True religion

DalaiCharlie Hebdo’s cartoons, Easter, an invitation to a christening, religion based conflicts world-wide, heated exchange about religion with a teenager. Questions about religion have been keeping me busy lately. And not only me.

Religion has always been and will always be a big global topic. Unfortunately it does not only bring us the inner and outer peace we are longing for. But the fault does not lay with the religions themselves but due to pure human stupidity and narrow-mindedness.

Maybe if we all converted to the  religion of a great, much admired human being, the world could finally become a better one:

“My true religion is kindness”

Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

 

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Charlie Hebdo. A Seven Year Old’s Reaction.

The Daily Think

I didn’t get to switch the radio off in time this morning. She heard, and understood (it seems). This was her response.

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Very personal blog entry

UpsAndDowns

This is a very personal blog entry with which I want to thank someone very special for simply existing.

Life might not be easy for you these days. But there have always been ups and downs over the years and after a down there has always been an up. The following quote  could have been yours, but it is from a fellow musician. This is what you have repeated again and again and which makes you what you are today, better than you used to be.

Maybe it can be useful for anyone else out there:

Your past is not your potential
I’m learning who you’ve been ain’t who you’ve got to be…
I ain’t as good as I’m gonna get but I’m better than I used to be.

Tim McGraw

Wishing you…

WinterWonderland_finalAre we ever satisfied?

I just watched the news and they were reporting about the mess and delays on the streets on the way to the Alps and vacationers being blocked by the bad weather. It is snowing! Finally anyone would say, if he had followed the last weeks’ news. The main subject was “not enough snow for the skiers during their Christmas holidays”. Now the snow showed up for the winterly appointment and the questions  journalists are asking now: “How long will it snow?”

Aren’t we human beings amazing? We never seem to be happy with what we’ve got. And I am including myself – but I am on a serious learning spree.

For 2015, I am wishing you most of all,  apart from help, SERENITY (absence of mental stress or anxiety)!!! It will allow you to take things as they come and enjoy the present moments even if maybe not exactly what you hoped for, but that is what you’ve got, now make the best out of it!

A last quote for this year, from Thomas Szasz
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

 Looking forward to meeting and reading you all again in the New Year!

Find the Socrates in you

The other day I felt pretty desperate when finding myself in front of the following in a shop – in October:

XmasTreeClick on the picture to listen to Rudolph…

I felt like taking a “before” picture, undo their entire tree and take an “after” picture. Needless to say that I reasoned myself before attacking the poor tree. However I’ve been brooding ever since (and before, I admit) about how silly our consumption society is today.

When you feel that it is crazy to bump into Christmas tree in summer and that shops display Easter Bunnies in November and that someone wants to sell you a bikini in January, deal with it in a positive way and find the Socrates in you:

“Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”

Jack Kornfield

 

Change

Change

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

 

 

Are you happy with your road?

Road

“When the road turns to the right, turn to the right! But if you are not happy with the road, turn to the left, leave the road! Find a new road; create a new path! Don’t follow the road on which you feel unhappy!” 

Mehmet Murat Ildan