Monday, January 30, 2012

Acting from within is true leadership...

Follow the Flow
Picture "Follow the Flow" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney

Call it what you want, gut instinct, karma, destiny...sometimes if you are still enough, clarity comes from within, from the stillness, and it guides you to act...

There is certainty of what you must do, of what you must try, even if it is deeply make a stand whether it is to do what is right or to fix what is wrong...

The problem is that most people do not make a stand in the first place because they are too scared, too scared to fail...too scared to try...but if you don't act things could be much worse..much like interest on an unpaid debt, the longer you leave it, the more expensive it becomes...

This is not a common problem, many of us have our fears, our insecurities, but how people push through the most difficult of circumstances and come out still in one piece, is what makes them resilient...this resilience does not however comes from what happens at that point in is what they did leading up to it...

Resilience does not come free, it is a conscious effort of daily discipline, discipline of what you may ask, it can be anything playing guitar, meditating, yoga...the key is not so much in what it is, more so that you practice curbing your mind from random wanderings...because when you do this you are stabilizing your mind, your thoughts...this stabilization leads to stillness, which leads to clarity.

Clarity combined with action leads to true leadership....

Friday, January 27, 2012

Vegan Kimchi Noodles

My wife says to me one day, "watching these Korean dramas, I feel like eating kim-chi noodles, please make me some...the kim chi is in the fridge".

Now kim chi like Vegemite/Durian anything else half gross, is an acquired taste, it is smelly, pungent, spicy, chilli & apparently very good for you because of the good bacteria in the fermentation process.

Well I did not hold back, I came up with this concoction. My wife loved this so much she asked me to make it two meals in a row...I had to share it, serving for one in less than 10 minutes...

2 packet yellow thin chinese noodes (boil)
2 baby bok choi
one hand grab of snow peas
one hand grab of cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon kecap manis (thick sweetened soya sauce)
3-4 generous forking of kim chi
1 teaspoon vegetarian balachan or brown rice miso or stock
1 table spoon liquid aminos or soy sauce
1 table spoon fried onions (dried ones)
2-3 slices of your choice of soy protein pan fried in sesame oil...(I use tofurkey)

Boil noodles, when done throw in the bok choy sliced vertically in quarters, and the snow peas, wait 30 seconds drain, mix everything, garnish with the onions and the soy protein of your choice...walah! great tasting kim chi noodles

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choy!  What better way to celebrate the year of the water dragon than doing the Qi Gong form Wuji Swimming Dragon.  This was the first Qi Gong movement I learnt, I love the simplicity and the flow of this movement.

The key to good health & happiness is to let your Qi flow, the Chinese say that one gets sick because of the blockage of Qi which can happen for many reasons, the key one being attachment...

Non-attachment is the key to happiness as many spiritual faiths and the law of karma indicate...attachment locks Qi up...Qi Gong helps you circulate Qi, through active imagination, mental focus, deep breathing & gentle movements...The Chinese equate Qi closely to thoughts as well as blood flow...There is a saying where the mind goes, Qi goes...

So the year of the water dragon is upon us, assuming the world does not end as predicted, there is great possibilities of transformation...Qi Gong is a alchemical and trans-formative in nature...try the Wuji Swimming Dragon, do it daily for 15 minutes, relaxed, fully present, and let me know if it doesn't work for you...this is my challenge...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

time where time disappears...

Dharma Moon
Picture "Dharma Moon" kindly provided by h.koppdelaney
i long for the time where time disappears...
nothing left, where is the ego, where is the fears
i long for the time where I forget myself,
i long for the time where I lose myself..
like a bird that is released from its cage,
we are all designed to do it, we don't need to be no sage
free if not for a few seconds from this pity full state..
i pray not to suffer the typical fate
of death by TV or computer game
or being mindlessly programmed by the media just the same
i pray not to be lazy,
clear my mind through simplicity, so things don't seem so hazy,
i know we can be much more than we are
and that it is within our reach, so near yet so far...
i long for that time where time disappears,
a state with no ego, a state with no fears

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The debut of British Paraorchestra

I love this video, it is so inspiring!...the topic of disability came up once in a discussion group I was involved with, and a statement was made, "that disability is the only bias or discrimination that no-one is immune too" such we all have a duty to make it possible for a better quality of lives for those impacted by we never know what tomorrow holds for us...

Happy Martin Luther King Day tomorrow,  he shares the same birthday as my precious daughter, who brings so much joy into my you girl!