Keep your thoughts positive because they will shape your destiny

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once said:

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.


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You go girl!

I found this poster on a mail box during my previous trip to New York City. This poster spoke to me directly. It shows the poisonous culture of selfies and being absorbed by smartphones.

Notice how the snake is part of the picture, perhaps to illustrate how the snake ensnared Eve in the garden of Eden and had her commit the original sin.

Also note how the hands are shown as green and ugly, perhaps to illustrate the true and ugly nature of narcissism and self-absorption.

Finally, note the eye on the phone’s screen that also perhaps means “I” or the “self” which is really what it is all about: vanity, narcissism, and attention seeking.

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A visit to the Saint Charbel Monastery in Annaya, Lebanon

Charbel Makhlouf, also known as Saint Charbel in Annaya Lebanon is very famous amongst Maronite and Catholic Christians. Charbel is famous for his numerous miracles such as healing partial paralysis or eradicating cancer from patients.
It is customary for me and my family to visit Saint Charbel’s monastery once a year at least. In this blog post, I share with you some of the photos I took.


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The difference between hell and heaven is a mindset

the sacrifice of one An old teaching tale goes like this: A young man wanted to know the difference between Heaven and Hell.

The sage led him to two rooms with observation portals, one labeled Heaven and one Hell.

Looking in at Hell he saw a banquet table filled with luscious food but the people at the table were emaciated and distressed. Their spoons had long handles to reach the food, but the handles were too long to bring the food to their mouths.

Then he looked in on Heaven. Same table full of luscious food. Same long spoons. But the people were healthy and happy and using their long-handled spoons to feed one another.

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The Zen master Shichiri Kojun and the thief

One evening, Zen master Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras when a thief entered his house with a sharp sword, demanding “money or life”.
Without any fear, Shichiri said: “Don’t disturb me! Help yourself with the money, it’s in that drawer” and he resumed his recitation.

The thief was startled by this unexpected reaction, but he proceeded with his business anyway.
While he was helping himself with the money, the master stopped and called, “Don’t take all of it. Leave some for me to pay my taxes tomorrow”.
The thief left some money behind and prepared to leave. Just before he left, the master suddenly shouted at him, “You took my money and you didn’t even thank me?! That’s not polite!”. Continue reading

I found a “Million Dollar Bill” in a park in Manhattan, NY

The other day, while walking around and exploring Manhattan, NY, I decided to stop and rest in the nearest park. On the bench where I sat, there was this $1,000,000 dollar bill next to me:

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On the back of the bill, the following text is found:

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As it turns out, LivingWaters.com think it is a nice way to use a fake bill to draw the attention of the people to the bible.

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The 8 methods of teaching – By Sri Aurobindo

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Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. Aurobindo studied for the Indian Civil Service at King’s College, Cambridge, England. After returning to India he took up various civil service works under the maharaja of the princely state of Baroda and began to involve himself in politics. He was imprisoned by the British for writing articles against British rule in India. He was released when no evidence was provided. During his stay in the jail he had mystical and spiritual experiences, after which he moved to Pondicherry, leaving politics for spiritual work. — Wikipedia

In this article, I am going to discuss my thoughts about his teaching methods and how much they resonate with my own teaching methods. Continue reading