Thursday, February 28, 2008

That's how they live in a mutual relationship

I've just found an article about mutual relationship between trees and ants. It is not new to us, but it resounds that we live with them and we can learn from them about our living as a community.

Another article about ants on this blog: Teacher of Achievement.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Simple heart

“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Nature is what we know - Yet have not art to say - So impotent our wisdom is to her simplicity” ~ Emily Dickinson

SimplicityTo learn wisdoms from the nature we should put on “simplicity” (simplicitas cordis means “simple heart”). By nature everything comes from simple matter. Due to this simplicity we often do not pay attention to progresses that really happen to things around us. Do you notice: the growth of the grass in the yard, flowing water in small river, shaping clouds in the sky, lining ants on the wall, falling leaves from their tress, sunshine in the morning, buzzing bugs over there, wind blow, etc.? As far as we do not notice them, we do not realize that they could be so special.

Simple is beautiful. However beautiful could be not so simple. We have to find something special from a subject to say that it is beautiful. To detect such of sense of beauty we may notice what Socrates said, “Wisdom begins in wonder!” and “The right way to begin is to pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible!” and again “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” I hope you could understand the words “simple”, “little” and “young” in the term of wisdom.

This modern world has been supported and accelerated by many inventions of machines. Theories to explain natural phenomena have also led humankind to know deeper about this planet and its facts. But those happened since ones did not let simple facts go away from their attention. Put Isaac Newton for instance. He was so astonished by an apple dropping down from its tree, and then he tried to formulate the fact into a theory of gravitation! What a special dropping apple!

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” ~ Isaac Newton

Monday, February 18, 2008

Inspirational Pictures

These are my collections of inspirational pictures. I made them by my own camera. Hopefully you like them. To look at the bigger size, just click on the thumbnails.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

SILENCE, it’s a world of precious treasures!

Type “silence” into your Google search toolbar (or others) and you will find many quotes provided by the sites that are displayed on as results. I did it too. I would like to share with you my reflection on “silence” at least inspired by two of them from One is quoted from the Book of Proverb, and another one is from Mother Theresa.

“Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.”

“We need to find God,

and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

While reading the quotes, my mind was traveling around a world of treasure that everyone could dig from for their own. It even will never be gone though every one of us takes from it as much as we can do! Really, it is a world of treasure without limit.

Growing in silenceWhat kind of treasure it could be?

There is a saying, “Silence is gold!” I think you agree that it is just a metaphor to express how precious silence is. The author of the saying did not mention “quietness” to point the meaning. Silence is more than just no noise, no voice, or no sound. It is an inner state of human minds rather than physical and superficial situation around our senses. Silence is coming from inside, while quietness is from outside.

That is the point of silence: it has something to do with human being. Silence is so human! It involves human attitudes “from within”. That’s also why silence could be a choice to keep our mind always in a state of awareness. Silence gives us a mirror that reflects our own self: our dignity in simplicity. In silence, we could find our own being as a subject and so an agent in this universe - a subject who is listening to and accepting “others” with no reaction as well as no rejection. Let “them” come into our soul and stimulate us to reach a proper disposition in harmony with the universe.

In silence, there are “friends” instead of “enemies”. Indeed, we are not lonely anymore when we can get and so enjoy silence. We could be alone, but not lonely.

“In the laughing times we know that we are lucky,
and in the quiet times we know that we are blessed.
And we will not be alone.”

“The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.”

Quietness might generate aversion, but silence love. Moreover, love leads us to pure happiness. Imagine, how your works will be if you go with them from and within silence! Being in silence doesn’t mean that the environment has to restrict any voice. We could even play a classical music to set it up. Still we could be in silence though we are in a crowded and noisy place. Remember, silence is our inner state of minds!

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror,
should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it,
and thereby always remain music.”

People talk about “abundance” since “The Secret” book by Rhonda Byrne becomes the most favorable book in this planet earth. Positive thoughts become the core powerful energy that every man should have to gain it. They send positive vibrations out to the universe. In addition, the law of attraction applies the rule with three steps: ask, answer and receive. The emotions behind the thoughts will magnify the energy of the vibrations. Thought plus emotion equals to attraction. The thing is how to recognize the pure need that we really want. Along with this is how to control our emotions to have the proper ones behind it. We have to get into the deep of our heart. It is in silence!

How to get the treasures of silence?

“[T]o talk well and eloquently is a very great art,
but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

Just stop talking; it’s time of listening!
Paradoxically silence will tell us about the abundance. It is. Silence doesn’t mean there is no communication. Indeed, it is an event of communication. To listen is an important action of communicating. How do we get involved in intensive dialog, how do we understand what others are talking about unless we do listening in turn? Just stop talking; it’s time of listening!

I'm not lonelyTurn the quiet into silence!
Well, usually people do not like quietness and being alone. Besides there is no other people to talk to, we are afraid of hearing our own voices in our head. Sometimes they come like turbulence in unconstructive words. They make us sick! Therefore, we become a victim of quietness and loneliness. People do not like it also because in silence, everything looks going slower. That’s a ridiculous thing in this hurried world where is no heart for patience. However, that is a path to the abundance! Why don’t you turn the quiet into silence? (To turn the quiet into silence needs exercises. I would not discuss about it. You could get them from The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and many other resources.) Tranquil or separated place would be a good help for it. However, when we do not have it, we can set up the circumstance around so that we have many accessible supporting resources. We also have to arrange the best occasion for this listening (morning, evening, or night).

Establish mediations to access the treasures!
We need mediations to have communication in silence. Mediation is useful as a mirror. By the mirror we can recognize our own personality as objective as possible. It is a process of objectification. We can use plants, animals, stones, etc. as mediations. The more attractive they are, the more proper they can be your mediations. Moreover, they can be “friends” that will accompany us during our journey to the treasures. They even will tell us about the treasures! In addition, analogically they also can be teachers of wisdoms!

Welcome to silence, the world of precious treasures!
Be blessed! ***

Monday, February 11, 2008

Law of Attraction Quiz

"The Secret" book by Rhonda Byrne has become the most notable self-helping book since it was launched. Both the book and DVD versions are available worldwidely. Have you read the book, or watched the DVD? If so, I think you'll agree that the inpirations behind it is coming from our daily lives. Rhonda Byrne and her team explain the concept into 12 systematic chapters that will help the reader/audience to realize the most applying power in this universe that works amongst us: the law of attraction! I like to quote one quotation from the book: What we resist, persist!

This quiz will help us to taste the prompted ideas behind the book. And I think that what is working on is more than just ideas! You could have your own opinion. So, don't miss it!

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