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Aphorisms watching rain fall – 18th May 2017

Aphorisms written in a cafe, watching rain fall, waiting for a Buddha burger, dreaming in the day:

Everything you wished for you have, everything you need is here.

Life may be a sick show, but wisdom and love is the cure.

Hate is just love on a bad day.

Be at ease, accept yourself.

Peace is like a flower, let it grow, let it see the sun. Don’t cut it, own it, remove it from it’s roots.

Give, we’ve nothing to lose.

Every mistake is precious. Make more!

Breathe well, live with grace, ease the mind, heart opens.

Each moment is raw potential. Who do we want to be?

We can choose to live deep and rich or shallow and poor.

We are here to learn and grow, believe in an end to fear.

Where is your mind? Really! It is everywhere.

Live the mystery.

Life happens now. The present is all there is. Live there.

Loving relationships are the basis for a happy, successful life.

In a relationship explore your unity, don’t dwell on differences.

Wealth comes from a wise heart, not a fat wallet.

Enrichment, liberation, peace and inspiration, only comes in silence.

If you pray, pray for love.

Love grows where no one knows.

Without beauty, we are bricks.

Living without expectations means you’re never disappointed.

Everything matters, the tiniest details.

The more subtle we become, the more we feel.

The lighter we are, the more we see.

Be fluid like a wild river.

Fragrance is a memory.

Feel the electricity between us.

Forget yourself and remember bliss. The art of being,

There is no light without dark, or dark without light and someone keeps playing with the switch.

Learn in the dark, live in the light.

To be there for someone, just listen.

Between thoughts, disappear.

A moment of love reveals everything

Forget comparisons to others. There is only one you. That’s enough, that’s perfect!

Approach negativity with positivity.

Laughter is a sacred song,

Seasons are wheel, our life is a wheel, beyond that, bigger wheels.

On your tiptoes, see over the fence, glimpse the beyond.

In conflict, put a foot on both sides of the fence. See yourself in everyone. You’re there!

Each breath is a doorway, where do you want to go?

Everyone is an island until they taste the ocean.

The body is just a boat delivering us to another shore.

When you look at the stars, they know you’re watching.

Be an open hand, not a fist.

The ‘nightmare’ is our greatest teacher.

Try something new. Stay fresh.

Opinions are like a noose, choking free thought and free living.

We are all in prison. We are the prison!

Love has not boundaries, hate can only rise in ignorance.

Anger hurts both ways.

Our story is not written; you’re the dancer, the director, the set designer, the tea maker, the narrator, the star actor.

To believe in fate, is fatal.

Believe you can and will always change.

There is no ‘easy life’.

Our blood contains the salt of great oceans, our flesh, the dust of many stars, our mind, the infinite dreaming.

What comes, comes.

Don’t fight, don’t buy, don’t push, don’t think too much, don’t try.

What comes, comes. Then goes.

Nothing lasts, nothing is gained.

Only freedom matters.

Whatever your beliefs, leave room for love.

Words can be weapons or an embrace.  They cannot be taken back.  Choose them wisely.

Conflict is the spark of existence, the creator. Embrace it.

Everything we do is ego based. Without ego, we are not. Joy!

The ego is right in front, all the time. Face it.

Go deeper, then we know what is to be done.

We make our living by living.

Secrets are the fun part, leave them to enchant, let them work their magic.

No one really knows, if they say they do, they don’t.

The heart draws us from the mind to meditation.

Enlightenment is a ridiculous goal!

You cannot be bored. Nothing is missing.

Less talk, more listen.

The failure in life is wiser.

Know death, know life.

Life is perfectly simple and infinitely complex.

See the beauty in the ordinary and plain.

We only ever grieve for ourselves.

Our true nature is love.

Life is not here to be take seriously.  Howl at the moon.

This game is freedom, exploration, questioning, laughter, compassion, wisdom, contentment, health, dancing, sharing, meditation, teas, chocolate, trust, mischief.

Get out of your mind.

Dance on the edge, don’t fade away.

Be love, not fear.

Sometimes, the hardest advice to take is our own.

The burger is here.

With love, Lx

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“The best way to take care of the future…” Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we cling to the idea of hope in the future, we might not notice the peace and joy that are available in the present moment. The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.”

“The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.”

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not  to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged  in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.”

“You are like fireworks. You go out into your children, your friends, your society, and the whole world.”

“You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.”

“I hold my face in my two hands.
No, I am not crying.
I hold my face in my two hands
to keep the loneliness warm –
two hands protecting,
two hands nourishing,
two hands preventing
my soul from leaving me
in anger.”

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.”

Mindful Consuming

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in the body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body or my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self transformation and for the transformation of society.”

“You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are …transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.”

“The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves “inside the skin” of the other.  We “go inside” their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering.  Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering.  We must become one with the subject of our observation.  When we are in contact with another’s suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, “to suffer with.””

“The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.”

“Use your time wisely. Every moment produce beautiful thoughts, loving, kindness, forgiveness. Say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, act physically to protect and help.”

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.”

“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just Be.”

“May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

“We have to learn to die in every moment in order to be fully alive.”

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Find beauty and magic in all things….

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“Life is what you make it,” this is very true.
Find beauty and magic in all things,
and the Love that sees you through.
When you look at the world where you live,
seek not your gain, but what you can give.
When a man is poor, and hungers, and thirsts,
serve not yourself til you serve this man first.
When a man is down and seeks shelter from cold, give him shelter.
You’ll receive blessings untold.
Live by the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you’d have done unto you.
And always remember:
When you destroy, you destroy a part of you, too.
Life is what you make of it!”

~ Unknown

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LOVE )John Lennon(

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

John Lennon

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(More) Messages from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mcleod Ganj – 5th March 2015

Holed up in cosy cafe in Mcleod Ganj, decorated with prayer flags and embroideries of the Potala palace, monks slap tables and play with their mobile phones, the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ is played quietly from a giant, flashing speaker.  I’m sipping a special teas, Tibetan in origin it has dried lychees, plums, goji berries and some unknown foreign fruits floating around in it.  More of a fruity soup than a tea really.  As the rain lashes down in the narrow streets and freshly snow capped peaks are cloaked by by a swirling silver mist, I am left a window from which to reflect on my times so far up here in the heart of the Tibetan community in exile.  An wonderfully homely and inspiring place.  Mcleod Ganj is a place that cannot help but capture and challenge your heart equally, when the reality of the situation here sinks in,  humanities light and dark sides are finely exhibited.  This is especially true when you hear individuals tales of suffering and incredible human feats of courage, grief and resilience.  Every Tibetan citizen here has seen their lives violently uprooted and have suffered great loss and torment.  

Being in Mcleod Ganj feels a long way away from India at large, it’s like being in the centre point of the most vital page of an ancient cultures history.  History seems to move slowly at  the moment, too slowly for some of the younger Tibetans, but the Dalai Lama stands firmly within the peaceful, middle way, the way of Guatama Buddha.  The only way form him and Tibet.  Their way.  

In Mcleod Ganj we witness a displaced and gloriously elaborate community re-establishing its culture, proudly maintaining its unique identity in a melting pot of craft, cooking, music, literature, art and worship; whilst attempting to face up to incredible and almost impossible circumstances.  Dealing with the Chinese Government, a real life David versus Goliath situation, with peace and re-conciliation as their only weapon.  An awesome feat, led by an awesome human being….

Today I watched the Dalai Lama teaching from the eight verses of mind control.  The discourse related directly to esoteric Tibetan teachings but His Holiness always kept (and keeps) things contemporary and relevant to the audience, mainly the Tibetan lay community.  The Dalai Lama embodies ancient Tibetan ritual, ceremony and scripture and yet remains focused on moving Tibet forward, assimilating Western practices and technology.  

Witnessing the veneration of H.H. by Tibetans is a deeply moving and humbling experience.  The Dalai Lama speaks like an empassioned father, amazingly forceful and yet tender at the same time, the audience is utterly rapt to his every word, you could hear a pin drop, if you could find an empty scrap of floor space to drop one.  The large courtyard is a sea of shaven heads, wide eyes, craned necks and the occasional cluster of hairy Western travelers, highly incongruous and yet warmly very welcomed.  A little FM radio was offered up by a friendly nun sitting on my foot and I was able to catch bits and pieces of the English translation.  The Dalai Lama is irrepressible, radiant and a wonderfully pleasant person.  Being in his presence brings a sense of peace and always a chuckle or two.  This goes for the Tibetan community at large, when they weep and angst fills their faces, it seems like the world is filled with the deepest woe, all hearts lie broken and bereft; but when they smile, its as if sunshine and joy were never ending.  Gladly, in Mcleod Ganj, you will mainly see Tibet’s lighting up the streets with the broadest grins and much hearty laughter.   

After yesterdays post, I started to read more of H.H.’s quotes  and couldn’t help but share more.  The Dalai Lama is 80 years old, but is still the worlds most outspoken advocate of peace, tolerance and compassion.  Our only options for a better world.  

Spending time in the presence of His Holiness and so many softly spoken and devote Tibetan Monks and Nuns emphasises the importance of not only kind words, but practice, discipline and action infused with good intention.  I am a great one for talking about peace and spirituality, but in practice; the actual daily experience of living, well lets just say that things can be a very different matter!

The Dalai Lama brings sometimes complex philosophy and metaphors into such simple and profound phrases.  He speaks to us from a universal space of love and a sense of deep rooted humanity.  He shares his own life experiences and subsequent revelations.  He claims to be a simple monk, but we all know that he is much, much more……  

The words we need for dramatic evolution and end to the travails of existence  and  harmonious new dawns are all below.  They are simple and yet profound.  The big challenge is can we put them into action?  Can we stick to them?  Do we really want to make the sacrifice, change, give it a try?  We are at a point in human history where something needs to give, we either destroy ourselves, our planet and everything that we share it with, or, we wake up to our current situation.  Ignorance rules.  Money and material gains do not bring peace or happiness of oneself or ones society.  Can we individually break down cultural, religious and all mind based delusions of separateness?  Can we realise true happiness?  Can we embrace our precious human life?  Can we see the light and potential that shines within us all?  The Dalai Lama would smile an indefatigable yes.  Then he’d concisely show you how…….Be loving, be fearless, be free.

 Long life H.H. the Dalai Lama!

 

You can find the official account of yesterdays ‘Long Life Ceremony’ here.

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The Green Beautiful (La Belle Verte) – Full Movie

A wonderful movie about a society of people, living somewhere in our universe who live in harmony with nature.  They send Mila down to earth to observe our behaviour, this begins a humourous, dramatic and deeply moving story of the madness that she encounters.

The football match scene is a movie classic!

I’m off to trapeze for while, I hope you enjoyX

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ENGLAND WAKES UP? STUDENT PROTESTS, LIES, CUTS, INJUSTICE.

GOOD MORNING ENGLAND

We cannot stand for a situation which compromises the education of a nation, there is no future for this rapidly failing system. 

 

Billy Bragg said recently:

” socialism…is nothing unless it is at heart a force of organised compassion”.

Bragg spoke about his social ideals, that “none of us will get to express our individuality unless we are recipients of free healthcare, free education, decent affordable housing and proper pensions. That’s my socialism”

and Tony Benn, still leading the way forward.

I am in Cambodia and all this is seems far, far away.  Here I sweat, there you freeze.  The problems and challenges of daily life here for a Cambodian are a very different proposition to what is occurring in England.  Cambodians have reminded me that people can do anything if they want, rebuild a society, a culture, with a smile.  Still facing huge difficulties, poverty, inequality and oppression.

I have recently read a survey that names Britain as the worst country to live in Europe and its going to get worse!  I have lived there and I know this already, especially after they (they being the ruling elite) took all of our money and dressed it up as a surprise ‘financial meltdown’.  Now they are taking our education and with it our future and intellectual diversity.  The richness and depth of our culture.  What they really want is universities that pump out little capitalists who will keep the money cogs ticking over nicely, no room for the ‘luxurious’ arty types.  But this may all be changing.

It looks like the students have sparked something, kicking up the fire and hopefully watching it spread.  Direct action, but NO VIOLENCE please.  If you want to change STOP. Don’t throw eggs at the monarchy, they are completely irrelevant (although their continued existence is curious.  They must go the way of the Maharajas and soon).  Get out on the streets and sit down. STOP CONSUMING. Pretty soon they will listen. Otherwise they will make all large protests, hoody wearers or bandanas outlaws. Hit them were it hurts, STOP BUYING. Smash Top Shop from the inside up, by not going.

Nothing I have read and seen has got me this passionate for social and political change since the banks, corporations and governments robbed us of our money.   Having attended the demonstrations in London, I witnessed first hand the apathy of the nation.  There were less than half of the expected numbers and most people went home because it rained.  Leaving Mark Thomas etc in Hyde Park, on a huge stage, to speak to a few hundred people.  They took your money, what most people hold dearest and you did nothing.  Now the obvious consequence of us losing more than mere pounds and pence, the knock on effect of human greed, the erosion of great institutions (NHS).  Non of this is new, but there has been a shift in our societys conscious.  Are we waking up?  Are we about to fight the oppressors?  Can we see the truth?  The way the system, the government is working against us, keeping us dumb and docile whilst they wage fake wars and feed us lies.  Will England now be an inspiration to others?

You can never trust a politician, and a Tory is an even lower form.  At least Ed Milliband has a few seemingly old school Labour principles.   The time is now friends.  Change is infinitely possible, you have a voice and are free to use it.  There are over a 100 universities in Britain, some numbering over 30,000 students.  When I heard the figure of 20,000 protestors on the streets of London, my initial thought was, what are the rest doing?  Most students I know are already in a cycle of debt that keeps them tied to the mechanisms of a state capitalist society.  Just earning enough to pay off their loans and the odd curry.    Do you not want a better future for the new batch?  Lets get 500,000 outside parliament, for a week, bring the country to a standstill.

Its starts with the students, the educated elite, people who have the intelligence and privilege, who can look slightly further into the future.  People who understand the implications of government policy and the erosion of democracy within their community.  They have yet again invested their passion, energy and enthusiasm behind a just cause.  Yes it is with a degree of self-interest, but they are mobilising and making a change.  Now I hope that it continues with force and commitment, let this be a catalyst for a new Britain, a new society, a new world.  Think big damn it and believe in better days!

You may have 20 years of so to pay off a loan, but it is still your money and your right as a Brit to a decent affordable education, previously free.  The cycle of debt cannot be escaped and ultimately leads to a loss of freedom.  They will tell you that not everyone can go to University.  I say, why not?   The more educated people, the better.  Surely.  Educated people are generally not so ignorant.

We have one of the highest military spending budgets in the world (little island that we are).  Do we still think we are an empire?  Who will we invade next?  Iraq surely ended our imperialistic ambitions.  If we sacrifice the building of yet another nuclear submarine, how many people will that put through Uni?  What is this anyway, the Cold War?  Unfortunately reading recent reports about Korea, Japan, Russia, Iran etc this may not be too far from the truth, a global cold war ahead.  Look at what democratic countries, or forms of democracy, are doing to the world.  Apparently, we, the people, have the power.  Apparently they are representing us.  Is this what we want?  Can this nepotism, divided view, continue to pull the world and its people apart.

Violence will never work.  But I can understand that when you are faced with no other options, no viable means of protest, it seems the only way to get your message to that cretin Cameron and his mob. YOU HAVE TAKEN MANY PEOPLES EDUCATION, OUR FUTURE. Of course, the vast majority of Tory voters (aka middle class mediocrity) will not be affected by such changes.  We are culturally a nation of rule followers, but we have historically been at the forefront of great social changes.  Let’s kick start something here.  Well, you’ll have to do it for me at the minute, I’m in Siem Riep.

I was there many years ago when New Labour first introduced tuition fees, well not that long ago actually. We sat in Strathclyde Uni and marched a little, sat again, but to no avail.  We tried, but now I see that we didn’t try hard enough.  For long enough.  I learned then that protest needs to be organised and so commited, I take my hat off to anyone involved in that form of activism, I didn’t have the staying power.

Brothers and sisters, continue with force.  How do you guys feel?  I am a world away, but still miffed.

I realise there is a whiff of hypocrisy here on my part, having effectively opted out of England.  But not being a hypocrite in life seems a very tough task and I at least I care enough to write something, I could be riding my bike around Angkor Watt.

I leave you with Dennis Skinner, giving it to some of the turncoats and liars:

……….and the changing face of the BBC.  Institution vs Change.  Man dragged from wheelchair yet police overtly defended.  Condescending in tone.  Completely insensitive.  Completely wrong (highlighted by Jody’s articulate answers).  How would Trevor Macdonald have acted?

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