Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.
Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be pave.
Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!
Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.
Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way…
–Brian G. Dyson
President and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Address Sept. 6, 1996
It has been more than a week since I added a new post. I had a compelling desire to share this posting sometime back, and I suppose the time is now.
When I was 16 years old around 1983, I had a fall from a height of about 13 feet in my house. This was more than 20 years ago. After the fall, I was rushed to the Malacca General Hospital. A full head to toe X-ray did not show any broken bones! The doctor said in a very candid manner, “You are ok to go home now, everything is fine.” I remember thinking to myself, “It is just a fall, so I know I am ok” without realizing that a fall from such a height can cause severe injury. However, ever since then, I occasionally experienced piercing pain in my lower back but the pain would disappear after a while. I was active in volleyball, tennis and badminton and during periods of vigorous physical activities, I did not experience any pain.
After completing my tertiary education, the piercing pain in my lower back returned with frequent intervals and high intensity. I did a MRI scan around 1992 and the doctor said there was nothing wrong with my lower back, although I was suffering in pain then. It was in 2005 that I was diagnosed with a disc prolapse of the lumbar region (slip disc in L4/L5) as a result of the injury sustained from the fall about 20 years ago. I was advised by the Spine Specialist to go on pain killers, when the pain is unbearable and go for regular physiotherapy every 3-6 months but after several months the frequency and intensity of pain increased. I was desperate for a cure and I tried Chinese traditional medicine, more physiotherapy and Ayurvedic massage but to no avail. In 2007, the Spine Specialist told me that there is no improvement in my condition and things will only get worse as age catches up.
One day in mid Sept 2008, I was invited to receive healing done by an initiated healer of Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Skeptical, I told myself I will go with an open heart although internally, I was asking thousands of questions if this “healing” works. Arriving at the healing centre, I received a warm welcome. After the first healing session, I could already feel that the pain had almost disappeared, although I was skeptical of this experience. I kept asking myself, “Is this true?” I could feel that something is happening to me, and I couldn’t believe I am healing. I received healing about 6 times, after which there was a deep desire to meet the Enlightened Master himself, Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Finally, on Saturday, 22 Nov 2008, I had the opportunity. Together with some close friends, I attended Kalpataru darshan in Bidadi ashram, the headquarters of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, Bangalore. That day was the most memorable day of my life, where I experienced the Enlightened Master’s overflowing grace, abundance and love. When my turn came, quite late, that Saturday night, I could experience his energy, freshness, grace and intensity. I introduced myself and mentioned to Swami about my slip disc which I have been suffering for many years. Gracefully, he touched my head and patted my spine area, gave me a big bear hug, and consoled me saying in Tamil, “It will be alright” and gave me 3 packets of vibuthi (holy ash) to apply there for 11 days.
After that, I visited Thiruvanamalai and did the Girivalam (14km walk around the Arunachala Hills) effortlessly. I felt that Swami had blessed me with high energy. When I returned back to Malaysia, I participated in the various meditation programs conducted under the auspices of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam Malaysia and derived spiritual benefit there from. Since then, I had the opportunity to lead a normal life, without the nagging pain of the slip disc, which seemed to have miraculously disappeared. I know that medically it is difficult to explain my healing experience.
I do the Nithya Dhyaan (Life Bliss Meditation) daily and feel completely refreshed and charged with high energy to face the day.
I feel totally cured and I ascribe this personal experience of mine to the Healing power and abundant grace of Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda. My idea of sharing this in this forum is that if any of you are having any health problems or any other ailments; do receive Nithya Spiritual Healing carried out regularly by Nithyananda Initiated Healers all over the world with an open mind, faith and devotion.
There was a farmer who grew superior quality, award-winning corn in his farm. Each year, he entered his corn in the state fair where it won honours and Prizes.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew his corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours.
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” The reporter asked. “Why bother?”
” The farmer replied, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen grains from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I have to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours to grow good corns.”
The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbour’s corn also improves. So it is in the other dimensions and areas of life!
Those who choose to be in harmony must help their neighbours and colleagues to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others live well. The value of a life is measured by the lives it touches…
Success does not happen in isolation; it is most often a participatory and collective process. So share the good practices, ideas and new knowledge with your family, friends, team members and neighbours and all.
Now that you know why “Success breeds Success”, what are you committed to creating and/or causing? What specific action steps are you committed to take in your family, organization, neighbourhood, community so that we have a better place to live in?
HappY NeW YeaR 2010!!!