randomness never cease to amaze and kindle going through this crazy beautiful thing called life

Make me a Servant (with lyrics... a different song) - YouTube

“Just as a farmer needs to prepare the ground before he plants his crop, so we need to prepare our mind before we can hope to harvest a crop of spiritual realizations. There are many people who are very interested in meditation but who, not understanding the importance of the preliminary practices, neglect them and consequently are disappointed when their efforts in meditation do not yield results. They are like a farmer who fails to weed, fertilize, or water his field, but still expects his crop to flourish. The more conscientiously we practice the preliminaries, the more easily we will gain realizations from our practice of training the mind.”

—   Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

—   Benjamin Button

Parallax Press - Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community

Three Character Classic - Chinese quote from Song Dynasty (13th century)

人之初 (rén zhī chū) People at birth,

性本善 (xìng běn shàn) Are naturally good (kind-hearted).

性相近 (xìng xiāng jìn) Their natures are similar,

習相遠 (xí xiāng yuǎn) (But) their habits make them different (from each other).

Everything is connected

”Our Lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past, and present and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future”

A perspective on an intriguing blockbuster movie Cloud Atlas.

Movie based on novel by David Mitchell.

Link to : A guide to Proverbs

  1. BACKGROUND OF SOLOMON

    1. His Acquisition of Wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-15).

    2. His Fame for Wisdom (1 Kings 3:16-28; 4:29-34; 10:1-10,24-25; cf. Matthew 12:42).

    3. His Downfall (1 Kings 11:1-13). Is it possible for a man to have wisdom, yet not use it? Does that detract from the strength of his words of wisdom? 

       

      1. The word ‘proverb’ (mischele) means “to be like, a comparison; noting likeness in things unlike.” 

“The blessings of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”

—   Proverbs 10 verse 22

“I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”

—   The Life of Pi

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.”

—   Dalai Lama

a friend’s note on valentine’s day

There are many different kinds of love.

Daddy and daughter

Grandpa and grand-daughter

Cousins

Aunt and niece

Today is a day to celebrate love …… all kinds.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Children Full of Life - I recommend to watch all five videos.10 years old, Grade 4 students, 35 students and one amazing teacher. Here is the first episode.

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”

—   

Swami Vivekananda, Mahayogi India

(1863-1902)

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.”

—   John 15:5

“Life is all about God and His ways. As we begin to understand why He does what He does, this “journey” takes on new meaning. We begin to see our lives the way God sees them. More importantly, we begin to understand His heart, and as this occurs, we find ourselves experiencing the “life more abundant” that Jesus talks about.”