Archive for August, 2007

State of Mind

August 31, 2007

“心有多大,世界就有多大” from Dharma Drum Mountain

Present In The Progression

August 30, 2007

[From DailyOm]
Our lives are guided by natural rhythms that are particular to each of us and cannot be altered by force of will alone. Life itself is a journey made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away when time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together harmoniously. When the time is right, the passage of destiny cannot be blocked. Yet as desperate as we are to touch these beautiful futures we have imagined, we cannot grow if we are not fully present in the evolutionary experience. The present can be challenging, uncomfortable, and tedious, but life unfolds as it will, and the universe will wait patiently as we make our way into the unknown.

The fate that awaits us is not dependent on our pace, which was preordained before we ever appeared in human guise. Therefore there is no reason to rush through life to reach those pinnacles of development associated with the paths we have chosen. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. There are lessons we can learn during those moments that seem immaterial or insignificant that we cannot learn at any other time. Appreciating these takes patience, however, because human beings tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations rather than the simple joys of being.

Like many people, you have no doubt longed for a device that would give you the power to fast forward through certain periods of your existence. Yet haste is by its very nature vastly more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is deceptively slow, remember that everything that will occur in your life will occur in its own time. Quelling your urge to rush will enable you to witness yourself learning, changing, and becoming stronger. There is so much to see and do in between the events and processes that we deem definitive. If you are patient enough to take pleasure in your existence’s unfolding, the journey from one pinnacle to the next will seem to take no time at all.

Gates Harvard Commencement Speech

August 30, 2007

Text as prepared for delivery by Bill Gates at Harvard Commencement:

… If you believe that every life has equal value, it’s revolting to learn that some lives are seen as worth saving and others are not. We said to ourselves: “This can’t be true. But if it is true, it deserves to be the priority of our giving.” [full text]

Unfortunately, the philanthropic work of Gates Foundation has been marred by its dubious investments as reported in the LA Times.

Justice Eta, 14 months old, held out his tiny thumb. An ink spot certified that he had been immunized against polio and measles, thanks to a vaccination drive supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

But polio is not the only threat Justice faces. Almost since birth, he has had respiratory trouble. His neighbors call it “the cough.” People blame fumes and soot spewing from flames that tower 300 feet into the air over a nearby oil plant. It is owned by the Italian petroleum giant Eni, whose investors include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The author of Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, Allison H. Fine has this to say.

Make A Difference movie

August 29, 2007

This movie reminds me of all the nice people I met. Thanks and Happy Teachers’ Day.

“A moving story… this could help many kids/people to make a difference. And reminds us how one can make a difference.”

http://www.makeadifferencemovie.com/

Read more about this urban legend on Snopes.com. An inspiring tale nonetheless. If you like it, check out other movies on the site, http://www.makeadifference.com/movies/index.htm

Remarkable satellite photos of landmark on Earth

August 29, 2007

How to Start Eating Right? — Yondi Lee

August 28, 2007

There is no single diet that suits everyone. So what is the right diet for you?

The diet that suits you best is one that gives you the greatest amount of energy, health, and mental clarity. To find out for yourself, you have to EXPERIMENT.

Firstly, try to go as NATURAL as possible – avoid highly refined or processed foods as much as you can. Why go natural? What is wrong with refined foods?

Let’s start from the time the food enters our mouth. Long time ago, people eat slowly, maybe because they had more time to eat, but mainly because it took time to chew the food. Unrefined, unprocessed grains are tough to chew. Wild vegetables are more fibrous and tough to chew. Wild animals’ meat is also tough to chew. These ancient foods were packed with nutrients and they were also scarce. Because food was tough to chew and scarce, people did not eat too quickly, or in big quantities.

Now, let’s look at modern day man. One wakes up, spread bleached, chemically treated vegetable oil on puffy soft bread, swallows them after chewing a few times, then gulps down fruit juice made from recombined juice concentrate and sugar, preserved with food conditioners.

Modern foods require so little chewing that the digestive system does not have adequate signals to do its work. Smelling and chewing actually start a chain reaction that kick-starts your digestion. When you gulp things down in a hurry, it is no wonder that your stomach cannot cope well because it has not been warned to start working.

Next, why choose natural and wholesome foods? Food processing and refining require removal of many nutrients and addition of chemicals. Hence, highly refined foods that we buy off supermarket shelves and which come in containers and pretty boxes often contain little nutrients and lots of additives. The manufacturers sometimes add vitamins back to the food, but these are artificially added and the quality of nutrients is dubious.

In contrast, natural foods contain more nutrients and fewer chemicals and additives. The organic ones are even better because you can really cut out intake of pesticides and other chemicals.

Tips for Buying Natural

  1. Buy foods that you recognize, foods that are in their original form
  2. Avoid foods in plastic bags or boxes that have long lists of ingredients
  3. Avoid foods with ingredients of codes and numbers (these are additives)
  4. Avoid instant foods – noodles, frozen dinners
  5. Fresh vegetables are better than frozen ones, which are better than canned ones
  6. Eat more local vegetables & fruits – these tend to be fresher than imported ones

So what type of diet will suit you? You can read all the health and nutrition books in the world but you still won’t find the right diet for yourself if you don’t TRY. Experiment is the key! Try different ways of eating. Give it about a month. With any dietary changes, there are bound to be some reactions in the body, including bowel habits or sensations. Symptoms that resemble detoxification reactions are possible – headaches, mood changes, fatigue.

Pay attention and listen to your body, take note of your experience, especially in terms of energy, mental clarity and sense of wellbeing.

Define the diet – be specific. If you want to be a vegetarian, are you eating frozen and canned vegetables or fresh ones? Do you eat French fries or real potato? There are countless ways to eat and most people have the habit of eating the same foods often or eat only a small range of foods. For example, are the fruits you eat consist of only banana, apples and oranges?

Be specific about what you include in your diet. A vegetarian who eats canned or processed foods is on a very different diet from one who eats only fresh, unprocessed foods.

Do you consume any drugs like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, etc? Simply giving up alcohol can lead to a significant change in your body’s biochemistry. Remove artificially flavoured foods can make another significant change. And it is not just what you eat or don’t eat, but also the way the food is prepared that can make a big difference. Some people thrive on a vegetarian diet, others feel run-down. Given the same diet, two individuals can react differently. Think and feel for yourself.

There’s so much marketing and money involved in food advertisement. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers or magazines. Use your common sense. Ask yourself questions. Does it make sense to drink another species’ baby-milk after you have been weaned, especially that of a species that has four stomachs and weighs almost 10x as much as you, and one that has been injected with growth hormone?

Changing your diet always seems daunting at first, but it has to start with re-wiring your brain, changing your thinking. Once you start to employ your own thinking and logic, and experiment with foods, it will become a whole lot simpler. After a while, your new diet just becomes a habit and you get into the routine.

Good luck and if you have questions or need help with your diet, contact me at yondi@ascensionhealing.sg

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Humorous signs

August 28, 2007

Advertisement In A Long Island Shop:
Guitar, for sale……. Cheap……. ….no strings attached .

In Hospital Waiting Room:
Smoking Helps You Lose Weight … One Lung At A Time!

On a bulletin board:
Success Is Relative.More The Success, More The Relatives.

In Driving School:
If Your Wife Wants To Learn To Drive, Don’t Stand In Her Way.

In A Restaurant:
All Drinking Water In This Establishment Has Been Personally Passed By The Manager.

On A Famous Beauty Parlor Window:
Don’t Whistle At The Girls Going Out From Here. She May Be Your Grandmother

At A Barber’s Saloon In Detroit:
We Need Your Heads To Run Our Business.

A Traffic Slogan:
Don’t Let Your Kids Drive If They are Not Old Enough Or Else They Will Never Be.

You Know Your kids Have Grown Up When: Your Daughter Begins To Put On Lipstick … Or Your Son Starts To Wipe It Off .

Behind Every Great Man, There Is A Surprised Woman.

Getting Caught Is The Mother Of Invention.

Laugh And The World Laughs With You, Snore And You Sleep Alone.

The Surest Sign That Intelligent Life Exists Elsewhere In The Universe Is The Fact That It Has Never Tried To Contact Us.

Looking for Dharma – Ajahn Chah

August 28, 2007

What you need to know about kidney/renal failure

August 28, 2007

Information on how to care for one’s kidney and estimated cost of treatment in Malaysia.

快樂其實是一種習慣

August 24, 2007

一大早,我跳上一部計程車,要去台北郊區做企業內訓。

因正好是尖峰時刻,沒多久車子就卡在車陣中,此時前座的司機 先生開始不耐地嘆起氣來。
隨口和他聊了起來:「最近生意好嗎?」
後照鏡的臉垮了下來,聲音臭臭的:「有什麼好?到處都不景氣,你想我們計程車生意會好嗎?每天十幾個時,也賺不到什麼錢,真是氣人!」
嗯,顯然這不是個好話題,換個主題好了,我想,於是我說:「不過還好你的車很大很寬敞,即便是塞車,也讓人覺得很舒服 ?」

他打斷了我的話,聲音激動了起來:「舒服個鬼!不信你來每天坐 12 個小時看看,看你還會不會覺得舒服!?」
接著他的話匣子開了,抱怨政府無能、社會不公平,所以人民無望。
我只能安靜地聽,一點兒插嘴的機會也沒。

兩天後同一時間,我再一次跳上了計程車,再一次地要去郊區同一家企業做訓練,然而這一次,卻開啟了迥然不同的經驗。

一上車,一張笑容可掬的臉龐轉了過來,伴隨的是輕快愉悅的聲音:「你好,請問要去哪 ? 」
真是難得的親切,我心中有些訝異,隨即告訴了他目的地。
他笑了笑:「好,沒問題!」
然而走沒兩步,車子又在車陣中動彈不得了起來。
前座的 司機 先生手握方向盤,開始輕鬆地吹起口哨哼起歌來,顯然今天心情不錯。
於是我問:「看來你今天心情很好嘛!」
他笑得露出了牙齒:「我每天都是這樣啊,每天心情都很好。」
「為什麼呢?」我問:「大家不都說景氣差,工作時間長,收入都不理想嗎?」
司機先生說:「沒錯,我也有家有小孩要養,所以開車時間也跟著拉長為 12個小時。
不過,日子還是很開心過的,我有個祕密 ?」
他停頓了一下:「說出來先生你別生氣,好嗎?」

當然好,只要是快樂的祕密,我這個念過心理學的都感興趣。

他說:「我總是換個角度來想事情。例如,我覺得出來開車,其實是客人付錢請我出來玩。像今天一早,我就碰到像你這樣的先生,花錢請我跟你到陽明山去玩,這不是很好嗎?等下到了陽明山,你去辦你的事,而現在是花季,我就正好可以順道賞賞花,抽根菸再走啦!」
他繼續說:「像前幾天哦,有一對情侶去淡水看夕陽,他們下車後,我也下來喝碗魚丸湯,擠在他們旁邊看看夕陽才走,反正來都來了嘛,更何況還有人付錢呢?」
漂亮!多精采的一個祕密!

我突然意識到自己有多幸運,一早就有這份榮幸,跟前座的 EQ 高手同車出遊,真是棒極了。
又能坐車,心情又開心,這樣的服務有多難得,我決定跟這位 司機 先生要電話,以後再邀他一起出遊。

接過他名片的同時,他的手機鈴聲正好響起,有位老客人要去機場,原來喜歡他的不只我一位,相信這位 EQ高手的工作態度,不但替他贏得好心情,也必定帶進許多生意。

快樂其實是一種習慣

心理學家發現,快樂其實是一種習慣,不論環境怎麼變, EQ 高手的快樂決心是不會改變的。

當我們能換一種心態去看待自己的工作,並帶著遊戲般的愉快心情面對工作,你會發覺自己的內在能量強大許多,抗壓應變的功力也因此大為增進,而這,也正是貫徹快樂決心的漂亮做法。

我自己就常覺得,工作其實是一種偽裝,讓我有很好的藉口及機會,能因著演講及各種活動,去認識許許多多有趣精彩的人,這不是很過癮嗎?(更何況,往往還有人付錢呢!)。

當我們用心對人時 , 有心人將以熱情回報妳 , 希望我們都是用心的人 , 也是有心的人 。

Fireworks photos

August 23, 2007

Some fireworks photos taken at Singapore Independence Day celebration in 2007.

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Ascension Healing newsletter

August 23, 2007

Below is a snippet from the August 2007 Ascension Healing newsletter from my friend Yondi. She is a professional nutritionist. This is a one-off notice. If you like it or want to subscribe to the newsletter, do visit her website for details.

Choosing a Water Filter

It is important to drink CLEAN water, but how clean do we want our water to be? Are you confused about the different types of water filter out there? Read about the different types of water filter and how to choose one that suits your needs.

Green & Happy Living

Very useful & simple tips for living healthily and in an Earth-friendly way.

Microwave

Ever wonder whether you should use a microwave and whether it is harmful to health?

7 Principles Of An Eagle – Dr. Myles Monroe

August 22, 2007

PRINCIPLE 1

Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can got to the height of the eagle. Stay away from sparrows and ravens.

Eagles fly with Eagles

PRINCIPLE 2

Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

PRINCIPLE 3

Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.

Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Always do your research well.

PRINCIPLE 4

Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagles uses the raging storm to lift him above the
clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.

PRINCIPLE 5

The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her.
Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it
falls to the ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle.

The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.

Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.

PRINCIPLE 6

When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again.

Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly.

The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.

PRINCIPLE 7

When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.

We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.

As The Earth Allows The Rain

August 21, 2007

[From DailyOM]

It can take great courage to really sit with our feelings, allowing ourselves to surrender to their powerful energies. All too often we set our feelings aside, thinking we will deal with them later. If we don’t deal with them, we end up storing them in our minds and bodies and this is when anxiety and other health issues can arise. Denying what our bodies want to feel can lead to trouble now or down the line, which is why being in the thick of our feelings, no matter how scary it seems, is really the best thing we can do for ourselves.

One of the reasons we tend to hide or push aside our feelings is that we live in a culture that has not traditionally supported emotional awareness. However, as the connection between mind and body–our emotions and our physical health– becomes clearer, awareness of the importance of feeling our feelings has grown. There are many books, classes, workshops and retreats that can help us on our way to emotional intelligence. We can also trust in our own ability to process what comes up when it comes up. If sadness arises, we can notice its presence and welcome it, noting where in our bodies we feel it, and allowing ourselves to express it through tears or a quiet turning inward.

When we simply allow ourselves to fully feel our feelings as they come, we tend to let them go easily. This is all we are required to do; our feelings simply want to be felt. We often complicate the situation by applying mental energy in the form of analysis, when all we really need is to allow, as the earth allows the rain to fall upon it. As the rain falls, the earth responds in a multitude of ways, sometimes emptying out to form a great canyon, sometimes soaking it up to nourish an infinitude of plants. In the same way, the deeper purpose of our feelings is to transform the terrain of our inner world, sometimes creating space for more feelings to flow, sometimes providing sustenance for growth. All we need to do is allow the process by relaxing, opening, and receiving the bounty of our emotions.

Begetting Change

August 20, 2007

[From DailyOM] 

[Change is the constant. May changes bring more happiness for us and others.]

Repeated bouts of adversity are an unavoidable aspect of human existence. We battle against our inner struggles or outer world forces, and in many cases, we emerge on the opposite side of struggle stronger and better equipped to cope with the challenges yet to come. However, we can occasionally encounter trials that seem utterly hopeless. We strike at them with all of our creativity and perseverance, hoping desperately to bring about change, only to meet with the same results as always. Our first instinct in such situations is often to push harder against the seemingly immovable obstruction before us, assuming that this time we will be met with a different outcome. But staying power and stamina net us little when the same choices consistently garner the same results. A change in perspective, behavior, or response can do so much more to help us move past points where no amount of effort seems sufficient to overcome the difficulties before us.

Whether our intention is to change ourselves or some element of the world around us, we cannot simply wish for transformation or hope that our lives will be altered through circumstance. If our patterns of thought and behavior remain unchanged, our lives will continue to unfold much as they have previously. Patterns in which fruitless efforts prevail can be overcome with self examination and courage. It is our bravery that allows us to question the choices we have made thus far and to channel our effort into innovation. Asking questions and making small adjustments to your thought processes and behaviors will help you discover what works, so you can leave that which does not work behind you. To break free from those unconscious patterns that have long held sway over your actions and reactions, you will likely have to challenge your assumptions on a most basic level. You must accept once and for all that your beliefs with regard to cause and effect may no longer be in accordance with your needs.

Stagnation is often a sign that great changes are on the horizon. Courting the change you wish to see in yourself and in the world around you is a matter of acknowledging that only change begets change. The results you so ardently want to realize are well within the realm of possibility, and you need only step away from the well-worn circular path to explore the untried paths that lie beyond it.