Life is Awesome

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon   Upon waking up in the morning before starting your day, expect life as awesome–see it, imagine it, feel it. Set aside worries and take a More »

Family is Everything

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   Our greatest inspiration in life is our family—parents, siblings, wife, husband, niece and nephews even our grandparents. Not only the biological family but also true More »

Flower Pattern and Mandala in Sweet Potato

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   Few days ago I crave to eat sweet potatoes cooked in coconut milk with sugar and jackfruit meat. While chopping the sweet potatoes (Camote in More »

Understanding People

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   When looking at people is like trying to look at a pair of slipper with hundred varieties of style and of color. All look similar More »

Forgive Others for not Being Kind

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon    To understand people of how they act and misbehave is the kindest thing we do to ourselves. I repeat, it is the kindest and most beautiful More »

Continue that Dream! Happy 2017!

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon     Life without a dream is nothing! It is the fire that keep us going. It gives life to the soul. It is the breath of More »

Small Note

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon   While going to the vet clinic to pick-up my rescued cat after his neuter, a man approached us with his small note written “Apology for More »

Smile Don’t Cost a Thing

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon “Good morning ma’am,” the lady security guard says to the staffs of women who pass by at the x-ray security machine at the entrance of a More »

“Seeking for an Answer”-Personal Experiences about Religion

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   It is not a surprise to me if some people hate me for what I am writing about religion and cannot accept some ideas that More »

Usual Unusual

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon   It was 12th of February, Friday after office during rushed hour where traffic is so heavy and commuting is such a burden.  It is so More »

Category Archives: Personal development and self-motivation

The Love That I Am Seeking is Me

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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To give love and to be loved is a wonderful feeling. This search of wanting to be loved is a component of human needs biologically, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually as part of survival. I call this type of love as “human-love relationship” which seek to meet the needs for emotional fulfillment having expectations attached to it. This type of love sometimes takes you to a land of fantasy full of bliss or take you to turmoil of darkness in which requires vulnerability as well as strength. This type of love falls to categories such as genuine, true or fake for there are people who fall in love just to fill their emptiness, feed the ego and forget past relationship to show that they have moved on by finding someone new.

Like many of you who are single out there, I have also this dream that I can find that somebody who can complete me. Though I enter quite few relationships but only brought me unhappy endings. I even have this relationship that I become so attached to my male best friend that I fall in love with. For how many years I become comfortable telling him everything on what is going on with my life. In short, he becomes a human diary that I tell everything, all my secrets, pain and drama in life. Like in a conventional type of man-woman relationship though he is only a best friend, we have on and off fights. We have love and hate communication and then go back and forth, back and forth on that type of energy for how many years. I see the ideal man in him, the qualities I’ve been looking for a partner the reason I admire him.   There are even certain aspects of his persona that I also possess, like I have found the mirror of who I am that I become so so attached of him.

And then something happens that triggers to end this type of relationship. It was like there is a strong force that rocked my boat and pushed me at the end of the cliff where nothing is there and I don’t have any options but to jump! A feeling of being cornered in a dead end that I don’t have any choice but to surrender.

If you are the person who never believe of planetary and cosmic movement that affects the collective, I respect that point of view. Because this force or call it destiny have shaken my core to burn the old pattern in me, to burn my old self, this happen in the middle of January 2018 full moon and the blue blood full moon lunar eclipse in January 31st.  This heavenly movement really affects me too much makes me so imbalance for more than three weeks that until now I can feel the pain of cutting old ways of how I live my life. Until now I am still in purging process which is so tough, chaos and turmoil. I am being zoned out of my comfort zone. This cutting my old ways is so much painful that I have to face my own shadow. The eclipse that occured last January 31st forced me to change and create a new self and leave the dark shadows behind.

I see even mystical dreams on what must do because I keep resisting this change, I even hear some voices of my guardian spirit saying, “stop” and “enough” as I meditate.

Within two weeks after the eclipse, I cannot understand what is going on in my life. What is it that I need to be cut? So I go to this inner knowing by connecting within my own soul that I find myself  over-thinking, unexplainable heaviness, a lot of thoughts in my head space that cause sleepless nights..and to the extent I lose my appetite to eat..I lose  weight. And then answer came days after days after days. And as I see clarity to what I seek, I feel lighter and lighter though sometimes there is still pain of changes. The answer is this thing called “co-dependency” that becomes such an addiction to me like a drug. The attachment I create with my best friend is to fill unending emptiness in me of not being loved. I keep seeking attention and wanting his attention that becomes like a pill to make me feel happy. And this attachment unknowingly brings negative effect to him and esp. to me that brings toxic energy for both of us whenever I want to pull back and retreat from our connection. The attachment I created brings so much pain and hurt for both of us. And that the destiny went to the middle and say, “Wait a minute, this is so unhealthy, we need this to cut off!!”

The attitude of codependency I created that must end was such a huge huge transformation. It put me into this truth that the love that I am seeking is within me and the way to find it is by loving myself! The attention that must fill the emptiness in me must come from me. That I must be independent dealing with my own shit, facing my own mess. This bad habit of attachment brings hurt and pain and this has to stop. This old habit must collapse!

This big shift in my life is truly painful heartbreak that I felt there was something died inside of me. A process like of a caterpillar preparing its last days in its own cocoon in a dying process.

Now that the light has come, I see this huge transformation of myself as a blessing! A metamorphosis takes place…A beautiful butterfly finally came out from the dead cocoon. It leads me to my own truth of who I am that I am complete and not half. It let me love myself more, understand my fears and shadows more and release it by forgiving myself for being so blind of the hurt I created.  This experience takes me back to my own power that I can be happy without disturbing others, without being needy. This transformation helps me more to change how I communicate with others without throwing anger, hurt and pain, without creating conflicts but only understanding towards peace. That I must focus on love and release the pain in my heart because pain and love cannot exist at the same space. And most importantly when you feel complete and whole, you will not live in this energy of being lack—there is no fear of losing someone, there is no attachment, there is no control issues but only joy and freedom.

We never meet people by accident. Everything happens for a reason for our soul growth. The chaos of codependency let me understand “pure love” in its deepest form.  It is like you are holding sand in your hand that when you keep holding it tighter and tighter, the sand will fall out. But when you just hold it with calm, and let it stay as it is in your palm without any pressure, the sand will stay. Love is like that, without fear of losing it for love stay forever.

Building relationship with others is good. What makes it difficult and toxic is the behavior of people towards it. The baggage of hurt and old wounds being thrown out to one another blocks the harmony that causes separation. Because old wounds haven’t been completely healed including childhood scars and hurt.

So I thank the universe for helping me cut old patterns and help me in my spiritual evolution by putting me in the situation, creating better realization that I don’t need someone to be with me just to complete me because I am complete. That I am comfortable within my own tribe, within my own self. This huge transformation leads me to this big decision in my life that I choose to be single and end the old belief and pattern of finding true love. That the cycle of unhappy ending with men must stop—of chasing, trying to insist myself or finding someone that will fit me becomes tiring. I give up on this kind of game! Instead, I would rather choose the type of love which is over and above this “human thing,” the spiritual love with the Divine of serving my purpose and fulfilling my other dreams in life. My dream of becoming a mother can be fulfilled by adopting a baby that I can take care of. There are a lot of infants in the adoption center that needs a parent, that needs unconditional love. I would rather go for that than wasting my energy and putting heartbreak in me of  finding a man who will love me back. I totally disagree now in this kind of notion because I am complete, I am whole, I am Love.

Lastly, I want to thank my dearest best friend who stands by my side through all my hurts and pain. You just don’t know how I am blessed to have you and lucky to know you…without you, I will never be in this space of unconditional love! Thank you for giving me huge understanding and patience of me. I have to end the bad habit I created because it only hurt both of us at the end. Know that you are always in my heart space and I keep sending you love, light and healing no matter where we are in this planet. I salute the divinity in you, I love you and you know that! Thank you for making me realize I am tough to overcome this and to move forward.

 

Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress. –Melody Beattie

Forgiveness means letting go of the past. –Gerald Jampolsky

Life and death are illusions. We are in constant state of transformation. –Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

Co-dependency is using relationship to fill a bottomless void due to not feeling whole and loved as an individual. It’s not the need to be loved that’s issue, it’s the inability to love one’s self that causes the dysfunction. -Graham White

When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me. –Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

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Life is Awesome

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Upon waking up in the morning before starting your day, expect life as awesome–see it, imagine it, feel it. Set aside worries and take a moment to be thankful for everything that’s in your life and you start feeling grateful. Gratitude sets hope for a wonderful life. Even in the midst of challenges, difficulties and boredom, we should be able to see life as awesome. If you’re not happy then don’t feel bad on your current situation, nothing is permanent in life and everything changes for our own good even if we don’t understand it. Sometimes the reason behind is better not to know.

Set the habits of creating new moment each day and find happiness in small things. It will help appreciate more of your life while setting wishes and fulfillment that life for today will be beautifully different in the future. Then it opens your heart to realize that it is in the simple things that we see greatness like a child happily playing imagining things almost real, spider busy weaving silk on its web, pigeon flying in the sky, sunset golden ray of light, the reflection of beautiful person in front you when you face the mirror, the home-food you cook on your plate, the dry lavender flower in your vase, etc.

It is also in thriving from the pressure that life brings awesomeness. We will never discover our inner strength without hardship and failures. We won’t see how beautifully brave our spirit is if there are no disappointments, rejection and other people’s stupidity. External forces polish us to bring the best person, the kindest and most loving person we could be.

Life is amazing through discovery and curiosity of who we are and what we can do to make life more worth living. Life is awe-inspiring through the mystery of nature including us—humans. And life is more remarkable if we share to others our honesty—the talent and skills that inspire people to live with inspiration and more confidence and that never losing hope to see a bigger picture of a wonderful life they wanted to be that is only within them waiting to be discovered.

Believe that life is beautiful and you will attract miracles day by day and that each moment is a happy experience that your soul truthfully crave.

To me, life is wonderful. Everything is wonderful. –Magic Johnson

 

Quote from:  Brainy Quote

 

Moving Forward

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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Past, present, and future is what we have in common through linear time. We all have yesterday—the past that is unchangeable. We have the existing called “now” —the present which we are capable of how we can make life experiences meaningful though there are unexpected things that also happen. And the energy of time where we put hope—the future full of positive emotions where the appearance of dreams looking forward to come true.

Life is the totality of time composed of days, months and years that cannot be rewind. Everything is about moving forward. The beginning and end is what make life exciting but another step onward is what make us alive! And it is the dream in our hearts why we look for tomorrow. Without dream, life is dead like in a straight line and it is boring. And though boredom is striking us and sometimes blocking us to do what we want, still, life is about moving forward no matter how bored we are. Because life is challenging us how far is our strength, how long is our patience, how hard-working we are, and what could be the best person inside us— the greatest of who we are. If we don’t move forward and do our best, how can we know the things we must improve? How can we know our potential? Unless you decide to live with enough of who you are having enough money, house, and other physical things but no ambition and just wait for what days will bring instead of setting things for the day that you want to experience. But I bet you, that kind of life is not meaningful. Life without pain has no gain. Life is momentous to those who aren’t afraid to try new things and gather new experiences. It is about expansion, movement, and change like plants and trees that keep on growing, evolving and humbly withstanding sun, wind and rain.

And now another year is coming where brand new life is awaiting, promise yourself make each day count towards the things that you want. Never be afraid to fail, take risk and be nosy to your dreams and not to petty things and unimportant people. Learn not get affected by unkind people and don’t attach yourself too much from your emotions, learn to ignore your own feelings by keep on working and make yourself busy! Share your life to circle of people who values you and help you achieving your dreams but don’t be afraid to give trust and give help to welcome new people.

To move forward effectively and not just in your memory ‘coz memory cannot be trusted, it can forget, practice jotting things that you want to achieve. Make a journal and jot it down whether using a notebook or electronic calendar.  I know some people displaying their branded pricy journal they bought from a famous coffee shop and guess what they put? –None! And I’m not surprised, a lot of people in this urbanized world don’t use journal at all. Because jotting down things means we put discipline to make things happen! It is the action that makes us different from one another.

This coming year I wish those people called action-taker to have great accomplishment and more harvest of success. And to those who have dreams and not starting, take action now by making tiny step and don’t be afraid.  Everyone start clueless but carrying faith in themselves that they can make it. And to those who live with enough, I wish you more happiness.

Happy 2018! More love, honesty, happiness, kindness, abundance, and success!

 

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. –Henry Ford

 

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Lesson from a Farmer

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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A week ago I went to a visit in northern part of Luzon which is 14-16 hrs. drive from Manila. Though I’ve been there 11 years ago but the place is farther from the location I went to. I am not expecting that the province I visited is surrounded by rice field. Though there are mountains that you can see but it is really far from high hills and mountains. The place is called Gattaran, Cagayan Province where the famous huge river named Cagayan Valley is located.

No internet, no commercial area even a small coffee shop. All you can see are rice field all around. The house I have stayed is near school campus and trade school and fronting the main highway road. The life in this province is very simple. Though there are television and sky cable, still you can see how they live day to day. Each houses that we visited, everyone has their own small rice field and small farm they taking care of, they have carabao (buffalo), small farm of vegetables and fruits, some chicken livestock, pigs and some have horses. In short, it is a country living.

When I get bored, I go out and take some photos. One morning, I decided to walk in the middle of the rice field to meet a farmer. I want to see how they do their craft of planting rice. It is my very first time to walk in the rice field and I bet you, walking towards the middle is very challenging! The foot path is so tiny though some are covered with grass, there are muddy part that you might be able to fall if you get out of balance. And when I accomplished that task of meeting a farmer in the middle of the rice field, it was fun! It teaches me wisdom about life.

Here’s a short poem I composed from my mind while going back from the rice field.  

Planting rice is not fun
With your bare hands
Toiling the soil,
Digging the mud
As I watch him
Without any gloves
Without any boots
Under the heat of the sun
He teaches me that life
Is about working hard

A farmer I admire
Truly hardworking
Contented of what he has
As nature building him patience
To wait for the harvest
Living a simple life
Everyday
A long walk to the field
Thirsty and tired
Yet he gave time
And share to me
His golden smile

 

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Walking towards the middle of rice field is a challenge. The foot path is so tiny making you walk one step at a time. And there are red ants along your way biting your feet while stepping to the soft and muddy tiny foot path. An obstacle that you must overcome while ensuring yourself you won’t fall down to the wet and muddy ground.

And this experience teaches me that

“In life for you to reach the destination that you want, you need balance. And there are hurdles trying to stop you but it is your determination that will motivate you to keep on going.”

And while walking to the long tiny foot path, I have learned that,

“The technique to achieve balance, look straight without doubts, and do it with speed. Your determination will drive you not to fall yet there are chances to fall down but still keep going and surrender.”

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I want to see how a farmer do his craft and what I learned from him is

“In everything that we do, we need to toil the ground ‘alone’ before we reap the rewards, before we get the result.”

 

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And it is such a privilege that this humble farmer welcomes me to observe what he’s doing and give me a warm smile at the end. And his smile is my reward that I took the challenge and reached the middle of the rice field. Heck, going back is another problem to overcome!

 

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Life is about balance and it doesn’t mean that your life is not balance if there are problems arising. Obstacle, worries and problems in life are actually helping us to balance life by training us to be strong and tough to overcome them. If there’s good and bad, sunny days and rainy days, night and day, there are days in our life that has difficulties and a day to celebrate.

It is very true, riding a bicycle is easy to get balance than having a balance life because a balance life is a continuous process of struggle, triumph and growth. Getting balance is about taking risk to achieve what you want. If your life doesn’t have troubles and complications, it means you don’t want to exert any effort to discover more about your own journey. And that I believe is not a balance life. You put your days, months, years to safety where there are no challenges you are facing with to maximize who you are and achieve the greatest version of your life.

 

“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” -Will Rogers

 

 

“Who Am I?”–Artistic Self-Portrait International Call for Submission 2016

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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People know me by name. They can describe my physical feature. They can see my hair, the color of my eyes, how I laugh and how I dress. How people see me are physical attributes of my physical feature in this physical world.

My family was the first foundation that has built and formed the person I am now. Within the shelter that my parents have provided has molded me beyond the person I am now, for I was raised with love, joy, happiness, understanding, and strength. Outside of my family, I open up myself to people that I trust—close friends, close relatives and true people that was given to me as blessings. Yet, not all the people I have met are good and true that have shaped my current attitude and behavior that I am now.

I have five senses that require me to eat, sleep,and work, to express who I am and socialize with people in order to learn how to survive. There are times I am happy, sad, hurt, and in love. I have curiosity; I have lots of questions about life. I was created to experience to live on earth but I know there is much beyond these physical things around me myself included. There is more than my name given to me. More than this physical vehicle, more than this physical tank called body. I have mind, I have soul, I have spirit that were all invisible yet encompassing the entire structure of who I truly am. My body has different systems and mechanism that complete my whole being to breathe and to have life.

Each and every day, I keep discovering myself and trying to know myself. I have feelings, I have emotions, I have doubts, I have fears, I keep looking for answer on why am I here and what is the purpose of this thing called life?

I keep seeking for truth looking for my true self and who I really am for I know that embracing the truth will lead me to inner peace and more self-love.

And each day as I live I know that this person inside me travels to the endless journey of lessons, sorrow, happiness, hurt, victory and pain.

 

Express your inner self, trap emotions, who you truly are….Join!!

Artistic Self-portrait International Call for Submission 2016!! 

Submission mechanics:

  1. Participant can submit 2 entries regardless of  each category (fine art photography, charcoal, painting, or photo-montage).
  2. Submit online maximum e-file of 150 mb
  3. Submission starts by July 1 until August 20.
  4. All submission will be posted by August 26.
  5. Submit your entry together with your short background about yourself to hyperkreeytiv@gmail.com

 

“It’s hard for people to see you one way, but you’re really the other way, so it’s kind of like, ‘Who am I, who are you?’ Sometimes, I confuse even myself.” – Nicole Polizzi

 

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So, You Want to Become a Blogger?

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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Is there a voice in you reminding you to write? Is there a fascination within you every time you read inspiring poem, article, or creative writing? Is there a lifelong dream of yours to write, to share how you feel, to share what you know and to express who you are? If you answer yes even to just one question alone, then your soul is asking you to write and share what you know.

Before I started officially my website as a blogger way back in 2012, it was such a long long waiting for me to finally write an article.  Like any other task, job or business, “the beginning is always hard,” even when it comes to blogging. I register Hyperkreeytiv by month of July and then I started posting my article by month of November. I have wasted four months to start something new. Because I have my day time job six days a week, I really have to put discipline to maintain a blog. Being a blogger is being creative as you will think of different ways how to express that stuff inside your head. You will make ways how to share your creativity and your passion and the things in your head.

I was a college faculty when I started my blog and I know that in my heart, there is a passion to share my wisdom, there is a passion of teaching. My intuition and my soul keep on telling me and even reminding me in my night dreams to write and reach out people who want to learn, to be informed and to be inspired. This is how Hyperkreeytiv started.

If you have that dream of sharing your thoughts in writing, go on and pursue that dream to become a blogger.  Based on my experience for three years in blogging, I want to share the lessons I gain from it and take these as a treasure of advice.

  1. Share thoughts that you have interest with. To write something that you don’t like is difficult because it doesn’t come from your heart. Writing is enjoyable, easy and effortless if it is out of joy which means you love what you’re doing.
  2. You are not shy to express who you are. All that you write that comes from your head is the physical output of your mind. It is the extension of who you are. They say being a writer is an artist and artists are weird. Well, that is real true, if you are not weird then you are just average. Being weird means wearing a cap of brilliant mind and fully brave enough to show it to others without any side thoughts of what others will think of you ignoring the naysayers.
  3. Keep motivating yourself by having inspiration to sustain yourself on writing.  Being a blogger means no one is paying you to write but being a voluntary to share knowledge to others.  No matter how busy you are with your day time job, there must be a continuous flowing of inspiration that will let you keep on writing. Like in business, blogging must be continuous, has goal and has a purpose. Notice in some blog websites, after a year or few months, they stop on writing and they easily give up.  Do not be like them.  When you decide to become a blogger be responsible with your passion. Never give up unless you completely decided that what you share has no purpose anymore. Those who strive are the one who stay longer.
  4. Organize your post. Aside from different category you have, make a list on what topic you will share per week or per month. Advance listing and planning inspire you more to look forward in a positive way and makes you excited to pursue and publish your post. Sometimes when there is a burst of emotions and you want to share lessons in life and it is not part of your weekly list, go on and publish it. Unplanned topic is part of expressing who you are.
  5. Be honest.Readers of your post do not know you personally but writing has always transparency and you cannot hide the real you on it. They will know who you are and how honest you are by the way you express your writing through emotions. That is why to share personal experiences in life is very effective in building an audience.  They can relate on it and they learn from your mistakes or failure. Honesty in writing will create influence and build audiences.
  6. Always educate people. A lot of blog and websites are trashy and non-sense. Please do not add yourself on that population as a blogger. The main purpose of visiting a website is to get information, to get inspiration and to learn or get motivated.  Make this as your number one goal why you want to become a blogger.
  7. Blogging is not for fame sake. If you are a model, politician or even celebrity, if your goal is to become famous by creating a blog, there is no problem with that. But the reason to become famous is very shallow and doesn’t last at all. What always prevails is the purpose of educating people.

If you are totally inspired now and decided to start your own blog, never ever take any comment personally and allot no space for offenders. Why I said this? Simply because most people that you know personally like family, co-workers even close friends will not believe in what you write. Never get hurt if they ignore your invites to read your blog because they know you personally so why they should believe in you and there are people who are insecure of what you are doing. Because you are pursuing your dream expect some people out there will hate you. I think this not only happens to me but to most blogger and writer or even author out there.

Always remember this, as a blogger, you will get inspiration from “unknown people” who keep on visiting your website and who keep on sharing your post. They are the one who truly believes in what you are writing. Never expect if your siblings or even from your best friend that they will take time to read that. Because they cannot do what you can do, expect no appreciation from them. As a blogger, take out expectations from people who will praise your writing. No one will do that except from other people which are the “right audiences.”

So, do you really have the dream to become a blogger and share your life by educating us? Go on, pursue that dream and make it real. Follow that longing to express yourself in writing. Always remember, everything that comes from your mind when you manifest it and put it in the physical world is “self-healing.” Do not trap those ideas inside your head; it will create heaviness in you unconsciously. Persevere and make that idea real. Share your thoughts and be not afraid to express who you are. Go and become a blogger!

By the way, I did this article in less or more than 30 minutes. Words keep on flowing because I love what I’m doing.

Happy blogging!

 

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all thins distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. –Thomas Carlyle

 

When you’re an artist, all you’re trying to do is self-express. –Kevin Smith

 

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.- Joseph Stalin

 

As a writer no one’s gonna tell me how to write, I’m gonna write the way I wanna write! –Jacqueline Susann

 

 

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Happy Birthday!

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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Today I am celebrating my 38th birthday and like each one of you, I cannot avoid to think of my age getting old and having worries of how to make my dreams come true. Of course, we should look at our birthday as a blessing and welcome it with gratitude. It is a kind of blessing that means another chance to continue reaching our goals, to make our life better and to correct past mistakes. Birthday means there is trustworthiness of taking charge of the responsibilities being given to us by the creator that we must live to the fullest sharing our greatest talents, skills and capabilities.

To get confuse on discovering our purpose especially during our birthdays or having a feeling of a little sadness that we cannot see any progress in reaching our dreams, having  a feeling of no directions at all despite of hardship are just normal emotions. We are only human that keep on discovering our true self, knowing what we really want, and getting the true honesty of what our life is all about. As we get old, we keep on asking ourselves what is the true meaning of life. We keep on looking on the answers to why we were born and what are the missions and intentions of the creator why we exist. As we get old and celebrate our birthdays, we want to get the answer even it is unclear and even if we aren’t sure of the reasons of our existence, still we want our lives to be happy and meaningful. We want more appreciation from people around us, we want to be more valuable, we want to be loved more and we want to share our time and attention to people that means a lot to us. And yet in each passing years, how we want to mold our life, how we want to cast our dreams and how we want our life be created is not in our final hands. Yes, we create our own future but there are unexpected circumstances that hinder our goals and changes the situations—bending our dreams. These unexpected circumstances change our behavior and sometimes change our belief and visions that makes us harder and stronger, and sometimes makes us weaker and wanted to give up. Yet, it is life…That is how life operates. Pain and grief is part of growing old in order to build a foundation of contemplating thoughts and wisdom which makes our spirit strong. This helps us to accept and embrace the reality and see the beauty of it no matter how painful and no matter how bitter experiences life could be. And each year as we celebrate our day of birth, we keep on looking and wishing that life will be friendly, loving and better even there are negative portion in our thoughts, though there are fear and doubts, we want to grow old happier, appreciated and secured.  The added age is the greatest reason why we should keep on going and why we should keep on living—to be happier, wiser, more forgiving and more loving because no one knows when it will be taken away. Each day must be lived fully with gratitude and joy in our hearts that we experience living on earth discovering who we really are while having the experience of  giving and receiving love.

Regardless of how we celebrate our birthday, with or without wine and food, with or without family, or greetings from our friends, what matter most during birthday is the spirit of happiness inside us that we should be thankful for. Which means that another year had passed and that we should congratulate and thank ourselves for all the hardship we did in order to survive including overcoming challenges. After all, it is not the age that counts but rather the blessings we receive in our entire life whether the gift that has given to us are happy and sad. Celebrating birthday should have no regrets in life but  keep looking forward to the beauty of the future, to the magic of mystery as it open its way to the reality of dreams no matter how impossible it may seem.

So stay happy not only during birthdays but each night and each morning that we experience another life. Always honor truthfulness and always be honest with yourself, this will bring more love and acceptance of who you are and will bring deeper understanding towards more meaningful life.

 

“There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we were born and the day we discover why.” –William Barclay

The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday. –Paris Hilton

 

 

10 Seconds

Written ans Posted by:  Margie Babon

 

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How do you start your day in the morning? Do you take time to be in silence and meditate or you start your day by going online to check email and social site?

Life has a lot of things that needs attention– survival, family, basic needs, relationship, goals and dream. And human brain has unlimited storage to gather information from reading newspaper  to watching television, listening  to the radio, checking email, and signing to social sites getting ideas and other information from family and friends aside from necessary things in life. Overwhelmed with too much noise, people become unfocused and stressed. Without filtering what kind of data they will get, most people are like sponge absorbing anything which leads to wasting of time living each day without concrete accomplishment, direction and purpose.

Technology makes knowledge disposable and it is dividing our attention training us to go multi-task. It is molding us to create a habit of short attention span mostly in browsing social site. Technology teach us to look through each bit of information for about 10 seconds and less. People keep on reading and reading but retaining so little or nothing. Because information is easily available, to be distracted becomes an addiction, a habit. Though people are interested on what they are reading or browsing sites they often visit, they never really focus at all.

From the book “Your Attention Please,” by Paul Brown and Alison Davis, explains that,   “Too much information is not only overwhelming, and not just an annoyance but a total affliction. Plentiful data and information may lead to entropy, information anxiety, and attention deficit trait that the brain gradually loses its capacity to attend fully.”

Do we really need other people’s ideas, and noise? How about negative news, celebrity, politics and friends drama?

Stay organized by putting yourself fully hundred percent at the task in front of you and never stress yourself by getting unimportant information that waste your time. Have time to listen, read with comprehension and absorb the lesson well. Develop the habit of being centered and free of stress to accomplish important task and get results which is high in value.

“Toasted by information overload, we are overcooked.” – from the book Your Attention Please by Paul Brown and Alison Davis

“In our compulsive drive for more we are making ourselves sick.”—Dr. Peter Whybrow, director Semel Institute Neuroscience

 

Wisdom of a Father

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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This story is part of ancient Egyptian text known as ‘The Teaching of Dua- Khety’.

A father named Dua-Khety  is taking his son Pepy  to a scribe school. While sailing southwards to the Residence, a well-known school of writing among the children of the magistrates, Dua-Khety spoke to his son. “My son, since I have seen those who have been beaten, it is to writings that you must set your mind. Observe the man who has been carried off to a work force. Behold, there is nothing that surpasses writings! They are a boat upon the water. Read the end of the Book of Kemyett stating that:”

                       As for a scribe in any office in the Residence, he will not suffer want in it. When he fulfills the bidding of another, he does not come    forth satisfied. I do not see an office to be compared with it, to which the maxim could relate. I shall make you love books and I shall place their excellence before you. It is greater than any office. There is nothing like it on earth. 

 

…I have seen the metal-worker working
At the mouth of his furnace;
With fingers like the stuff of a crocodile
He stinks more than fish eggs.

 

The carpenter who uses an adze,
He is more tired than a worker in the fields;
His field is the wood, his hoe the adze.
His work is endless..

 

The jeweler drills with his chisel
In different kinds of stone;
Once he is done with the inlay of the eyes
His arms are weary, he is tired;
Sitting down at sunset,
His knees and back ache.

 

The barber is still shaving at the end of the day,
To the town he takes himself,
To his corner he takes himself,
From street to street he takes himself
To search for people to shave.
He works with his arms to fill his belly,
Like a bee which can only eat as it has worked.

 

Look, no trade is free from a director,
Except the scribe’s: he is the director.
But if you know writings, it will be better for you,
More than these trades I have shown you.

 

Source:

www.reshafim.org

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/

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Our parents want only the best for us. They want us to prosper and have a meaningful life on earth. Like Dua- Khety, every father in this world holds wisdom. And that wisdom will be forever in every son and daughter’s  heart and soul, a treasure that will be carried  forever.

 

 “Happy Father’s Day”  to every father in this world! May your life be filled with enormous love and joy.”

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Music and Me

 Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

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When you were a kid, can you still remember how did you learn to sing?  Does your mother sing with you, or your father teaches you how to strum a guitar. Can you still remember your favorite music when you are a kid? I’m sure until now you can still remember the lyrics and the rhythm of Baba Black Sheep. When you were in your high school, any unforgettable songs you sing with your friends, have you dedicate some songs to your favorite teacher, have you send love letter with lyrics to your crush? Now that you are in adulthood, what music do you listen with?

According to Dr. Gregg Jacobs, author of Ancestral Mind says that

“We are born with the ability to apprehend music. Our brain unconsciously translates patterns of sound energy into the basic musical components of melody, harmony and rhythm. Like spoken language, music is a sound-based form of communication. At four months of age, infants can exhibit musical preference, suggesting that we enter the world innately prepared to respond to rhythm.”

Harvard university psychologist Howard Gardner, author of Frames of Mind and The Theory of Multiple Intelligence, contends that

Musical creativity represents a basic form of intelligence that is just important as linguistic and mathematical intelligence.”

Music is part of emotional and psychological human needs. Without music, it is such a lonely world; no life would ever exist on this planet. Without music, the world looks gray and dark. Music brings life to humanity, it brings communities together, it gives us joy and inspiration to live and survive.

The type of music that we listen to also changes as we grow from kids to adulthood. As our thinking mind evolves, so does the type of music we want to hear also evolve.  The reason why some kids who are gifted are tune in to classical music has advance mind, because the depths of the music also equal the depths of the mind.

Most of the music has written with emotions that is why it communicates effectively that stirs up our emotions and sometimes become the last song syndrome. Music has magical effect in our consciousness, it

  • Teaches us us to be attached: “How do I live without you, I want to know, how do I breathe without you.”  (How do I Live, Le Ann Rimes)
  • Inviting us to recall the past“Why she had to go, I don’t know she wouldn’t say. I said, something wrong now I long for yesterday.” (Yesterday, Beatles)
  • Makes us feel sad and to have empathy:  “Love songs don’t leave you but lovers often do. So baby I’m afraid it could happen for me and you.”  (If I Sing You a Love Song, Bonnie Tyler)
  • Giving us courage to believe in ourselves: “Always believe in your soul, you’ve got the power to know, you’re indestructible, always believe in.” (Gold, Spandau Ballet)
  • Encourage us to live with happiness: “Happy, it’s so nice to be happy.” (Happy, Alexia)
  • Reminding us to be strong:“I will survive, as long as I know how to love I will stay alive, I’ve got all my life to give, I’ve got all my love to give, I will survive, I will survive.” (I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor)
  • Reminds us to be truthful:“And I see your true colors shining through and I see your true colors, that’s why I love you, so don’t be afraid, to let it show —your true colors, true colors, a beautiful like a rainbow.”  (True Colors, Cindy Lauper)
  • Makes us thankful: “God bless you, you make me feel brand new, for God blessed me with you, makes me feel brand new”   (You Make Me Feel Brand New, The Stylistics)
  • Inviting us to contemplate: :”You raise me up so I can stand on mountains, you raise me up to walk on stormy seas, I am strong when I am on your shoulder, you raise me up to more than I can be.”  (You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban)
  • Inspire us to appreciate nature: ”I see trees in green, red roses too, I see them blue, for me and you, and I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  (What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong)
  • Makes us feel in love:  Love moves in mysterious ways, It’s always so surprising, when love appear over the horizon, I’ll love you for the rest of my days.”    (Love Moves in Mysterious Way, Julia Fordham)
  • Allow us to express our confusion:“I wanna know if he really loves me, I say a prayer with every heart beat, I fall in love whenever we meet, I’m asking you what you know about these things.” (How Will I Know, Whitney Houston)
  • Inspire us: “The greatest love of all is happening to me; I found the greatest love of all inside of me. The greatest love of all is easy to achieve, learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.”  (The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston)
  • Can pick us up when we are down:  “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I come running to see you again, winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be  there, you’ve got a friend.”  (You’ve Got A Friend, James Taylor)
  • Calm us when we are anxious: “What matters most is that we love at all.”  (What Matters Most, Kenny Rankin)
  • Moves us from tears to joy: “There are places I’ll remember, all my life, though some have changed…some have gone and some remain…With lovers and friends, I still can recall, some are dead and some are living. I know I’ll often stop and think about them, in my life, I love you more.”  (In My Life, Beatles)
  • Makes us dance: “Oh I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody, with somebody who loves me.”  (I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston)
  • Makes us Dream: “Stars shining bright above you, night breezes seem to whisper “I love you,” birds singing in the sycamore trees, dream a little dream of me.” (Dream a Little Dream of Me, Mama Cass)

Then there are instrumental music that soothes our senses, makes us relax, letting us forget the past, or helping us to focus in the moment and leave the noise in our head. Then there are music that are awe inspiring, conveying history, aspiration and stories that mostly reflected in classical music.

Whatever kind of music we are tune into, just be aware that too much drama or sadness in music has negative effect in our sub-conscious mind.  Hard core music or underground music also creates a lot of noise in our inner spirit, and affects the heart beat and pumping of blood in our body. Make sure that the music you listen with makes you feel relax, joyful, inspired to move, inspired to enjoy the moment. Like negative news and violence that eyes can see, music also creates pollution in our mind and must be filtered as well. Choose music that enhances your emotions and well-being, giving you relaxation and serenity. Practice listening to music and make it part of your daily routine especially before you sleep, music is therapeutic, it nourishes mind, soul and spirit.

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Credits:

The Ancestral Mind book by Dr. Gregg Jacobs

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Note:

The lyrics appeared in this post are just example to perfectly fit the description. 

 

 

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