Thank you much, Buh4 and Tailor.
Enjoyed. Glad to have found this NikolaiI .
Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
Always you bring the best
Thanks very much Qi It's great that you do.. every bit counts.
That is really beautiful, Nik. Of course global warming is in the news fairly frequently lately, but really, this is the only planet we have. Why shouldn't we take care of it? I just don't get why that seems controversial or remarkable or surprising. I think it's something we should just do, as a matter of course (not that I'm really good at it, when you get right down to it).
Thank you Darcy. I find your thoughts full of energy and integrity, and very refreshing to hear. I believe you and praise your efforts on behalf of the world, as I believe they are; there's no measuring how much benefit is resultant from such actions.
Nikolai your sentiments reflect your awareness and appreciation of profound truths and you express them most beautifully. I've been learning about and practicing Zen Buddhism lately and your essay here appears to me to contain a flavour of Zen. It is up to us to cherish and protect nature, and for that reason I try as best as I can to minimize my ecological impact. I wish more people thought as you do.
Nope, I haven't yet; but now I've got my hands rather full. . . I'll keep it in mind though, thanks. Glad you liked the Rebourn performance.
Did you ever read that novel I once recommended for you, The Baron in the Trees? The author is Italo Calvino.
Just listened to Little Niles. Excellent! Thanks.
Hey, gonna reply by PM.
You're welcome :-) He's definitely one of the best, isn't he?
Yep, like you said, "be here now." :-)
William James' chapter on Healthy-Mindedness in Varieties of Religious Experience was really illuminating on the topic for me, and I recommend it to everyone interested in human psychology.
I like Hafiz! Thank you, Nik!
Like. Being a melancholy sort it took me awhile to realize that often looked back with regret, and IT WASN'T HELPING. Now whenever I do that, I kind of give myself a mental shake and return to the present.
Hi Nik. We kind of miss you around here. I like Ram Dass. I remember his book, "Be Here Now." The title alone is worth remembering.
I think your professor might have a little more going on than just the inability to stay balanced in these rather turbulent times. He sounds like he's having some more serious psychological issues, which you can't help him with. Maybe you could check in with his wife. "Is he OK?" That sort of thing. Other than that you've done all you can do.
Yes, you are our ambassador of peace. I often need a reminder to stop, slow down, take a deep breath.
Virgil, that is extremely kind and generous. Thank you very much. :-) I sincerely wish all the best for everything you endeavor and achieve.
Yep, I've heard that poem, thanks for sending it.. The next time I come across a special poem or prayer, I'll remember to share it in return. Take care
Nice to see you Nik. You always remind me of St, Francis of Assisi...lol. Have you ever seen this prayer attributed to him:
You are an instrument of God's peace. Bless you for that.
Ooh parts of that could have been written better. . .though, well, I'm not one for rewriting blogs, but it could have been better. The point is, I think you will see, it's important to have inner peace. I'm reminded of something I believe Gil Fronsdal said, paraphrasing here; what is your peace worth - what are you giving it up for. When there's a red light suddenly, is that worth giving up your peace for it? Or rather, the emotions involved in getting upset, are those worth trading your peace for? If they're not worth it, don't trade your peace for that. Some things are worth trading your peace for, but ask yourself if this particular thing is worth it.
But in general, I'm saying it's wise to be calm in a crisis. I guess that's it. Be here now, lol, as Ram Dass has said. And how you do that is up to you, but I know of about a dozen ways to calm my mind and body, to relieve stress. . . I use them often, I think they're an important part of healthy living. Anyway. Ciao.
Oh yeah, and fighting for peace is, like. . . generally wrong, if it means invading and occupying. Can we agree on that at least?
I must admit I don't keep up with music. I'm a sixties and seventies gal but I do love gaelic songs which I searched for on you tube and thankfully found some which I downloaded onto my mp3.