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.
“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.”
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Nithya 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 !!
Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will be giving a three-part series of talks about how to have Mindful Relationships. We’re all always and already in relationship with others – with people at work, our friends, partners, and family members. In this three-part workshop, we’ll explore how to apply spiritual principles to these relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties. We’ll begin by investigating the preconditions for entering into a new relationship, move on to how to maintain and improve relationships we are already in, and conclude by discussing how to successfully “break up” and transition a relationship from one type to another.
31st Oct 2014 | Friday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 1
1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 2
2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3Venue: Cocoon Studio 315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building
Please register here.
Chuck and Angie, who have studied with Lama Marut over the last few years, will share this four-class Beginner Level Middle Way course, which lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path. Recognizing the problems of a non-spiritual life; taking responsibility for one’s own well-being; the possibility of an alternative to a life of suffering and victimhood; and the basics of a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.
Dates: Mondays – November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st
Venue: 51b, Temple St, 2nd floor, Singapore 58596
Cost is free but registration is required, at email@example.com
Yesterday – Thursday 28 November – it was the first time in 100 years that Hanukkah (Jewish festival of light) and Thanksgiving have been celebrated on the same day. It is heartening to think that such a large number of people will be sitting down in homes around the world and being grateful – for friends, for family and for the food they are eating. As we head into December, many more people around the world will be planning to spend some time with family and friends in a similar way.
ACI is no different, next week Lama Marut and Cindy Lee have found some time out of their busy schedules to travel to Singapore and give a number of talks. We are enormously grateful that they continue to come and we hope that you – friends of ACI over the years – will be able to come along and show your support.
Meditation, Yoga and all on-going local classes will be suspended just for December. Thank you to all our volunteer teachers that spend their personal time putting together such great lessons, in meditation, on classic texts and in Yoga.
Classes will restart in January and specific details are in the rest of the newsletter and on our website. For those particularly interested in receiving weekly email updates about the Friday Meditation then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
ACI would like to thank you for all your support, your ideas and for your feedback on what we do. Please continue to do so and we wish you all a very happy festive season.
A Final Thought
Sumati Marut will be concentrating on the nine chapters of his recent book, “A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life”, and his talks will cover spiritual motivation, forgiveness, gratitude, renunciation, karmic management and strategies for staying happy all day, every day.
When: Tues – Friday, 3rd to 6th December 2013
Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
At: Civil Service Club Auditorium L3, 60 Tessensohn Road
Every evening focuses on something different, but they do build on each other through the four evenings, so feel free to come to one or to all of them.
Last week I was in hospital to have a routine outpatient procedure and from the minute I grabbed my queue number, I started to feel it was going to be a special morning.
As I was courteously tucked into my pre-op bed, it hit me – how fortunate am I to have easy access to multiple hospitals? Imagine explaining this to the millions in Sub-Saharan Africa who can’t even find a clinic within a day’s walk.
I also didn’t have to worry financially, if my medical insurance didn’t cover the cost, I knew I had enough money in the bank to pay the bill. Those caring for me that day wire almost all their earnings back home to sustain their families. Could they afford the luxury of elective surgery?
As I was wheeled into the theatre there was no lack of medical staff, there were atleast three dozen rushing to and fro and this was outpatient surgery not A&E! Oh, and did I mention I was greeted by happy and smiling faces from every person that I interacted with?
Do I smile and greet people at work with such joy while at my luxurious office? These people were showing me what “joyful effort” really means. All of this came to me in one of the most loathed places for most people – a hospital for heaven’s sake!
This experience led me to think that if we would all just take a moment to step back from our super self–absorbed existence we’d recognise the everyday miracles in our lives, as well as the many angels right under our noses.
(and the ACI Singapore team)
A Final Thought
we can only fly by embracing one another.”