A Good Question

A good practice is to ask yourself very sincerely, “Why was I born?” Ask yourself this question in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night…every day.

~ Ajahn Chan

 

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Devotion

Srila Prabhupada  says:

Rama and Krishna are names of God, and Hare is the energy of God. So when we chant the maha-mantra, we address God together with His energy. This energy is of two kinds, the spiritual and the material. At present we are in the clutches of the material energy. Therefore we pray to Krishna that He may kindly deliver us from the service of the material energy and accept us into the service of the spiritual energy. That is our whole philosophy. Hare Krishna means, “O energy of God, O God [Krishna], please engage me in Your service.” It is our nature to render service. Somehow or other we have come to the service of material things, but when this service is transformed into the service of the spiritual energy, then our life is perfect.

 

HARE KRISHNA MAHAMANTRA

Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare

Determination

“Determine never to be idle… It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” — Thomas Jefferson

If this video doesn’t make you want to get up and move, I don’t know what will!

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“Why do I keep the faith, to your distant heart?” (Hold On (Vicetone Extended Edit) – NERVO

Sometimes, life seems to border on the absurd, and so it seems for me this week.

I would like, very much, not to have to wake to another day of pain, of wishing I could really skate again, of wondering if surgery really is necessary…

I would like, very much, to have peace in my household – not to have the incessant arguing that seems to have become the ‘norm’ for the children I love so dearly, the children I fought so hard to have returned to me…not to have arguing, especially, over stupid XBox games.

I would like, very much, to be able to make sense of my new school, my new coursework – what I thought would be the foundation for the beginning of a new life for me and my family.

I would like, very much, most of all, to be as active in real life as I am in my mind.

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“I can’t break away…I can’t make this stop”

At this moment, my MP3 player is missing – it’s really my one link to the (really) active life I so miss. I’ve told the children to look for it – I often let them use it, and it’s not me who was the last to use it….and what’s up with thinking I need to help look for it?

At any rate, I am frustrated with the chain of events that has led to having to cancel my next surgery (was to be 2 days from now), and I am frustrated with the coursework I so long looked forward to.

I could say I’m looking forward to skating tomorrow – I am scheduled to be at the rink tomorrow – but that would be minimizing my frustration with my current limitations. Yes, I am grateful I can skate at all, I am grateful for so very many things…but there are, admittedly, many things I am struggling with.

At the very least, I can say, MP3 player or not, I will be skating tomorrow – I may not be able to jump or spin, but as skating coach Lauren Keeley says, ““The glide never disappoints, it’s always there waiting. Some days, it’s not our best performance, but the glide is always there..”

Here’s to us all, gliding through life!

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adlerx

I Can Therefore I Do

“It is very easy to focus on what you’ve lost….Instead, I focus on what I’ve gained. This ordeal has completely realigned my priorities in life.”

These words ring so true for me…this post is an amazing testimony to the power of the human spirit – and the human mind, and ultimately serves as a reminder that it’s often not just our priorities which need reordering, but our entire thought process.

“I have made solid progress. Because I believed in myself. Oh, and countless hours of hard work. I’m actually thankful for everything that’s happened …”.

Ditto 😀

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Today, as I watched my son walk a few steps unsupported down the hallway of the home in which he lives independently, preparing to walk his bride to be down the aisle in a few months’ time, I was struck by an inspiration… not difficult when you are watching a miracle walking.

I asked him to write something for the blog. He agreed. I merely cut and paste.

Some who follow this blog will already know that on July 4th 2009 my son was left for dead in an alley, a screwdriver rammed through his skull and deep into his brain. He was not expected to survive, and when, remarkably, he did not die, the prognosis held no hope for his future given the extent of the brain damage.

His decision making capacity, intellect, behaviour, language centres and memory were the areas that took the direct damage. Secondary damage hit…

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Recipe for Happiness

The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. -Andre Maurois

I suppose the key is “too lengthy” – it seems inevitable to look back now and then. This could be chalked up to human nature – do animals ever look back on the past? – and if it is human nature, there must be a reason for us to feel compelled to look back. Except for a periodic progress check (or maybe an anecdote to help someone), I find little reason to look at the past, let alone dwell there.

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Healing

“Every one of my scars both inside and out, tell my stories.
Of how, though wounded, I fought. I conquered… And I eventually healed.

My scars make up who I am. Who I was.
They remind me of how life can deal nasty blows.
But eventually I will heal.”

~J. Manning

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You have healed when it doesn’t hurt as much as it used to.
When a day goes by without it stabbing you in the heart.
When you let it go without having to tell yourself to let it go.
When you know you’ve moved forward and made progress.
When you can hear that song and not fall apart.
When you know how stronger you are for all of it. …

When you make different decisions because you’re wiser.
When you know you are not broken.
When forgiveness comes easier. When you shine brighter than before.
When you’ve faced what needed to be faced.
You have healed.
~ Allison Nazarian