Archive for January, 2016

The Essence of Being?

31-January-2016

I was thinking over the weekend on this.
I think being mindful is very important. Being in the now. Always mindful of things.
Breathing. Feeling each breath.
Feeling your senses. Touching, smelling, seeing, tasting. Being in the now, with these senses. Taste what your cup of tea tastes like. Feel the warmth.
One other thing I was thinking about it to remember to step back. Step out of myself and see things in the third person. I’ve always wondered about how to see/do this. It’s obvious. Look through a child’s eyes. πŸ™‚

William Wordsworth

30-January-2016

A great poem to read every so often. Sounds blissful.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Peace means something different to everyone

29-January-2016
Just a story but worth remembering that peace is different for all of us.
 
“I have existed from the morning of the universe
And I shall exist until the last star falls from the night
My ultimate peace would be granted by the destruction of all life, stars and nebulae
Leaving only nothingness and void”
 
~ The Monolith Deathcult – Gods Amongst Insects
 

Is there such a thing as quiet?

28-January-2016

The great thing about living in the country is the peace and quiet. Except at harvest time. πŸ™‚
Life. It is what it is.

The Path to Peace

27-January-2016

So on 21st Jan I was thinking about peace and realising that there are levels. I then start thinking about mind, body and spirit in my post about 3 prongs. Then I come across this. So very similar to my 3 prongs but he’s talking about the path πŸ™‚

β€œThere is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path. There is no path to Love. Love is the path. There is no path to Peace. Peace is the path.”

~ Dan Millman

The path is right there, within you…become happiness, love and peace with each step. Interesting.
I am at peace (?), yet why do I crave more? Perhaps “There is no spoon”.

Innocence

26-January-2016

How can you tell when an introvert likes you?
He's looking at your shoes instead of his own.


I think there's something sweet and innocent in this joke. The uncomfortableness of what is to come, perhaps. The quiet beauty in 2 people slowly getting to know each other.

East and West

25-January-2016

So I was thinking the other day about religions and philosophies and that in the east, they teach to better oneself. To explore the inner self and become, er…, “wonderful”. In the west religions teach to one be selfless and to help others. To look out for the poor and the needy. An interesting mix. We have here. Combine that with the amount of travelling the west made. To be an extrovert and talk your way out of trouble and make alliances was a key factor. Great for the people who have it and the western cultures that travelled, did well and bread extrovert behaviour. As for the east, they stayed at home, learning inner peace. Then of course we have the change from the cult of character over to the cult of personality in the west in the late 19th and through the 20th century where there was a strong shift to not just sell products but oneself also. You don't have to be great, you just have to sound great.

Just some interesting observations.

Alaric Hutchinson

24-January-2016
Unconditional Love is the outer expression of Inner Peace.
 
~ Alaric Hutchinson

3 Prongs.

23-January-2016

Just some random thoughts whizzing through my head at the moment.

Physical=enjoyment
Emotional=love
Spiritual=peace

Is it physical + emotional = spiritual?
So enjoyment + love = peace?

If spiritual is always peace but has levels and If emotional is always love but has levels and physical is what we do
Then doing something we love (eating dark chocolate and drinking wine) with someone we love (oneself) is peace
And if we don’t enjoy doing something as much (work) with someone we love (oneself) then there’s not so much peace.
πŸ™‚
Hmmmm.

Quiet ~ Susan Cain

22-January-2016
SusanCainQuiet
 
I really need to read this again. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
~ Susan Cain