Monthly Archives: March 2011

Don’t Bury the Light

Legendary Pink Floyd – The Wall, “Hey You”

Hey you

Out there in the cold

Getting lonely, getting old

Can you feel me?

Hey you

Standing in the aisles

With itchy feet and fading smiles

Can you feel me?

Hey you

Don’t help them to bury the light

Don’t give in without a fight


Reflect…

These quotes get you to…REFLECT:

On Thoughts

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

Whatever you are looking for in your life is there for you. It will show up where and when it is needed.

Stop thinking, and end your problems;

What difference between yes and no?

What difference between success and failure?

Must you value what others value,

avoid what others avoid?

How ridiculous! ~ Lao Tzu

On Uncertainity

Within uncertainty, you will find the Freedom to create anything you want. The Unknown is the field of all possibilities ~ Deepak Chopra

You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart. Even if it leads you to the well worn path, and that will make all the difference ~ Steve Jobs

Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

On Compassion

Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time. For now, you don’t interrupt. You don’t argue. If you do, he loses his chance. You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing ~Thich Nhat Hanh

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

On Enlightenment

Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Against Fear

I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.

_____________________________

from 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert

 


Revelations

This morning, I heard the voice again, not the voice of the mind, the other one, that comes from deep within..This is the voice that talked to me a few months ago and told me a confession that appeared to be true today..This voice is incredibly authentic when it starts talking and it is also filled with love and honesty. I can sense its transparency..What is weird about it is that, unlike the voice of the mind, it doesn’t need external justifications or analysis, it just says what it knows. I tried to corner it to know the source of its knowledge, it didn’t seem to be bothered by my question though! and it answered simply and truthfully: I just know…What a great confidence and groundedness this voice had! When my imaginative mind tried to give it a face or a shape, it appeared to be like an old Indian guru sitting comfortably in his meditative reflective position with a big fat smile on his face…

Back to what it told me today, it hit me with a simple but powerful reality: What if all the struggle you have been through is part of your learning process? What if it’s exactly what you need to go through to eventually get what you are aspiring for? What if all these hardships are nothing but the door steps to your dreams?

Normally this crap wouldn’t make sense..but it did! yes it did, it made perfect sense and presented the KEY to the persecutor “me” that was heavily active throwing me accusations and judging me all the time..This naive but wordly-wise, simple but complex insinuation revealed the big picture to me…the picture that I was trying to figure out lost between its many small pieces.

Then What?

Simply this small self-revelation is inviting me to accept what is, embrace it, and always look beyond…


Mind Scribbles

If I’d scribble now, this is how the result would look like.

They say scribbling can say a lot about your mood, your personality.

When I looked at this scribble,  I instantly recognized it: it’s my mind! yes exactly this is how it looks like!! When you see it, you might think about confusion, disturbance, chaos, agitation, ambiguity..You  might also see diversity, complexity, boldness..How you see it says a lot about you too.

I’m not very fond of this scribble though, I find it too stuffed and suffocating, it remind me of driving in Cairo in the midst of the traffic jam and the breathless polluted air…

I want my scribble to reflect peace of mind. I don’t know how this will look like. It can’t be just a blank piece of paper! Maybe I’ll draw a duck, or a tree. I would love to be a tree, trees “are”, that’s all what they do, they just are, and I just want to “be”, that would lead us to another metaphysical topic which is “being”..ok next time then!


Do We Live With PaSSion?

I’ve just come to realize how deep the statement “living with passion” is.

I used to think that living with passion & doing what you love with fulfillment and satisfaction is not something meant to be for everybody and that only few people enjoyed this attribute. I also had the perception that those who lived with passion were artists, philosophers, generally speaking weird people, isolated and never understood by ordinary people like us!

I developed these thoughts gradually since I rarely had the opportunity to see examples of people in my community pursuing their passion, living and becoming it..and I remember calling “Crazy” those who did it!

I started lately to read about the truth behind living the life of your dreams. Naturally the voice inside of me easily accepted these new perspectives. That’s when I knew that living with passion is not a particular right for the elite  and that we all have the CHOICE to do so only if we want to.

My job was then to discover what my passions are (I was more familiar with the term “hobbies”). It was a very hard job I must admit! I asked people how do they see me, what are my strengths, I did personality tests, read books yet the picture didn’t get any clearer..

I was just about to give up when it hit me:

I realized that living with passion does not necessarily means that you have to have a supernatural incredible fantastic gift and that only with this gift you will be able to fulfill your passion. I realized that living with passion is  simply waking up every day excited to live a new day, spending time doing what you love like playing music, listening to music, reading a good book, meditating, being around your family….etc. Living with passion is opening your heart to life, listening to your inner voice, being grateful and happy from within. Living with passion is allowing yourself to be yourself and enjoying every bit of it.


Egypt’s voice of Freedom

What happened in Egypt, words will fail to describe it..During 18 consecutive days I lived a dream, a surreal dream..

I realized many things about myself and about human beings in general. I opened my eyes and have come to understand many of the values and principles we were taught, we once read about, and never experienced them the way we did in the past 18 days..

1- When you believe in something with passion, you will achieve it

2- While pursuing your goals, challenges rise and getting to where you want might seem complicated, tough, and even impossible…but eventually keeping faith in your dreams lead you there no matter what happens during the journey

3- In the journey of dreams’ pursuit, some might object you, suspect in your abilities, voices of rejection might get loud…again keep faith in God, and then in yourself and u will achieve those dreams

4- When confusion prevails, listen to the voice of your heart

5- We are all alike; we are all similar, having the same desires of freedom and happiness

6- Acceptance. Accepting our differences just like our similarities

7- Judgment. Who are we to judge each other? If you don’t like to be judged then don’t judge your brother

8- More Listening, less Talking

9- Less Talking (especially the type of talks where accusations and condemnations are being thrown to each other), More ACTION: translate your beliefs and values into actions. And these actions don’t have to be HUGE, just simple and little actions…

10- Patriotism is a word I never experienced its real meaning. Now I know, and realize what I have been missing

11- Belonging to a greater cause than yourself adds a deep meaning to your life

12-In the deepest part of our souls, we all believe we must add value, help each other and make a difference

13- Patience. When you are trying to reach something and nothing is happening yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing is happening. Actually something unseen is happening, and all you need is just a little patience

14- Forgiveness. Forgive those who considered you as a sinner, a failure, or a stubborn risk taker. They will admire your courage one day and will respect u eventually

15- Never disrespect or underestimate the power of change. We can all change if we want to, if we want it enough

16- Change can look frightening but it is also liberating and empowering

17- Self Deception is worse than the deception of others

18- It all starts small and ends big. And what we call an end is another small beginning of something’s big end

19- Do what you believe in, heart and soul, and you will see the results one day

And I believe words r still unable to express the real value of all these lessons…Thank you Egypt for waking me up, Thank you for loving me, Thank you for believing..