Mindful Living, Staying Conscious


For a more grounded life, choose not to get caught up in the fast-paced world around you.

1. Live simply and live deliberately. By choosing not to get caught up in the details of this fast-paced world, you are doing your part to slow down . You will also discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.

2. Stay in touch with yourself. Soul searching, meditation, and journaling are just a few of the many activities you can take part in to stay aware and learn as much as you can about your emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives you a firm foundation for living in this world.

3. Support or teach others as often as you can. This can help you form connections with people while also giving you an opportunity to make the world a better place.

4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. The media bombards us with visions of hate, war, and pain. Be judicious about what you read, watch, and listen to.

5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a stereotypical suburb, there are natural and man-made wonders just waiting to be discovered by you.

6. Nurture your ties to your tribe. If you don’t have one, create a community that you can belong to. Modern life can be isolating. When you have a tribe, you have a circle that you are a part of. Its members – loved ones, friends, or neighbors – can be a source of support, caring, guidance, and companionship.

7. See the larger picture. Remember that the way that you choose to live is not the only way to live. Widen your perspective by exploring other modes of being through research, travel, and discussion.

8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. After a time, even the most exciting jobs or lifestyles can seem routine. Never stop assimilating new knowledge about whatever you are doing, and your life will never seem dull.

9. Move your body. In this busy world, it can be easy to live a sedentary life. Movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality.

10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. The world can be noisy, and we are subject to all kinds of noises nearly every waking hour. We are also often “on the go” and unable to relax. Being alone in a peaceful place and making time for quiet can help you stay in touch with yourself.

– from DailyOM

Bios and Zoe


Bios and Zoe

 

Bios (biological) life is that life that comes to us from nature, the life that is always tending to run down and decay and needs to be nourished constantly with air, water and food.

Spiritual life (Zoe), on the other hand, is the life which is in God from all eternity, which has always existed and will always exist…

The difference between having bios and zoe is like the difference between a statue and a man. A man who changed from having bios to zoe would have gone through as big a change as a statue which changed from being a carved statue to being a real man.

C. S. Lewis

The Gifts of Silence and Prayer


“Silence is not yet prayer, but going into the Silence is necessary for prayer.” Something I’ve known already from my own practices but which was clearly defined for me yesterday at the Prayer and Life Workshop (PLW) orientation.

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photo credits to Center of Spiritual Living

And then, this morning, as I went into meditation immediately after I woke up, I kept “popping out”. 😥

I just realized now that it’s because I did not take time to “properly” go into the Silence, gently placing my self in an open, empty, receptive state. How theory and experience immediately put themselves at work to remind me of this lesson, one after another!

In my 6 & a half years of growing in meditation and prayer practice, I have observed how this practice of going into Silence first before communing with God/The Source/Spirit carries over into one’s every day life.

One naturally learns to be more attentive and receptive to self and other beings. One grows in reverence, Presence, for all life, deepening in true intimacy with self and others.

And I remember reading somewhere before that if you cultivate an inner life of Silence and prayer, you cannot help but become more honest, more authentic in your outer life! 🙂

So I guess if your life (or even just some parts of it) is feeling fake, blah, meaningless for you, go Inside. ♥

Photographing the photographer


Travel and photography. I see myself doing more of these for the rest of my life. Right now, I content myself with sharing vicariously the experiences of new blogger friends who are already into this, like The Budget Wanderers.

THE BUDGET WANDERERS

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Wandering is not just experiencing the place, or having a great time. For us, it is a moment to unravel not just what we do not know, but an opportunity to create memories that we wanted to remember.

One of the most exciting things we have done is capturing photos, not just of the place, the people around the location, and the environment that makes it breathtaking; but, taking portraits of fellow artists that makes the whole experience worth remembering. Though it is suggestive of the creativity of a photographer to look not just on the subject matter in another perspective, it seizes the chance of catching another person’s imaginative mind. The mind that inspires…The thoughts which are artistically-oriented…And the silent communication of the lenses!  This provides a more genuine experience that will last a lifetime, as the wanderer bonds with other wanderers. Capturing the friendship that started…

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Last Words


“Yayyy, at last, I’m going home!” ;D ❤

Let Us Be Travelers

“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, “I want to go too! I want to go too!” And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: “We are all going.”

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For my Honors Writing class, the first thing we do in the morning is get in a circle and do a daily journal. A student chooses the topic, and we write about it for eight minutes. After we are done writing, we go around in the circle and share. Tomorrow is my turn to pick the topic. I have decided to go with last words. Everyone will write down what they would like their last words to be. They will fold up their piece of paper…

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Chapter 2013, Page 2 of 365


So I liked this new Facebook page because of a photo and a quote from Osho they published and liked by a Facebook friend of mine, which I saw on my News Feed. And I explored their page further and I liked what I saw, especially this one —

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— WHICH got me wondering how and when we ever started counting the years as we know them today, and which led me to searching, and then finding this site, WHICH then made me think:

Thought Track 1:  So if Dionysius Exiguus made a mistake in counting Jesus’ possible year of birth and which later historians agree on to be before 4BC… then,  assuming Jesus died, at the latest, in 3BC, plus the 33 years He lived on earth, our real year now, if it is to be really Anno Domini (“In the Year of our Lord”, counting from the year He was born), should be plus 36 years, or Year 2049! Right?

Simultaneous Deeper Thought Track 1:  Wow.  So I came into the story of human history, based on the Christian calendar alone, on page 60 of 366 (Feb. 29) in Chapter 1968! And nobody knows when I’ll leave the main plot with the ending of the subplot of my own life’s story. But the real point is, before and after my part in the drama, Life went on and will continue to go on! What an awesome, humbling, and very comforting thought.

WHICH led me now to this next deeper thought track: So, really, what’s going to be my subplot of a story in the bigger drama, huh?  What’s going to be my angle of the things I was born to and which happened in my life?  And what’s the story I’m going to pursue from now on, the experiences I will more mindfully choose to have and the way of Being I will chose to be?

This is page 2 so far of 365, in my part of Chapter 2013. 🙂

On pessimism,


I agree!

Dale Lavine

I think it’s safe to say that I don’t understand pessimism. I don’t, nor have I ever, understood the whole “gloom and doom” look on the world. Frankly, I don’t see the point to being a pessimist. I know a lot of pessimists that file their bad outlooks on things as being a “realist”, but their “realism” is incredibly bitter and…I mean, it just isn’t very realistic at all. I know a lot of people who see the world as a very dark, bitter place. I know a lot of people who, on the other end of the spectrum, see the world in a brighter light than what the world truly lies in.

I’ll admit to falling in the “realist” category at one time in my life; the whole “Yeah the world can kind of suck sometimes, but I’ve seen enough good in people to know that there’s still hope to…

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It’s Time


I intend to die at 80. That leaves me 40 years to go.

For the last 40 years of my life so far, I have been mainly taking, receiving, learning from others, even as I sought to find my own way and become comfortable in my own skin. Now that I am in a good place at last (my own skin : >, knowing my way), I figure it’s time to give back, to “pay it forward” so to speak, as the next half of my life spreads out before me.

One would think that with the many sites and blogs I already maintain, I would stay put with these. Well, I guess I surprise even my self up to now. It’s ideas, gut feel, and spark that get to me best. It’s not really about planning and deliberate creation; it’s more like spontaneous combustion for me.

Way back in 2000, after finishing a creative writers’ workshop, I was asked to deliver the “valedictory” speech in behalf of all my other writer-fellows. I remember summing up the experience of the journey in creative writing as being composed of three levels: first, there is writing for catharsis; then, there is writing for self-expression and self-discovery; then, there is writing for craft and communication.

I guess it would apply to this new endeavor, too, although this is not about creative writing. As I created this blog (actually, this was the last one in this series), I also created along with this other blogs (please see Blog Roll) which reflect my interests and passions, as well as my training, education and experience so far.

It’s writing for craft and communication time now, giving back to the world what I have learned so far in my own journeys, studies and reflections.

I see this new endeavor as also a way for me to bridge the link between the so-called experts (the academe, the civil society organizations, even business) in their field that I have worked with for most of my life, with the everyday person and net citizen out there, as that seems to be a vital but still unfulfilled link today.

I have discovered that I have this gift– for linking seemingly unrelated ideas and incompatible people and groups together. Since it’s payback time for me, I might as well use this gift well and to the maximum.

The Net (and WordPress) is a good place to start.