Tag Archive: Peace


September is Gone! Where Was I?

WOW!  Is September gone already?  I have not been doing much of anything since Mom died.  It seems like I have just been occupying space going around in a vicious circle.  I feel like I am getting things done but actually I have accomplished nothing.  Reading very little of the blogs I like, no writing, no posts on my blog of my own for about a month now.  I have let things outside of me get the best of me.

I have been working at my J-O-B and how fitting that the project that I am working on is called Zombies.  That is the best word to describe me for the past 6 weeks.  But I think it goes further back than that.

Since 2007, I have gone from being almost laid off—oh man was that stressful—to a relationship that did not work to depression to anxiety to depression again to mid-life crisis and then just…emptiness.

Back on August 15th, three days after Mom passed, I wrote about Life and what is actually important.  Since then I guess I have been trying to find myself.  It was an internal struggle, but a struggle I had to experience.  Then I came across this quote from George Bernard Shaw, “Life isn’t about finding yourself.  It’s about creating yourself.”

clip_image001Well, it is time for me to get out of my funk.  It is time to set my life straight, put my priorities in order and move forward instead of staying stuck in the mud.  I may not know where I am going but that does not matter.  I know where I have been and I know where I want to go.  For now, I will just live in the moment and start creating.

I have started reading a book called The Buddha, Geoff and Me by Edward Canfor-Dumas.  A fellow blogger referred this reading and I am finally going to sit down and read it.  It is a very interesting book so far.  I will let you know how it turns out in a later post.

Here is to creating!

Peace!!!

Giving is The Best Communication

Very touching, must see…

Kindness Blog

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Random Acts of Kindness Caught on Film

I love it when this happens. It fills my heart with love, joy, and happiness! Watch the video and you too will experience the feeling.

Peace to you all!!!

Kindness Blog

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LIFE…

I dedicate this post to my Loving Mom.  She passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013.  She lived a full life and she will be missed.  You never know when some things are going to happen, you only wish you had a little more time.  Rest in Peace MOM.

A journey through life may be a short one but then something difficult happens that changes everything.  Whether the cause is by depression, hard-times, mid-life, death, tragic event, or whatever the case may be.  These events start a thinking process in your mind to make changes.  Lately I am, I guess you can call it, a profound thinker and I have changes to make in my life.  By attaining knowledge and understanding about the meaning of life, I will vow to make changes by going beneath the superficial, external and the obvious.  Life is much deeper than these things.

 

It is as if my eyes are finally wide-open taking in everything with a new spirit.  The superficial, external, and the meaningless blinded my eyes for many years but now my rebirth is beginning.

 

In the past, I would walk down the street passing by a homeless person and not think twice about their suffering.  However, today I walk by a homeless man and his dog.  I could not stop thinking about his and his dog’s suffering.  This man’s suffering causes a ripple effect and now his dog is suffering.  Now the ripple effect is witnessed by me and therefor has changed me.  This man’s suffering causes a ripple effect throughout everyone’s life that will witness it.  One moment in time, what will you do in that moment?  The only way to end suffering is by everyone doing acts of kindness.  We need to stop the ripple effect of suffering.

 

I would not say that life is a waste but sometimes it takes people longer to realize what is actually important.  There comes a point in time when you set aside all this superficial meaningless things and concentrate on the more important.  This has nothing to do with religion or the pursuit of religion but the pursuit of spiritual truth to love, life, happiness, and peace.  Without that, you have nothing.

 

Take a stroll down memory lane with me.  Would you do things any different?  Not in your life but in someone else’s.  I don’t regret anything but I do see where I can make improvements to someone’s life.  I usually leave the New Year resolutions for reflection and improvements but that is one thing that I am changing today.  Every day if there is a means there is a way.  Sometimes it will require creativity.  There are acts of kindness witnessed around the world but we need more.  We all need to help.

 

This is what life is all about helping our fellow man, woman, child, and all living creatures roaming this earth.

 

Pursue love, happiness, life, and peace in all we do.

 

Peace!!!

A Simple Act of Kindness

When I first watched this it brought a tear to my eye. There are people who care for others and not just themselves. Please watch this video and I challenge everyone to reblog for everyone to see.
Peace!!!

Endless Light and Love

Nothing else to say !

Namaste
Mark

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Unlikely Friends

Elephant’s Unlikely Friend Elephant’s unlikely friend. The human race can learn from this. Peace for all Now before it is too late!!!

Let there be Peace on Earth: Video

Let there be Peace Now!!!

Endless Light and Love

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One thing I hear people say is, “God helps those who help themselves.”  That got me thinking.  If that is so then why do they need a God to help with their problems?  You are helping yourself, which sounds like your GOD is not helping you at all.  Therefore, you are looking within yourself for the answers.  Correct me if I am wrong but that sounds more like the teachings of Buddha. 

 

While having a conversation with friends the topic of religion comes up and one person said that the younger generation is fading away from religion and becoming atheists.  I would not go that far.  All though even atheists have beliefs and morals.  I don’t think they have gone totally away from religion.  I think they are becoming closer to the spiritual side of themselves and with that process; they transform into other beliefs.

 

clip_image001After my research and many years of searching, I have finally figured it out.  I am not a religious man.  Religion seems to be more of a business and a corrupt structure.  I am a spiritual man.  That does not mean I am a heathen without any faith or beliefs.  Faith does not necessarily have to mean religious beliefs.  I do have beliefs and I do not have to belong to a certain religion to practice my beliefs.  I have faith but not in religion.  My faith is in the human spirit.  My belief is in something that is tangible not a mythical God.  I believe in the human species.  However, I do believe Jesus Christ died for our sins.  That is a given if you believe the story of Jesus Christ.

 

In Buddhism the Buddha is not some perfect, ideal being, but is rather an ordinary person living in rhythm with the law of the universe, taking wise, courageous and compassionate action for the benefit of others, through the functioning of the nine worlds in daily life.

 

The basis for all religions is the same…The Golden Rule.  That principle and more than sixty others are common to all religions.  The main difference is the teacher and how they express these principles.

 

I have to say that I relate to the teachings of Buddha.  The original intention of Buddhism is to alleviate suffering (and conflict).  I base my life on doing the right thing, good morals, a high standard of ethics, respecting my elders, being kind to other living creatures, having compassion, courage, vitality, keep an open mind, strive to achieve wisdom, and listen to what people have to say.  Everyone has a voice.  I do not suppress others words.  I want to hear them and maybe there will be wisdom in what they say.

 

The best analogy I have heard for life’s journey is the following paragraph that I read on a fellow bloggers post (I hope he does not mind if I use it here.  Here is his link: http://risinghawkspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/avoiding-confusion/)

 

Your life is a stream of experiences.  The stream of experiences that we call life is akin to an ocean wave.  In order to move toward wisdom, you must position yourself on the very crest of that wave and ride it.  If nothing else, one can see a lot farther from the crest than the trough.  If you fall behind the crest—living in the past—you will be confused and left behind.  And if you move ahead of the crest—attempting to guess the future—you risk being overcome, pounded and sucked under – again confused and left behind.  Stay present with the current experience.  Ride the crest and stay on top.  That is the place where freedom and wisdom proliferate.  (Thank you Rising Hawk)

 

Ever since I started my journey to enlightenment, I have acquired more peace and relaxation in my life.  I have never felt more at peace than right now.  I smile a lot more and in a happy state of mind.

 

Another good thing that has come from all my research is that I have more respect for all religions and the people that worship them.  That does not mean I agree with them I just respect them.

Moments of Peace

Peace

I had taken most of this week off from work to get some things done around the house and for some rest.  Most of my things were done so I decided to go for a run.  I had not run in about four years and have recently started again to get back in shape like I was when I was in the Marine Corps.  The latter part may not happen but I enjoy my runs in nature anyway.  Today I went for a run and for the first time in a long time, I was at peace.  My mind was enjoying the scenery.  The fresh air circulating in my lungs and I had no care in the world just enjoying that moment.

Peace!!!

We need to understand…

We need to understand the inadequacy of an educational system so slanted towards material values. The solution is not to give an occasional lecture, but to integrate ethics into the educational curriculum. To do this effectively requires a secular ethics, free of religious influence, based on common sense, a realistic view and scientific findings. ~ Dalai Lama

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