Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dear Blogger Friends

I've been away for awhile from posting, seeing my mind has drawn a blank as to what to write, going places with my wife, out to eat, weightlifting, and watching over and over short documentaries of Eddie Pepitone, put together into a movie called The Bitter Buddha.  Watching and listening to Eddie Pepitone, has truly placed me in a happy mood.

I'm not angry or bitter towards anyone but, by my seeing and hearing Eddie Pepitone, I've been given so much clarity.

Yesterday my wife and I went to a secondhand store where I purchased two speakers that were compatible to connect to my laptop.  Afterwards . . . we went out to eat again at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants for their noodle soup.  Oh . . . and before that, I bought a sterling silver earring for my pierced hole in my left earlobe, seeing when my wife and I joined in marriage over thirty one years ago I wore one then, and decided I'd wear one once again.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

In the Line of Fire

Lately I've been around somebody that keeps lashing out at others verbally in an uncouth derogatory way, which is very unsettling.  The thing is it's only unsettling to the listener if they allow it to be, which is something I've been sucked into, like so many others who have come into contact with this, somebody.

But after analyzing this somebody's situation at hand, I'm learning to no longer be this somebody's bait, for I've come to realize that this somebody gets their strength . . . so they think . . . by feeding off of others by trying to belittle them making this somebody feel stronger.  Therefore, I've learned to have compassion for this somebody, because it's obvious, this somebody's hurting inside, which may very well be the cause for this somebody to be lashing out the way this somebody is.

Even though my heart goes out to this somebody, this doesn't necessarily mean I'm always going to be feeding their pain by outwardly showing this somebody the recognition their looking for, seeing I believe this might only intensify the false pride they're in, but even so, my heart will always be there for this somebody.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Peaceful Gathering

Many years ago I was invited to sit in to listen to an elderly Buddhist give a talk in a small worn out looking house.  There were no chairs to sit on; about ten of us were just sitting on an old carpeted living room floor.  When entering that house a woman greeted me with a hot cup of tea and told me I could join the others in the other room, which of course was that living room.  When the elderly Asian man started giving his speech there was an Asian woman translating what he was saying into English, which I really liked seeing I wouldn't have been able to understand what he was saying but, even if there wouldn't have been that translator I believe I would have still felt the peace I felt that evening, seeing it was flooding all around me.

The message that that elderly Buddhist said that truly stood out to me was when he said something like, "We as Buddhists don't condemn others for what they've chosen to believe when it comes to religion, their spiritual beliefs, or try to convert them over to our beliefs, we show love and compassion for all sentient beings."

When I left from there that night that peaceful energy that was flooding all around me, left with me, which was with me for days on end.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tea and Buddhism

For those of you who don't know, I love a good hot cup of Asian tea, playing some of the bamboo flutes I've made, and having compassion for all sentient beings, for I believe we're all interconnected.

This short video of mine demonstrates somewhat of what I'm talking about.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Let It Go and More

I've been learning more and more on how to let go, for instance, the things I cannot change that I'd like to, but cannot, I've learned to let go, for we cannot control the things that are out of our control, so why not just go with the flow, staying calm, and happy, in the moment we're in.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Huge Way to My Happiness

A huge way to my happiness,
is putting others before me.

~ Lon Anderson