February 2013

california
February 26, 2013

DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

When we are younger, we are encouraged to decide what we want to be when we grow up. As a child, we may have wanted to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, firefighter or rock star…without really knowing why.

This dream becomes a seed that is either watered or neglected. In the most fortunate situation, a child’s parents and teachers will help to cultivate this dream and find opportunities [camps, museums, etc.] to expose him/her to this field. When neglected, a child is [untruthfully] told why their dream is impossible.

Depending on how these factors effect a child, dreams are pursued, changed or deferred. We may discover that what we once dreamed about as a child was not what we really wanted. Or we may harbor regret for not pursuing what we once loved. I am here to tell you that it is never too late to become what you once dreamed.

There are no limits except those we place on ourselves. 

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heaven
February 26, 2013

HEAVEN ON EARTH

As children of the Creator, we have the power to create our own Heaven or Hell on Earth. The following Zen parable illustrates: A criminal, well known for his savagery, came to the young monk and demanded that he teach him about Heaven and Hell. The young monk replied, “I will teach you nothing. You - Read More -

south america smiles
February 25, 2013

CHEESE!

I have loved seeing and sharing these smiles from around the world! These young girls in South America are just adorable. Hoping all of these smiles have brightened your day! P.S. You can expect to see more worldwide smile features on the site in the future! ;)   Photo source: lovely young girls smiling

smiles - rajasthan
February 25, 2013

SMILE MORE!

You’ve probably sensed that the theme of today is all about the SMILE! I believe smiling to be the real key to joy and happiness…and laughter to be medicine for the soul :) This brilliant photo of friends smiling in Rajasthan [India] reminds me of how a simple smile is able to transcend any language - Read More -

one - sudanese little girl
February 25, 2013

ONE DAY, ONE HOUR

Helping others…especially the children of the world…is so important! Being a volunteer tutor for children in need has added so much more joy to my life. I believe being around children helps to remind us how to be free. And happy :) So, for one day per week for just one hour, please consider volunteering and - Read More -

be silly
February 25, 2013

SMILE!

People are awesome :) I love characters, so this really made me smile! You can’t be upset when you’re smiling, so even if you have to force yourself…just go find a mirror and smile at yourself…you’ll feel better right away! [There's no better time than now!] If you can find it within yourself to be - Read More -

February 24, 2013

AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE WEATHER…

“Let the winter winds blow your pain away…let the blue sky be your secret getaway…” I always think of this song on a particularly beautiful day. Amel’s lovely voice always makes me smile! Wishing you a beautiful day :)

lava into sea
February 24, 2013

PEACE FROM ANGER: THE BUDDHIST WAY

We all have a seed of anger in the depth of our consciousness. Even the Buddha said that a monk has the right to be angry, but not for more than one night. The goal is not to suppress our anger, but to take care of it…to heal it…through mindfulness.

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment, he needs help.

If we think of anger as a seed, it is watered through what we consume with our mouth, eyes, ears, and consciousness. What we eat, see on TV, or hear in conversation can be toxic. It may contain anger or frustration, which you may ingest and express later on. If you drink alcohol mindfully, you can understand that it creates suffering. The intake of alcohol causes disease to the body and mind, and results in deaths on the road. Even the habit energy that is formed by seeing a parent constantly react with anger can be transmitted. We have to live in such a way that we stop consuming the things that poison us and intoxicate us.

Most of the time, anger is born from a wrong perception. You may have misunderstood what you heard or saw. You may have the wrong idea of what had been said or done. You believe that your misery has been created by another person. But, in fact, when faced with the same situation, another person may not have gotten angry at all. Through your anger, you have created the hell inside you.

When anger is present in us, we should refrain from reacting, namely from speaking or doing anything. We are first responsible for calming our own anger. If you chose to respond to a person that is making you suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides. Only compassion can stop this vicious cycle.

How to heal anger and find peace:

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