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太陽與小靈魂續篇

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讀尼爾‧唐納‧沃許寫的《與神對話》知道了「太陽與小靈魂」的故事。

很久很久以前,有一個小靈魂知道自己是的光的一部份。但是,小靈魂明白─知道還知道,感覺到自己又是另一回事。然後他就問神如何才能體驗「自己是光」。神告訴他,他必須先體驗沒有光的滋味,那就是要被「黑暗」包圍,再有的是,被黑暗圍繞時也不會生它氣,不會咒罵它,才能體驗到自己是光。神解釋,為了能體驗一件事,必須先將事情的反面呈現出來,否則就不能明瞭任何事了。

然後,小靈魂又想成為與眾不同的光。神問他想如何與眾不同,小靈魂想要成為「寛恕」。「沒有人是要被寛恕的。」神回答他:「我造的所有事物都是完美的。」

「哎呀,這樣下去一點兒也不好玩!」小靈魂說:「我想體驗寬恕別人的感覺。」

最後有另一個靈魂願意幫助這個小靈魂說:「我將會進入你的下一個生命期當中,這一次,我要當一個『壞人』。我將做出真正可怕的事情,然後,你就可以親身體驗做一個寬恕別人的人的感覺了。」

小靈魂在對這個願意幫忙的靈魂作出「會永遠記得:我就是在這個地方、這個時候看到你。」的承諾下,展開他的體驗之旅。

我嘗試續寫小靈魂的故事:

「壞人」靈魂用手段侵吞了小靈魂父親的公司,奪走了他們家的財產,還使小靈魂的父親失去信譽,去到山窮水盡的絕境,小靈魂的父親受不了人生這個打擊,選擇結束自己生命。小靈魂頓時進入黑暗,他認真痛恨這個讓自己失去父親,失去生活依靠的人。他也埋怨上天不長眼睛,叫他流離失所。他帶著仇恨,跟所有事情對立,過著有軀殼沒靈魂的生活,他感覺迷茫極了。有一天他突然問自己,我往後要如何生活?他就去訪尋有智慧的人,請求他們教化。

有智者教他,化仇恨為力量,要活得比仇人好,這就是最大的報復。

有智者教他,放過他人也就是放過自己,叫他寛恕他的仇人。

又有智者教他,要有大愛,要愛你的仇敵,要包容,要體諒。

也有智者教他,一切皆因果,一切皆虛幻,叫他別執著,要放下。

小靈魂覺得眾智者的話都有道理,只是道理還沒有說到他心裡去。最後,有一位智者說沒有可以教他的,反而叫他聽從自己的心。小靈魂這下可慌了,聽從自己的心?從前是父親安排自己的生活,父親過世後是仇恨操控自己的生活。現在我求教智者就是想聽從智者的話過新生活啊!

小靈魂雖然不解最後一位智者的話,他把心靜下來,搜畫父親的死,重新感受那種錯愕,徬徨,哀傷,悲痛,仇恨;搜畫父親在世前的自己,搜畫父親在世後的自己,一遍又一遍的翻看他不長也不短的人生。

不知過了多久,他那些錯愕,徬徨,哀傷,悲痛,仇恨等感覺漸漸模糊,他反而領略到那些錯愕,徬徨,哀傷,悲痛等情緒一方面提醒他死亡就在不遠處,要他好好把握現在;仇恨給他生存力量而不致步他父親的後塵。只是,那些情緒同一時間也把他推動得對一切事物反感,不知不覺他把自己孤立、囚禁起來。然後,他越是看得清楚那些情緒的作用,他對那些情緒的感覺就變得更淡。

是因為心中還有那件事,不能接受那件事,情感上還受那件事情困擾影響,所以未能放下,未能寛恕。

能夠接受事情是如此,領略當中的價值,人生的意義在於此。

就這樣,沒有刻意不執著,就放下了。

就這樣,沒有刻意要寛恕,就寛恕了。

在精神層面而言,我們都是要體驗生命的靈魂,到最後,自會發現沒有一件事或一個人需要被寛恕,自己也沒有理由要寛恕或不寛恕什麼事或什麼人。事情只是幫助我們體驗自己的一個過程,人們都是幫助我們觀照自己的一面鏡子而矣。


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大細路一個,鍾意笑,鍾意喊,鍾意攞自己做實驗。

有人跟我說我之所以在情人節出生,是因為要找尋那跟我生命契合的另一半。

沒有宗教,但有信仰,相信愛,相信生命,相信生命不為尋找,不為學習,只為體驗經歷真實的自己。

 

 


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What does it mean to Forgive (to me)?

 

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Be compassionate to yourself and flexible.

Please forgive me, but I might not be the best person to tell you about forgiveness. I, myself, have a pretty hard time forgiving. It’s true it’s not easy to forgive someone, or some situation, but we don’t have to do it for them or it, we have to do it for ourselves. Forget, forgive and forget.

The bondage created by resentment and anger can eat us up from the inside out. Choosing not to forgive ourselves and dwelling, is like drinking poison and hoping our enemies fall. That’s not how it works.

We have to allow ourselves the ability to move on and grow. Analyse, reflect, learn and blossom. We have to stop telling the story of what happened, and start creating the story we want. Until we realise that the situation is over, we cannot move forward.

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It is a fact that not all humans are trustworthy, but that doesn’t mean we have to throw ourselves in the line of danger. Distance ourselves from them, and if we can, totally avoid them. Avoid the track of becoming a repeat victim, only face them when need be. But to keep things simple, avoid fire. Know that the same thing is unlikely to happen again, but don’t put yourself in a point of vulnerability. No thanks please, I’m not going to have a second serving of that.

What has happened does suck. And that’s exactly what happened. It happened, it’s done with. Do not allow that negativity to encapsulate your mind with additional time and space. They, it, has upset us, and it’s time to get better now. It didn’t destroy you, so you are much the wiser and stronger for it. It was an unpleasant experience, but an experience given by your enemy non-the-less as an opportunity to grow.

Let’s take this as a positive and move pass it. Hey as Frank Sinatra said, “ The best revenge is massive success.” So get good. Do it for you, because when you’re there, you’ll be in a better place.

It’s challenging to forgive the unforgivable and fight evil with kindness, but as Martin Luther King Junior said, “ Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” If you can’t love them, at least love yourself, because you deserve it.

Be compassionate to yourself and flexible. It will take some time to move pass this place, and you may slip from time to time, but allow yourself to feel the emotions and process them. Release that anchor that’s weighted you for so long.

As I said, I might not be the best person to speak to you about forgiveness, for I am still learning, but heck, I do know I do deserve love, and so do you. So here’s a start to giving, for giving yourself love is the best.

 


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lucas mokLucas Mok, writer and blogger, is lively, positive, and has inspirational sunshine beaming out of him.

He is a Sports Performance Coach turned Patient, turned Life Coach, that wants to make the world a better place.

B.S. in Applied Exercise Science, A.S. in Sports Fitness and Health, Ignite360 Trainer, Complete Core Conditioning C³, Teachers Toolbox, Combine360 Trainer , NLP Coach, NLP Practitioner, Hypnosis Practitioner, Time Line Therapy™ Practitioner

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Splash into Songkran, the Thai New Year

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It’s cool spring now in northern countries, but April is the height of Thailand’s scorching hot season. This means the timing is perfect for the Thai New Year Songkran water festival but there’s a strong cultural significance underlying all the fun.

Water is a symbol of cleansing, so splashing each other signifies the washing away the misfortunes or bad luck of the old year and a fresh start for the New Year.

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Songkran was originally celebrated in the north, and is believed to have been brought over by the Burmese, who adapted it from the Indian Holi festival. It spread across the country in the mid-twentieth century and is now celebrated nationwide as well as in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos.

Derived from Sanskrit, Songkran means “to pass into” – referring to the movement of the sun, moon and planets into a new phase, and therefore the start of a new year. It’s a time of renewal, reunion, and paying respects for Thai people.

Dating back to ancient times, the Songkran festival was celebrated both in the royal court and general public, but were much more solemn compared to today’s water parties. Civil servants and government officials paid homage to the king and drank the oath of allegiance, while the king gave out the annual salary to all government officials. The ritual included the bathing of the Buddha image, the formation of sand pagodas and entertainment, which continued into modern times and grew into the public street parties we enjoy today.

For Thais, this the time when Buddha images are cleansed with scented water to bring prosperity for the New Year. The water used to clean the images is considered holy and is usually collected, then sprinkled on elders to bring them good luck. Most Thais spend the holidays with family as Songkran is the time for family re-unions, visits to the temple and annual house cleaning.

Cities around Thailand close some streets to host wet and wild street parties and Chiang Rai is no exception! If you’re in Chiang Rai during Songkran, head into town where you can see ancient traditions alive and flourishing – early morning offerings to the monks, robe changing ceremonies for Buddha images, parades, games and sports, beauty contests, music and entertainment, in a lively display of northern culture.


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morning glory flowerMorning Glory lives in Bangkok where she takes care of her family and works as a writer and communications consultant.Her past struggles with stress, chronic fatigue and a spine injury led her on a journey in search of alternative healing, and she has travelled around Thailand, Bali, India and Sri Lanka exploring different types of healing retreats and techniques, and led her to practice yoga and Reiki.

Morning is her favorite time of day, when she wakes up to the sound of birds singing in the garden. This flower always reminds her of her childhood, and Thai sautéed “Red Fire Morning Glory” is one of her favorite vegetarian dishes!


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