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May 19, 2008

Spiritual intelligence

Follow-up to In search of spiritual needs: First Encounter with Sant Mat from Wee Hoe's blog

After due consideration, I changed my mind. I didn't attend the following talk on Sant Mat. Instead, I read books and articles on spiritual intelligence.

In a graduate skills training session, titled 'Managing Emotional Awareness' (attended on 16/5/08), the trainer presented spiritual intelligence as a type of multiple intelligences. After the session, I did further reading to know more about spiritual intelligence, and I encountered Tony Buzan's The Power of Spiritual Intelligence: 10 ways to tap into your spiritual genius. Coincidentally, I received a forwarded email from a Malaysian friend, stating 13 sentences of words of wisdom:

  1. I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. 
  2. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry. 
  3. Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. 
  4. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches
    your heart. 
  5. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can't have them. 
  6. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile. 
  7. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. 
  8. Don't waste your time on a man/woman, who isn't willing to waste their time on you. 
  9. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful. 
  10. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened. 
  11. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what you have to do is keep on trusting and just be more careful about who you trust next time around. 
  12. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and know someone else and expect them to know you. 
  13. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.

    REMEMBER: WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
    True friends: How many people actually have 8 true friends?
    Hardly anyone I know ! But some of us have all right friends and good friends!!!

In response to that, I wrote the following feedback:

I discover that most, if not all decisions we made or going to make, are based on our personal values and the cultural values in the society we stay or live.

Try to rank your personal values on various issues or aspects of life (like wisdom, moral, family, loveship, friendship, social status, health, wealth, career, hobbies, religion, justice, food, sex, power, freedom, etc). Then hold your ranked list of values and read the 13 sentences. You may see things differently.

I regard this as a way to know more about ourselves and others, including the one you love or live with.

The search for spiritual needs continues...


May 14, 2008

In search of spiritual needs: First Encounter with Sant Mat

Writing about web page http://www.santmat.net/

I attended a talk on meditation in Warwick City Centre yesterday. Frankly speaking, the practice and the way of meditation really suit my taste:
- It won’t conflict with any religion or philosophical believes.
- It doesn’t rely no external objects or medium to practice
- It is solely based on one’s progress in the learning and practicing journey, no comparison on speed or degree or rank with others.

Anyhow, it can be practiced only after a three-month initiation period. During this initiation period, one should become a 100% vegetarian and consumes no alcohol, no drugs and no smoking.
The aim of the meditation, according to the facilitator, is to develop respect, trust, and love for all and our full potential as true human beings. To me, it is more like a lifestyle practice, as it involves a change in diet—to be a vegetarian.

I do not drink alcohol or smoke, but I do eat egg, meat and fish. Giving up those foods to become a 100% vegetarian isn’t difficult for me. So, I have nothing to lose to try. Perhaps, I should attend a following talk on this Sunday.


May 12, 2008

Haircut

Traditionally, Chinese regards hair as 'three thousand pieces of worrying silk  (三千烦恼丝)', I totally agree. 

Due to the social pressure (or self-generated pressure?), I dare not to keep long hair. When I was a kid, even until I was a teenager, I used to have very short hair. After I entred university as an undergrad student, I remained my short hair to avoid spending time on it. I did a rough calculation: if I spend roughly 5 minutes combing my hair daily, then in one year time, I spend 30.4 hours doing that. After I worked as an academics in Malaysia, the codes of conduct on male academics' hairstyle (yes, there is such thing in Malaysia), just suited my taste, short hair for another four years. I normally had haircut once a month. This worried me when I was about to leave for UK. 

Time flies and hair grows. After two months plus staying in UK, it's time to have haircut. Two ideas popped up: I could take this opportunity to keep long hair; or I have it really short (especially during Summer). Frankly speaking, the thing that annoys me most early in the morning is not receiving calls (in fact, it's perfectly ok for my to receive calls that wake me up), it's my untidy hair--when I look into the big mirror in my room. Thus, I abandoned the idea of keeping long hair. Next, I had another decision to make: where to have hair cut. I am not comfortable to go to salon or barber shop here. This is something that I rather not to do. So, I made a decision: I want to cut my hair myself!

Today, I bought a set of Haircut kit at Wilkinson in Cannon Park Shopping Complex, Then I set up a space for self-haircut and started my attempts. After several attempts, it became shorter and shorter. Finally, I decided to shave instead of cut. The outcome was not satisfying and cannot be reversed.

Tonight I'll probably have a good sleep, preparing myself to receive feedback from others tomorrow. Hopefully their comments won't be too harsh.    


May 09, 2008

Booking space

According to Gagne (1985), learning is a change in human disposition or capability that persists over a period of time and is not simply ascribable to processes of growth. The change may be, and often is, an increased capability for some type of performance. It may also be an altered disposition of the sort called attitude or interest or value.

How about a change in human capability in love?

Are there any measurable behaviours, attitudes, interests or value which could indicate an increased capability for love performance?  


May 08, 2008

I see Bahau in Google Earth!

The geographical distance is really not a barrier to communication. After I started to use Skype, I called my siblings and mother at least once a week. It makes nearly no different whether I am physically in Tanjung Malim (Perak, Malayisia) or in Coventry (England, UK). 


May 05, 2008

我已失去自我疼爱的能力

在经过一次失败的七年爱情长征后,我得到了单身的权利,并发现已失去了自我疼爱的能力。

于是,我在这陌生的国度里重新学习如何好好地照顾及疼爱自己。我学习烧饭做菜;学习不再定时定候发短讯,打电话;学习收拾一个人的行囊,独自一个人穷游;重新做个人生涯规划;并将重新学习游泳。

现在,我可以尽情地练空手道,尽情地看书,尽情地打电动。。。我不再随时捧着一颗不定时的炸弹,深怕那一分或那一秒被炸得粉身碎骨,然后再花上好一段时间自我疗伤。那段失去自我的回忆,确实是刻骨铭心。


April 27, 2008

The Design of Toilet Bowl

The design of toilet bowl doesn't need to fit the size of everyone's bottom; when it is in need, everyone will make sure his/her bottom fits the design of the toilet bowl.


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