Reflections

Reflections

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sometimes it feels as though it is just you and the world. The weight of the universe feels as though it is on your shoulders and you feel overwhelmed. The ordinary day to day task of living feels like a gigantic task and you wonder why things are so difficult for you.

It is in these moments that it is important to take a step back, take a deep breath and try to put things into perspective. During these moments you need to look beyond yourself - at the stranger briskly walking down the street or the person sitting next to you concentrating on his work. Take a look at the old lady slowly going around the chorten or the small child with a big heavy bag on his back walking briskly to school. Take a look at the taxi driver with a grumpy look on his face or the fashionably dressed lady driving a big vehicle.

If you take the time to talk to any of these people, you will find that each of them are facing their own challenges and difficulties. While they also enjoy their share of joy and laughter, each of them have their own battles to fight and have their own hurdles to overcome.

So sometimes it is important to keep in mind that it is not only you who is struggling with life's challenges. Being human means that suffering exists. That is the first of the four noble truths. Suffering comes in different sizes and shapes. It comes in different magnitudes. But it does not make it any less real for anyone. So it is important to keep in mind that we must be kind to each other because we are each fighting our own battles.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

gift of life

Clear, colorless, pure
Abundant and yet so precious
The gift of life - Water.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It really has been ages since I have last been on my blog. Time flies. So many things and so little time. Resolutions made and resolves left unfulfilled.

Anyway to take consolation from Lord Buddha's words 'Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.' So I shall not think of the past, nor the future but just for the present moment....

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Worries

"Miles of worries won't get you as far as one inch of action."

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Words

                                                                   - author unknown!

So true these simple profound words. In the heat of the moment it is easy to say anything that comes to mind! However once the words are said, they can never be unsaid .... and can never be taken back!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Heights of annoyance:


Driving on the the main street you see a person waiting impatiently to cross the street. Every other driver is obvilious to the fact and continue to drive on. You decrease your speed and come to a halt. The person is surprised and looks at you as though to inquire whether you are serious about giving her a pass to cross the street. You nod - beckoning for the person to cross.

The person gives you a haughty look and then walks aross the street - slowly - moving her feet as though it is weighed in gold. It is a now a walk on the seashore where time is of no concern to anyone - she looks up, down and everywhere but your car.  And the only thing you can do is wait- strum your fingers against the steering wheel and wonder when people can exend to you the same courtesy that you have extended to them.

(Don't know if this has happened to you but to me it has - heaps of time. Have stopped my car and waited for pedestrians to cross the street (as I should - pedestrians overall should have the right of way especially on the zebra crossing) only to have them give me a smug look and walk slowly across the street - dragging their feet!!)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Silent voices

In the darkest of the night
the only sound there is –
is the silent voices in my head

Far from continuous drone of TV
and idle chatters
Away from the bustle of life
and trivial matters
In the dark of the night
it is just me
and the silent voices in my head

Voices that speak loud and clear
that weigh my thoughts
and every action
that weigh my deeds
and every inaction.
So no matter to it all
the friends and the work
and the business of everyday living

In the end it is the silent voices
that I must reckon with
in the blackest of the night.