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Entering My Garden of Eden

Published 14/07/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

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My eyes are closed and I’m safe and sound
Safe inside my own private world
My senses on high alert
As I commence my daily meditation

The sound of silence fills my ears
My breath slow and deep
My chest rising and falling
In synch with the beat of my heart

My back straight and my legs crossed
I sit and gaze into nothingness
My hands at rest upon my thighs
As I slowly enter my world of calm

My Garden of Eden, my tranquil place
I walk amongst friends here with nothing to fear
The light is bright and the sounds of happiness abound
The softness of the grass as my feet kiss the ground

Children at play, their laughter fills the air
The sounds of birds in song, fish splashing in the tranquil pools
The fresh mountain breeze rustles the leaves on the trees
Perfection on earth as Mother Earth intended

Smiles and Joy are for everyone here
No pressure, no stress, no competition allowed
Only compassion, peace and love
Humanity and nature living together as one

One Earth, One Humanity, One Love
In my world everyone is allowed
No chains, no suffering, no hunger
Only Love, One Love, Unconditional Love

Namaste with Love
Always
Mark

Did You Achieve Superhero Status or Become a Princess?

Published 10/07/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

What would they think

What would the child you once were think about the adult you have become?

Wow, what a powerful and interesting question!

I have a real problem recalling my early childhood, I guess something major happened to me before the age of five, I often get small flash backs but the majority of my early childhood is hidden in a dark memory bank somewhere in my brain; but I hazard a guess as to what my childhood was like way back then and I think I would have been loving superhero’s, people like Superman who was trying to save the world and do good for everyone and Batman who was trying to rid the world of bad people, gangsters, cheats and scoundrels 🙂

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I remember going to church with my family so I know I understood religion and what God meant in the life of my family, especially for my mum. I was taught to respect others, to have manners, be polite and say ‘please and thank you’, to respect my parents, grandparents and never look down on anyone. I think that I have tried to instill these same traits to my four children, each of which I’m extremely proud and each of which is forging their own life for themselves in this world in their own happy, contented and respectful way. So I think I have done ok with my life thus far, yes I have made mistakes along the way, for the first 39 years of my life I wasted too much valuable time seeking riches, power in the form of a strong business, building my empire, buying things we just didn’t need, wasting money on extravagant holidays and living the life of luxury. Was it wrong at the time? No! It was part of my life’s journey, and brought me to where I am today, I now lead a very different life, yes, I’m still in business but money does not drive me anymore, my family is settled and happy, my focus is giving back, doing good for people around me, caring about our planet, our environment and the humanity in general. My life’s path is clear to me and i’m following my own Superhero journey, one in which I save our planet from destruction and help anyone who is less fortunate than I.

I do believe the child I once was would be proud of me now because I saw the light and I acted upon my instincts and trusted my inner child to drive me forward and to do good whenever I can 🙂

How about you?

I would love to hear your story and your thoughts on what your younger self would think of you now!

Namaste with Love
Always
Mark

When I started Loving Myself!

Published 06/04/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

My dear friends, this is a post we posted here in China from one of the worlds greatest silent film actors Charlie Chaplin, the post is in English and Chinese, its about life and understanding ‘Self’ and ‘Loving Yourself’

I do hope you enjoy it!

Namaste Mark

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什么叫做“成熟”?什么叫做“完美”?
什么又叫做“生活”?
今天我们来聆听查理卓别林老师。这是一首在1959年他70岁生日时写下的一首诗。
What is “Maturity”? What is “Perfection”?
What is “Life”?
Today let’s listen Charlie Chaplin. This is a poem he wrote on his 70th birthday in 1959.

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When I started
loving myself
当我开始爱自己

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As I began to love myself
I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is
“AUTHENTICITY“.

当我真正开始爱自己,
我才认识到,所有的痛苦和情感的折磨,
都只是提醒我:我的生活违背了自己的本心。
今天我明白了,这叫做
『真实』。

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As I began to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call it
“RESPECT“.
当我真正开始爱自己,
我才懂得,把自己的愿望强加于人,
是多么的无礼,就算我知道,时机并不成熟,
那人也还没有做好准备,
就算那个人就是我自己,
今天我明白了,这叫做
『尊重』。

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As I began to love myself
I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it
“Maturity“.
当我开始爱自己,
我不再渴求不同的人生,
我知道任何发生在我身边的事情,
都是对我成长的邀请。
如今,我称之为
『成熟』。

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As I began to love myself
I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment,
so I could be calm.
Today I call it
“SELF-CONFIDENCE“.
当我开始爱自己
我才明白我其实一直都在恰好的时机
恰好的地方、恰好的时间
我才明白发生的一切都恰到好处
从此我得以平静
今天我明白了,这叫做
『自信心』。

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As I began to love myself
I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me
joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that
make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way
and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it
“HONESTY“.
当我开始真正爱自己,
我不再牺牲自己的自由时间,
不再去勾画什么宏伟的明天。
今天我只做有趣和快乐的事,
做自己热爱,让心欢喜的事,
用我的方式,以我的韵律。
今天我明白了,这叫做
『诚实』。

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As I began to love myself
I freed myself of anything
that is no good for my health –
food, people, things, situations,
and everything the drew me down and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is
“LOVE OF ONESELF“.
当我开始真正爱自己,
我开始远离一切不健康的东西。
不论是饮食和人物,还是事情和环境,
我远离一切让我远离本真的东西。
从前我把这叫做“追求健康的自私自利”,
但今天我明白了,这是
『爱自己』。

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As I began to love myself
I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is
“MODESTY“.
当我开始真正爱自己,
我不再总想着要永远正确,不犯错误。
我今天明白了,这叫做
『谦逊』。

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As I began to love myself
I refused to go on living in the past
and worry about thefuture.
Now, I only live for the moment,
where EVERYTHING is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day,
and I call it
“PERFECTION“.
我当开始真正爱自己,
我不再继续沉溺于过去,
也不再为明天而忧虑,
现在我只活在一切正在发生的当下,
今天,我活在此时此地,
如此日复一日。这就叫
『完美』。

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As I began to love myself
I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart,
my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection
WISDOM OF THE HEART.
当我开始真正爱自己,
我明白,我的思虑让我变得贫乏和病态,
但当我唤起了心灵的力量,
理智就变成了一个重要的伙伴,
这种组合我称之为,
『心灵的智慧』。

We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide,
and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know
That is LIFE!
我们无须再害怕自己和他人的分歧,矛盾和问题,
因为即使星星有时也会碰在一起,
形成新的世界,
今天我明白,这就是『生命』!

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Remember my friends, LOVE YOURSELF Unconditionally!

Namaste with Love

Always
Mark

To Live is To Love, Everything Else Is Just Details

Published 07/03/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

to live is to love

To Live is to Love, Everything else is just details.

Wow, Paul Coelho, ain’t that the truth 🙂

Love is a wonderful thing, most of us unfortunately think of love as your love for your partner, husband or wife, love for your child, a family member or friend, but love is far more than that, Love Is!

Love is everything, the way we open our eyes and see the beauty of the world around us, that’s love

The compassion we hold in our hearts for others, that’s love

The smile on our face when your puppy comes running to you wagging it’s tail, that’s love

The feeling we get inside when we see, really see the beauty of a landscape, that’s love

The slight choking feeling we get when someone makes us proud, that’s love

The hairs standing up on the back of your neck and the beating of your heart when you reach out to someone and give them a helping hand, that’s love.

Love is all around.

Namaste with Love my Friends

Have a Great Weekend

Mark

If I could and sit and chat for one hour with anyone; living or dead, who would I choose?

Published 18/02/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

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I have thought long and hard about this question because there are so many people both living and dead that inspire me from Plato and Socrates to Jesus, The Buddha and Lord Shiva to Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Enzo Ferrari, Oprah, Amma, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Paulo Coelho, Pema Chödrön….etc, the list could go on and on…then I came up with my choice

My Father

If I could bring him down from heaven and sit on that bench and chat with him again for one full hour, wow! That would be amazing 🙂 My list of questions would be endless, all the things I wish I had asked him but never did, how is the life now, what is he doing, what is he experiencing, advice for me on my journey etc

And You?

Who would you choose and why?

Namaste with Love
Always
Mark

The Entire Night Sky would be in the Palm of My Hand

Published 19/12/2013 by inspiringyourspirit

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My Dear Friends,

If I could reach up into the darkness of the night’s sky and collect a star

for each time your comments and messages of friendship make me smile

I would have the entire night sky in the palm of my hand.

I would like to take this moment to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and May you , your families and friends be blessed with a Happy New Year filled with Love, good health, compassion and Joy.

Namaste with Love

Always

Mark

My River, My Journey, My Life

Published 29/11/2013 by inspiringyourspirit

My Dear Friends,

I’m far from being a poet or a writer but the following words just sprang from nowhere, they are from my heart you might say, or maybe from my higher self, who knows! But I guess its sort of my first attempt at poetry ☺ Your comments, thoughts and suggestions are always welcome my friends, and, as I have said before; if you need my help, would like me to write or comment on any particular subject or gain a response to anything, please let me know.

With Love
Mark

Water Flow

My River, My Journey, My Life

My life is like a river constantly flowing to a fro,
From rock to rock,
From pool to pool,
My journey is far and long,
From mountain top, to valley below,
Across the plains and to the sea.

Along the way I see many sights and experience many things, meet people from every culture, religion and status;
Some good some bad,
but each encounter allows me a chance to learn,
To feel,
To embrace,
To laugh,
To cry,
To love or to simply walk away,
It’s my choice what I decide to take on board with me on my journey and what to cast away from my boat.

I collect experiences and feelings as my journey continues,
at some points my boat is slowed by the lack of wind,
my progress is halted at times,
but things pick up as the wind of life changes my course,
my direction once again becomes clear and on I go,
pushing forward to new horizons.
Some days the clouds cover my pathway,
the storms effect my steering and my journey becomes unpleasant and often dangerous.
I take rest, I meditate, I re calculate my path,
the clouds part, the sun shines and the soft wind once again catches my sails and off I go again,
along the river of my life.

My River, My Journey and My life, goes with the flow

Does Yours?

Namaste with Love
‘Always’
Mark

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