merge with me,
leave this world of ignorance.
Be with me, I will open the gate to your love.

I desire you more than food or drink
My body my senses my mind hunger for your taste
I can sense your presence in my heart
although you belong to all the world
I wait with silent passïon for one gesture one glance
from you.

The Mindful Way through Depression...

I am reading "The Mindful Way through Depression" presently (sample embedded above), although it is for depression, it offers a great amount of detail to handle difficult emotions that is applicable to everyone...I wander sometimes why being born as a human never came with a owner's manual.  Thankfully there is some great material coming available on the "human being manual" especially on mindfulness based techniques.

The more I think about it, it is really that we are rediscovering techniques that we already know innately, techniques so long forgotten, knowledge that we already have inside us that we are rediscovering like a sculptor chipping away at a rock to reveal a beautiful statue within...

Enjoy the sample from the book above, it resonated with me quite a bit, you could apply the morale of the story to any "day to day moment" and appreciate it so much more:

A well-known travel writer was invited to dine at the home of a well-to-do Japanese family.  His host had invited a number of guests, letting it known that he had something of a great importance to share.  part of the meal would consist of a blowfish, considered a superb delicacy in Japan, in part because these fish are fatally poisonous unless the poison has been removed by a highly skilled chef.  To be served such a fish was a great honor.

As guest of honor, the writer received the fish with great anticipation, and savored every mouthful.  The taste was, indeed, like nothing he had ever eaten.  What, asked his host, did he think of the experience?  The guest was ecstatic about the exquisite flavor of the fish he had sampled.  He did not have to exaggerate, for it was indeed sublime, among the best food he had ever tasted.  Only then did his host reveal that the fish he had eaten was a common variety.  Another guest, without realizing it, had eaten the blowfish.  The "important thing" the writer learned was not how good a rare and expensive delicacy tasted, but how amazing ordinary food could be if he paid close attention to each mouth full.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Same Parents

Sample of Lyrics

We all had the same parents
Many million years ago
Why can't we live in freedom
Without hunger, with no war?

At the beginning we all had
One mother and one father
That's where we're descending from 
I don't, I don't understand why so much hate 

Between races, and religions
It's mad, insane
I don't understand 
Why it has to be like that?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

See me here..

"A human being is part of a whole called by us the Universe. A part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires, and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion, to embrace all living creatures in the whole of nature and its beauty."
~ Albert Einstein

We must be able to...

Buddha's Eagle
Picture "Buddha's Eagle" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
We must be able to build sufficient awareness through our daily discipline of meditation to be in tune to our higher self.  

We must be able to put those temporary pauses in our daily action, to allow us to contemplate what is happening with our deeper self.  

We must be able to act with conviction from the sensitivity that we build through our daily discipline of meditation, and be totally congruent with our higher self.

From my upcoming book "Zen,Zombies & Karma"

The poverty of mental and spiritual wealth...

Vipassana Meditation
Picture "Vipassana Meditation" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney

There is a endless rat race in today's society for material wealth...people seem to think that getting material wealth will give them piece of mind. Those who do not have it spend their lives getting it, those that have spend their live hoarding it, squandering it, rather than putting it into good were is the joy in living in all of this...

In a conversation between The Dalai Lama & Paul Ekman, PH.D, his holiness says:
In the eighteen century, nineteenth century, early part of twentieth century, no government says what is the importance of peace of mind. Only say: economy, economy, economy. Why? Because poverty is urgent. So, therefore, people everywhere, putting every effort, including our education into eliminating poverty...

Also on the television, all you see, is about improvement of the proverty: to improve the economy, propsperity. But you see, people, at least those people, how are no longer much worried about their physical needs, now they are experience problems, but mainly at the mental leval. That mental unrest brings a lot of suffering on humanity. Therefore, now we have to think or explore another field, and that is mental health. We cannot change mental health overnight.

Today's world is in deep mental and spiritual poverty...Here is the irony of it all, spiritual & mental wealth is free, its freely available inside you!

One only needs to switch off external channels, and switch on internal channels...

When I was driving back today from picking up my dry cleaning, I saw a billboard it was of a mini coke can and it said "Open up a little happiness", pondering on it, it made me sick!  This is the type of programming that tells us that we can buy happiness out of a can, what a joke!...but this sort of programming is prevalent at every scale...

One needs to switch off these really damaging external negative messages, and realize that true happiness, comes only from realizing and exercising our true core nature..through stillness, compassion, contemplation...

Sadly even spirituality is commoditized into products that make us believe that we can buy it!  If only it would be that simple all the millionaires would be in bliss, when they suffer mentally more than a average villager in poverty...

I say onto you that you already have all that is required, only thing that is required is a simple method of meditation (if you don't already have one)...and daily discipline...

Spiritual and mental poverty needs to be eliminated by daily discipline of your meditation method...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What is Karma?

Ordinary mindness is the way
Picture "Ordinary mindness is the way" by h.koppdelaney
Here is another sample (draft) of a short book I am doing, which is moving very slowly :)

Why is this happening to me? Why was I born this way? Why am I the way I am?  There is a lot of whys in life...too many that we can possibly comprehend.  Could it really be that life is just one big random event?

According to the law of Karma, there is no such thing as a random event, everything is interrelated working like perfect clockwork, there is a reason for everything to be as it is, there is a reason for everyone to be in everyone’s life, there is learning possible from every single situation.

I really like the definition of Karma by Sri Sri Ravi Sankar, he says:
“Karma is action that results from the impressions of the mind, the action it has produced, and the new impressions it is going to produce in the mind in the future which will cause further actions."

The impressions are called Samskaras in Sanskrit, these are scripts recorded in the inner depths of our mind which governs our automatic behaviors, they also shapes our personalities. This explains why everyone has different personalities, even animals show different personalities.   

Karmas are of 3 types, stored (Sinchit), in flight (Pralabdha), future (Kriyaman)...The stored karma is like seeds that have been sowed by passed actions, in flight is the plants that have sprouted from these seeds, and future karmas, are the fruit of these plants that give more seeds. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar goes to say that we don't actually know when these seeds are going to sprout.

Why is this so important to understand?  This is important because one can understand that one is simply a product of ones own creation, through the actions one has taken in the past. Now if we understand this, we can take steps in creating karma’s that are more beneficial to us, live with them with a certain level of acceptance, and rise above them.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Let love and grace guide your sail

Om mani padme hum
Picture "Om mani padme hum" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
The winds of time takes you to places you don't expect to go
It brings together people you don't expect to know...

All is not random, although it may seem that way
There are lessons to be learnt, kind deeds to do, kinds words to say...

Learn the lesson of simplicity,
Learn the lesson of humility...

Leadership, strength, courage to be shown
Your soul in this body to be flown...

Alas, you have it in you to go through this journey and come out awaken
Pray that you don't fall asleep, pray with grace you are shaken...

Let love and grace guide your sail
So in life you do not fail...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mind like the Sky

Let your mind be like the clear blue sky
Clear blue it always is, above the dark clouds you can always fly
Even when there is storms, hurricanes, all is just a phase
For when the storms clear, the clear blue skies come back to amaze
Such is yourself, the storms of your emotions, your troubles, your environment
In your mind are just really small mice, not a big elephant
Don't blow them out to what they are not, keep your piece of mind all the same
Your troubles are like the clouds, they will disappear just as they came

(This poem was inspired by Jack Kornfield's Mind Like the Sky Meditation)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Why we are zombies...

Ordinary mindness is the way
Picture "Ordinary mindness is the way" by h.koppdelaney
Finally I get the courage to start on my first is a sample...

Why we are zombies?
I see them all around me, I feel like one too at times...everywhere you look, everyone is on autopilot...

Is this what we were destined for? Is this why humans were given this intellect? Why is this?

Well it takes work and discipline to overcome the lethargy and the addictions of the mind and of the body...the spirit is boundless, the mind however is a slave, a slave of the senses, a slave to the addictions of the is this what we have reduce the spirit to? a slave? a slave of the mind which itself is a slave...Where is the freedom in all of this?

The mind has itself has forgotten about the spirit, and has itself identified itself with the mind, the ego, the emotions, the senses...In that lies the very fact, we are really zombies, being free to be controlled by a bombardment of external driven selfish and sometimes perverse programming that appeals to the palate, to the senses, to the ego...

Its akin to a person taking the hands off the steering wheel and expecting the car to drive itself...well maybe off the cliff or into the tree you will go, if you are lucky it will be fatal, otherwise it could be life of misery and pain from some serious is no different...the results from mindless action, is well mindless random results...

The mind, the emotions, the body are useful servants but bad masters...under the leadership of the soul...amazing things are possible...just from one person...just from one lifetime.