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 »

Real, True, and Pure

Written and posted by: Margie Babon   Be blessed when you are able to find real, true, honest, and pure people. They are very seldom to find and rare to come into More »

Topic 2: “The Consciousness of Why You Are Here” -The Power of Your Brain, International Call for Submission 2017

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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consciousness (noun)

  • the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.
  • the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact
  • the state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc. … the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or people

 

Your consciousness is the primary fabric of reality as explained in the new paradigm of quantum physics. It is the ground of being while the brain acting as a tool in fulfilling the optimal purpose of consciousness and evolution. According to the new paradigm, thoughts create reality and that thought comes from consciousness.

According to Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of “The Science of Evolving Your Brain,”

“Consciousness” is what inhabits and occupies the bio-computer called brain. It is like electrical current that runs a computer and all its programs. The brain has hardware systems built in and software systems that consciousness is upgrading or routinely using.

 Consciousness enable us to think, and at the same time to observe our thinking process. We typically think of consciousness as our awareness of self and our perception of the world around us. However, there is another type of intelligence called innate intelligence within us, and resides equally in all things which is the expression of universal intelligence in the body.

 

The Two Elements of Consciousness

There are two fundamentals of consciousness—the conscious and unconscious. Both are vital to live and to become alive. Like animals, human being possess both elements except that human being has higher brain complex compare to animals. We have the ability to be consciously aware of what we think, what action we must do, we can become conscious of our behaviour, emotions, the environment around us, where the thoughts come and go, and most, we have the ability to express our ideas, thoughts and opinion.

The first aspect of consciousness is called subjective consciousness that upholds our individual free will. It enables us to express who we are (as a thinking self) by flagging our own traits, ideals and characteristics. This subjective consciousness comprises our unique abilities, skills and qualities to learn, to create, to dream, to remember and not to remember, to decide and to choose. This consciousness pertains the “you” or the “self.” In short, it is the self-conscious identity.

The second element of consciousness is the intelligent awareness within us that gives life called objective consciousness or known as the subconscious. This is a system of awareness that separate from the conscious mind. This subconscious is extraordinarily intelligent, focused and mindful that separates from thinking brain but operates the other parts of the brain to keep the functions of the human body in system and in order.

Objective consciousness runs the show of which we are not consciously aware that this aspect of consciousness controls our health and life. It is the huge mystery that controls the heartbeat, converts oxygen to carbon dioxide, it digests the food, regenerate cells, organise the other system of the body. Objective consciousness operates without our “effort” but it functions automatically.

 

The Greatest Question

Science is doing its best to understand and explore and discover more about the human brain.

The greatest question is who control all of this mysterious field of intelligence that gives life to all of us? Who controls the sub-conscious and what is the purpose of the consciousness of why we are here and how can we tap to it?

No one knows the main reason of who is the greatest director of creations, of this giant intelligence in the brain. But the fact that consciousness was given to human being, we are here to fulfill and complete our own dreams, our own desire of what we want to do, to live righteously fulfilling and achieving our goals by aligning our thoughts and intentions into action.

To use the power of our brain is the greatest reason why we are here by

  1. Doing our best
  2. Realizing our greatest potentials and take action on it, and
  3. To choose to change for better and better version of who we are

 

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Topic 2- Why You Are Here

 

“Our own consciousness is the most indubitable thing there is.” -Rene Descartes

“Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.” - Sam Harris

“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”-Andrew Carnegie

 

Topic 2-Facts-Brain

 

Cartoon by:

Emad Salehi, Iran

Senad Nadarevic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

 

 

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

 

Life’s Lesson

 Lesson from farmer 4

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!

 

balance

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

 

 

Topic 1: “Learning, Language, and Mimicry”- The Power of Your Brain Int’l. Cartoon Call for Submission 2017

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

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Learning to speak was the hardest thing to do. We start nonlingual and within 18 months we have a core working vocabulary of 50 words that we can pronounce and 100 words we can understand. At age 3, we have 1,000 words in command and we start to construct sentences. By our 6th birthday, our vocabulary exploded to 6,000 words. And as we grow up,  it takes 50,000  words to master good conversational English.

This not included the children who learn second or third language which means they double or triple the information of words in their head. Baby’s brain is different from adult in which the neuron’s branch out in 15,000 ways. There is extra neuron wiring that learn language so easily and they key is the comprehension speed in baby’s brain to understand fast and distinguish each word, syllable and sound. Parents know the earlier they introduce a child to second or third language, the less effort for them to acquire.

Top 10 Tongues

  1. Mandarin (885 Million) the most speakers— by a lot
  2. Spanish (332 Million)
  3. English (332 Million)
  4. Bengali (189 Million)
  5. Hindi (182 Million)
  6. Portuguese (170 Million)
  7. Russian (170 Million)
  8. Japanese (125 Million)
  9. German (98 Million)
  10. Wu (77 Million)

Aside from learning a new language, brain also love to imitate because neurons in our brain constantly watch what other people are doing and mime it themselves and that is how we learn. Mirror neurons are found all over the brain. When a mother opens her mouth, her baby imitates her. Under a microscope, mirror neurons look like other neurons. What makes them special is the web of connections that links these neurons in the motor and the sensory that process the visceral and emotional reactions. And these mirror neurons vastly expanded over time. When the baby smile, her mother smiles too. And that is how the brain sets up a circuit. Scientist and researchers believe that mirror neurons could be the key the way humans learn speech, signal meaning to one another and develop primal feelings of empathy.

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“The Power of Your Brain.”

Submission in the form of cartoon, drawing or caricature.

 

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2017 International Call for Submission entitled—“The Power of Your Brain.”

How to Submit:

  1. Participants can submit maximum of 3 entries.
  2. Submit your work by sending your entries to hyperkreeytiv@gmail.com
  3. Images must be less than 500kb JPEG file in the following format:           surname_entry #_country
  4. Submit a short intro about yourself (not more than 200 words) and a photo or caricature not more than 200kb.
  5. Participants can submit entries until July 17, 2017.
  6. All works will be posted on July 27, 2017.

 

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” -Oscar Wilde

 

Credits: Wikipedia and Your Brain- A User’s Guide

Photo: Google images

 

 

“The Power of Your Brain” -International Call for Submission 2017

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

 

By just one thought, awareness becomes active whether the thought is intentional or not. That is how powerful the human brain that continuously remoulding and organising different thoughts and different experiences in different times thus, enriching the circuits of the brain neurologically. We can remember things, make plans, we have the ability to imagine, we keep envisioning, how we think, what we do, all comes from the greatest computer of the body system called brain.

Human brain has no mechanical moving parts but serves as the motherboard of body system and the seat of thoughts and mind. Though only weighing less than 3 lb., it is the home and storage of of pictures, songs, philosophy, dreams, passion, happiness, sorrow, of memories, of love, of wisdom, the consciousness and awareness of itself.  It is the greatest computer ever built, the seat of your mind, the seat of your being. It creates abstract thought, imagination, creativity, emotions, language, solutions and problem. It creates consciousness.

All the body organ that makes us alive is connected to the brain acting as the general commander of the body. The brain does thousands of thoughts and thinking while we breathe, we talk, we work, we crave for food, we exercise, etc. There is a giant super power or called it genius seating behind our brain that direct both the conscious and unconscious mind.

Human brain is also the source of good and bad moral depends on the thoughts we keep in our head. Through the power of the brain, we develop talent and skills, yet, brain can also be damaged having misalignment, disorder and addiction.

Who we are is what we believe which is wired already in our brain. And as the brain continuously collate experiences through different periods and phases of life, our physical body, emotional aspect and intelligence become a work in progress.

Join Hyperkreeytiv for its 2017 International Call for Submission entitled “The Power of Your Brain.”  Submission in the form of cartoon, drawing or caricature.

How to Submit:

  1. Participants can submit maximum of 3 entries.
  2. Submit your work by sending your entries to hyperkreeytiv@gmail.com
  3. Images must be less than 500kb JPEG file in the following format:  surname_entry #_country
  4. Submit a short intro about yourself (not more than 200 words) and a photo or caricature not more than 200kb.
  5. Participants can submit entries until July 17, 2017.
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Watch out for the post that will be published covering the following topic each week to learn more and understand the power of human brain.

  1. Learning, Language, and Mimicry
  2. The Consciousness of Why You Are Here
  3. “Sleep”—The Brain Recovery
  4. Your Brain Has Gender
  5. Inside the Wild World of Adolescent Brain
  6. “Addiction” – When Your Brain Can’t Say No
  7. Personality and Brain Disorder
  8. Through the Ages
  9. The Chemistry of Love
  10. “Right, Wrong” – What Makes Us Moral
  11. Older, Wiser and Gray Hair
  12. Stress and The Power of Mood
  13. The Science of Your Appetite
  14. The Biology of Belief
  15. Sickness and Healing
  16. “Memories”—We Remember Too Much. We Forget Too Much.
  17. Evolution- Your Brand New Brain

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“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr. Seuss

Family is Everything

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Family 1

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 friends who stay with us for how many years and know our secrets and dreams in life, we consider them as family. Our family is the major source of our motivations to be responsible, to progress and fulfil the goals that we want. It is the family that encourage us and help us that we can make our dreams come true.

Along with the inspiration and encouragement there is also happiness and sadness that we get from our family. There are conflicts and misunderstanding for each member has its own character and behaviour that we must accept and understand. And out of disagreements or call it family war, the attitude of each family member grows and expand to certain maturity and the level of understanding widens. Even our parents cannot change the attitude of their sons and daughters especially when kids are grown up into adult life that they make their own decisions and choose whatever they want to do being their own driver of their life. That is why it is very true that the very foundation of who we are starts from our family. There are lots of adjustments we give to each member and there must be give and take in order to maintain the harmony and the bondage of love within.

Family 2

When time comes that our dearest parents have gone and passed away, this is the greatest challenge on how the family members will stay together and hold on to that ties of being a whole family. Because it is the parents that bind the children together. Without them, it is difficult to get close to the members of the family mostly if there are conflicts and anger that last for a year and so. The fighting of children over the properties of the parents and favouritism are always the issues and roots of the conflicts. There are family members who are unforgiving and having heavy heart and they carry it until they get old and sometimes they carry it until they die.

No matter how heavy the misunderstanding of each family member, there should always be forgiveness, understanding and acceptance because there is no other thing in this universe called family.  Even if you hate your brother or sister, still you are a family and you were born out of love and to share love by helping and loving your own grandparents, parents, brother, sisters, nephews and nieces. Yes, we meet other people that we become best friends and they become family but the concern in the deepest part of our heart is still for our biological family. There are no coincidences on this planet, even your own family is meant for you and that you have task and purpose why you were with them.

Family 3

Without a family, we were not here on this physical plane. Every time we fight and hate members of the family, it affects our parents. It causes unhappiness and worry to them because the greatest dream they have is to make the family happy and whole. No material thing can ever replace the completeness of the family. True that it is hard to swallow pride and ego but asking for apology and forgiveness is far better than building a wall and never talk to them. Never carry a heavy heart for no matter what, wherever you are in this world, still you are connected through heart and soul. Not forgiving them or talking to them is keeping a heavy load of loneliness that you hide and cover it with ego.

Family 4

Family is everything and no material thing can ever replace that. Give honour  to your parents, give respect to your elders and share love and kindness to other members of the family. Support what they need and give them help without asking for anything in return and without expectations. The major reason why we live on earth, we work hard and make sacrifices is mainly for our family,  for they are the top priority. When we make our family happy, the happiness inside us is incomparable—it is true joy from heaven!

 

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox 

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu

 

Credits: All images in the poster courtesy of Google images

 

 

Without Earth

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

 Earth

 

No called human being

If Earth never exist

No trees, no animals

No forest, no fish

 

No war, no politics

No stress, no pressure

From people and material things

 

Without earth

We aren’t being able to touch

To see, to hear, to feel

Anything…everything

 

If nothing in existence

Where could we be?

Are we in a different dimension?

A spirit hovering in the space?

Or just a thought within

A dust, a dot, a speck in a giant maze

 

Creation is mystery

Unending, such infinite

Always coming back

Birth, death, rebirth

Enigmatic cycle within a pattern

Bizarre, inexplicable, unknown

 

No other planet

Of physical and material existence

Did we come back or just new?

Whatever the reason

None allowed to know

 

Now we are here

As we experience different things

Do you still wish to go back?

Or longing to live

To a magical planet

Of wishes fulfilment

 

Our deepest desire we manifest

The reason of human existence

Out of thoughts, we create

With patience, and kindness

To live and leave full of honesty

Selfless love, truthfulness and integrity

 

With or without earth

There is greater behind all

Wrapped in layers

Of mystery and energy

Evolving in secrecy of reality

 

Honor the planet Earth for it is sacred, has breath that also needs nurture from human hands to restore and conserve what have been taken. Happy Earth Day!!

 

Flower Pattern and Mandala in Sweet Potato

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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The flower pattern inside sweet potatoes

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 Filipino) I noticed a beautiful design at the center of the white meat. It was amazing! The violet color marking is like being stamped on it. For how many years I cook and chop camote, it is my first time to a see a flower design in its core. And when I get the huge one, I find it difficult to chop in crosswise so I chopped it lengthwise and what I found is a mirror design of each other that also looks like a flower. It is mandala!

 

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More flower patterns like being stamped on it using violet ink

 

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Other design appear like exploded stars

 

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The mirror design like mandala

 

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle” that symbolizing a balance visual element of unity and harmony. In Buddhism and Hindu, mandala is a geometric figure that represents the universe and a symbol of dream towards wholeness, totality and self-unity.

Like other vegetables, fruits, wood grain, and flowers that has mandala design, the flower marking in sweet potato is amazing! It is beautiful, sacred, and mysterious. Mandala and pattern in nature appears to me that

  1. Life on earth and the creation is endless
  2. Nature exist for good intention and for a specific purpose. Look at the typhoon, the circular movement of its eye even the tornado in circular motion is mandala. No nature has created for bad intention. It exists to balance certain part of earth or the universe.
  3. Intention is moving in a circular motion creating ripple effect. What we do to others come back to us. What others do to others come back to them.
  4. It let you stop your busy mind. Like the feeling of sitting on the beach or watching beautiful stars that everything you think—dreams, worries, fears, anger, etc. everything stop and your mind starts to think of beautiful intentions, your mind starts to meditate.
  5. It symbolizes hope and beauty. Life on earth is full of challenges and hardship. Nature help us to lighten that heaviness and fill it with faith, courage and inspiration for us to keep moving and go forward.

 

wooden mandala

Mandala or design in circle found in wood grain

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And even in the eye of the typhoon as it moves in circular motion is mandala

 

We live in a world, in a universe dancing in a pattern towards balance, unity, and loving and healing energy. Life is moving in different cycle and in different sequence but everything falls into the same pattern interpreted in shape, color, symbol, and beauty for our own spiritual journey.

 

“Love is a canvas pattern furnished by nature, embroidered by imagination.” -Voltaire

 

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” –Richard Feynman

 

 

Credits:

Typhoon and Wood grain images from Google Images 

 

 

Cupid

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

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Oh Cupid

Have you appeared?

I can’t remember when

None I have actually met

 

Oh Cupid

Don’t be silly

You left the arrow

Of all

Why hit me

I was sitting alone

 

Cupid

Tell me please

Where can I find

A true love

Not supposed to be blind

 

I know

Today is 14th February

Twenty-four hours’ after

It will pass

But being single

Oh my

Why always last!

 

Cupid

May I know

Do you have fb or skype?

Let’s connect

And help me erase

Bitter experiences

Will you?

Send me roses

With beer please

Let’s cheers

Until the night sleep

 

Cupid

Teach us to love more

Everyday should be

….wonderful

…..joyful Valentine’s Day

To be kind, to be generous

To talk with respect

Without hurting

Showing honesty

Appreciating all

Loving all

 

I know

It is difficult

To trust people

But if we’re coming

From good intentions

No matter how painful

Life can be

If the foundation

Nothing but pure love

We understand people

When they hurt us

We accept life as it is

For love is the greatest

Life we could ever live

 

Hey Cupid

Come on over now

You’re broken hearted

I know

Don’t stay stupid

Let’s drink and move on

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

 

 

Credits:

Cartoon image: Google

angel cupid video via face book

 

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Understanding People

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

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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 in its physical feature but each has its own attitude, altitude, and behavior. Some are pretty outside but difficult to deal with. Some are looking simple and plain but incomparably beautiful in the inside. Some are weak and easily get broken while some are tough as hard as rock that last a lifetime.

To understand people is to understand the constant change of life including the cause and effect of that change that molds the human mind and its psychological well-being which are the main factor in survival.    Even if you ask each honest individual to define who they are, somehow, they have difficulty to tell their real character because people are dynamic and living in a multifaceted phase of life.  Yet, the strongest character that sums up the real person inside within them is according to their strongest principle in life.  And that principle is according to what they believe. People’s thoughts, actions, habits are manifestation of that principle which then becomes the concrete foundation of people’s character and attitude.

Understanding people is such a complex subject that makes relationship complicated, challenging and fragile. The most effective tool to understand people is never care about them! Ignore what they say if it doesn’t contribute to your emotional well-being. Appreciate those who are helping you to grow and to get matured. To those who are destroying behind you, forget it, never mind, those people not worth it to keep even in your thoughts.

You don’t need to explain yourself to people and insist what you know and forcing them understand your point of view ‘coz their understanding is only up to their own level of their own comprehension.

 

“Understanding is deeper than knowledge. There are many people who know you but very few understand you.” -Anonymous

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” –John Steinbeck

 

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As featured in Pondering Thoughts Daily -Wisdom and Motivations

Photo source: Google images

 

Love and Solitude by Nancy Wood

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Frank Howell

From the book of Nancy Wood entitled Spirit Walker published in 1993, we feature two of her inspiring poem Love and Solitude.  As a poet, her creativity comes from the roots of her fascination with the Indian ancient culture like the Taos of Rio Grande situated in northern New Mexico which are very connected to nature—to the mother earth, and to the mystery of the universe. As what Nancy described in her introduction of this book, “A rich, deep, and complex religion, drawn mountains, desert, sky, animals, and birds, sustains the Indians.”  And that, until this modern times, Taos are still governed by ancient laws and customs that can be seen through seven centuries in their mud village.

Nancy believes in interconnectedness,

“….where a blade of grass, God may live; the wind was the breath of the Great Spirit, renewing us once again and that between earth and sky, suspended in time, this is what life all about.”

 

Love and Solitude

 

Love

For us, my love,

The faraway moon laughed

And breathed a new song

For all the earth to hear

 

For us, my love,

The stars deserted the sky

And became a silver pathway

To our dreams.

 

For us, my love,

Time made a ladder out of grass

To show us to our happiness.

 

For us, my love,

Beauty encircled two lives and

Love created one horizon.

 

 

Solitude

Do not be afraid to embrace the arms

of loneliness.

Do not be concerned with the thorns

of solitude.

Why worry that you will miss something?

 

Learn to be at home with yourself

without a hand to hold.

Learn to endure isolation

with only the stars for friends.

 

Happiness

comes from understanding unity.

Love

arrives on the footprints of your fear.

Beauty

arises from the ashes of despair.

Solitude

brings the clarity of still waters.

Wisdom

completes the circle of your dreams.

 

About Nancy Wood

Nancy WoodNancy Wood is a noted poet, novelist and photographer and the author of the classic poetry book Many Winters published in 1974. She has won numerous awards, including a literature fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts. Her book War Cry on a Prayer Feather was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music in 1977. Nancy Wood makes her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she lives on the edge of the wilderness she celebrates in her poems.

 

 

Reference: Wikipedia, Google images 

Painting credits:  “Eagle’s Path” –Painting by Frank Howell from the book Spirit Walker. 

 

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