Thursday, 14 December 2017

Clouds in the desert

When we see the world
it seems we live in a desert
of loneliness, of greed

But above the sand in our  desert,
hang some beautiful clouds


Soon the clouds will rain out
with droplets of help and kindness
drops of generosity and peace

Blades of grass will grow on the sand
first a few, but it will keep raining
the magic drops will give us more grass

Soon the sand will be covered by a carpet
a carpet of grass from which flowers spout
flowers of love and happiness

the desert, turned into a magnificent garden
for everyone, in the whole world to enjoy.
and the hot sand of greed gone for ever


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Let us generate each at least a droplet a day 😉

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Praise

As a pediatrician, I have been teaching my students to praise children, they want to examine.
It is a really effective thing to do, provided it comes really from our heart.

You would think this simple tip is so easy to follow,
that all students would do it without problem.

Not so. It is not easy to praise children.
Why not?

We do not have the habit of looking for the good in people
If we manage to see some lovely or good things,
we do not have the habit to express these observations in simple compliments.
We feel awkward praising others, even they are children.

And yet children love praise.
If we just tell them how beautiful their shirt is
or how good they are meeting with the doctor,
they feel good. Even at 1 year of age.
And you know who feels good too?
Of course the mother. The mother tends to transfer her feelings to her child
If the mother feels positive, the child will likely feel positive too.

I think we can learn a lot from dealing with children.
Not only children like praise. Adults crave for it.
Not flattery.Praise!

Flattery is calculative, comes from the mind,
Praise is sincere, comes from the heart.

Let us all try to see the good in others.
Each person has some good inside.
If we notice something good, share it at once.
A small compliment coming from the heart.
A little sincere praise.
It can make a huge difference to anyone.



Friday, 8 December 2017

One world

"You may say I am a dreamer,
but I am not the only one
I hope some day, you will join us
and the world will live as one"

Do you remember these beautiful lyrics

"Imagine all the people sharing all the world"

Let us all join that dream.
I know that your neighbors may be still angry people,
perhaps envious of you or over-greedy.

The world is extremely far from the "dream"
The idea of unity and universal sharing has been around for >3000 years.
I guess we had to achieve a certain level of technology to provide enough,
enough for the whole world population.

I think now is the time,
that we do have enough if we do away with greed
I think now is the time,
the idea of sharing among everyone is taking roots
I think now is the time,
the tree of kindness is ready to shoot out of the ground
and grow into a huge forest in which the world can get lost
I think now is the time,
the solidarity among people is ready to blossom.
I think now is the time,
that the ugly face of greed is showing
its disgusting face in so many governments
I think now is the time for wisdom
to gain track
I think now is the time.

All we need is enough people to join the dream!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Harmony

Harmony has been on my mind this morning.
Actually it is on my mind quite often.
Really, I think that harmony in this world is possible
Many people may doubt it is to happen very soon but
On mornings like today, I get really convinced that
Nothing can stand in the way of the ever increasing harmony.
Yes, harmony is a thought whose time has come

We will soon see that love will reign
In our house, in our village in our state
Love will reign in the whole wide world
Love will win over greed and crime and fights

Soon we will see harmony in our world, everywhere, all the time.
On every corner of the street we will see smiles and lovely faces
On every field, in every house we will meet friendliness and kindness
Nastiness and quarrels and ill will will be a thing of the past

Believe that this may happen. The more people believe, the sooner it will happen
Every person on earth has the right to harmony and we can make it happen.

Harmony is in my dream, harmony is in my mind, in my heart.
Every soul on earth has this silent longing to live a harmonious life
Right now is the time, today is the time, let us no longer wait
Everyone can make a small contribution today toward lots of harmony in the world





Friday, 1 December 2017

Bliss & ego

Friday morning, part of the weekend in the state of Kelantan, where I live.
I am on call today and this morning I drove to the hospital.
I was in a quiet mood and asked our God for bliss and peace of mind.
I tried to open up my heart  for the quietness around me and drove slowly.
The traffic light in front of me turned red.
I realized that bliss was more something we open up to,
than something we get from far away.

My car was the only car standing in front of the red traffic light,
when a few moments later car came from behind at high speed.
The car drove next to mine and stopped a few meters in front of me.
He was almost standing on the crossroad.
When it turned green, I thought I have to be in front of him.
My engine was a bit bigger then his and sure enough i managed to
speed off in front of him.
I was going faster than usual in this monsoon season.
When I suddenly hit a puddle of water my car moved sideways a few cm.
Luckily I managed to keep the car on the road.
I suddenly was aware that my big ego had taken over.
A small challenge, and bliss had become secondary to my ego.
I had chosen to drive dangerously, just to show off to another guy.

At the very next junction the car behind me chose another road
and I came back to my senses.
The rest of the ride to work, I managed to remain focused on bliss
and peace of mind and let people who were apparently in a hurry go first.

I just want to share the above real story, to illustrate how easily
we tend to give way to our ego to disturb our peace of mind and
make us do dangerous things, we would not normally do.

We are humans. We have an ego, sometimes a big ego
We do also have a soul. Let us try to practice to listen more to our soul
and a bit less to our ego. Our ego will prop up now and then.
But with some exercise we may become better at controlling it.