Archive for June, 2007

The Kiss

June 15, 2007

She is pregnant; he had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire.

When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.

A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman.  

He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do.

As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph.

The Kiss

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Be Thankful

June 6, 2007

An inspiring Flash video from Inspiring Thoughts.

It has been said that gratitude is the foundation stone of a joyful life. This lovely video may help you to see what we think of as problems a little differently; it is an inspiring reminder of all the ways we can be thankful.

Negative Pull

June 6, 2007

Sharing from DailyOM. Yes, a friend told me that the blessings and positive energy have brought harmony and happiness among her coworkers when the negative pull is happening. 🙂

Sometimes we start out with the best intentions to think and speak only positive thoughts, but the people around us throw us off course. Not everyone fully understands the power our thoughts and words have, or even if they do, they may be stuck in old patterns of negativity. Much of our habitual communication takes the form of complaining and criticizing, and it can be hard to find a way into certain conversations without lapsing into those old habits. However, we always have the option not to participate in negativity or to find a way to influence the situation in a positive direction. In the right company, you may even be able to
directly acknowledge the fact that things have taken a negative turn, thus freeing yourself and others from the negative pull.

Not everyone will respond to your cues, and there’s no need to become overly attached to the idea of changing other people, because people have to choose for themselves how they will be in the world. Many people choose negativity because it is familiar to them and feels safe. It is
important to give people the space to find their own way, but you can always set an example, subtly representing the power of being positive. At times you may interject an affirmative statement into the conversation, and at others you may simply change the subject. You may also simply withdraw your energy and presence, which also makes a subtle statement. If you feel comfortable enough with somebody that is always negative, perhaps you can have an honest conversation with them; after all, awareness is the first step to change.

A powerful way to free yourself from the negative pull is to enlist allies who are similarly minded. You and a friend, coworker, or family member may agree to work together to continually shift the energy in a situation in a positive direction. The power of two people working to promote the positive is exponentially greater than one person working on
their own. As you and your allies work together to lift the energy around you, you will be amazed to see how quickly the positive pull begins to draw people into its orbit, freeing one mind after another from negativity into light.

三则感人小故事 — 上海研究所视频2组, 胡小鹏

June 6, 2007

第一个故事 小孩的心
有一位单身女子刚搬了家,她发现隔壁住了一户穷人家,  一个寡妇与两个小孩子。 有天晚上,那一带忽然停了电,那位女子只好自己点起了蜡烛。

没一会儿,忽然听到有人敲门。原来是隔壁邻居的小孩子,只见他紧张地问:「阿姨,请问你家有蜡烛吗?」

女子心想:「他们家竟穷到连蜡烛都没有吗?千万别借他们,免得被他们依赖了! 」
於是,对孩子吼了一声说:「没有!」

正当她准备关上门时,那穷小孩展开关爱的笑容说:「我就知道你家一定没有!」 说完,竟从怀里拿出两根蜡烛,说:「妈妈和我怕你一个人住又没有蜡烛,所以我带两根来送你。」

此刻女子自责、感动得热泪盈眶,将那小孩子紧紧地拥在怀里。

第2个故事 纯真的心

有一个小镇很久没有下雨了,令当地农作物损失惨重,於是牧师把大家集合起来,准备在教堂里开一个祈求降雨的祷告会。

众中有一个小女孩, 因个子太小,几乎没有人看得到她,但她也来参加祈雨祷告会。  就在这时侯,牧师注意到小女孩所带来的东西,激动地在台上指著她说:「那位小妹妹很让我感动!」於是大家顺著他手指的方向看了过去。

牧师接著说:「我们今天来祷告祈求上帝降雨,可是整个会堂中,只有她一个人今天带著雨伞!」大家仔细一看,果然,她的座位旁挂了一把红色的小雨伞; 这时大家沉静了一下,紧接而来的,是一阵掌声与泪水交织的美景。

有时我们不得不说:小孩子其实一点都不「小」,他 (她)们其实很「大」!他(她)们的爱心很大!他 (她)们的信心很大!

第3个故事 我们只不方便三小时 
那天跟老公幸运地订到了票回婆家,上车后却发现有位女士坐在我们的位子上,老公示意我先坐在她旁边的位子,却没有请这位女士让位。我仔细一看,发现她右脚有一点不方便,才了解老公为何不请她让出位子。

他就这样从嘉义一直站到台北,从头到尾都没向这位女士表示这个位子是他的,下了车之后,心疼老公的我跟他说:「让位是善行,但从 嘉义到台北这么久,大可中途请她把位子还给你,换你坐一下。 」

老公却说:「人家不方便一辈子,我们就不方便这三小时而已。」听到老公这么说,我相当感动,有这么一位善良又为善不欲人知的好老公,让我觉得世界都变得温柔许多。
心念一转,世界可能从此不同,人生中,每一件事情,都有 转向的能力,就看我们怎么想,怎么转。

我们不会在三分钟内成功,但也许只要花一分钟,生命从此不同。
你看完这篇短文后,可以马上起身去擦桌子,或洗碗;可以把报纸放一边,闭起眼睛沉思一会;也可以把这篇短文,转寄给很多朋友。
当然,我最希望你选择最后这一项,谁知道,你可能会改变很多人的一生。 

“我们不一定会因为赚很多的钱而富有,但我们可以因付出的善念而使心中富有”

Stepping Out From Where We Were

June 6, 2007

[From DailyOM]

” If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” — Albert Einstein

May the radiance of  ‘ openness ‘ illuminate our paths.
 
Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.” A Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein’s scientific theories transformed the world’s understanding of the universe and its workings, so we can believe that these words come from his personal experience and helped him to explore both science and life itself. He offered us an example of what can be learned by looking deeply into nature to reach a deeper understanding of all life and by following our ideas to their logical conclusions in our minds before acting upon them in the world.

When we apply this quote to our lives, we can see that we cannot create abundance by staying in a consciousness of poverty, nor can we gain a sense of power in our lives while identifying ourselves as a victim. Situations begun from anger or fear can have little chance of reaching a state of peace and trust unless someone involved can conceive of that possibility and act upon it. We need to find ways to step outside of our limited understanding in order to seek a bigger picture. One way to do this is to shift our perspective to see the situation from another’s point of view and ideally the perspective of all others involved. Even if we can’t truly know another’s motivations, by imagining what they might be, we open ourselves up to numerous possibilities and an expanded vision. This alone can shift our feelings of anger to compassion
and the desire for a positive solution for all involved.

Once we have opened our mind to greater possibilities, we can connect to our higher self for inspired solutions. From the peace at our center, we gain distance from our emotions to connect to intuitive wisdom that offers us understanding of the underlying causes and the inspiration needed to guide our steps in a new direction. Albert Einstein showed us the impact that can be made when we raise our consciousness and allow ourselves to imagine the possibilities.