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Mandala

I was introduced to mandala today by my art teacher.

As wiki says,

Mandala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T.[1][2]

These mandalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.[3][4] The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.”[5] The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,”[citation needed] and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.

And after that, I was tasked to create my own.
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In the midst of describing or explaining to teacher, I learnt things of myself.

At the core is a golden light, amazing, full n brimming, it symbolizes wisdom for me n fullness , wellness, richness. It is the nature of all beings

No matter how we evolve n transform, our nature is that of wisdom n wellness

So long as we do not self limit ourselves, by our past , present or future

So long as we do not constrain ourselves with ignorance n biases n prejudices

So long as we r wise n aware

We can realise that full potential

The self is both of the past , present n future

The past is a light blue for me. The past is not to b discredited but to b recognized for its importance to making the me I m now

However it has been , it is to b recognized

It is blue in light to show the good work time has done to nurse/heal the past

It shows some settling process has been carried out

The present is green n symbolizes generation/growth/birth

It is where I m now in the river of time

It is more important than the past bcoz I m here now

N the work I do now, not only has the means of shaping my future

It also addresses n resolves the past issues. The present is lovely

And makes me want to work hard n carefully

We then evolve into the future with orange n yellow, they bring me closer to the core

The future is where we r all working hard towards, wisdom is what I hope to attain

The outer ring of pink describes the ever changing nature n dynamics of the transformation of the self

It’s a cycle

But I chose pink , a colour tender n light n sweet to symbolize this process

It’s a beautiful process

Although there is pain in cycles of birth n death

I used to b v fearful of the cycle, I felt challenged by the sheer mass of the cycle itself

N so is made helpless by it, by a lack of control, by the lack of wisdom

I m surprised to see myself paint it pink

It shows I have begun to appreciate cycles in a more positive light, that despite all the pains n sufferings, the cycle is still v much beautiful n
Precious

It is almost like a flower

Blooming n blossoming

It is precious bcoz it offers us a chance to improve n to b better

At the heart of the core is a white circle that stands for purity

It is me

I remember being v touched when bf said to a guest, who asked him what he likes abt me

His reply was that he could see a v true n pure me

It was v well put n I loved that answer

I think I m pure in thoughts, behavior n attitude

This purity n innocence n simplicity which I v much adhere to is however not smthg that is appreciated or valued in society today

I think it is unfortunate n society’s loss

I do not think I will want to give up this purity or make changes to it

Although sometimes it does make it difficult for me

In the past, I would have bowed down n suffer in silence

These days, I m beginning to realise there is nothing wrong of me n my values

I m beginning to also learn to not allow myself to b bullied

I m learning to work with the system

And this is my choice

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I will(for how long?)

之一
To Bridegroom
Will you, __________________ take this woman ______________ to be your wedded wife, to live together in the legal estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to her, so long as you both shall live?
Answer: I will

之二

曾經愛過、後來忘記了;跟從來沒有愛過,畢竟是兩回事。。。

就像望著已經沒有花朵的枯枝,心裡其實知道、
在某個不為人知的花季、
那些枝上
曾經火燒般的
開滿了花呀。。。。

【 康永 – 给未知恋人的爱情短信 】

So, what happened?

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健康子孙 始于外婆

我们很多时候没有想到,自己会带来这么大的影响,影响下一代。这篇文章是很好的提醒。
所以我们都应该更努力,因为生命,不止是自己。不是为了自己。

(2011-11-27)

文⊙邹文学
  台湾知名养生学家雷久南博士说,胎儿时期是我们一生健康的蓝图,胎儿在母体里的发育环境和条件,会在很多层面影响他们日后的身心成长。不过她指出,养胎的环境与遗传基因是两码事。

  她说:“当我们的母亲在她妈妈体内成长至五个月大的胎儿时,未来的我们已是成形胎儿里长出的卵子了。”

  这是因为女婴出生时,卵巢内已经有未成熟的卵子存在,而且出生后卵子数目再也不会增加。女孩进入青春期,每个月有少数卵细胞被激活,如果遇到精子就可能变为受精卵,再发育成胎儿。

  因此,雷博士指出,养胎关系重大,确实还会影响子孙后代的健康。

40年前就关心地球

  雷久南博士是一位常来新加坡和马来西亚讲学的国际知名养生学家。她幼年随父亲全家由台湾移民美国,夏威夷大学毕业后,赴麻省理工学院考获化学博士学位。

“祖宗积德”

  雷久南博士给记者说了个故事。

  1944年的冬天,德国纳粹军队决定惩罚协助联军的荷兰西部居民,减少那里的粮食供应。

  “那个冬天特别冷,每个人的粮食减半,从所需得到的1500千卡减至750千卡,有时甚至少到450千卡。这对孕妇的影响最大,因为她们理想的每天热量摄取量是2500千卡。”

  后来的调查显示,在那段半饥饿时期怀孕生下的孩子,腰特别细,肝胃胰和脾都比较小,长大后患糖尿病、心脏病、肥胖症和精神分裂症的比率,比其他时期怀孕的孩子高出很多。他们当中的女婴后来做了母亲,所生下的孩子也一样普遍存在健康问题。

  雷博士说:“这种对多代的影响不是遗传基因的改变,而是胎内环境改变的结果。”

  她补充,法国在100多年前领先做孕妇保健工作,因为法国医生那时就发现,很多洗衣女工劳动到临产前,结果普遍发生早产。从那以后,法国给孕妇提供许多优惠福利,这套措施果然造福后代,此后法国人的心脏病发生率很低,那就是“祖宗积德,福荫子孙”的证明。

  雷博士在中国的观察也有个发现,那些在1959至1961年诞生的婴儿,长大后患肠胃病的病例特别普遍。那几年是中国的大饥荒年代。

  胎儿有意识
  雷久南博士说,怀胎环境也包括孕妇的精神状况。“准备为人父母者,一定要保持乐观和轻松的心态迎接宝宝的到来。家里人不开心,孕妇也会不开心,胎儿也就不开心。”

  她说,如果父母亲不欢迎新生命的降临,甚至曾经堕胎不遂,孩子长大后的犯罪倾向就不可避免。她补充,有些孩子小小年纪就多次想轻生,追寻根源时发现他们多是堕胎不成功后生下的孩子。

  “胎儿在母体时,是有意识的。”

  雷博士说,这种类似有前世的说法与宗教思想无关,是心理学家在辅导过程中追寻到的解释。

  她说,双胞胎在发育过程里,如果有一个不幸胎死腹中,生下来的婴儿会活得很悲伤。

  她透露,自己很小就吵着妈妈给她生个“姐姐”,而不是弟弟妹妹。长大了这个不合逻辑的念头还老是出现。后来妈妈有一次在闲谈中才说起,妈妈有个姐姐,却在妈妈结婚前去世了。

  “做母亲的常不想把孩子夭折或者曾经难产的事跟孩子说,其实那不好,反而会在冥冥之中发生着不良的作用,像一股暗流随时会爆发。”

  德国心理学家伯特·海宁格(Bert Hellinger)医生在辅导几千个家庭的经验中发现,上一代的创伤会影响后代,甚至延续到第四代。

  雷久南博士引述这位心理专家的研究结果说:“夭折的成员对家庭影响极大。许多患重病如癌症者,是病患潜意识中想替代家人死或追随过世者的结果。这些可能是他们幼年时所许的愿并且深植入潜意识中。”

  她补充说,小孩被送走或卖掉,与家族分离,会对他们的身心成长造成极大的伤害。如果是女婴,也是未来的外婆和祖母,她们对爱的饥渴和由此所产生的其他极端情绪,是会传给许多代人的。
  共同创造祥和家庭

  雷久南博士提醒,怀胎养孩是人生最重大的喜事,为人父母者不论遇到什么难题,都要能迅速梳理好心情,常保持喜悦心态迎接新生命的到来。

  “母亲要吃得好吃得健康,那意味着要保持营养均衡,避免食用施化肥的蔬菜水果。”

  她说,她有个吃素的新加坡朋友,产下的婴儿身体健康,现在读小学了,个子高大,特别能跑。

  她也主张给家里创造少受无线电波和辐射线干扰的起居环境,减少这些有害电波对胎儿的伤害。

  “父母和所有家人都有责任创造一个温暖、祥和的家庭气氛,好好保护还不会说话的胎儿。”

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Lightening the Soul

November 24, 2011

Soul Evolution

It is only when we actively seek to work through our issues that we can lighten the load and our souls can evolve.

From the moment we are born, our souls may feel heavy because they are carrying the weight of all we have lived, loved, and learned in our past incarnations. It is only when we actively seek to work through our issues that we can lighten the load and our souls can evolve. Divesting ourselves of what no longer serves us, such as unwarranted fear, the inability to feel empathy, or self-limiting behaviors, are just some of the many challenges we may face in this lifetime. While some issues we face are easier to deal with because they are the final remains of residue from a past life, other issues offer greater challenges because we are meant to work through them throughout this lifetime.

Often, we expect ourselves to recover quickly from difficult or painful circumstances. When we do not or cannot, we may feel emotionally inept or hopeless. The evolution of the soul, however, is an ongoing process that can take many lifetimes. It is a matter of accepting that even when we do our best there are going to be situations, people, and outcomes that we cannot control. It is also important to remember that your experiences now may be setting the groundwork for future healing—whether in this lifetime or the next one. The more you release in each time, the more you grow and the more your soul will evolve.

Although it is not always possible to work through all of our issues in a single lifetime, it is important that we confront what we are called to face in this life and do the work we need to do. It is also important to remember that the most effective way to let your soul grow is to be an active participant in life. Be present in each moment and your soul will do this work for you.

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Right in Front of You

When it comes to the things we want, there always seems to be an endless list. No matter how many times we get something off that list, we add new things to replace it. In life, this drama of wanting and getting and wanting is all part of the dance. The things we want motivate us to get up and get them.

And yet, at the same time, we can torment ourselves with our wanting, especially when we want something we can’t have or can’t find. It is in cases like these that it might be fruitful to entertain the idea that maybe what you really want is right in front of you. Maybe you are using this desire you can’t fulfill to distract you from truly engaging the blessings you already have. It may seem like that doesn’t make sense, yet we do it all the time. It may be easier to see in other people than to see it in ourselves. We have all heard our friends wishing they were more this or less that, and looking at them we see clearly that they are everything they are wishing they were. We know people who have wonderful partners and yet envy you yours. We wish we could give these people a look at their situations from our perspective so that they could see that what they want really is right in front of them.

It’s not too far-fetched to consider that we might be victims of the same folly. It can be scary to have what we want. We get caught up in the chase and forget to enjoy the beauty right in front of us—like a child who never wants the toy she has in her hand but always the one just out of her reach. Take a moment today to consider the many things you are holding in the palm of your hand and how you might best play with them.

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Speaking up truthfully

With so much to consider and sift through, we are truly better off if we communicate precisely. Not only does doing this minimize the chance for misinterpretation, but voicing our thoughts it is an act of creation. We convert thought and imagination to sound, releasing it from the chamber of our minds into the outside world. This carries energy and intention with it, making our thoughts, wishes, and even dreams come true.

When we have the courage to speak our minds and use our voice to send the desires of our hearts from our inner world to the world outside, we take a bold step in making them happen. By removing fear of what others may think and expectation of what others should understand, we free ourselves and our thoughts from the bondage of the mental chamber and let loose our desires onto the canvas of the world. Next time we become aware that we have a choice about how to communicate, we can choose to use our outside voice and watch its creative power at work.