Posts Tagged ‘Philosophy’

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 !

Symptoms of Inner Peace

September 16, 2008 Leave a comment

I have started a new job – with a J Curve you couldn’t believe and the hours
merge into days – so when someone said – “remember yesterday morning” – seriously though, I don’t remember it as a morning – rather it is just a haze.. its even worse when someone asks what day it is…. no idea.

This can’t go on – so now it is time to discipline my working and break time,
including meditation, sleeping, reading –good food and exercise.


by Saskia Davis

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many
have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people
everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose
a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of
conflict in the world.

        Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

                    * A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than
                       on fears based on past experiences.
                    * An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
                    * A loss of interest in judging other people.
                    * A loss of interest in judging self.
                    * A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
                    * A loss of interest in conflict.
                    * A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
                    * Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
                    * Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
                    * Frequent attacks of smiling.
                    * An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make
                      them  happen.
                    * An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well 

                      as an uncontrollable urge to extend it.



If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your
condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable. If you
are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only
at your own risk.

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…


Age of Uncertainty

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was killing some time and walked into a second hand book shop – I love exploring book shops – you never know what you will find..I found a book..It was meant to happen.


It has the following foreword..


“This is the age of uncertainty. This is the time of emotional upset and nervous instability. This is the era when man surveying the Universe from atop the heap of his material accomplishments sees his insignificance in comparison to the stars, understands how puny is his strength in comparison to atomic power. This is a time when man, in his headlong rush to master the elements and harness natures energies, has come far enough to know that he treads the wrong path to his own security. For there is no security in machines, or electricity, electronics or nuclear power.


What am I? What caused me? Why am I here? Where am I going? These are the questions of the human soul that demand an answer. Their resounding echoes are in the offices of our psychiatrists, in our prisons and our homes for the insane and wicked. Their anguished cries are on our battlefields, in our uprooted families, in every charred ember of every burned village and pillaged town that exists in the wake of humanity who have cut off their ties with God (the Universe) and from hope…”


Can you relate to this ?  I can!!


It seems that our anguish and needs have not changed much – this was written by U.S. Anderson in 1954!




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.


July 26, 2008 Leave a comment


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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The coming of the Peacemaker

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Will the future be better than the past, will there ever be peace. love and justice – is there a peace maker coming?

I received a email from a service which I subscribe to – the service comes from Skye Thomas at

See if you can digest and make sense of the following from her.

“Never at any time during any of my prayers or meditations have I ever been told that Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, or any other ‘Saviour was coming.  That does not necessarily mean that they are not going to come either.  One of the things I have learned about angels and spirit guides is that a lack of a definite ‘yes’ does not necessarily equate as a ‘no.’ So for those of you who believe in a ‘Saviour prophecy, I am not telling you that it will not happen.  I asked for the specific phrase “Peace Maker” and to that I got a definite ‘no.’


What I was shown was an endless string of faces one after another.  I was shown Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr, the Dali Lama, Jesus, Albert Einstein, and many others.  Some were famous and I recognised them, others were complete strangers to me.  I immediately realized that the Peace Maker had come many times as many different people.  Never in history have we not had a Peace Maker.  Hundreds, thousands, millions of people all over the world at any given time are taking on the role of the Peace Maker.  Then I was reminded of the message given to me during my Cancer scare of 2003, “Stop searching for rainbows… be the rainbow.”  I heard a bit of a giggle as they said, “Stop searching for the Peace Maker… be the Peace Maker.”

My thought is sure there are peace makers of history of the here and now, but being a pacemaker starts with you… the love that is within you, to your relationships, your community, your family – imagine if we all were peace-makers…

Go in peace and love.

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