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.
I know, I loved it so much. Of course I'm predisposed to all those virtuoso musicians, but I thought it was so tightly done.
I loved Here & Heaven. Just popped it onto my music list!
Ok, I will. Thank you Farnoosh
hmm.. you could do that. But what I meant was 24 pennies from places that you like to go. Like, if there's a store you visit on most ocassion, or an Ice cream cart in your favorite park that you from, etc.
You don't have to do right away you know. You can do it whenever you feel like it or remember it.
TY Rich, I sure did.
Thank you Lady Luck, it was. I'll bet they don't cost a full penny to make; but yeah, that would sort of be the effect of not making them. A penny saved (or not made) is a penny earned. Or is that.. the cost of an unmade penny saved is ... oh, well, nevermind. :P
Thank you farnoosh; I'm going to have to pay attention to that. When you say, 24 pennies from places I love to go, do you mean different countries?
One of the things I like about pennies is the noise they make. My mother always takes my pennies away cause I like to shake them in my hand all the time. hmm... that title gave me an idea for a birthday present. Nik, collect 24 pennies from 24 places you love to go, that's my present to you. Happy Birthday NikolaiI.
Hope you had a lovely b-day Nik. As for the pennines, I'm not certain that they don't cost more to make than they're worth. Think I can just ask that I be given the "cost" of every penny they wish to give me in change
Happy late birthday. Hope oyu had a good one.
Thank you Comedian, I appreciate it. How about Canadian ones? *stashes metaphorical sock of pennies in metaphorical treasure room*
Happy Birthday Nik! -- You know that the only appropriate gift for you, now, is a sock full of pennies, right? I'll have to give them you metaphorically. *hands Nik a sock of pennies*