People who have stuff to offer, might as well learn marketing strategies.
Thank you Nipun! This passage deeply moves me. R. Tagore has co-authored my life through lines like these...
Like I have been learning.... Life is a gift and the best thanks we can give is to enjoy the gift.
This understanding of discipline of being a disciple unto oneself, I find is tremendously liberating.
Thanks Viral, for a beautiful and helpful reflection.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
Very englightening. I read the full article at corporatepunish.blogspot.com/ Thanks!
We are much, much, more than our deepest and most profound thoughts.
On Mar 25, 2013 Austin Correia wrote on Serving Is Different From Helping And Fixing, by Rachel Naomi Remen:
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'.