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#47_May 2016 – Take a Break

Take a Break.

….before you have to. For some reason holding down two jobs, doing charity work helping small businesses, managing a household and planning an international move was not enough of a signal to clear some space for some inner work.
There are times when stretching yourself with multiple challenges leads to great breakthroughs, whether in knowledge, understanding or the sense of wholeness that comes through helping someone else achieve their goals. Other times you may be filling your time, running about being ‘busy busy’ because you are avoiding being with yourself, being quiet; facing the reality of who you really are in that moment.
For me, during those few months when one year ends and another begins – in this case 2016 – I was transitioning from being in one country to moving to another, physically and mentally. I became disconnected and distracted by to-do lists rather than taking time to honour the momentum of this change. In the past, if I didn’t find space for myself, events would force it on me.
This time the first whisper was when I fell down a very long flight of stone steps at the new Art Museum on the Padang. I apologise for scaring everyone in the ticket hall who had to witness my messy tumble. Other than severe bruises and a chipped elbow, I was fine.
Did I listen? The louder klaxon came early in January when I turned my ankle and broke it. So now, no choice; I had to take a break. Literally. I recognised the situation that had been created by my actions immediately whilst waiting for the x-ray, and laughed. Don’t wait for the whisper, take that break.


Final Thoughts

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once amongst the things you only hoped for.”
~ Epicurus

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25 Aug 2014 – Playful Joyful Awakening with Nithya Shanti

nithyaNithya Shanti is a spiritual teacher committed to supporting those who wish to awaken their natural wisdom.
He has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and left a career in corporate strategy to follow his dream of living as a Buddhist monk.
For many years he lived and practiced in the remote forest monasteries of South East Asia.  He now shares timeless teachings, and practical wisdom for awakening.

He says “The essence of my work is to create spaces based on awareness and presence where people can recognize, share and question their stories together in a playful and lighthearted way.”

His FB page is : https://www.facebook.com/spreadinghappiness?fref=ts


Asian Spiritual Classics warmly welcomes Nithya and you to join us in a short talk entitled “Playful Joyful Awakening”.

Day/ Date: Monday, 25th August 2014, 7.30-9.30pm

Venue: Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, #02-45 (nearest MRT: City Hall or Bugis) Singapore 189702

Cost: Free, by donation

All are welcome, please invite your friends and family and see you there !!

starry night

#11 Jul 2013 – Mindfulness

starry night


Revealing the layers of truth

Other than when I’m focusing with total concentration on my PC, my mind tends to wobble around like a plateful of jelly on a stairmaster. So I must say that I found Doug Veenhof’s recent workshop on single pointed concentration  particularly helpful.

Today, I re-read last week’s Asian Classics Institute course readings and it struck me that awareness, like an onion, has many layers to it. Even though the text was rationally familiar, it felt like I was reading it for the first time – with much greater clarity and many more “aha!” moments.

Beyond the mindfulness that the six- times book* brings, I’ve become aware of how I’ve unconsciously started applying the six perfections** of Buddhist practice without even realising it. The trick will be to make these actions conscious and intentioned.

At least it’s starting to feel less like theory and more like a really practical guide for everyday life. That, in itself is a great new awareness for me.

(and the ACI Singapore team)

* Six-times book is where you review your speech, thoughts and actions six times a day, in so doing you help train your mind.
** Six perfections:  According to Buddhists these are: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful effort, Concentration and Wisdom.


A Final Thought

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”   ― Mother Teresa

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#6 Apr 2013 – Awareness

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Watching your world unfold

Hello !

My kids already have enough ‘stuff’ so when I travel, I prefer to write them a story instead. After writing this short story, I realised what a metaphor it was for my own life, and how some of the innate wisdom contained in it, was gleaned from my ACI classes.

The story centres on a very angry lion who roars at anything that ventures into his patch. Only when he sits down to lick his paws and contemplate ‘MY land, MY lake and MY tree’ does he realize how truly empty and lonely he feels. The next morning when he wakes up, rather than following his instincts and lashing out, he takes stock and changes his response by making friends with all the animals around him.

As he learns to curb his natural instincts, he finds himself more connected to himself and others – and for the first time, truly happy.

It’s a children’s story but one that I’d do well to remind myself of more often 🙂


(and the ACI Singapore team)

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A Final Thought


“Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
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