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Serving is Different From Helping and Fixing, by Rachel Naomi Remen

FaceBook  On Mar 25, 2013 Austin Correia wrote:

 We need to avoid romanticizing service.  Who wants to be identified as a servant?  We are equal in dignity as human beings.  We may not be equal in competence.  I agree with the author's concern to clarify the negative connotations of the terms 'helping' and 'fixing'.

 

Sitting Aboard Life's Merry-Go-Round, by Karl Renz

FaceBook  On Sep 7, 2012 Austin Correia MSFS wrote:

As I read this merry-go-round... the first thing I saw was a round wheel in my hands, which is different from the steering handle/s I operate with on my motor-bike... and the beauty of it is I sometimes ride my bike like I would sail a ship, mostly ride it like I would fly a plane and at crosses and U turns ride it as I would hover like a helicopter... the other day my satellite launching debut failed, when my bike which was parked amidst cars was carted off by the traffic police for being incorrectly parked in space reserved for cars.  I got misled by a lack of knowledge, by incorrect and/or out-dated information.  I retrieved my bike after admitting my mistake and paying the fine. Have been thinking for some time that I have to get to a four-wheeler, as it is I am already learning and enjoying chair-dancing... this morning I learnt that I could gallop with the muscles that inform my lips... try it!  use a mirror to assure thyself it is true!  My experience with the Self "always drives directly to happiness" is that it took me nearly forty to begin to discover my Self... I began in my 39th year and now at 47 happiness is something I carry within when I do and when I don't. It may be that I am bugged by this piece that unless I trust my driver completely, I have to be alert whether or not I am in the driving chair.  I am the driver of my life, if not of this car.  I would insist on remaining aware until I hit the bed.  Yes, many a time I don't bother where in my own self-circumscribed area, the driver takes me because I know to enjoy the ride without being in the driver's chair.  The chair may not be mine.  My life is. And as in Hindi I would say, Meri Jan Pyari, meri-my, jan-life, pyari-beloved.  My life is beloved. And yes, this was about the merry-go-round and reminded my of a novel by Somerset Maugham (?) by that tit  See full.

As I read this merry-go-round... the first thing I saw was a round wheel in my hands, which is different from the steering handle/s I operate with on my motor-bike...

and the beauty of it is I sometimes ride my bike like I would sail a ship, mostly ride it like I would fly a plane and at crosses and U turns ride it as I would hover like a helicopter...

the other day my satellite launching debut failed, when my bike which was parked amidst cars was carted off by the traffic police for being incorrectly parked in space reserved for cars.  I got misled by a lack of knowledge, by incorrect and/or out-dated information.  I retrieved my bike after admitting my mistake and paying the fine.

Have been thinking for some time that I have to get to a four-wheeler, as it is I am already learning and enjoying chair-dancing... this morning I learnt that I could gallop with the muscles that inform my lips... try it!  use a mirror to assure thyself it is true! 

My experience with the Self "always drives directly to happiness" is that it took me nearly forty to begin to discover my Self... I began in my 39th year and now at 47 happiness is something I carry within when I do and when I don't.

It may be that I am bugged by this piece that unless I trust my driver completely, I have to be alert whether or not I am in the driving chair.  I am the driver of my life, if not of this car.  I would insist on remaining aware until I hit the bed.  Yes, many a time I don't bother where in my own self-circumscribed area, the driver takes me because I know to enjoy the ride without being in the driver's chair.  The chair may not be mine.  My life is. And as in Hindi I would say, Meri Jan Pyari, meri-my, jan-life, pyari-beloved.  My life is beloved.

And yes, this was about the merry-go-round and reminded my of a novel by Somerset Maugham (?) by that title, The Merry-Go-Round... and what I liked most in that novel besides a very dim remembrance of the names, is the fact that in that novel the author also spoke of a hub...  that's where the rub is...

In the minutes as my body goes completely numb, after my last exhalation and no water has flooded into my lungs... as and when I surrender completely that is, I may think differently... I may just even KNOW!

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Evolution's Gold Standard, by Diane Ackerman

FaceBook  On Aug 19, 2011 Austin Correia MSFS wrote:

 People who have stuff to offer, might as well learn marketing strategies.

 

Freedom Manifests in Action, by Rabindranath Tagore

FaceBook  On Mar 10, 2011 Austin Correia MSFS wrote:

Thank you Nipun!  This passage deeply moves me.  R. Tagore has co-authored my life through lines like these...

 

Individual and Social Ethics, by Bertrand Russell

FaceBook  On Jan 8, 2011 Austin Xavier wrote:

Like I have been learning.... Life is a gift and the best thanks we can give is to enjoy the gift.

 

Instilling Discipline and Responsibility in our Lives, by Angeles Arrien

FaceBook  On Jan 8, 2011 Austin wrote:

This understanding of discipline of being a disciple unto oneself, I find is tremendously liberating.

 

Reality Poses No Danger, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Nov 2, 2010 Austin wrote:

Thanks Viral, for a beautiful and helpful reflection.

 

Reality Poses No Danger, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Oct 5, 2010 Austin wrote:

I heartily recommend Nathaniel Branden's work on The Six Pillars of Self Esteem for a thorough treatment of this subject.  The six practices/pillars are 1.living consciously, 2. self-acceptance, 3. self-responsibility,  4. self-assertiveness,  5. living purposefuly,  6. personal integrity.

 

Reality Poses No Danger, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Oct 5, 2010 Austin wrote:

A pivotal gem from the sage Bhikkhuji.  I am learning the same lesson in the following words: Better to follow the truth wherever it leads than to live in a world of illusions.

 

A Neuron with Imagination, by Francisco Ramos Stierle

FaceBook  On Sep 25, 2010 Austin wrote:

Self-definition and relationship-definition.  We have to define ourselves million times a day.  When we enter into a relationship we have to define what we want from that relationship: is it an acquaintance, is it friendship, is it more than friendship, is it patronising?  It is one thing to emphasize our ontological relationships i.e. our inter-relatedness at the level of being and another to consciously participate in it.  Our relationships must be based on awareness and the choice that comes from awareness of what I want and don't want.  This will foster a greater responsibility and freedom in our relationships.

 

Being Judicious, not Judgmental, by Thanissaro Bhikku

FaceBook  On Sep 5, 2010 Austin. wrote:

For years and years I have struggled to understand the text, "Judge not and you will not be judged." or "Do not judge... do not condemn... forgive... give..."  How can we live without making judgements?  Is this text practical?  Here comes a sage to finally explain the difference between being judgemental and being judicious...  Another gem in my collection of distinctions/distinguishing between being alone and feeling lonely, argument and discussion etc...  Thank you soooo much!

 

But It Is There, by Kent Nerburn

FaceBook  On Sep 4, 2010 Austin wrote:

When I first read Nerburn's article I was neuro-physiologically shaken.  Yes, I was put off by the metaphor of the frog in the well.. but after some time I felt that what this reading says about the metaphor of the shorelines… i.e. about the ocean appearing different according to the way we approach it being very true! I find much help in Jason’s reflections but not in his mono mania with the metaphor.  Also I feel sad when feelings are reduced to a “private well”.  Like a friend who once told me that tears are the noblest expression of human sentiment.  Here in India Shiv Viswanathan once held forth on Gandhi as a scientist which was not very acceptable to a cosmologist…  Life is not a laborotory where conditions can be controlled “at will”…  Life is mystery…   Blaise Pascal once said that the heart has its reasons which the reason does not know…  Or like someone who said, “What happens and how it happens we can say… Why it happens takes years to understand…”  Why is genocide wrong?  Is the rightness and wrongess of it just a feeling that we have?  Like the philosopher who said, “Two things fill me with awe and wonder, the starry sky above and the moral law within me.”

 

Space in the Crowded Workplace, by Ashvin Iyengar

FaceBook  On Aug 27, 2010 Austin wrote:

Very englightening.  I read the full article at corporatepunish.blogspot.com/  Thanks!

 

To Know Without Needing To Understand, by Gangaji

FaceBook  On Aug 26, 2010 Austin wrote:

We are much, much, more than our deepest and most profound thoughts.