Archive for February, 2007

Hand in hand with Nature

February 28, 2007

Article from DailyOM, especially for nature-lover’s friends.

Time spent in nature’s embrace is a soothing reminder of the fact that we also are products of the natural world’s ingenuity. We feel at home in a quiet forest and are comforted by the pounding surf of the seaside. In both the sunny meadow and the shaded waterfall’s grotto, stress and tension we have long retained melts away. Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature to enjoy its healing benefits can be difficult, however. Planting and tending a garden allows us to spend time with Mother Nature in a very personal and hands-on way. We work in tandem with nature while gardening-honoring the seasons, participating in the life cycle of various organisms, experiencing the unique biorhythms of our environments, and transcending all that divides us from the natural world. As we interact with the soil, we are free to be ourselves and reflect upon meditative topics. Fresh air invigorates us, while our visceral connection to the earth grounds us.

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她的彩色天空 – 妙妙

February 26, 2007

三年前的你﹐勇敢的踏出了那一步﹐放下了種種的包袱﹐拋開了一個電腦講師的衔頭﹐只身飛到英國做一個半工半讀的美術學生﹐為心靈上的渴求尋找一條出路。異鄉的人際文化衝擊﹐思鄉的寂寞情緒﹐創作時的困惑﹐這種種的考驗成就了現在的你。这次與你再度相聚在你的畢業典禮上﹐我們是萬分欣喜。

一一欣賞了你的過去﹑現在﹐未來”﹐的展覽品;老實說我實在無法洞悉你的彫塑品及彩墨画裡的乾坤. 但我可以感受到你後期作品裡,線條流暢的彫塑品所釋放出來的精彩人生, 以及彩墨画裡如火山熔漿般的熱情色彩, 是那麼耀眼可愛,令人心生欢喜。

在學習过程中, 你曾經一再詢問講師: “我為什麼會來到這裡? ” 從你的畢業作品中, 相信你已找到了某些答案了吧。另一方面,在與你分享展覽準備工作中的苦與樂的另一半的出現时, 講師也笑著对你說:“現在你可知道你為什麼會來到這裡了吧!“

這一位願意與你分享生活的伴侶的出現, 讓我們這批與你真心相交的朋友,深切感恩這巧妙姻緣的安排. 再多一個月, 你們將會結伴到蒙古去當兩年的義工, 為當地人們提供你們的專才服務. 在這個講求個人享受的社會裡, 你們可是稀有品啊!

未來雖然是一個未知數, 可並非是一個夢,我深信你與你的另一半會互相扶持, 與當地人民分享你們豐富的人生經驗,并擦出美麗的火花!

就以這首歌曲‘一家人’ 作為我們對你們及蒙古人民的深深祝福. 別忘了我們在蒙古草原上的約會。珍重再見!

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Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

February 23, 2007

From my school teacher friend — The Teacher movie. Watch a heartwarming fiction story about a school teacher’s relationship with 
one of her pupils – Teddy Stoddard. It is very touching. The movie is at http://www.teachermovie.com/ or read the text version at Snopes.com where the origin of this fiction story is provided.

We can be the unique ‘ teachers ‘ to others in life. 🙂

Two Wolves

February 22, 2007

Two wolvesOne evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
 false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Root of Peace

February 21, 2007

This thought-provoking quote from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama helps to identify what is needed in order to have a peace that lasts. For all of us who Care2 make a difference, this quote from the Dalai Lama will speak volumes:

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.

Go here for a few more quotes from Dalai Lama on Peace.

Acknowledging Your Growth

February 20, 2007

Sharing from ‘Mind. Body. Spirit.’ Rejoice with my senior or young friends, relatives, family members and ex-students on their wonderful ‘growth’ in life which have touched my life. 

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and reward ourselves for the many wonderful feats of self-improvement we have accomplished. When we intentionally contemplate our progress, we need never feel that we are languishing between past achievements and the realization of future goals. If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain. At one time, the abundance we enjoy currently likely seemed like a far-off dream. Now it is simply reality — a reality we created through our diligence, passion, and unflagging determination. Whether our progress is fast or slow, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for our successes.

To remind yourself of the insights you have gained with time, temporarily adopt an outsider’s perspective and carefully consider how your life in the present differs from the range of experiences you lived through in the past. Creating a written list, in a journal or otherwise, of those strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities you now attribute to yourself can help you accept that you are not the same person you were one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. Your attitudes, opinions, and values were likely markedly different, and these differences can be ascribed to your willingness to accept that you still have much to learn.

If you have difficulty giving yourself credit for these changes, think about the goals you realized, the lives you touched, the wisdom you
acquired, and the level of enlightenment you attained over the past years.

Recognizing growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when
celebrated. Knowing that you are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than you once were, you can look forward to the changes to come. In acknowledging your growth, you build a sturdy foundation upon which you can continue to blossom well into the future.

Pass the butter

February 14, 2007

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When the turkeys were killed, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end, it gets very interesting!

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They Walk Among Us

February 13, 2007

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: “Free to good home. You want it, you take it.” For three days the fridge sat there without even one person. Looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked too good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: “Fridge for sale $50.” The next day someone stole it.

They Walk Among Us!

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Happiness is a Voyage

February 12, 2007

Happiness is a VoyageReceived this refreshing and inspiring email from various friends since 2005.

We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another.

Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older.

Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years.

We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire.

The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now.
If not, then when?  Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all.

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Signs that may lead to misunderstanding

February 9, 2007

In a restroom: TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR
CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT 

In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY
PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In another office: AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES,
ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

Notice in a farmer’s field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

Message on a leaflet: IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK)

生命的禮物 – 妙妙

February 2, 2007

大約兩年前﹐有一個機緣請示了一位法師生活上的疑問﹐他告訴我要到正信的廟去唸诵經文﹐為家人及自己祈福。於是就去了一個道場幾次﹐可是五分鐘熱度的我、没有持續下去。

去年年头﹐生活和學習佛法上出現了疑惑﹐心中要唸诵經文的念頭又涌現; 在一個佛友的牽引下﹐參與了第一次的觀音心咒共修﹐滿心歡喜;接著便繼續出席每月一天的共修。

某一天﹐在擁擠不堪的快铁上、我心血來潮發手機簡訊觀音心咒給自己;在吵雜的旅途中﹐心中流著一股清流﹐心中平靜許多。

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The Wise Old Man

February 1, 2007

May the wisdom inspires us to ‘age’ gracefully and hopefully – writing of Musique-L’Amour rêve (André Gagnon), translated by Penny Harvey

Wise old manA man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today.His wife of 70 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home.After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.

As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain. “I like it very much”, he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.“M. Gagné, you haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. ”

” That has nothing to do with it “, he replies.

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