Saturday, May 23, 2009

Instructions For Life In The New Millennium From The Dalai Lama

This is what the Dalai Lama has to say on the millennium, all it takes is a few seconds to read and think about.

1 - Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2 - When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3 - Follow the three R's: Respect for Self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

4 - Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5 - Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6 - Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7 - When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8 - Spend some time alone every day.

9 - Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10 - Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11 - Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12 - A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13 - In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14 - Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15 - Be gentle with the earth.

16 - Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17 - Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18 - Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19 - Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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All I Really Need To Know I learned In Kindergarten

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpit at Kindergarten. These are the things I learned.

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm biscuits/cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

This Happens To Me All The Time (Syncronicity No 2)

Yesterday I emailed to a friend this photograph of a rainbow over Whangarei Harbour I had taken as I drove out to Ocean Beach.

I also emailed this photograph of my socks. I had been talking to my friend who is also a teacher about some of my socks which have animals on them and which create great humour amongst the children I teach.

My teacher friend told of a real love of rainbows and how they were of great importance because when a younger sister had passed away, some members of the family purchased prisms which they hung up to harvest the light; the ensuring rainbows being a kind of reminder, a tangible symbol - an honouring of her spirit, presence and importance - it was an act of love.
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It was these thoughts of rainbows I was holding in my head when the email exchange had finished and I was moving from my computer to the living room to watch the last part of the 6pm news. It also occurred to me as I moved along the hallway that there was another connection to rainbows on my socks - 'Kermit' the frog himself and the song "Rainbow Connection."


As I pushed open the door to the living room the newsreader began a new, news item and started to tell how the charity 'Rainbow Youth' have benefited very well from the very recent 2009 'Dancing With The Stars' winners Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock who had raised a considerable amount of money for this their chosen charity. 'Rainbow Youth' is a charity that helps young people deal with sexuality and gender identity issues.
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I find this a very interesting coincidence. All the links up to the point of the news item are causal i.e. they can be explained in terms of conscious or subconscious cause and effect - but the coincidence of the news item is in the realm of 'a'causality, or in terms of the Jungian world view 'Synchronicity' - I am quite at ease with Synchronicity - it happens to me all the time.
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"Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which are causally unrelated occurring together in a supposedly meaningful manner. In order to count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance.
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The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be grouped by cause, they may also be grouped by their meaning. Since meaning is a complex mental construction, subject to conscious and subconscious influence, not every correlation in the grouping of events by meaning needs to have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.
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The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined as the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships that are not causal in nature. These relationships can manifest themselves as simultaneous occurrences that are meaningfully related—the cause and the effect occur together."
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I find the occurrences of Synchronicity in my own life intriguing and strangely comforting. It is a curious and somewhat wondrous thing really - its presence echoes Hamlets words:
"And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
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Synchronicity for me is somehow another of those tributaries such as wonder, enchantment, grace, luck, chance, magic and providence that all flow into that great river of mystery which is the source of our individual and inextricably interwoven collective lives.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

IN THE BEGINNING - Dylan Thomas

IN THE BEGINNING - Dylan Thomas

In the beginning was the three-pointed star,
One smile of light across the empty face;
One bough of bone across the rooting air,
The substance forked that marrowed the first sun;
And, burning ciphers on the round of space,
Heaven and hell mixed as they spun.

In the beginning was the pale signature,
Three-syllabled and starry as the smile;
And after came the imprints on the water,
Stamp of the minted face upon the moon;
The blood that touched the crosstree and the grail
Touched the first cloud and left a sign.

In the beginning was the mounting fire
That set alight the weathers from a spark,
A three-eyed, red-eyed spark, blunt as a flower;
Life rose and spouted from the rolling seas,
Burst in the roots, pumped from the earth and rock
The secret oils that drive the grass.

In the beginning was the word, the word
That from the solid bases of the light
Abstracted all the letters of the void;
And from the cloudy bases of the breath
The word flowed up, translating to the heart
First characters of birth and death.

In the beginning was the secret brain.
The brain was celled and soldered in the thought
Before the pitch was forking to a sun;
Before the veins were shaking in their sieve,
Blood shot and scattered to the winds of light
The ribbed original of love.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

A BIRTHDAY - By Christina Rossetti

A BIRTHDAY - By Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple - tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick - set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in red and golden grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs - de - lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
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