Category: Philosophy

when your mind is empty

yesterday i learned an italian quote that simply defined my day (or personal philosophy).

dolce far niente

which simply means the joy of doing possibly nothing.

i don’t know how many people out there who would actually relate to the quote above but most of the time, i find that we tend to manifold assumptions of any single thing that we do or decide or think about. we tend to make simple things complicated and complicate a quagmire and end up in qualm and misery. i would like to believe that most of the time, things are as it is, with no hidden enigma, nothing too perplexed or mysterious for the human eye and mind. Why must we make things so hard for ourselves when the simple fact is, we do not have to possibly do anything at all and just let life decide/ happen by itself.

oh well, easy for me to say eh?

i understand perfectly well how words can sound really easy, especially when you are not in the same predicament to comment. But i speak from my personal experiences and i’ve been through serious downs in life and bounced up in a rather depressed and sad way up.

my point is, sometimes we take far too many things for granted and we lost the whole point of living life itself.

for example, when you wake up today, how many of you actually find joy in, err… brushing your own teeth? or waking up with sun blazing through the window and actually feel happy about it?

i woke up today with an unexpected house guest, my housemate’s sister’s baby crying her lungs out, and i was actually thankful about that because thanks to that piercing cry, i manage to get my ass up to work before the parking runs out.

(speaking about parking, the building where i park my car is possibly the most expensive shit in KL, and it smells like shit as well since the sewers were spoilt and the refuse were all over the place. last week, the whole basement area was flooded with .. err.. shit and gosh i had no other choice to park at that particular level and my shoes were sorta soaked with *eww* fecal matters which might have been in the sewers for days. =.= and yes, i smell like shit the whole day after that.)

crap aside, try this simple exercise and see if it makes a difference in your daily routines. (yes this is a yoga post :D)

try to empty your mind, everytime before you do anything at all.

FOR EXAMPLE.

before you eat, empty your mind from thoughts. like… gosh this meal is expensive or this better be good. in fact, try to erase all negative thoughts if it ever just crosses your mind. positive ones are a ok, but the best, is still to have a clear, empty mind. With little to no distractions and expectations, you gain more from possibly a plate of peanuts.

TRUST ME. it works. when you are not doing anything far too brain consuming, you will realize the simple pleasures in life comes from actually, well, nothing.

if you dont believe me. here’s another short exercise. it will just take +- 3 minutes :p

if you’re at your workstation now, open up your media player and simply pick one of your favourite/any song. plug in your earphones or anything and just sit there, close your eyes, and just listen to the song, with no thoughts running in your mind.

that 3 minutes where you actually spent time to give yourself a breather, might destress you more than a jog in the park or a big fat juicy pork burger. wtf. but yeah, you get the gist of it.

🙂

qotd

Clear away whatever is in us that prevents us from living in the most full and whole way. We become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious and at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.

with love, peace & harmony

-J

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on a diff note, the dropback backbend and back up (from 2.20 onwards) is my latest achievement 🙂

-J

the happy map

Just to share with you something i found and also what i truly believe in. 🙂

the HAPPY MAP

  • Deep Nature Appreciation is the best fuel.
  • Harmonize your Life with the ways of Nature.
  • Life has stages, live in harmony with them.
  • Listen before acting.
  • Relax and Enjoy Life often.
  • Being busy is not always a virtue.
  • Time spent Alone or with Friends and Family in Beautiful Places is real Richness.
  • Community is a powerful womb to abide in. Nourish all levels of it.
  • All actions are motivated by love of some kind.
  • Love for yourself, your family, friends, nation or even people who share your beliefs is great, but keep going…
  • Let your circle of Love grow so wide it reaches the farthest corner of the universe.
  • Every Culture has currents that will pull you into a life of uninspired mediocrity. Follow your Bliss.
  • Remember that the word ‘Should’ starts with “Shhhh…”
  • Never cease to let Love amaze you
  • Let Awe flow through you. Don’t let even the smallest things be taken for granted or grow stale.
  • Every action has consequences. Balance Selfishness and Altruism with every action.
  • Justice is based in this balance make sure it does, in fact, prevail.
  • Aim for the stars, but stay grounded in Simplicity.
  • Creativity is pure magic.
  • It’s True. Laughter is Good Medicine.
  • Never let the intellect become unbridled from the heart or vice versa.
  • Not everything is good, but when viewed from the right perspective it can be all good.
  • The secret to Happiness is to not get stuck on oneself but to see the process of countless forms of life ceaselessly coming, interacting and going.
  • To be a part of this Dance even for a moment is an unfathomably huge gift.
  • To leave a legacy that allows others to dance to the same divine rhythm is an even bigger gift.
  • Resist the tendency to drift through life like a cork, chart your course. Why bob around when you can surf?
  • Plant beneficial seeds, do your best and let go.
  • Do things because they come from deep in your heart and not for just for personal gain.
  • Cultivate a “What’s in it for us?” mentality.
  • Lead by example.
  • Increase your life force.
  • Beware of Greed and the Kleshas. They will quickly lure you towards happiness that will not last.
  • Don’t Dwell, Just Gel
  • Everything that doesn’t go right, goes wrong for all the right reasons (although it may take time to see this)
  • Know the nature of Grief and Pain. They can shut you down or open you up to the Deepest Source of Love.
  • To only be attracted to sweet forms of happiness is a trap.
  • Be willing to accept the bitter with the sweet.
  • Beware of extremes.
  • When people tell you that ‘it’s all about balance,’ they are right. Become intimate with the forces that life requires us to balance.
  • True Gratitude quickly opens doors to the heart.
  • Too much Ego is a self-created prison.
  • Anger is not to be stifled. Increase your Love Force and give Anger space to dissipate in it.
  • Things are as they are.
  • It’s never to late to keep growing.
  • You are about to become all you are thinking.
  • Listen to the intelligence of the body.
  • Close your eyes often and Feel the vibrations of life.
  • Feedback from your body will tell you whether you are being present or not.
  • Celebrate the Animal and the Angel in you.
  • Love is the Ultimate Renewable Resource.

FROM HERE

-J

thank you

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Sometimes all it takes is the encouragement of your peers to take you to the next level.

Always encourage people around you to strive for more. To love themselves and appreciate their lives, body and soul. Make them feel loved, so that they are confident enough to know that they can do what they think they cant.

Everyone needs a few words of compliments now and then.  it never hurts to give anyone one. 🙂

Tell the person next to you how pretty/good he/she looked today. Tell them they smell good.. or their hair suits their outfit or anything at all. Congratulate your colleagues on a job well done. Pat your friend’s back and give them a smile.

🙂 all this costs nothing but the return’s more than any money can buy.

spread the joy of your laughter and make someone happy.

namaste to my yoga classmates for the thumbs up to me today. that mere gesture made me  realize how something so small can increase my confidence in myself.

always remember,  understanding your body and yourself holds the key to your happiness. read it with an open mind and you may find what you want.

ahimsa.

-J

and i thought what i felt was simple

yoga feeds my soul. ahimsa… 🙂 i feel so different everytime i bow to the teacher after each class.
i’ll say namaste from my heart and say thanks for all the peace and love we share with each other
i’ll smile knowing i have loved my body and be in harmony with myself.
Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.


I love partner yoga!
it’s about trusting your partner. and opening up to your partner… knowing he or she will be there to help/back you up anytime.
Trust. something we all lack of these days no?

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i made a decision to let go a few things today.
Ive never felt better 🙂

😉

-J

the 7 chakras

A few years back when i was still in high school, i followed my mum to do some charity work and learnt a meditation healing course called “Longevitology”. I have attended the advanced class and can be considered as the pioneers for the malaysian students for Longevitology.

What is Longevitology?

Longevitology (Chang Sen Xue in Chinese, which translates as “study of long life”) is defined as one of several healing modalities intended to adjust energy flow throughout the body to improve the body’s ability to heal itself. Largely unknown outside the Asian community, Longevitology, which employs a simple laying-on-of-hands technique, is included within the general category of alternative medicine. In the United States, laying-on-of-hands techniques are often taught in nursing schools and used in hospitals to calm patients and reduce pain. Other healing modalities drawn from Asian medicine to which people refer in trying to explain Longevitology include Acupuncture, Reiki and Pranic Healing, among others. However, there are substantial differences between them, and Longevitology (Chang Sen Xue) should not be confused with these other modalities. For example, the techniques employed by Reiki practitioners and Longevitology practitioners are quite different from one another.

Read more about it HERE

Anyways. With Longevitology, i have my chakras “opened” (lack of better words), and ever since, i am very much interested in the term chakras and it’s powers. 

 

Our human body have 7 chakras. I believe in the power of chakras. 🙂


1. Sahasrara is positioned above the head or at the top of it and it has 1000 petals which are arranged in 20 layers each of them with 50 petals. 

Sahasrara chakra symbolizes detachment from illusion; an essential element in obtaining supramental higher consciousness of the truth that one is all and all is one.

Often referred as thousand-petaled lotus, it is said to be the most subtle chakra in the system, relating to pure consciousness, and it is from this chakra that all the other chakras emanate. When a yogi is able to raise his or her kundalini, energy of consciousness, up to this point, the state of Samādhi, or union with God, is experienced. It is often related to the pineal gland and the violet color.

 

2. Ajna chakra is positioned at the eyebrow region and it has two petals, said to represent the psychic channels Ida and Pingala, which meet here with the central Shushumna channel before rising to the crown chakra, Sahasrara. On the left hand petal is the letter ‘ham’, and on the right the letter ‘ksham’, the bija mantras for Shiva and Shakti respectively.

Ajna is considered the chakra of the mind. When something is seen in the mind’s eye, or in a dream, it is being ‘seen’ by Ajna.

In kundalini yoga, different practices are said to stimulate the Ajna chakra, including Trataka (steady gazing), Shambhavi Mudra (gazing at the space between the eyebrows), and some forms of Pranayama (breath exercises).

Ajna is said to contain Mantrika shakti.

 

3. Vishuddha is positioned at the neck region and it has sixteen petals corresponding to the Sanskrit vowels.

Vishuddha is associated with the faculty of higher discrimination, between choosing what is right and wrong, and it is associated with creativity and self-expression. It is known as the ‘poison and nectar’ centre, closely related to the Bindu chakra, and the secret of immortality is said to reside there. When Vishuddha is closed, we undergo decay and death. When it is open, negative experience is transformed into wisdom and learning.

Vishuddha is said to contain Jnana Shakti.

In Kundalini yoga, Vishuddha can be opened and balanced through practices including asanas (such as shoulder-stand), pranayama, jalandhara bandha (throat lock), and Khecarī mudrā.

 

4. Anahata  is the fourth primary chakra according to the Hindu Yogic and Tantric (Shakta) traditions.

In Sanskrit the word anahata – means unhurt, un-struck and unbeatenAnahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound, the sound of the celestial realm.

The Anahata chakra is physically positioned at the heart region. Traditionally, this chakra is represented as a green flower with twelve petals which match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety,longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance.

Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside of the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, man is bound by the laws of karma, and the fate he has in store for him. In Anahata, one is making decisions, ‘following your heart’, based upon one’s higher self, and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. The wish-fulfilling tree, kalpa taru, resides here, symbolizing the ability to manifest whatever you wish to happen in the world.

It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others, and forms of psychic healing.

In kundalini yoga, anahata is awoken and balanced through practices including asanas, pranayamas, and the practice of ajapa japa (repetition of a sacred mantra). It is purified through the process of bhakti (devotion).

 

5. Manipura called “city of jewels”, is the third primary chakra according to Hindu tradition.

Also called the solar plexus, manipura is “the center of etheric-psychic intuition: a vague or non-specific, sensual sense of knowing; a vague sense of size, shape, and intent of being.” As such, some psychics recommend “listening” to it since it may help in making better decisions in one’s life on many different levels.

It is positioned at the navel region and it has ten petals which match the vrittis of spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.

Manipura is associated with dynamism, energy, and will-power (Itcha shakti.) It is associated with the power of fire, and digestion. Manipura is said to radiate and distribute prana to the rest of the body. In this sense, it is roughly similar to the Chinese idea of the dantian in qigong.

In kundalini yoga, different practices for arousing and balancing the energies of Manipura include various asanas which work on that part of the body, pranayama, Uddiyana bandha (exhaling and pulling back and up of the abdomen and diaphragm respectively) and agnisara kriya (practicing jalandhara bandha, and moving the abdomen in and out).

 

6. Swadhisthana  called ‘One’s own abode’ is the second primary chakra according to Hindu tradition.

Swadhisthana is positioned at the tailbone, two finger-widths above Muladhara. It has six petals which match the vrittis of affection, pitilessness, feeling of all-destructiveness, delusion, disdain andsuspicion. Its corresponding point in the front of the body (i.e. its kshetram) is at the pubic bone.

Swadhisthana is associated with the unconscious, and with emotion. It is closely related to Muladhara in that Swadhisthana is where the different samskaras (potential karmas), lie dormant, and Muladhara is where these samskaras find expression. Swadhisthana contains unconscious desires, especially sexual desire, and it is said that to raise the kundalini shakti (energy of consciousness) above Swadhisthana is extremely difficult for this reason. Many saints have had to face the temptations associated with this chakra.

Practices in kundalini yoga for controlling and balancing the energy in Swadhisthana chakra include various asanas and pranayamas.

 

7. Muladhara meaning “root place” is the first of the main seven chakras according to Hinduism.  The root chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. It may be represented as red, although its root square form is usually colored yellow. That ‘lotus’ of muladhara chakra has four petals, metaphorically referring to the four vritties that find expression in this chakra: dharma (psycho-spiritual longing), artha(psychic longing), kama (physical longing) and moksha (longing for spiritual liberation).

Muladhara is said to be located at the base of the spine in the vicinity of the coccygeal plexus beneath the sacrum. Muladhara is the base from which the three main psychic channels or nadis emerge: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.

In kundalini yoga, there are various yogic practices held to incite the energy in Muladhara including: asanas (such as Garudasana, Shashankasana and Siddhasana); specific pranayama and importantly the practice of mula bandha which isendemic to appropriate bodymind discipline.

 

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-J