“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest mud” – Buddhist Proverb
In the Buddhist tradition, the flower that rises above the muddy waters represents the act of ascending above all desires and attachments. According to Buddhism, this is the key to achieving spiritual enlightenment. Despite the flower having its roots in the mud, it grows upward in the direction of light. This is believed to represent the aspiration to rise above and move towards light. The lotus, therefore, symbolizes the journey from darkness (as depicted by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom.
Photo taken in the Leal Senado Square, by me.
Wing Chun is all about training of the “Siu Nim Tao” (Little Thoughts). Once you find the right Thought with your “Centre Line”, your life will be right. Physically, it refers to a line vertically drawn from the top of the head to the end of backbone and it leads to all movements and thoughts in mind. But everyone also has another Centre Line – the direction in life, a principle for living. This Line will determine the end of all matters being right or wrong and successful or failed because it is from where all actions are derived. It is only when we hold fast to it will we be able to make the right decision in any situation.
Wayne Dyer said, “A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”
I have a question.
Do we play life or life plays us?
If we play life, we are freely to choose. If life plays us, we don’t have choices at all.
Look at the world we are living in. Look at the people around us. Look at their lives. Look at ours. What do you see?
I think I’m freely to choose, because I’m aware that there are countless of thoughts that I can choose to have at the moment I think about anything, there are thousands of words that I can choose to say at the moment I speak, also, there are so many actions that I can choose to take at the moment I do anything.
This idea seems to be true but it also seems to be untrue when I recognize that the choices I have made have fatefully brought me to a situation in which I will more likely to think that the choices I have made were already decided. Not decided by myself, but by life itself.
Also, there are other times that I realize no matter which path I choose to take, it would eventually takes me to the place I should be.
If that is true, it is life that plays us. Not us play life.
Camera: Iphone 4S
Buddha says, “Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
I always ask myself (this usually happens on Mondays) why I’m trapped in a small office room dealing with uninteresting and boring paper works. When will I be free?
That takes me to wonder, If I had discovered my work, If I had learned the ultimate “lessons” I need to learn at this small and uninteresting working place, would I be free from work then? 😛
P.S.: Only my work that I feel uninteresting, but people I’ve met at my work are all nice and great. 🙂
Camera: Iphone 4S
Location: At the office