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It’s Only Temporary

Does transience render all things meaningless?

I sometimes ask myself that.

But that would be the fatalist way to live, and I’m not inclined to think that way either.

So I make a choice.

I choose to see change and impermanence as pre-requisites for growth, for discovery, for connection. For meaning. Far from meaningless.

And because there are days and moments when it may be harder to remember this choice, to remember that impermanence is not cruel but can be beautiful, that change is not overwhelming but can be growth-inducing –  that’s when writing posts like these help.

By What We Cannot Grasp

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This quote stood out for me because it aligns so well to the spiritual truths I believe in.

What we want most – Happiness and peace – are things that seem the most elusive. Yet in our quest for them we become entangled in the process, in our efforts, in our desires.

When really, all we have to do is stop trying to grasp the ungraspable… and maybe try to see that… we have inside us what we were looking for all along?

That hug from a loved one. The few moments we look up to enjoy the sky. The cool morning air. The smooth journey to work. The moment, the moment, the moment.

I think if I could finally stop grasping, I’d be able to savour the richness of every one of those moments.

The Problems of We

The little girl was running around the playground, happy and carefree.

She stopped, as if to think about something.

She went to her bag and took out her prized doll.

At once, the other girls on the playground started staring at what she held in her hands.

An object they didn’t have. Something they would like to get their hands on.

Like moths to a flame, they started edging closer to her. One of them even stretched out her hands, indicating that she would really like to have the doll for herself, never mind that it did not belong to her and that her parents were at the side, calling for her to “don’t snatch people’s things ah!”

What was a joyful play area a moment ago suddenly turned into a tensed battleground.

The laughter and excited screams that filled the air suddenly became tears and crying.

“Would you like to keep your doll? And continue playing on the playground” The mum asked the little girl who was hugging it possessively and protectively. Silently and rather sullenly she nodded her head.

Once the doll was in the bag, the activities of the playground continued. Sliding, climbing, running around with joyful shrieks.



We could be like the children on the playground – carefree and joyful, enjoying the freedom and possibilities of the world around.

Isn’t it we ourselves who cause our own suffering by taking out, or going to our man-made attachments, and holding on to them? Thinking that what we have is absolutely necessary and refusing to let go?

Let go, and live. We might realise that what we thought was absolutely essential might not be so after all, and life could be that much lighter.

Just some inspired food for thought.

When Life Gives You Doubts…

Make a Doubt Sandwich!

A Doubt Sandwich has the healthy questioning of Doubt, placed in between the wholesome bread slices of Faith and Surrender. While intaking Doubt, you can also get a healthy dose of Faith and Surrender. These supplements are very important for the soul and spirit.

Everything has to be in moderation, though. Too much Doubt will result in the Soul becoming yellowish and dull, while too much Faith and Surrender without proper use of Discrimination makes one bloated with Pride and Overconfidence. As with most food for the soul, balance and moderation is key.

So, enjoy your Doubt while you can, in the form of this delicious sandwich. Only available for a limited period. Because this too shall pass, and nothing lasts forever.

The Measure of Our Emotions

In the grand scheme of things, do our emotions, so fleeting and fickle, really matter?

The fact is, time will pass whether or not we understand or accept its nature.

But for the one who understands the nature of the world, this passing might be a lot more painless, perhaps even enjoyable.

This world and its things and people, from whom we seek so much validation from, would also flicker by.

What then, is the value of our emotions and attachments? Is it wise to continue seeking that which will pass, instead of focusing on the things we can actually grasp?

An always within Never, an Infinity within a Moment.

Perhaps that’s what I need to contemplate on.

Early Morning Thoughts

A few mornings ago, as I lay in bed in the early hours of the morning, I thought of how our lives are but specks in comparison to the infinity that is Time and the Cosmos and basically… All of Creation.

I thought of the meaning of life, as one is wont to do when you compare yourself with the infinite. I thought of the meaning and significance of my emotions, my endeavors, my joys and sorrows, my likes and dislikes, my thoughts and emotions, and all the things we attach the “i” and “me” to.

In the expansiveness of reality, do these things still mean anything? I guess I was trying to think from a “what meaning could they have” perspective, rather than a “there’s no meaning to them” perspective.

I believe in the inter-connectedness of consciousness – both the individual and the collective. To find meaning in an individual life is also to find meaning in the expansive scale of things.

Maybe that’s where the meaning of all the “I”s and “my”s lie too. All my tears, laughter, burdened thoughts, light whims, disappointment, anticipation and hope, and the infinite layers of human experiences and expressions – They each have a meaning in themselves, by contributing to the collective consciousness of the reality we live in.

Just some early morning thoughts on the last day of 2015.

A Marco View of Moments

“We know very well that the present moment is the only moment when we can get in touch with life. The past is not here anymore; the past no longer contains life. And the future isn’t here yet. The past isn’t something real, the future isn’t real either. Only the present moment is real. So the practice is getting in touch with the present moment, making ourselves available to the present moment, establishing ourselves in the present moment, then we can touch life, and really live our life. And that is done with one step, it is done with one breath, with one cup of tea, one breakfast, it’s done with one sound  of the bell. And all of that brings us back to the present moment so that we can live our life.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Have you ever sat and watched the Moments, marveling at how the transit from Real to Unreal, from future, present to past? As if we have a Marco Lens of Time, and we are looking deeply into the fluidity of moments, coming, being, and going at the exact point in time we realize they are there. Sometimes, when I am waiting for the bus, standing in the queue, I see the moments pass like this, and it brings some peace and joy. To be a part of that fluidity, and to remind myself that everything – both pleasant and unpleasant – too shall pass.



Expansive Thoughts

Maybe there is an innate desire in every individual to expand. Not just physically, but on a deeper, maybe emotional or mental level.

Just like how all things in nature start small – a tree from a sapling, a storm from a small cloud, an ocean from a source in the mountains – Growth and expansion is a natural phenomenon, and it is little wonder that we feel the need to grow in various areas of our lives.

We might have interpreted this innate desire as the need to hoard wealth, resources, leading to us taking more than what we need, leading to the state of the world today. We might have manifested the need for spiritual expansion as fear of losing what we have, and so we guard our material possessions fiercely, fearing that their loss would diminish our beings or hinder our expansion in some way or other.

If… We could recognize that the desire for expansion can be met simply by letting go, by placing the needs of others before us, by serving humanity without expecting anything in return.. We might experience growth and expansion in another form – that in our hearts.

And that growth, once experienced, cannot be taken away, no matter what.

Isn’t that better?

Something I can include in my resolution for 2016… Expand. In the right way.


“Walking a labyrinth fosters mindfulness, and can provide relaxation, refreshment, and a relief of stress.

Labyrinth are beneficial in hospital settings. Patients can benefit by being helped to overcome anxieties associated with illness and treatment. Families can benefit by sharing in a purposely activity together. Staff can benefit by taking time out to relieve stress, relax and regain their equilibrium. The benefits of walking a labyrinth are now well-recognized internationally. Labyrinths are beginning to play an important role in healthcare…

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Walk at a pace that feels right for you. While on your way to the centre, allow your mind to quieten. At the centre, enjoy being still and spending some time in reflection. While returning to the entrance, reflect on thoughts or images that may have arisen in earlier parts of the walk.”



Given that my first impression of a Labyrinth was from this movie, it’s no surprise that I was surprised by this tranquil presentation of a labyrinth. Hope to walk it properly mindfully someday 🙂