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A Philosophy of Living

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

We start off with all these plans and dreams about what we think we want – to make us happy, then life happens and we end up in a totally different place, with a totally new outlook, dreams and goals – as you move towards our destiny – funny that.

I have been approached to run a major Hospital in India – coming out of the media management – I would never have applied for this position in India – but the more I think about it – with my skills – the more I think about the concept the more I want to know. However dealing with India is not like business as we know it – a friend of mine qualifies his experience with dealing with India as a new introduction to patience.  He’s quite right – you send off a simple enquiry – and 2 weeks later you get a response – which doesn’t really answer your initial question – its worse than watching a really slow game of cricket, or watching grass grow – mind you I don’t really mind grass at all.

But I believe this is all for a reason – so I am content and will wait and see what develops.

The Universe is quite amazing – in the last year – I have taken to asking questions of the Universe whilst in bed just before I go to sleep – it works – well should I say its beginning to work.  My first question was to ask “Show me abundance” – and after asking for that night and the next… I had this most amazing experience – a dream if you like – but not a dream – its almost impossible to articulate the experience – but lets say I believe – all I say is be open to anything.  So now if I have a question or even need help I just ask – of course I do say please and thank you – not kidding here.

To a friend – who was having difficulty with Meditation – I said the following – In the beginning, Meditation is difficult – it is hard.  Just don’t try and quantify your performance – my suggestion would be to when you start, inevitably you will drift – your mind will start thinking about – “What colour will I paint the wall” – for instance – just let the thought come and go – don’t chastise yourself or judge yourself – just move on to the next period of calm..and after a number of attempts as time goes by – you will have longer and longer periods in the place – make sure that you are in a place of calm in you house – of peace and tranquility – or at very least a place of quiet – such a place will help you in these early days.  Soon you will be able to slip in and out of meditation as one moves into a new room in your home, whilst you are on the train to work, in a cab, please just don’t it whilst you are driving or in charge of machinery of any kind.

I purposely started my journey to this new place about 3–4 years ago, probably more, yes I believe I am the road to this….this, the how I am meant to live my life – it started slowly, but inexorably with changes in my outlook, my personality – I find that, I guess you could say I am often a peace and feel real contentment – I am still anxious about the future occasionally – but I have a simple way of handling this – I bring my thoughts back to now – you cannot live in the past about for instance what happened to you when you were a child, in you earlier relationship – bringing those experiences to today only amplifies the problems – just let it go, you cannot alternatively live in the future – if you do the future will never be – and it bring anxious thoughts of “what if” to you in the here and now – try to live and experience now – and let the thoughts of your future of past – just them go.

The things I have learnt most of all – is be patient – it normally won’t happen overnight and secondly any step forward – actually just any step, a shuffle – is great.

Actually even though I am so interested in this job in India – I have found that I am handling it better than I have in the past – by just not investing myself in it – I think about new people I shall meet – of a different life and then it go.  If it doesn’t happen, well I will move on and try again…. to learn more about the way I tick…

I am now ready for a new relationship – but again – I will not invest emotionally in it, until it is real – I cannot  live in the future of what might be, until it does – then I shall be living in the here and now, the present.

Remember be grateful for every second, be grateful for what you have, be grateful for your friends – then you are really moving forward.

If none of this rings a bell with you, there no fault or error in that, what works for me, may not work for you…  but you need to find out what does work for you…  you need to spend the most important single person in your future that you know – that’s YOU – give it time,  and you will find out what works for you…  don’t expect it to resolve overnight,  if it does great !

Life is not an audition

August 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Over the years – life imbues itself upon one – and what is right, what is honourable and what is the right way to live one’s life makes itself known to you. This is a personal compilation of the good , the right, the necessary inclusions in one’s life (as in my life) – life is only for living – live life in the present, I know its hard – but you have to work on this. Take what you will – send me notice if you want to add some more items.

Living life in what was and what will be is scattering your energies – it is where your focus is. Hence life for now in the present and that is where your energies will be – what you do now is how you generate your future. So live in the now, for the now generate your goals and wishes for the future – whilst (as Deepak Chopra would say) you are in the gap – and the Universe will manifest your future.

One of my best friends said the following about my list when I sent it to her for her comments – “This is a beautiful, worthy list. I think this is the kind of list you make, then place it away… out of sight. At some distant moment when you feel at loose ends you can take it back out and review it. I think you would be surprised at the number of points you are already naturally adhering to, but it would make you feel good that you are accomplishing some of the credo and notice some of the other points you could improve upon. David, I worry that you get so caught up in thinking about things that you don’t allow yourself just to BE or do. So, if I were closer, I would pat you on your pretty little head, smack you on the bottom and send you out to play.” – it made me smile. She is my best of friends, a soul connection, and a mentor of mine in the study of Tao, Buddhism and of life

For here are the rules I have compiled for myself from every available source about almost every facet of life – Now I need to live by these rules – get out, exercise, energise and lose more weight – become fit again.

  1. Get out of the house, exercise, walk for a 20-30 minute walk every day. While you are walking, smile. It is great for your body and your mind – it is the ultimate anti-depressant.
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  3. Buy a Video Recorder and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
  4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today.’
  5. Live with the following — Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy and faith in humanity and your future
  6. Play more games, scrabble etc.  and read more books than you have done.
  7. Make time to practice meditation and or prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 10.
  9. Dream more while you are awake.
  10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  11. Drink green or Oolong tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, Oily fish such as Sea salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts +
  12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
  14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
  15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the class curriculum that appear and fade away like calculus class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a broke college kid.
  17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the blues away.
  18. Life isn’t fair, Life just is,enjoy, it’s still great, and note – it’s the only one you’ve got.
  19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone, Remember Spite, envy and vengeance are a waste of time and energy and they will only come back and bite you.
  20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree and move on.
  22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present and your future.
  23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about until you walk a mile in their shoes.
  24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will any of this matter?’
  26. Forgive everyone for everything, including yourself.
  27. What other people think of you is none of your business
  28. Remember the Universe (God) heals everything.
  29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. So stay in touch.
  31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  33. Love and Live your life in the present – remember the best is yet to come – you do know this.
  34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, energise and show up.
  35. Do the right thing! Be absolutely honest – No matter what!
  36. Call your family often.
  37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______. Today I accomplished ____.
  38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed, so enjoy it – whatever it is.
  39. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it.
  40. Laugh when you can, apologise when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.
  41. One more … Look in the mirror everyday, look yourself in the eye and say to yourself: I love you.Note your reaction.  It gets easier when you start to mean it. (with thanks to Deborah)
  42. Make something, especially something for someone else.  Grow something to eat.

May you go with your God…

 

The Sleeper has awakened

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

This speech by Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator 1940 (directed by Hans Zimmer), is seemingly even more relevant today.

Without change, our Species prognosis is extinction – unless we take time to understand & value the people behind the labels we apply ..

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Jill Bolte Taylor – a Insightful experience of life.

August 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. She recounts it here, as it happened — as she felt…

This is truly a very insightful and enlightening recounting of her life – she suffered a stroke – which she was able to experience gives us a look into this skeletal being, with two cognitive minds – call the human being – as she says a right brain – thinking only in the here in now – thinks as a parallel computer might, only in pictures – joining us to the Universe – then the left hand brain – thinks in language – an works as a serial processor might in a time line – it separates us from the Universe – but it joins with the right brain through the corpus colossum – it take the experience of the right hand brain and minutely exams the information from it – and applies it to our experience of the past and to the future.

You know that little voice in your head – it comes from the Left brain – I wonder if we can retrofit a switch to turn off the left hand brain when we want to – for instance when we want to meditate.

A very unique experience – thank you for sharing it Jill – I think the Right Brain – until I want to leave the house, or anything that needs me to remember or interpret this world.

Thank you Jill.

Shanghai

July 26, 2008 Leave a comment

 Shanghai-panorama

So many differences – what a remarkably strange and beautiful city – aside from the sometime difficulty in breathing in the city, it reminds me of those US cities perhaps at the turn of the century – early 1900-1930 – those brash – pencil – penis like if you like structures that boldly push their way skyward – to proudly announce that we are here – we have made it – we are a force to be reckoned with.  As they are – once day perhaps in 50+ years they will mature in the business sense – that’s wrong – in a Western business sense would be what I am talking about here  – the Chinese have a long – very long history of trade, conquest and civilisation that goes back several thousand years.

There has always been the haves and the have not in any culture – unfortunately the result of the victory of the Maoist Victory of 1949 has at the end of the day (from my viewpoint) achieved very little for the common man, it was after all I think – if you look into the past you will find that Mao latched onto the philosophy as a vehicle – seemingly little more.   Many in the cities are incredibly wealthy – those in the country by and large have very, very little. They have almost no money, little or no land, and very few rights. I will think about this further and write more  when everything I have seen has been absorbed – the revolution has not touched or improved most of the population.  Also I had to remember that only fragments of the rule of law as we know it in the Western world exist there.

I get the feeling as I have said before that there will be a revolution – a real cleansing of the slate within a few years, certainly less than 20, and then perhaps a greater majority of the people will get to share in China’s success. 

I think beneath the surface, if you squint you eyes – they are the same people who walked around these ancient cities at the beginning of time. Some areas of the city are the same as they have been hundreds of years ago, they have an immense history, traditions, serenity, a peace which seems to envelope them (the buildings I mean) – it draws you to a corner – then across the road – through the doors or building into a time past – into these ancient areas – trodden by many thousands of souls over time – then after a while you come out from this haven, of the past through a time warp, through history and shield your eyes or put your sunglasses on and in the distance there are these almost beligerant and proud new buildings that might last 60 / 80 years – (not 600 years)  as that is the normal use by date of most modern buildings.  It is as if it is more than one city of totally different ethos anchored in space (but not time) but with so many differences – To compare the people who designed and built these older buildings with the skyscrapers it’s like comparing people of a totally different ethos, culture and serenity.

When you go looking for older Shanghai it is there – but there are some areas I was told that it is not safe – I am told of the ever present problems of pick pocketing – there is the problem of GBH or assault or even worse. But in the daytime the busy areas – it seems safe – serene in my walking, my exploring – the little time I spent in the city things was wonderful – currently the air is getting better and I am told that the air is fine “some of the time , most of the time”  – I don’t know what I would do to live there – but I think I would love the people – it would be a good job, as is every job at this level for say 3-4 years – let’s take one step at a time – I don’t want to live in the future – I am just trying to be patient and take one day at a time.  Yes – I could live there providing I had my nirvana – my bolt hole, my serene home to escape to – I don’t think I would drive – well certainly not at the beginning – I am sure that most of the people don’t have licenses – the driving is terrifying – driving rules seem to be more of a suggestion than the law, mind you for me it’s a bit like being in Rome or Paris – the rules seem to get invented as time goes along – turning indicators – you know the blinking things on cars – if used – generally when they are already in the turn or as they turn back in – it’s as if they are saying to you, you must know that I always turn here……

 

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Is the Jar full ?

June 25, 2008 Leave a comment

I was recently sent the article below –  I thought it very apt, perhaps you to are able to  relate to it ?

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite [sic] passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. 

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

 

“Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled.

 

“I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.” – Anonymous

 

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Habeas Corpus – Restored

June 13, 2008 Leave a comment

The United States Supreme Court has restored the rights on the Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to a fair trial – by restoring their Habeas Corpus Rights – it was a close call with a 5–4 judgement in favour by the nine Supreme Court Judges – see Link to US Supreme Court decision.  I commented on this back in early 2007 when the rights were seriously at risk Link to.

This has also been further cemented by the push by the US Senate to pass into law the legal instrument of Habeas Corpus – see Link to

This make three strikes against the Bush Administration over decisions affecting the Guantanamo prisoners – they USA military and the White House had based their non-acceptance of prisoners rights as Guantanamo is in fact in Cuba – not on U.S. soil – however the court did not accept this as they stated in part of their decision that Guantanamo is under the control of the USA.

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