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THE TRUTH OF PAIN AND EMOTIONS -Buddha Story

One day the Buddha was seated with his monks in the shade of many beautiful Sala trees. He picked up a small piece of earth, held it between his thumb and forefinger, and asked, “Brethren, if we compare this piece of earth with Gayasisa mountain, which is larger?” “Of course, Gayasisa is a much larger, Lord.” It is like that, O brothers. For those who have arrived at understanding thanks to their study and practice of the Dharma, their suffering is almost nothing compared with the suffering of those who are submerged in the ignorance. Ignorance magnifies suffering by millions of times.

“Brethren, suppose someone is struck by an arrow. He will feel pain. But if a second arrow strikes him at the very same spot, the pain will be much more than just doubled. And if a third arrow strikes him at that same spot again, the pain will be a thousand times more intense. Brethren, ignorance is the second and the third arrow. It intensifies the pain. “Thanks to understanding, a practitioner can prevent the pain in himself and others from being intensified. When an unpleasant feeling, physical or mental, arises in him, the wise man does not worry, complain, weep, pound his chest, pill his hair, torture his body and mind, or faint. He calmly observes his feeling and is aware that it is only a feeling. He knows that he is not the feeling, and he is not caught by the feeling.

Therefore, the pain cannot bind him. When he has a painful physical feeling, he knows that there is a painful physical feeling. But it is not him…. He does not lose his calmness, does not worry, does not fear, and does not complain. Thus the feeling remains a painful physical feeling, and it is not able to grow and ravage his whole being.”

You see in life…

in your life!

everyday you are confronted with pain:

be it emotional or physical.

But to stand like a rock in the

middle of the sea during a storm, no to

weep, not to complain, but stand there, and bold…

that is your true nature.

Nothing will faze you anymore.

They are just feelings passing through,

emotions passing through,

but they are not you!

So stay calm the way

so will always stay true to yourself.

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BUDDHA’S ADVICE TO CALM A DISTRUBED MIND

Once Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake.” The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?” So he came back and told Buddha, The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink. After about an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake. The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha. Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “see what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own, and you have clear water.”

Your mind is like that too! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless. Having “peace of mind” is not a strenuous job, it is an effortless process so keep your mind cool and have a great life ahead…

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HOW TO STAY CALM AND DEAL WITH ANXIETY?

Tip 1 – Understand that anxiety is not your fault

Why are we collectively dealing with so much anxiety?

Understanding the roots of your anxiety is essential and also realising that it is not your fault is the first step to moving away from its crippling effects on your life. Quite simply, you are programmed to survive and you, like us all, have a negative bias that keeps us alive and protects us from danger. This negative bias is, therefore, strong and for good reason; it is a fundamental part of our survival and must be maintained so that if we are confronted with a threat or trauma we have a strong resource of this energy to help us cope in times of genuine need.

Think of this as similar to having savings in the bank which can be used in the case of an emergency. However, this out of date system is constantly being triggered due to the pressures of modern life. Cortisol (the stress hormone) is persistently triggered and released leaving many of us living in a constant state of fight or flight. This has developed into a pattern of automatic response; we have developed the habit of anxiety.

TIP 2 – Understand your subconscious power

Your subconscious mind is very open and suggestible and you have a lot more control over it than you may imagine, in fact, you have complete authority over soothing anxiety and focusing on being calm and confident.  Due to the highly impressionable nature of your subconscious, it is important to learn how to communicate with it.  If you think your subconscious mind is like a small child and your conscious mind is the parent, everything that you say conditions a response of either fear or love depending on your thoughts, wouldn’t you choose to be kinder and calmer to the child? Becoming more positive is not about changing who you are, it is about accessing a part of you that is already there. It is about tapping into your higher self, best self or executive self – the part of you that is free and lives moment to moment. This is the power of programming your subconscious to focus on love rather than fear which is what drives anxiety.

TIP 3 – Discover a positive self-concept

The way you speak about your life (in your own mind and out loud to others) is essentially a way of creating your own story, both to yourself and to other people. The words that you use to describe yourself, your family, where you live and the work that you do are important. These words form the framework of how you feel about yourself and the life that you have created. How you describe yourself, how you describe your family, your home and your work. This is the story you tell yourself and has a huge impact on your daily life. YOU are telling the story to yourself. Make it a good one! 

How to apply a positive self-concept in everyday life – First thing in the morning and last thing at night visualise yourself going through each day the way you wish to think, feel and behave. As humans, we are unique in our ability to imagine. When you close your eyes and imagine something, your body will respond to the images in your mind as if the event were really happening. Each day acknowledge what was good about the day and make a point of telling your family and friends about the good or funny things that happened. The mind forms memories through experiences so it is useful to acknowledge positive events and to build on these.

TIP 4 – Learn to love and parent yourself

Becoming an adult is essentially about shifting the power and responsibility from your parents to yourself. It is about letting go of any real or perceived hurt and pain from the past and realising that to feel safe, secure and loved you must cultivate these feelings from within. The full realisation that you are responsible for yourself is a fundamental step for mental well-being. You have everything you need within yourself, you are complete and whole. Feeling you are worthy of care and love and providing that for yourself is liberation. The most important relationship that you will ever have is the one you have with yourself.

Stop the habit of negative thinking – Negative thinking is a habit and habits must be broken when dealing with anxiety. Negative self-talk (the inner critic) is often a habit of which we are not even aware. By watching your thoughts you can begin to learn a lot about how your mind operates and the effect your thoughts have on your feelings and ultimately how you behave. When you tell yourself that you have no energy, or that you are fed up, stressed and frustrated then that is what you will feel. Does this sound familiar?

Top love tip – Have a photograph of yourself as a child somewhere you can see it every day. Each time you see it remember that your inner child is still within you. Always choose to speak to yourself with compassion and understanding, as you would speak to a child that needed your help.

TIP 5 – Start caring for yourself

The habit of practical self-care is essential to implement when dealing with anxiety. Your body responds well to having its needs met and soon recognises the rewards of a healthy self-care habit. After a period the body craves what the body gets. For example, if your body is regularly exercised it will begin to automatically expect this and feels deprived if it doesn’t get it.

If you have ever had a pet, let alone a child, then you will know how much care and attention is needed to look after them. There is an episode of The Simpsons where Homer is surprised his dog is so angry. ‘Hey, why is the dog so angry?’ Homer asks, and Bart replies, ‘You never feed him, take him for a walk, or let him go out to pee.’ We wouldn‘t expect our children to wake after a restless four or five hours sleep, forget to feed them breakfast and send them off to school in the morning in the hope that they have time to grab a quick snack at lunch if they have time to stop their school work. Yet many of us treat ourselves in this manner and wonder why we feel worn out, exhausted and struggle to think clearly. It is important to emphasise the necessity of choosing and establishing a self-care programme that works for you. The words to note here are ‘self’ and ‘care’. When you care for yourself you love yourself and have a healthy respect for serving your own needs. With this comes a deep sense of love and compassion.

Top care tip – Your body always knows what it needs and when you slow down the mind we can hear the message it is giving you. Listen actively to the signals from your body each day and develop an open relationship between your body and mind, so that both may flourish.

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NEVER LOSE HOPE IN LIFE

If you want to achieve success in your life, you need to work hard. You need to live with determination. You need to have patience. And even after following all of these, we still have to face challenge in our life, we fail, we fall, and become hopeless. Hopelessness is the biggest enemy of success. If you become hopeless, you will loose everything. Whenever you feel hopeless, just remember mother giraffe. When mother giraffe gives birth to a baby, mother giraffe is very tall and the baby giraffe falls on the ground with a force. And as it tries to understand where it has fallen, mother giraffe stands over it and kicks it really hard. The baby giraffe falls at a distance and tries to gather its senses, again the mother giraffe comes and stands over it and again gives it another hard kick. The baby giraffe understands, ‘If I don’t act now, I will keep getting kicks.’ Its starts trying to get up on its wobbly legs. Then, again the mother kicks the baby and again the baby falls and understands, ‘If I don’t stand and run, I will be kicked again and again.’ Now, the baby giraffe starts running and at that moment, the mother comes and starts kissing and embracing the baby. The mother giraffe is aware that there are ferocious animals in the forest tiger, wolf, etc. who love soft flesh of newborn animals. And the mother giraffe can’t stay with the baby all the time. So if it goes away, who will protect the baby? That is why, as soon as the baby is born, the mother kicks the baby so that it learns how to stand, she kicks again so that the baby remembers how to stand. Again she kicks the child so that the baby not just stands up, but starts running.

In life, challenges will come, and we will fall, we will fail. But remember the mother giraffe and it’s baby at that time. Whenever challenges come your way, no matter how many times you fall, learn to get up, learn from the baby giraffe to get up and stand, get up and start running. If you learn to get up, stand up and start running, If you learn to get up, stand up and start running, then you will reach the highest peak of success.

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THE DANGER WITH PROLONGED STRESS

The stress response is what your body innately does to return itself back or order. And we have three basics stresses. We have physical stress like accidents, injuries, falls, traumas. We have chemical stress, like bacteria and viruses, and hormones in foods and heavy metals and hangovers and blood sugar levels, and then we have emotional stress and that’s family tragedies, loss, job, finances. And all of those things knock our brain and body out of balance. All organisms in nature can tolerate short- term stress.

A pack of coyotes chases a deer. If the deer outruns the coyotes, 15 minutes later the turns back into grazing. She goes back into foraging and grazing and the stress response is over. But human beings, you know, we’re so unique because we can turn on the stress response just by thought alone. We could think about something that’s happened in our past or we can worry about something that’s gonna happen in future, and throughout alone, we turn on those same chemical. And when you turn on the stress response and you can’t turn it off, now you’re headed for some types of diseases, because no organism in nature can live in emergency mode for an extended period of time.

So to answer your question, if you can turn on the stress response just by thought alone, and it’s scientific fact that the hormones of stress down- regulate genes to create disease, then it means that your thoughts can literally make you sick. So the fundamental question is: if your thoughts can make you sick, is it possible that your thoughts can make you well?

HOW TO HEAL WHEN YOU FEEL HURT?

In the middle of a beautiful city, there was a museum. The floor in the museum was laid with marble tiles, and right in the center of the foyer was a huge marble statue as a part of the display. May people from all over the world visited the museum every day and admired the beautifully crafted statue.

One night, one of the marble tiles on the floor started talking to the marble statue, “Hey statue, we are originally from the same town. we were picked up from the same mine, transported on the same lorry, brought to the very same sculptor. Why then do people from all over the world come all the way here just to step on me while they admire and praise you so much? This is so unfair.” The marble statue replied, “My dear friend, oh tile do you remember how both of us sat there side by side in the sculptor’s workshop in our original forms as marble blocks? And do you recollect how the sculptor chose to work on you first? He started using his tools on you simply to turn you into a masterpiece. But you resisted. You started falling apart.” “Of course I remember,” said the marble tile, “I hate that guy. How could he use those sharp tools on me? It hurt so badly.”

The marble statue continued, “That’s right. When you couldn’t take the pain of his tools he decided to give up on you and start working on me instead. I knew at once, that if I had to be something different I would have to bear the pain. Thinking so, instead of resisting I bore all the pain of the sharp tools he used on me. My friend, there is a price to everything in life. Since you decided to give up halfway, you cannot blame anybody who steps on you now.”

Life as a sculptor, wants to make a masterpiece out of you. The question is whether your are ready to handle every test, every hard knock, every trouble, every failure; all the pain that comes from these sculpting tools and become a masterpiece. Or do you grumble and crumble down to simply become a tile. That is what decides whether people step on you or admire you as you become a role model for someone to emulate.

IS YOUR FUTURE ALREADY DESTINED?

How does luck or destiny; what role does it play in victory or success?

Is it all hard work?

Is it all destiny?

What is it?

Now, in my humble opinion, destiny is the situations that come to you, which are beyond your control. For example, you didn’t choose your parents. Did any of us choose our parents? You were destined; that was destiny; you were born. You never thought he will be my father, she will be my mother and I will incarnate. Have you ever thought like that? Never.

Did you ever choose your looks? My nose will be shaped like this. Do we choose? No one look as good as their Facebook profile picture and no one look as ugly as their identity card picture, no one.

So, situations are destiny. You didn’t choose them, they came to you. If someone insults me, I didn’t choose it, it came to me. The situation is destined. But my response to those situations is my choice. Response is not destiny. What I choose is my choice and when I choose it, that decides my future destiny. This is why they say that man is the maker of his destiny, not situations. Situations will remain what they are but how you respond to those situations is completely and entirely your choice. So now, for example, some of you may have just got admission in a mediocre, simple college. Why? you couldn’t crack it to do to IIT, you couldn’t crack it to any of those places. No issues, right! It’s not that only IItians succeed, is it? You have that situation that is destined.

Now you have a choice to work hard, to cultivate that attitude. That attitude is not destiny. That attitude is a choice. And when you choose that attitude, hopefully victory will come to you right away. Even if it doesn’t come to you right away you have sown the seed. That will pay back. The seed that is sown will certainly fructify now, 10 years down the line, 20 years down the line or later. This is why persistence, sticking it out is so much essential.

THE POWER OF EDUCATION

This is a story about the boy whose mother is a slave. He was separated from her when he was only a few weeks old. After that his grandmother took care of him. When he was six, his grandmother takes him to the plantation to work and leaves him there intentionally. He never recovers from this betrayal of abandonment. Later on, he was send to work for a ship carpenter by his master.

Despite a ban on teaching slaves, the carpenter’s wife starts teaching him the English alphabet. But soon, her husband finds out and forces her to stop teaching him. Determined to read and write, he continues to learn from neighborhood white boys by giving away his food in exchange for lessons. As his knowledge and vocabulary grow, he begins to read newspapers and political books. The more he reads, the more aware he becomes of the social injustice against him.

One day he buys a copy of the Columbian orator a popular schoolbook, which helps him to understand the power of spoken and written words. He learns that educating his people is the key to fight against social injustice. So he starts holding church services to teach other slaves how to read and write. His weekly services grow in popularity, with over 40 slaves attending, but soon angry slave owners shut down his class. He gets sold to a New master. His new master is a monster in form of a human being. He enjoys whipping his slaves who won’t follow orders. Our herd endures this brutal whipping for about six months until he can’t take it anymore and one day he fights back. The fight between him and the brutal master lasts for two hours and eventually the master surrenders. On that day he restores his sense of self worth and he vows to never let anyone beat him again.

At the age of 20, after two unsuccessful attempts he finally escapes from slavery by impersonating a sailor, and flees to the north. To continue fighting against injustice against his people, he decides to spread his knowledge and wisdom. Whenever and wherever he can he attends abolitionist meetings.

In 1841, after attending an abolitionists convention, he takes the opportunity to become a lecturer for the Massachusetts anti-slavery society. This leads him to public speaking and writing. Soon, he starts writing and publishing books on slavery and founds an antislavery newspaper titled, ‘The North star.’ A lot of white people aren’t happy and don’t want let him do these things. And one day, while participating in a lecturing tour he is chased and beaten by an angry mob before being rescued by a local family. But he is determined to continue fighting his fight against injustice. He also participates in the first woman’s rights convention.

Soon, Frederick Douglass is recognized internationally as a human rights leader fighting against this slavery system and standing in for women’s rights. He goes on to become a trusted adviser of president Lincoln. He advises the president in the treatment of black soldiers and urges him to give all black men and women the right to vote.

In 1863, president Lincoln declares, the freedom of all slaves. Douglas becomes the first African-American citizen to hold a high US government rank. He is also the first black person to receive a vice presidential nomination. Although he did not campaign for the office. He keeps on inspiring people to use the power of education to effect positive change in themselves and society. His words will inspire future presidents and inspire those who will fight for justice after him. Frederick’s journey teaches us to never give up in the face of adversity.

Frederick Douglass once famously said, if there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crop without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lighting. They want the ocean without the awful roars of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be both moral and physical; but is must be a struggle.

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER LOSE HOPE IN OUR LIFE?

If you want to achieve success in your life, you need to work hard. You need to live with determination. You need to have patience. And even after following all of these, we still have to face challenge in our life, we fail, we fall, and become hopeless. Hopelessness is the biggest enemy of success. If you become hopeless, you will loose everything. Whenever you feel hopeless, just remember mother giraffe.

When mother giraffe gives birth to a baby, mother giraffe is very tall and the baby giraffe falls on the ground with a force. And as it tries to understand where it has fallen, mother giraffe stands over it and kicks it really hard. The baby giraffe falls at a distance and tries to gather its senses, again the mother giraffe comes and stands over it and again gives it another hard kick. The baby giraffe understands, ‘If I don’t act now, I will keep getting kicks.’ Its starts trying to get up on its wobbly legs. Then, again the mother kicks the baby and again the baby falls and understands, ‘If I don’t stand and run, I will be kicked again and again.’

Now, the baby giraffe starts running and at that moment, the mother comes and starts kissing and embracing the baby. The mother giraffe is aware that there are ferocious animals in the forest tiger, wolf, etc. who love soft flesh of newborn animals. And the mother giraffe can’t stay with the baby all the time. So if it goes away, who will protect the baby? That is why, as soon as the baby is born, the mother kicks the baby so that it learns how to stand, she kicks again so that the baby remembers how to stand. Again she kicks the child so that the baby not just stands up, but starts running.

In life, challenges will come, and we will fall, we will fail. But remember the mother giraffe and it’s baby at that time. Whenever challenges come your way, no matter how many times you fall, learn to get up, learn from the baby giraffe to get up and stand, get up and start running. If you learn to get up, stand up and start running, If you learn to get up, stand up and start running, then you will reach the highest peak of success.

THE STORY OF WHY YOU ARE NOT LIVING FOR REAL

Once upon a time… there was a monk who decided to gather his few belongings and go on a trip. to visit his old master, who was very old, indeed! After various days of travel through forests and fields without having come upon any village nor dwelling, his provisions where at an end when he finally saw a small ramshackle hut in the distance and since there was a cow on the meadow in front of it, he imagined that it must be inhibited and decided to ask for some food and shelter for the night. He was greeted by a haggard farmer and his wife, who happily invited him inside their hut and shared some milk, cheese and stale bread with him. Glad nonetheless to have had a meal, the monk thanked the friendly couple and asked them how they fared in life.

“We have this old cow you saw outside and she gives us milk… we can make some cheese of it and trade it with some bread, so we can survive.” the farmer told him. In the mean time his wife had prepared the bed for him and soon they all went to sleep. The next morning, while they were having milk, cheese and stale bread again for breakfast, the monk spoke: “I was thinking the whole night what I could do for you to thank you for your hospitality, and I came up with this conclusion and this is my advice: You should kill the cow as soon as possible.” And with that said, he thanked the battled farmer and his wife again, wished them farewell and went on his way. The two of them looked at each other in shock… this was the last advice they would have expected but since they held monks in great regard they reluctantly did as he had advised them to do and slayed the cow.

One year passes and the same monk was on his way back from visiting his master when he decided to check on the friendly couple who had given him food and shelter the year before. As he came to the spot where the crumbling hut had been, instead he saw a small, but very pretty farm with a few cows and two pigs and even some chickens running around between them on the meadow, also a small barn had been built. When the monk approached to greet the farmer, the farmer immediately recognized him and called his wife to set the table for them. They were both very excited and while they were consuming a simple, but excellent meal the farmer told him: “Indeed you gave us the best advice! After we slayed and butchered the cow, I decided to go to the market, to sell the meat we wouldn’t keep for ourselves and there I met new people and new occasions which helped us to improve our existence and to strive a bit more everyday! The poor old cow with her milk allowed us to survive somehow, but now we are finally living for meal!”

You see in life…

in your life!

if something is keeping you back…

if something is providing you

with a certain amount of comfort

but not enough to let you prosper

let go of that thing or that idea

step out of your comfort zone

and start living life for real!!!

THE RICHEST BOY IN THE WORLD -an inspirational story

Once upon a time… there was a boy, whose family was very wealthy. One day his father took him on a trip to the country, where he aimed to show his son, how poor people live. So they arrived at a farm of a very poor family, as he considered. They spent there several days.

On their return, the father asked the son if he liked the trip. Oh, it was great, father -the boy replied. Did you notice how poor people live? Yes, I did -said the boy. The father asked his son to tell in more details about his impressions from their trip. Well, we have only one dog, and they have four of them. In our garden there is a pool, while they have a river that has no end. We’ve got expensive lanterns, but they have the stars above their heads at night. We have the balcony, and they have the whole horizon. We have only a small piece of land, while they have the endless fields. We buy food, but they grow it. We have a high fence for protection of out property, and they don’t need it, as their friends protect them.

The father was stunned. He could not say a word. Then the boy added: “Thank You, father, for letting me see how poor we are.”

You see in life…

in your life!

True wealth as well as happiness is not measured by material things.

Love, friendship and freedom are far more valuable.

If you are truly rich, you possess love, you

possess friendship and you are free.

Instead of locking yourself in to your small

island of possessions and safety,

You should open up to the world.

That way you will be the richest man alive,

because the whole world belongs to you…

12 LIFE LESSONS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE

When the demon king Ravan was attacked by Lord Ram and was near his death, Ram asked his brother Lakshman to go to him and learn something which no other person except an erudite Brahmin like Ravan could ever teach him. Ram told his brother, Lakshman “Go to Ravan quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he can. A brute he may be, but he is also a great scholar.”

At this Ravan said that if you have come to me as a student then you must sit at my feet because teachers must be respected and you want to learn lessons. Lakshman went to Ravan and this time he stood near his feet. Ravan seeing Lakshman standing near his feet told him secrets that would make anyone’s life successful.

  1. Value time: Don’t delay in completing any auspicious work. On the other hand, keep delaying the inauspicious work as much as possible. He supported this teaching by saying, ‘Shubhasya Shighram.’ He told Lakshman that he could not recognize Ram and therefore delayed his chances of achieving salvation. If you follow this rule, you can save not only yourself but many other people from being damaged.
  2. Never Underestimate anybody: He said that he committed the mistake of underestimating humans and monkeys; whom he thought were lesser in strength than a daitya or asura. And as a result, he lost the battle and ultimately cost him his life.
  3. Never reveal your secrets: Ravan told Lakshman that he made a mistake of telling his life’s secret to his real brother Vibhishan, which ultimately backfired. Ravan called this his biggest mistake of life.
  4. Never cater to your senses: Ravan said, he had learnt these lessons through bitter experience. Greed arises from attachment to the senses and catering to them. Put them in their proper place; they are windows for knowledge, not channels of contamination. Ravan also told Lakshman about politics and statesmanship: Do not be the enemy of your charioteer, you gatekeeper, your cook and your brother, they can harm you anytime. Do not think you are always a winner, even if you are winning all the time. Always trust the minister, who criticizes you. Never think your enemy is small or powerless, like I thought about Hanuman. Never think you can outsmart the stars, they will bring you what you are destined to. Either love or hate God, but both should be immense and strong. A king who is eager to win glory must suppress greed as soon as it lifts its head. A king must welcome the smallest chance to do good to others, without the slightest procrastination.

After enlightening, Lakshman with wisdom including politics and statesmanship Ravan gets last breath. Ravan takes Ram’s name and dies. Lakshman bows to Ravan and return to Ram.

SIMPLEST WAY TO MEDITATE

Meditation is easier than you think. Actually, you can meditate anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances. It is just awareness.

We say that the essence of meditation is awareness. Awareness means you know what you are thinking, what your are feeling, what you are doing. That is awareness, the knowingness, to know. So, many people think meditation is something very difficult, empty your mind, do not think of anything, concentrate. That is a misunderstanding of meditation.

Actually. to meditate, you do not have to do anything, like blocking thoughts, create a special state of mind, or be peaceful and calm. There is no need of that. Simple “be.” As long as you are aware of something and maintain that awareness, that is meditation. Of course, sometimes when we meditate like that, lots of thoughts pop up in our mind, like to do lists, “I have to do this. I need to talk to that person. I have this important deadline. Am I wasting time? How do I know if I am doing this right or wrong?” All these thoughts may come, that is normal. When I was young, the first time I meditated I had all of these things coming. Sometimes I was lost and completely forgot to listen to sound and then suddenly, I remembered, “Oh!” Then I forgot again! That is okay. There is no problem.

You can try again : Listen to sound, forget, listen to sound, forget. That is sound meditation. Today please practice this. When you go out or when you are at your work, just listen. You can listen to any sound. Anywhere, Anytime..

THE SECRET DOOR TO SUCCESS -inspiring story

Once upon a time there was a young man who worked at a factory. His mentor, an old technician, taught him to talk less, do more, and never stop developing his skills in every aspect of the factory’s operation. Ten years later, the old man retired, and the young man became a technician himself. He continued to do his work with the same dedication and diligence as he was taught. One day, he visited his mentor. The old man saw that he seemed unhappy, and asked what was troubling him. The young man sighed and poured his heart out: “I have been following your instructions exactly all these years. No matter what I work on, I keep quiet and focus on the job. I know I have done good work at the factory, and I have learned all the skills that can be learned there.” What I don’t understand is that the guys who don’t have my experience or capabilities have all been promoted, while I am still making as little as I did before, when I was your apprentice. The old man asked: “Are you positive that you have become indispensable to the factory?” The young man nodded: “Yes.” The old man paced back and forth to think. After a while, he turned to the young man: “you must request a day off, using whatever reason you like. It’s time for you to give yourself a break.” The young man was surprised by this advice, but the more he thought about it, the more it made sense. He thanked his teacher and left quickly to make a time -off request. When he returned to work after his day off, the manager called him into the office to tell him that things did not go well at the factory while he was gone. Others encountered many problems that normally would be handled by him, and they had no idea how to solve them. Realizing his importance, the manager decided to promote him to the position of senior Technician, to thank him and encourage him to keep up the good work. The young man was grateful for his mentor’s wisdom. Surely, he thought, this was the secret to success! From that point on, whenever the young man felt like he deserved more that what he was getting, he would take a day off. When he came back the next day, the situation would improve to his satisfaction. This pattern continued for months. One day, the young man found that he was blocked from going into the factory. Much to his shock, he found out that his employment was terminated. He could not believe it. Not knowing what else to do, he went back to see his mentor, to try to figure out how things had gone so wrong. “Why did I lose my job?” he asked with wounded pride. “Did I not do everything as you instructed?” “Actually, you did not, because you heard only half lesson,” the old man shook his head. “You understood right away that no one pays any attention to a light bulb that is always on. It is only when it goes off that people suddenly take notice and realize they’ve been taking it for granted. You were so eager to apply this understanding that you left before hearing the second half.” “Second half?” it began to dawn on the young man that perhaps he made a big mistake. “What was the second half?” The mentor spoke slowly to make his point: “The second half, more important than the first, is the realization that if a light bulb goes off frequently, then sooner or later it will be replaced with one that is more reliable. Who wants a light bulb that no one can count on to provide illumination?”

You see in life..

in your life!

do you have friends and family members,

that you take for granted, they’re always there for you

what happens if one day they’re no longer there

do not wait for such a day,

to suddenly realize how important they are

give thanks today,

for the good fortune of having them in your life

also: don’t let yourself

being taken for granted

but at the same time, do your work

and don’t stop everything you do, just because

it doesn’t go the way

you want it to go..

find the balance in life!

and life will reward you

with giving you the balance back!