Tuesday, August 15, 2006

RAHASIA LELAKI

Kala Lelaki mengirimkan sms kekamu lebih dari sekali setiap harinya walau hanya utk mengucapkan met lunch, tandanya dia ada perhatian sama kamu..

karena: lelaki jarang melakukan hal itu kalau hanya karena iseng atau gak ada kerjaan.

Kala Lelaki menelponmu tanpa sebab dan hanya bilang: "cuma pengen denger suara kamu aja..", tandanya dia suka sama kamu tapi malu utk memulai..

karena: Lelaki sadar bahwa dia lah yang harus membuat first moved tapi takut keliatan banget kalo dia naksir abis sama kamu..

Kala Lelaki terdiam setelah pertengkaran panjang, tandanya dia sudah lelah dan ingin pertengkaran ini berakhir..

karena: Pada prinsipnya, lelaki gak suka berlama2 bertengkar mulut, kecuali dia banci. Cukup 3 kalimat awal pertengkaran kalian, dia sdh mengerti sebab kemarahan kamu..

Kala Lelaki memegang tanganmu atau membelai rambutmu setelah pertengkaran, tandanya dia merasa bersalah telah membuatmu marah.. karena: Lelaki yang benar2 sayang sama kamu, gak akan tega liat kamu menangis, apalagi gara2 dia...

Kala Lelaki bersandar dibahumu dan memintamu membelai rambutnya, tandanya kamu adalah satu2nya wanita yg dia cinta sebesar cintanya kepada ibunya..

karena: Lelaki pantang terlihat lemah/manja apalagi dhadapan wanita. Kalau dia sampai melakukan itu padamu, tandanya dia merasa nyaman dan yakin "pride"nya gak akan berkurang jika melakukan itu pada dirimu..

Kala Lelaki mengatakan "apa sih yang ngga utk kamu?" ada dua kemungkinan, dia bener2 suka sama kamu atau dia playboy sejati.

karena: Lelaki ingin sang wanita pujaan tahu, kalau dia siap memberikan waktu hanya utknya. Kalau tipe playboy, biasanya dibelakang kata2 itu dibarengi pujian2 gak jelas maksudnya.

Kala Lelaki menangis dihadapanmu, tandanya dia benar2 sayang sama kamu.

karena: Kodrat Lelaki adalah pantang utk menangis. Jika ia menangis, hanya ada satu kata: Dia cinta kamu.

Kala Lelaki sering melanggar aturan2 yang kamu buat, tandanya dia gak nyaman dikendalikan sama kamu.

karena: Lelaki tahu apa yg benar dan salah dan hanya butuh diarahkan, bukan dilarang. Semakin dilarang, semakin dilanggarnya.

Kala Lelaki cemburu, ada empat kemungkinan inti:

1. Dia bener sayang sama kamu dan takut kehilangan kamu.
2. Dia tipe posesif dan menguasai
3. Dia selingkuh dan gak mau di"saingi"
4. Dia punya trauma dalam yg mungkin gak pernah diceritakannya kepadamu..

Kala Lelaki diam membisu, tandanya dia benar2 marah sama kamu.

karena: Lelaki selama masih "ngoceh" tandanya masih "1/2 marah". tapi kalau sdh diam, siap2 saja akan kemungkinan terburuk bagi hubungan kalian kalau kalian tidak aware.

Kala Lelaki bercerita masa lalunya yang buruk, tandanya dia memberitahu kamu agar jangan melakukan hal yang sama.

karena: Lelaki adalah mahluk traumatik dan parno. Cukup kalian berkata: "aku gak akan melakukan hal sebodoh itu" sekali saja, dan dia tidak akan pernah bercerita hal itu lagi. Kala Lelaki menghilang tiba dari "peredaran", tandanya dia ingin menjauh dari kamu karena satu dan lain hal.

karena: Lelaki kadang gak tega utk meninggalkan kalian, kadang krn hal2 yg kalian sendiri gak sadar. Kejar dia dan tanyakan sebabnya kenapa. Kalau dia gak jawab, berarti dia pengecut dan pantas ditinggalkan.

Kala Lelaki menatap dalam2 kematamu, dia sedang mencari2 jawab, apakah kalian benar2 cinta kepadanya atau hanya sebatas apakah?

karena: hampir setiap Lelaki merasa unsecured dalam hubungannya, mungkin traumatik atau karena pengaruh lingkungan sekitarnya.

Jadi kesimpulannya, para wanita sebenarnya lebih tegar dan kuat daripada para lelaki yang hanya keras diluar, tapi lembut dan rentan didalam.

Itulah rahasia terdalam para Lelaki, mudah2an berguna bagi para wanita...

What's Your Style


What's Your Style

You may have noticed by now that there are many different styles of yoga. You've seen listings for Hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga, Flow, and many other styles on your studio's schedule. How do you know what these terms mean, and which style is best for you?
Hatha yoga is the larger category of physical yoga (as opposed to the yoga of service, for example). So a Hatha class usually incorporates elements from various other traditions. Iyengar classes emphasize alignment and precision, while
Flow classes focus on synchronizing breath and movement. And there are a myriad of other styles out there!

When you're first getting started, it's good to shop around to find the style and teacher that best matches your needs. Ask the teacher to tell you a little more about the different styles offered at your studio, talk to other students, and look on the Web for more information.
There's a style of yoga for everyone-it's just a matter of finding the right one for you!

Five Steps Closer to Calm

If it's hard for you to still your mind to meditate, the senior teachers at Kripalu Center have developed a five-step approach that could help. Follow these steps and allow yourself to fall into a deep meditative state that will reveal a closer connection to the present and help calm you when you're upset.

1. Breathe—Focusing on your breathing is an essential practice that draws your awareness
inward and helps you experience the presence and flow of energy.

2. Relax—The more you relax, the more you deepen awareness of sensation.

3. Feel—Let your sense of feeling move beyond physical sensation. Acknowledge who you are as
a being of energy.

4. Watch—Sense who you are as a witness; be a scientist observing phenomena arising in and
around you.

5. Allow—Sense who you are with no preferences. Be present to the process of your life
unfolding moment by moment.

Yoga in Flight

Yoga in Flight

Bird-inspired names are among the most popular yoga pose names. If you've ever wondered where Pigeon, Eagle, Peacock, Swan, Crane, Heron, Rooster, or Partridge got their names, you aren't alone.

You may've thought the yogi practicing the pose looks as if he or she could fly away at the height of the poses? Or you may have just assumed that the poses mimic the way a particular bird looks or behaves. And, birds hold a special place in Hindu myth—they are the messengers of the gods. Since Hindu gods usually do not have wings, they ride on top of the flying creatures.

To Prop or Not to Prop

To Prop or Not to Prop

If you're attending classes at a public studio, no doubt you've seen a prop closet by now. That closet is likely full of brightly colored blocks, bolsters, and blankets. Just what are these things for, and should you use them?
Props are best used under the supervision of a teacher or video that can explain their purpose. In some classes like vigorous "flow," there is little time to arrange props for each pose. In other classes like Iyengar classes that focus on alignment and precision, each and every pose may be set up using multiple props. When you're just starting out, it's good to try a range of styles to determine what works best for you.
Generally, it's good to ask your teacher what props might be helpful for your particular strengths and level of flexibility. Props are great when they allow you to safely go deeper into a pose, but unhelpful when they simply represent a distraction. Used correctly, they can be wonderful tools to help you evolve and grow.

Original Om

Many believe the mantra "Om" to be the sound of the universe. Om is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is an acknowledgment that the universe around us is constantly moving—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts.
Ancient yogis used
Om to recognize this never-ceasing movement and seek oneness with the universe. Chanting it is meant to resonate that movement throughout the breath, awareness and energy to reveal a more powerful connection with the universe.

Take It Outside

If you're stuck inside all day long for work, take your yoga to lunch with you! Find a park or other beautiful outdoor spot where you can do a few standing poses. You don't have to change your clothes or even take off your shoes. You can simply benefit from a few moments of fresh air and sunshine.

Triangle Pose can be a great posture for outdoors. To try it, pick a nice grassy spot with some shade protection. Separate your feet about three feet wide and then turn your right toes out to the right. Let your left toes face straight forward or slightly in. Open your arms wide, then extend your torso over your right leg, letting your right hand come to your shin. Draw your left shoulder back above your right and extend your left arm up to the sky. If it's sunny, look down to the grass. If not, take your gaze up beyond your left hand to the beauty of sky.
Getting away from
your office or home can be a wonderful way to relieve stress and center yourself.

Roll Your Stress Away


Roll Your Stress Away

If you daydream about having a personal massage therapist at your beck and call to ease the stress and tension you accumulate during a hard day, look no further. With the use of just a few simple props, it's easy to sooth the tense knots on your own, without the help of a profession or even a partner. Massaging your body's tense parts is an inexpensive and easy way to give your body the care and attention it needs. For the following massage all you need is a foam pool "noodle" you can buy at any toy store rolled in a towel.
Try this easy chest opener and feel the stress
roll away:
Lie on the roller with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, so the roller extends along your spine from your sitting bones to the top of your head. You can either relax on the roller without moving (which opens your chest laterally) or roll gently from side to side to massage the muscles along your spine. Try it for at least 20 seconds or until your chest begins to relax and open.

Angkringan lan angon piyek

Cerita Nostalgila, dengan penutur aseli : coro jowo....

Lurs,Mengakhiri liburan sekolah aku angon piyek2 neng yogja. Maune gojak-gajek dadi ora pesen tiket sikik, ning akhire sido mangkat dinoJumat (14/06) dengan biyayakan golek tiket ning cengkareng. Akusempet bengok-bengok njaluk tulung kanca2 jogja (sing nag jakarta)Kasum Aa' Gum dan Koh Yo.Alhasil, entuk tiket go show dengan harga selangit 599 ewu/ gundhul,dengan emprit airways (njilih istilahe Tony Pongoh - TP, Purek 3UAJY utk maskapai selain garuda), mergo iki pik zizen liburansekolah tur dino jumat meneh. Akhrire entuk tiket sing jam 15.10.

Suasana bandara internasional soekarno hatta ra bedo adoh karoterminal pulo gadung. Jaman saiki wong2 elit (ekonomi sulit, temasukaku) do iso numpak pesawat. Bandara kebak wong, ora kaya jaman biyennumpak pesawat wong2e do necis2. Saiki nganggo sendal jepit nggowokerdus (ning aku ra nggowo kardus lhoo...sumprit!). Nek ana singnggawa pitik + sayur mayur, wah suasana semakin persis koyo pasarinduk kramat jati.Ning Jogja seperti biasa aku seneng nginep di seputaran Malioboro(biyen tau nginep Ibis atas kebaikan Aditya, nuwun yo dit!) Ningmergo Ibis tutup direnovasi dadi nginep ning Garuda.

Medhun jluk Adisucipto rekane aku arep lapor ketua rombongan ledhekmunyuk yojo, TP. Tak tilpun ra diangkat.(Lurs, nyuwun sewu yo ojo tersinggung 'Rombongan Ledek Munyuk Yojo",iki istilah meng nggo ger2an wae, istilah iki muncul seko kanca2jakarta kanggo kanca2 yojo - nek kanaca-kanca jakarta menyebutsebagai penjajah dari tlatah mbatavia)Trus aku wis ng hotel TP sms, bla3.... bul deweke ijek nang megelangfisioterpi (TP sikile retak saat terjadi gempa jogja, menyelamatkandiri dengan mancik tembok, temboke ambrol) tekan dino minggu,padahal minggu sore aku meh muleh, wis entuk tiket jam 18.25.

Wah ilang dalane, meh ketemu sapa eneh, gak kepikiran. Sidane penontonkecewa, ngiler mangan sate klathak sing diumukke TP ning milisbul ra kesampeyan. Pikir2 meh daladh ningdi ki? Akhire yo wes liwatjalan solo, menggok nang Tojoyo.Wektu meh liburan, piyek2 pengen dolan ning KL. Tak iyani wae- anatiket murah nganggo Air Asia, akhire malah do berubah pikiran, lhakok meng njaluk ning Semarang (wah seneng atiku, manda ngiritki...). Akhire dino setu, Semarang wae ra tekan, menggok Borobudur,mlaku-mlaku munggah midun candi sak kemenge....angon piyek.Baline mangan ning Warung Kampung Ulu, sing seko arah Borobudur kiwondalan. Pintu masuke nganggo watu candi. Rumah makane guwedheee...ngoblah-oblah ning sepi nyenyet, sing mangan meng aku sekeluargathok. Maune wis cilik aten, sepi ngene jangan-jangan panganane raenak.

Bul salah, tujokno panganane enak, sup jamur, cah sawi ayam,ikan bakar, udang goreng mentega, kabeh enak (apa mergo ngelih yo?).Cumi goreng tepunge kurang enak. Trus ngombene biasa2 wae gak eneksing istimewa.Pokokmen, lunga hepi-hepi + nomer siji urusan weteng. Mutar-muter...akhire mangan ning Cak Coting, ngarep mataram theater. Pesenayam goreng, bacem empal dan iso. Edian porsine dhe tenin. Sakporsine 15 ewu, durung karo segane. Ngaraniku sambele luwih sedepayam tojoyo, empale bacem relatif enak, ning kanggoku kelegen(mungkin kanggo lidah aseli yojo yo mangsuk), mulo laris tenan.Sarapan males metu2 tur wis dicepaki hotel, untunge gudheg komplit +sambel goreng krecek + endog atos dan aku lebih milih bubur daripadasego.

Dadi kepengenanku mangan endog gudheg atos sing nganti wireng,wis terpuaskan gak usah ning wijilan. 2 hari berturut2 aku sarapangudeg hotel. Endoge cukup atos dan ireng, tapi lagi2 kanggo ilatkugudheg-e kelegen, kaya kolak wae.Minggu gak ningndi2 eneh mlaku2 malioboro wae. Piyek2 lebih milihpanganan fast food malioboro mall. Ning aku, kangen je mlaku-mlakungandok angkringan ning wongsodirjan, kiwo setasiun tugu. Sing kulon(saiki) anake pak man, sing wetan anggkringane pardi. Lha ningngarepe angkringane pardi kuwi ana warune yu darmi. Apa yu darmi jekurip? Dodol bakmi, sego goreng. Nek awan tutup.Kaya biasane yen ngandhok angkringan ngobrol ngalor ngidul, we lhadala aku dikirone wong LSM. Jere wong LSM kuwi putih2 dan dhuwur2,apa mergo nganggo kaos Save The Children oleh2e mas Didid yo? (masDidid iki biyen jaman kuliah sing mbaurekso kali Code, cah sastraangkatan 80-an, saiki wis mulyo, dadi bos ning tlatah mbatavia).

Ditekoni, aku ngakune wong njanturan kidul Semaki. Mangan segokucing + sambel, sate ati 2 + teh ginasthel + jadah bakar = 5,500gelo, jan murahe puwol... Oh yo mangan awanku cen rada telat wis jam3-an. Bare kuwi lunga eneh, ana sing kelalen, tuku kacang + mete,nang cedhak SMP 3. Njur balek hotel, siap2 muleh jakarta.Bad memories, gak ketemu cah2 milis siji2o, malah gak sempet kontekpak Djoko barang! Good memories, piyek2 sak babone hepi... Maturnuwun Ngayogjokarto

Luv Jogja n U
MS

Cleanse Your Toxins

Cleanse Your Toxins

If you decide to go to a public class, how should you prepare? Should you take a shower? Wear makeup or perfume? What about essential oils to mask body smells during your practice?
In general, it is polite to come to class clean and free from body odors. That doesn't mean that you must go home to shower before class, but just that you should be generally groomed and prepared. Most teachers will request that you not wear scents found in perfume or body oils so that you won't disturb other members of the class who may not enjoy the same smell.
Those who wear makeup or lotions may wish to wash up before class. The reason for this is that the practice is designed to release toxins in the body. Releasing toxins through clean skin is most effective. Likewise, once class is over, you may wish to shower and/or exfoliate to clean the skin of any remaining waste. You're sure to feel clean and refreshed after a good practice.

Spruce It Up With Juice

Spruce It Up With Juice
Juice isn’t just for breakfast and after-school snacks. In fact, juice is all the rage at top-notch restaurants across the country. Juice elixirs are colorful, fun, and they even work to enhance certain flavors in your food—just like wine, but a healthier alternative!
Squeeze some life into your next dinner party with our Apple-Quince Cider or The Lavender Grape.

Apple-Quince Cider
By James Hackney
Makes 6 Servings
Great with a sweet and spicy salad-try frisée with roasted beets and spiced pecans.
1 quince, cored and grated
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice (you will need about 3 lemons)
1 quart apple cider
6 cloves
1/2 cinnamon stick
Click here for preparation instructions

The Lavender-Grape
By James Hackney
Makes 6 servings
The ideal accompaniment to intensely flavorful savory dishes such as lentils, root vegetables, cauliflower gratin.
3 level teaspoons hibiscus leaves
1 teaspoon dried lavender
1 quart hot water
1 to 2 teaspoons wildflower honey
1/2 to 1 quart Concord grape juice, freshly squeezed if possible

Friday, August 11, 2006

JOKE-1

Husband & Wife decided they needed 2use "CODE" 2 indicate they wanted 2 have sexwithout letting their kids. They decided theword “TYPEWRITER” One day husband told hisfive year daughter "Go tell ur mom dad needs 2type a letter "Child told her mom what dad said,her mom responded "Tell ur dad he can't typeletter now because there is a red ribbon intypewriter "Child went back 2 tell her Dad whatmom said. Few days later mom told 2daughter "Tell dad he can type letter now "Childtold her dad & returned to her mom &announced "Dad said never mind typewriter healready wrote the letter by hand"

JOKE-2

Little boy goes 2 his Dad & asks "how was Iborn?" dad says "Well, I guess one day u will needto find out anyway! ur Mom & I first got together inchat room.Then I set up a date via e-mail with urMom, we meet at a cyber café. We sneaked into aroom, where ur mom agreed to a download frommy hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload,we discovered that neither one of us had used afirewall & since it was too late to hit the deletebutton, nine months later a blessed little Pop-Upappeared and said ”You’ve got male!"

JOKE-3

A sign in Bank Lobby reads: "Please note thisBank is installing new drive through tellermachines enabling customers 2 withdraw cashwithout leaving their vehicles. Customers using thisnew facility requested to use procedures outlinedbelow when accessing their accounts.MALE PROCEDURE:1. Drive up 2 cash machine2. Roll down ur car window3. Insert card into machine & enter PIN4. Enter amount of cash required & withdraw5. Retrieve card, cash & receipt6. Roll up window7. Drive off.

FEMALE PROCEDURE:
1. Drive up 2 cash machine2. Reverse & back up the required space 2 aligncar window with the machine3. Set parking brake, pull down window4. Find handbag, remove all contents ontopassenger seat to locate card5. Tell person on cell phone you will call themback & hang up6. Attempt to insert card into machine7. Open car door allow easier access to machinedue to its excessive distance from the car8. Insert card9. Re-insert card the right way10. Dig through handbag to find diary with ur PINwritten on the inside back page11. Enter PIN12. Press cancels & re-enter correct PIN13. Enter amount of cash required14. Check makeup in rear view mirror15. Retrieve cash & receipt16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet & placecash inside17. Write debit amount in cheque register andplace receipt in back of cheque book18. Re-check makeup19. Drive forward 2 feet20. Reverse back to cash machine21. Retrieve card22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, andplace card into the slot provided23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waitingbehind you24. Restart stalled engine and pull off25. Redial person on cell phone26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles27. Release Parking Brake.Woman’s from any where are same, they justWOMAN.

JOKE-4

A skinny little white guy goes into an elevator,looks up & sees this HUGE black guy standingnext to him. Black guy sees the little guy staringat him looks down and says: 7' 2" tall, 350pounds, 20 inch penis, 3 pound left testicle, 3pound right testicle, Turner Brown. The white manfaints dead away & falls to the floor. Black guykneels down & brings him to, shaking him. The bigfellow says, what’s wrong with you? In a weakvoice the little guy says, what did you say to meagain? Black man says, I saw the way you werelooking at me so I figured I'd just give you theanswers to the questions every one always asksme. I'm 7'2" tall, I weigh 350 pounds, I have a 20inch penis, my left testicle weighs 3 pounds, myright testicle weighs 3 pounds and my name isTurner Brown. The little guy says, “Turner Brown”Thank God!!!, I thought you said "Turn around"

Mind Chatter

Mind Chatter

In one of the foundational texts of yoga, the Yoga Sutra, we learn that yoga's purpose is to create inner peace. Literally, this text explains that yoga "stills the fluctuations of the mind."
Most of us know instantly what this means. As we run about all day, our mind is constantly active, talking to us, criticizing our actions, and judging the world around us. Interestingly, studies have shown that most of the thoughts we have on any given day are basically repeats of the ones we had yesterday. In other words, this constant chatter is not necessarily evidence of intelligence or growth, but an unhealthy pattern that wears us down and creates stress and fatigue.
As we begin our yoga practice we face an opportunity to lessen the noise we carry inside our minds in favor of a stillness that will affect every aspect of our lives.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Be Present at Meals

Do you ever feel like food is something that's getting between you and your life? In today's modern world, we rarely make time to eat mindfully. Often, we eat on the go, in cars or at our desks for the five minutes we can spare. But when we eat without noticing our food, we miss one of life's greatest pleasures and we allow that which should nourish us to become that which causes us stress.
The next time you eat, take a moment to relax and really taste your food. Stop what you're doing, sit down, and notice the flavors, textures, and smells of the meal in front of you. Express gratitude for the health and the nourishment it provides. And then, as you eat, truly enjoy the experience.

Over time, this ritual can improve your digestion and overall physical and mental health

Tibetan Meditation

This type of meditation, Samatha (pronounced: sha ma ta) (Tibetan: zhi-gnas), means quiet abiding or meditative calm. I will describe here what has been taught to me as a student of Tibetan Buddhism.

To begin, one assumes a straight back posture, sitting cross legged on a cushion. The chin is slightly tucked down toward chest while keeping the top of the head straight up and the shoulders drawn back. The eyes are open and the gaze is with a soft focus, directed down to a spot about 5-6 feet ahead of oneself. The hands rest on top of the thighs, palms down a couple of inches above the knee. The jaw is relaxed with the lips slightly parted with the tip of the tongue resting behind and above the upper front teeth.The breath is natural breathing. The breath is allowed to come in by relaxing and letting go of the abdomen. Slightly contracting the abdomen, the breath flows out. Follow the breath. If you find that you are having many random thoughts and are focusing on these, (and this will happen), gently note to yourself that this has occurred by saying to yourself silently, "thinking", exhale out and return to your breath. Continue to follow your breath in this manner.
Whenever the mind strays from this place, return to the breath in a gentle, non-judgmental way. Touch the thoughts with a light touch by saying "thinking", let them go and simply begin again at the next exhalation. Let the mind move at will. If you become aware of any tension or pain in the body, movement, or noise, consciously note this also by saying to yourself, "thinking", and letting go with the breath. There should be no attempt to freeze or stop the mind from thinking.Thought is the very nature of the mind, do not try to stop the mind from thinking. The attempt should be to focus the mind and let naturally settle itself. If you find that you are having trouble letting go, don't force the issue. It might be a good idea to stop and begin again another time. Try this at the beginning for short periods of time, say five minutes. If you can, continue practicing so you can do sitting practice for twenty to forty minutes at a time. When one becomes advanced with this practice, then it can be done for long periods.
Another technique I suggest for people to use is one that was passed along to me from Dr.Trogawa Rinpoche. One should find a hill on which to sit with the ground sloping down and away from one leaving an expanse of openness out in front. This can best be done where one finds water. Once finding a stream, river or the ocean, find a spot overlooking the water with nothing blocking one's vision. One should sit and look out across the water and let the mind settle. Using the above methods, as soon as one becomes aware that they are thinking, they should let the thought process relax and dissolve itself. It is best to do this practice at sunrise and sunset. In the morning face the west. In the evening face the east. Sit and watch the water flowing away from you. If you are on the ocean, the best time is when the sun is behind you and the tide is going out. Let your thoughts and problems go away with the flow of the water.
Care must be used since the wrong meditation or improper practice of meditation can cause meditation-induced sok-rlung or Wind imbalance. This can be described as a manic state where the mind races, jumping from topic to topic producing restlessness and agitation. Any meditative practice which tries to force the mind into submission, creates frustration, or raises the center of consciousness to the top of the body or the tip of the nose, will tend to create a Wind imbalance or aggravate an existing one.
Dr.Trogawa Rinpoche has said that being in a calm state of mind "breeds physical health in ourselves throughout the whole body. This is by means of the internal, physical humor we call Wind. The Wind that moves the body's energy moves the blood, so the Wind follows the pattern of the circulatory system. In a medical sense, this has to do with the relationship of Mind and internal Wind. Mind is based on the Wind and the Wind circulates all through the body, through the circulatory system. This is the connection between Wind and the Mind."

*Note: The above discussion is based on Teachings given directly to me by my Tibetan Buddhist Teachers, the Teachings of Dr.Trogawa Rinpoche and teachers at Dechen Yonten Dzo Institute of Buddhist Medicine.

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Thanx for : my instructure Guido Schwarze, also inspired by Michael Roach

Be Present at Meals

Be Present at Meals

Do you ever feel like food is something that's getting between you and your life? In today's modern world, we rarely make time to eat mindfully. Often, we eat on the go, in cars or at our desks for the five minutes we can spare. But when we eat without noticing our food, we miss one of life's greatest pleasures and we allow that which should nourish us to become that which causes us stress.

The next time you eat, take a moment to relax and really taste your food. Stop what you're doing, sit down, and notice the flavors, textures, and smells of the meal in front of you. Express gratitude for the health and the nourishment it provides. And then, as you eat, truly
enjoy the experience.

Over time, this ritual can improve your digestion and overall physical and mental health.

Entry for August 10, 2006

Entry for August 10, 2006

In Memoriam
My girl
Monica Brown
Born August 10, 1992


Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong
And carry on
'Cos I know
I don't belong
Here in heaven
Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I'll find my way through night and day
I just can't stay
Here in heaven
Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please
Beyond the door
There's peace
I'm sure And I know
There'll be no more
Tears in heaven
Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong and carry on '
Cos I know I don't belong
Here in heaven.

Eric Clapton
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1981-1999

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Embracing Life's Challenges

Embracing Life's Challenges

As yogis, we practice cultivating the neutral mind, training ourselves to observe and to act, rather than to react. We each cultivate our own tools and reminders to assist us when we face a challenge that triggers a strong emotional response. One of my personal tools is a favorite verse by Rumi:

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival: A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice — meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

This week, practice acceptance when faced with strong emotions. Learn to peel away layers of the heart to find an open spaciousness. And when all else fails, surrender your challenges back to the source by practicing isvara pranidhana.
By Andrea Kowalski

MENGAPA LELAKI BERBOHONG

Suatu hari, ketika sedang menebang pohon, seorang penebang kayu kehilangan kapaknya karena jatuh kesungai. Lalu dia menangis dan berdoa, sehingga Dewa muncul.

"Mengapa kamu menangis?"Si penebang kayu sambil terisak menceritakan bahwa kapak sebagaisumber penghasilan satu-satunya telah jatuh kesungai.Lalu Dewa menghilang dan muncul kembali membawa kapak emas.

"Apakah ini kapakmu?""Bukan, Dewa " Lalu Dewa muncul kembali membawa kapak perak. "Apakah ini kapakmu?"Lalu Dewa mengeluarkan sebuah kapak yang jelek dengan pegangan kayu dan mata besi"Apakah ini kapakmu?""Ya, Dewa, benar ini kapak saya""Kamu orang jujur, karena itu Aku akan memberikan ketiga kapak ini untukmu sebagai upah kejujuranmu"Lelaki itu sangat bersyukur dan pulang dengan gembira.

Beberapa hari kemudian ketika sedang menyeberang sungai, istrinya terjatuh dan hanyut.Lagi, si penebang kayu menangis dan berdoa. Kemudian Dewa muncul."Mengapa kamu menangis?""Istri saya satu-satunya yang sangat saya cintai terjatuh ke sungai, Dewa

"Lalu Dewa menghilang kedalam sungai dan muncul kembali dengan membawa Jennifer Lopez"Apakah ini istrimu?""Ya, Dewa"Lalu Dewa marah dan berkata "Kamu berbohong, kemana perginyakejujuranmu?

"Lelaki itu dengan takut dan gemetar berkata, "Dewa, seandainya saya tadi menjawab tidak, Dewa akan kembali dengan membawa Britney Spears, dan jika saat itu saya juga menjawab tidak, Dewa akan kembali membawa istri saya yang asli, dan jikaketika itu saya menjawab iya, Dewa akan memberikan ketiganya untuk menjadi istri saya. Saya ini orang miskin,Dewa, tidak mungkin saya bisa membahagiakan tiga orang istri...

"KESIMPULAN: Lelaki berbohong itu demi kebahagiaan orang lain......

Yoga for Insomnia

Yoga for Insomnia

It's nighttime, and you've had a long day. All you want is to fall back on the pillow and go immediately to sleep, but you know that's not likely to happen. Instead, you're facing a long night of staring at the ceiling, mind racing, body tense.

Yoga can help. There are three main things you can do to sleep better and more easily:
Turn upside down. Inversions calm the mind and the body and help you prepare for sleep. If you know inversions like Shoulderstand or Plow Pose, they can be great choices. Otherwise, just lay on the floor with your legs up a wall so that your feet point up to the ceiling for a few minutes.

Fold forward into your favorite forward bend. Get your head below your heart or turn your vision inward for a while to relax more deeply. Try putting some support underneath your head as you fold for an even deeper experience of release.

Breathe deeply. Slowing down your breath will help you calm your racing thoughts and prepare your brain for sleep.

Take a little extra time before bed and sleep may be less elusive.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A WHEN THE MEETS DAY

The past is history,
The future is mystery,
This moment is a gift,
Thats why this moment is called ' the present'

(Deepak Chopra - The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success)


The present today :

Ketam writes:

A WHEN THE MEETS DAY
( a remembrance to 550 lost lives in TSUNAMI recently )

I thought I saw your face today,
in the sparkle of the morning sun.
And then I heard the angel say,
"Their work on earth is done.

"I thought I heard your voice today,
then laugh your hearty laugh.
And then I heard the angel say,
"There's peace dear one at last.

"I thought I felt your touch today,
in the breeze that rustled by.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The spirit never dies.

"I thought I saw my broken heart,
in the crescent of the moon.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The Lord is coming soon.

"I thought that you had left me,
for the stars so far above.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They left you with their love.

"I thought that I would miss you so,
and never find my way.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They're with you every day."

"The sun, the wind, the moon, the stars,
will forever be around,
reminding you of the love you shared,
and the peace they've finally found

He wrote...

She...
May be the beauty or the beast...
May be the famine or the feast...
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell...
She may be the mirror of my dreams...
The smile reflected in a stream...
She may not be what she may seem...
Inside her shell...

I am a little bit of loneliness...
a little bit of disregard...
Handful of complaints, but I can’t help the fact...
that everyone can see these scars...

A WHEN THE MEETS DAY

The past is history,
The future is mystery,
This moment is a gift,
Thats why this moment is called ' the present'

(Deepak Chopra - The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success)

The present today :

A friend of mine Ketam writes:

A WHEN THE MEETS DAY

( a remembrance to 550 lost lives in TSUNAMI recently )

I thought I saw your face today,
in the sparkle of the morning sun.
And then I heard the angel say,
"Their work on earth is done."

I thought I heard your voice today,
then laugh your hearty laugh.
And then I heard the angel say,
"There's peace dear one at last."

I thought I felt your touch today,
in the breeze that rustled by.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The spirit never dies."

I thought I saw my broken heart,
in the crescent of the moon.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The Lord is coming soon.

"I thought that you had left me,
for the stars so far above.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They left you with their love.

"I thought that I would miss you so,
and never find my way.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They're with you every day."

"The sun, the wind, the moon, the stars,
will forever be around,
reminding you of the love you shared,
and the peace they've finally found

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Beyond My Wildest Dream

Beyond My Wildest Dream

Siang tadi aku makan di Amigos (angak minggir got sedikit), biasalah kocek karyawan kebanyakan. Namun ada sesuatu yang menarik, saat aku membeli tabloid Aura, yang didalamnya ada artikel tentang “Semangat Hidup.”

Nasib kita tidak ditentukan oleh apa yang terjadi dalam hidup ini. Tapi bagaimana cara kita mengatasi kejadian ini.
Orang-orang yang berhasil bertahan hidup dalam kesulitan dan penderitaan ternyata punya satu kesamaan yang mendasar, yaitu mempunyai semangat hidup.

Dalam perjalanan hidupku, aku pernah mengalami badai yang dahyat dalam kehidupanku. Pada waktu itu, aku berpikir bahwa akulah orang yang tersengsara didunia, termiskin didunia, ter...ter… pokoknya segalanya yang ter-.

Tapi setelah aku renungkan bahwa semua orang pasti punya masalah. Bisa jadi bencana alam, PHK, kehilangan orang-orang tercinta, kehilangan harta benda, atau oleh karena sebab-sebab lain yang membuat hidupnya down.

Adalah daya tahan terhadap cobaan hidup, daya juang untuk bertahan hidup serta semangat hiduplah yang menyelamatkan seseorang dari malapetaka kehidupan. Sehingga kita tidak terbenam dalam lumpur pesimisme, mengasihani dan menyalahkan diri sendiri.
Semangat hidup dapat membangkitkan rasa cinta kepada diri sendiri dan yang penting adalah keyakinan bahwa kita mampu membuat hidup kita tumbuh dan berkembang.

Dengan kegagalan-kegagalan yang pernah dialami, kita menjadi lebih kreatif dan berani mengambil resiko.

Selalu optimis, berjiwa besar, tidak menghakimi dan bisa mengendalikan diri dalam menghadapi kegagalan, kesedihan, dan kehilangan merupakan hal-hal yang penting.

Untuk itu perlu dibangun daya tahan untuk menghadapi cobaan dan ujian dalam hidup ini. Syukur-syukur bisa dalam taraf tahan banting, sehingga kemalangan apapun yang menimpa, kita bisa mengatasinya.

Disaat kita ditimpa kemalangan hidup, misalnya ditinggal mati oleh suami/anak/ orang tua, terkena penyakit kronis, difitnah, dibohongi orang, kemalingan, terkena kebakaran, kecelakaan, atau malapetaka hidup yang lainnya, cobalah pikirkan bahwa kita masih beruntung, selalulah bersyukur. Lihatlah saudara-saudara kita di Aceh yang tidak hanya kehilangan harta benda, tidak hanya kehilangan satu anggota keluarga, bahkan ada yang kehilangan seluruh anggota keluarga hingga sebatang kara. Atau saudara-saudara kita yang masih dalam peperangan, dimana jiwa, harta dan nyawanya sangat terancam.

Begitulah sikap yang seharusnya diambil didalam menghadapi cobaan hidup. Tetap semangat, punya daya tahan hidup yang hebat, dan tahan banting.

Menurut buku-buku agama yang saya baca, bahwa cobaan itu ada dua macam. Yaitu cobaan yang merupakan balasan perbuatan di masa lalu. Atau ujian naik ke derajat iman yang lebih tinggi.

Saat sekarang ketika saya mengalami cobaan / ujian, saya mencoba untuk selalu ikhlas dalam suka duka hidup ini, sabar dan selalu bersyukur. Pada saat saya ngotot dengan permohonan-permohonan saya kepada Tuhan (yang bisa jadi dinilai Tuhan tidak rasional pada saat itu), biasanya permohonan itu tidak terkabul.

Namun begitu saya ikhlas, setelah berusaha keras dan akhirnya saya berserah diri kepada-Nya, biasanya permohonan itu terkabul, lebih dari yang saya minta. Beyond My Wildest dream! Ini sungguh-sungguh terjadi lho friend, saya sering mengalaminya.

Merci beaucoup Bram!

Merci beaucoup Bram!

“The main purpose of a prayer is asking a miracle. In a short prayer is ,
” The Almighty, make two times two is not four”. (Ivan S Tourgeniev).

“Inspirasi itu datangnya bisa dari mana saja”, ini kata mas Arswendo Atmowiloto di salah satu bukunya yang aku sudah lupa judulnya. Pokoknya intinya inspirasi, ide atau ilham, datangnya bisa dari penjual bakso, tukang sate, dalam pesawat, dalam bis kota, dari pacar, dari tetangga, dari teman kantor, dari pengemis, atau apa saja kejadian sehari-hari yang lewat berlalu lalang dihadapan kita, yang sengaja atau nggak sengaja kita lihat, kita dengar dan kita renungkan.
Boleh-boleh mas, aku sangat setuju dengan pendapat itu. Inilah buktinya, aku dapat inspirasi secara tak sengaja. Ya…ya…inspirasi itu datangnya dari mana saja, kapan saja, tiba-tiba muncul tanpa disangka-sangka.

Begitu pula saat aku terima sms dari seorang teman yang mengabarkan tentang penempatan post barunya di KBRI Paris. Kulihat waktu pengiriman jam 07:49:19 pagi waktu Paris, spontan aku melirik jam tanganku menunjukkan jam 13: 49 siang waktu Jakarta, dengan perbedaan waktu enam jam. Sender-nya Bramantya, berkode negara Perancis, +33676 xxxxxx

Rupanya belum puas dengan hanya ber-sms ria, akhirnya Bram menelpon ke henpunku. Saat itu kami ngobrol cukup lama, sekitar setengah jam lebih. Aku juga sempet berkomentar dalam hati, “Jebol pulsamu, Bram!” Tapi apa urusanku, emang guwe pikirin, yang bayar dia, yang penting meski dipisahkan oleh benua dan samudra persahabatan jalan terus. Di era komunikasi sekarang ini dimana setiap orang selalu menenteng henpun ditangan dan terkoneksi dengan internet, jarak jauh memang bukan hambatan lagi. Kapanpun bisa nelpun, bisa sms, bahkan bisa akses internet via henpun.

Banyak sekali yang kami omongin tapi kalau diekspos disini tentu saja akan mengganggu privasi kami berdua. Hanya beberapa kata saja yang ingin aku sampaikan. Dalam salah satu percakapan Bram bilang, “Meniek, istreriku itu orang yang super-super sabar.”
Saat aku mendengar kata-kata itu sepertinya nggak ada kesan-kesan khusus, tapi selalu terngiang-ngiang ditelingaku yang pada akhirnya aku pikirkan dan aku renungkan apa makna yang lebih dalam dari kata-kata “super-super sabar.”

Perenungan membawa kesadaran untuk mengoreksi diri sendiri. Maka timbulah pertanyaan-pertanyaan dalam hati.

“Apakah selama ini aku sudah ‘cukup’ sabar?”

Kujawab sendiri pertanyaan-pertanyaanku dalam hati, sambil instrospeksi diri serta mengingat-ingat kejadian apa yang membuatku menjadi orang yang kurang sabar.

O iya…aku kurang sabar, semuanya pengen serba kilat dan instant (mie kaleeee….hehe…), malah kadang-kadang karena kurang sabar bisa jadi temperamental, bersungut-sungut, pengen marah, perasaan meledak-ledak (kayak bom ajah…), blaaarrrrr…. marahlah aku!

Kadang-kadang kemarahan itu bisa terkendali, namun tak jarang juga menjadi-jadi. Sebel sama si A, si B, si C. Sebel karena hal ini, hal itu… dan lain-lain, pokoknya segala penyebab yang bikin dongkol bin gondok, buntutnya nggak sabar dan marah itu tadi.

Lalu aku berpikir, kalau istrinya Bram saja bisa sabar, kenapa aku nggak bisa? Kesabaran adalah sikap, perbuatan dan kebiasaan, serta penilaian orang bahwa kita adalah orang yang sabar. Jadi orang sabar aja sudah bagus, apalagi kalau bisa super-super sabar. Wah dapat acungan jempol dua tangan sekaligus :-)

Aku mikir lagi, gimana caranya jadi orang yang sabar? Banyak orang bilang, orang yang nggak sabar, gerubak-gerubuk, pemarah, itu sudah dari sononya alis pembawaan lahir. Susah sekali untuk mengubah kebiasaan yang sudah mendarah daging itu. Ikut terbawa aliran darah, nyangkut di daging pula, nah kan! Tapi aku yakin, aku bisa untuk mengubah kebiasaan itu.

Lalu dalam sholatku di sujud yang terakhir, secara spontan aku berdoa memohon kesabaran. Belum puas aku memohon di sujud terakhirku, aku teruskan doaku setelah sholat, doa ini secara lugu dalam bahasaku : “ Ya Allah, kalau isterinya Bram saja bisa jadi orang yang super-super sabar, maka jadikanlah aku orang yang lima kali lebih sabar dari dia.”

Intinya adalah sesuatu yang kita sudah mentok, berusaha maksimal tapi kok nggak ada hasil. Akhirnya doalah satu-satunya penyelesaian yang paling mujarab. Jadi sungguh tepat pendapat si Ivan S Tourgeniev.

“The main purpose of a prayer is asking a miracle. In a short prayer is ,” The Almighty, make two times two is not four”. (Ivan S Tourgeniev).

Aku mengalami proses. Lima kali menjadi lebih sabar dari isterinya Bram aku terapkan dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Alhamdulillah, sudah ada penurunan derajat kemarahan dan kenaikan kesabaran. Aku menjadi lebih cool.

Kemudian pemikiranku lebih berkembang lagi, ketika aku membaca tafsir Al Quran, aku semakin mendapatkan pencerahan. Banyak sekali anjuran untuk sabar…sabar…dan sabar. Juga dijelaskan secara gamblang bahwa Tuhan akan senantiasa menyertai orang-orang yang sabar.
Wah, semakin terbukalah hatiku untuk maju terus menjadi sabar, sabar, dan lebih sabar! Semakin kuat pula keinginanku bukan hanya menjadi lima kali lebih sabar dari isterinya Bram. Setelah 5x, bisa saja aku berusaha dan mohon terus untuk dilipat gandakan kesabaranku menjadi 10x, 100x, 1000x bahkan sejuta kali…..dan seterusnya (hmmm….)

Kalau dalam deret hitung ada unlimited atau tak terhingga, maka akupun memohon untuk diberikan kesabaran yang tak terhingga. Tentu saja dengan kesadaran penuh sesuai dengan kapasitasku sebagai manusia, sebagai umat, sebagai hamba, sebagai kalifah utama di muka bumi, yang diciptakan-Nya tidak dengan sia-sia.

Jadi yang kumaksud adalah aku mohon kesabaran yang tak terhingga namun masih dalam kapasitasku sebagai hamba-Nya. Karena tidak ada yang lebih sabar dari Dia, Dia Yang Maha Penyabar, aku mohon kesabaran dari-Nya.

Oh ya aku berdoa mengutip dari Asmaul Husna : Yaa Shabuuru Ij’alnaa Shabiriin. Artinya : Ya Tuhan Yang Maha Penyabar, jadikanlah kami orang-orang yang selalu bersabar.

Setelah hari-hariku mulai kujalani dengan lima kali lebih sabar, setiap detik rasa-rasanya kesadaranku untuk bersikap sabar semakin bertambah. Bahkan kemungkinan juga sudah berlipat ganda. Insyallah suatu saat nanti aku berharap akan menjadi seseorang yang punya kesabaran yang tak terhingga, namun tentu saja tetap dalam batas-batas sebagai seorang hamba yang tak akan melebihi-Nya.

Dengan kesabaran, yang kurasakan adalah perasaan yang enak, nggak ngotot, sehingga segalanya berjalan pelan tapi pasti. Karena aku benar-benar menyadari bahwa semua tujuan ada prosesnya. Nah, dalam proses itulah kita harus super-super sabar hingga mencapai kesabaran yang tak terhingga.

Bukan hanya itu, bagiku berusaha itu harus dan berdoa adalah wajib. Usaha tanpa doa adalah terlalu naïf, sedangkan doa tanpa usaha, hehe…kayak mengharap bintang jatuh, yang kemungkinan dapatnya sangat kecil sekali. Komet dan meteor saja jatuh ke bumi ratusan bahkan ada yang ribuan tahun sekali. Dan sampai saat ini belum ada ilmuwan yang bisa memprediksi dengan tepat kapan komet atau meteor akan jatuh bumi. Jadi hanya berdoa saja tanpa berusaha identik dengan harap-harap cemas. Jadi pepatah kuno ora et labora, itu benar dan betul.

Kini dengan kesabaran aku merasa lebih enak menghadapi hari-hariku, menghadapi hidupku, menghadapi orang-orang disekitarku, menghadapi segala kemungkinan suka dan duka hidup ini, menghadapi ujian dan cobaan hidup. Sabar untuk melangkah dalam hidup ini, menuju ke tujuanku, dengan penuh kesadaran bahwa semuanya mengalami proses. Juga menjadi sabar menantikan doaku yang belum terkabul, tanpa mengeluh. Dengan kesabaran perjalanan hidup ini jadi lebih enak, lebih ringan dan relatif mudah.

Maturnuwun, terimakasih, thank you, merci beaucoup Bram! Kamu telah menginpirasiku untuk sesuatu hal kecil namun berdampak sangat besar dalam kehidupanku dan proses perjalanan hidupku, kesabaran yang tak terhingga dan tak ternilai harganya.

The Yoga of Moving Into Stillness

(Bobby's voice)

We've discussed the place of yoga on the path before. Here's an in depth treatment.
The single best written source on yoga for the Western reader is Erich Schiffmann's book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness (
ISBN: 0-671-53480-7). He has a spiritual focus for his approach to yoga and he taps into the Western mind and ethic well, with what he has to say. If you are considering adding yoga to your daily routine for any of the many good reasons it should be there, or you'd like a fresh look at the discipline, then Schiffmann is the place to go; moving into stillness, what a beautiful metaphor for bliss!

Let's look at the possibilities of yoga for building healthy relationships; the all important one of relating to yourself and the difficult one of relating well to a loved one. Keep in mind that your spiritual relationship is also supported but we'll leave that as an assumption in this discussion.

Yoga will bring you into touch with your core being and quiet the frenzy of your consumer culture mind long enough to permit you to begin to understand who you are and how you are connected to the grand scheme. "Consumer culture mind" is not a pejorative term; it merely reflects the reality of our existence and I use it as a call to awareness.

Yoga, on the personal plane, is another adventure in the healing power of the altered state and in the search for beauty and joy. It can be as seductive as any drug commonly used for these purposes without the hazards. However, anything that becomes compulsive is probably harmful in the long run and yoga is no exception. Ask the compulsive runners who can't seem to get enough of the "runner's high" whether they might be overdoing it.
Yoga, on the plane of interpersonal relations, has long been developed for the teacher-student relationship, usually to the benefit of both. Lately, though I suspect it is nothing new (see
Tantra refs for example), "contact yoga" or "couples yoga" has become fashionable. Contact yoga seems to be a form that pairs you with a yoga minded friend while couples yoga is oriented at pairs of people who are in love with one another. Neither form is particularly concerned with sexual possibilities though the focus of couples yoga could, at times, be in preparation for love making. Tantric yoga is, of course, specifically spiritually sexual and we shall take up this tasty topic in more depth sometime soon.

Touch is magic. We learned about this from SuZ's article on Stress, Bodywork and Altered State Healing. Yoga comes from a long tradition of asceticism developed in a "culture predicated on the maintenance of hierarchies, distinctions and division among people that most of us in the modern West are no longer willing to accept" (see Contact Yoga in the October 1997 Yoga Journal). The contact yoga form encourages us to relate to another in an intimate non-sexual way; a sharing of the energy sensations and healing effects that come from mutual touching in a formal exercise (much like dancing). Awareness is always enhanced in (successful) teamwork and the time sense is altered; transformation and bliss are suddenly possible.
The Art Of Sensual Yoga is a fine book on couples yoga. This book uses the principles of yoga to guide lovers to develop mature, loving relationships that can endure. Close physical contact, combined with breathing, stretching and lifting help couples (students of love) explore relationships in a deeper and more meaningful way. The asanas (yoga postures) presented in this book are meant to enhance communication and understanding. They can quiet our anxieties about aloneness and separateness, a concomitant of consciousness and self-awareness, that seem to be at the root of most of our fears.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

You've Got A Frriend

When u're down n troubled....
When you're down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, oh nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest nights.
You just call out my name,
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running, yeahTo see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You've got a friend.
If the sky above you
Should turn dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I'll come running oh yes I will to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you got to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They'll hurt you and desert you.
Well they'll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don't you let them.
You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Oh baby, don't you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you've got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You've got a friend.
Nooo You've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.
Ain't it good to know you've got a friend
Oh yeah yeah you've got a friend.
(You’ve Got A Friend – McFly)

About Me

About Me
In my own words, here a few thing….

Namaste,
Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog. Here's a little bit about me.
I think you will find that I'm an open and direct person who’s laid back enough to enjoy pretty much any activity, from the formal to the casual, also easy to get along with .
I have a certain charm, good of sense of humor.It takes a while to warm up to people, when I first meet someone new. I'm real quit even to be calm up.
When I get to know them well, then I let loose.
I've been physically active my entire life, enjoy participating in yoga and meditation. I love the outdoors, not a couch potato, and enjoy television especially news, national geographic and animal planet, and exception of relaxing with a DVD or going to a movie on the weekend.
I love to read history and philosophy, and have traveled extensively.
Good food is my passion. I enjoy cooking, and my friends tell me I'm a good cook.
I'm just average woman, who has no perfect, but I try to be a simple person.
I accept you just the way you are, not I wish you were.
I accept things as they are this moment, not I wish they were.
My friend told that I’ m a feminine tomboy - someone whose femininity shines through no matter what she does.Perhaps some day you can judge for yourself. I work hard but can always find the time for the people and things that matter in my life.
What am I looking for: true friends!
I'm a sucker for sweetness, somebody who unpretentious and comfortable with whom they are, intelligent (most importantly common sense and the wisdom that comes from knowing what's important), energetic, with a genuine interest in the world around him/her.
A sense of humor is important.
I'll stop the description here - profiles are too rigid.
Sparks, energy must be there, then profiles melt away.
Please say hello if you’re interested; please include a picture.
Lets see where it goes.
Love and peace,
Meniek

Somebody To Love

Somebody To Love
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Lord what you're doing to me
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can't get no relief,Lord!
Somebody, somebody
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
I work hard every day of my life
I work till I ache my bones
At the end I take home my hard earned pay all on my own -
I get down on my knees
And I start to pray
Till the tears run down from my eyes
Lord - somebody - somebody
Can anybody find me - somebody to love?
(He works hard)Everyday -
I try and I try and I try -
But everybody wants to put me down
They say I'm goin' crazy
They say I got a lot of water in my brain
Got no common senseI got nobody left to believe
Yeah - yeah yeah yeah
Oh Lord
Somebody - somebody
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Got no feel, I got no rhythm
I just keep losing my beat
I'm ok, I'm alrightAin't gonna face no defeat
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
Someday I'm gonna be free, Lord!
Find me somebody to love
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Artist: Queen
Album: A Day At The Races

TO MY SPECIAL FRIEND


TO MY SPECIAL FRIEND

I thank you for your friendship,
for the radiance of you smile.
I thank you for always going,the extra mile.
I thank you for giving unto me,each day, the sunshine.
For the thoughts of you that sometimes causes my
words to rhyme.

The mystery of Trunyan Village, Bali

One of Lake Batur's villages, Trunyan is inaccessible except by boat. At the lakeside you'll be met by a greeting party of locals wanting money. The Trunyan people believe they are Bali Aga, the original inhabitants of Bali. Cremation is not practiced in Trunyan, the dead are simply placed against a sacred tree by the lake, which stops the decomposing body from smelling.

The village of Trunyan is squeezed tightly between the lake and the outer crater rim of Batur, an almighty volcano in Kintamani. This is a Bali Aga village, inhabited by descendants of the original Balinese, the people who predate the arrival of the Hindu Majapahit kingdom in the 16th century. It is famous for the Pura Pancering Jagat temple, but unfortunately visitors are not allowed inside.

There are also a couple of traditional Bali Aga-style dwellings, and a large banyan tree, which is said to be more than 1,100 years old. At Kuban sub-village close to Trunyan is a mysterious cemetery that is separated by the lake and accessible only by boat - there is no path along the steep walls of the crater rim. The village of Trunyan itself is situated at the edge of Batur Lake. This location is inaccessible except by boat, and it takes around half an hour across the calm waters. Getting to Lake Batur takes around two hours drive to the northeast of Denpasar along the main road to Buleleng and through Bangli Regency.

Unlike the Balinese people, the people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out in bamboo cages to decompose, although strangely there is no stench. A macabre collection of skulls and bones lies on the stone platform and the surrounding areas.The dead bodies don't produce bad smells because of the perfumed scents from a huge Taru Menyan tree growing nearby. Taru means 'tree' and Menyan means 'nice smell'. The name of Trunyan was also derived from these two words. The women from Trunyan are prohibited from going to the cemetery when a dead body is carried there. This follows the deeply rooted belief that if a woman comes to the cemetery while a corpse is being carried there, there will be a disaster in the village, for example a landslide or a volcanic eruption. Such events have been frequent in the village's history, but whether women had anything to do with it is a matter of opinion...

You can visit both the village of Trunyan and the Kuban cemetery by chartered boat from Kedisan. Sadly, nowadays the boat trips are now blatant tourist traps, as touts and guides strongly urge you to donate your cash to the temple project or leave a donation for the dead. These touts ruin an otherwise fascinating experience.

BOROBUDUR

Borobudur

In the last of school holidays, I and my son went to Borobudur temple, in central Java, Saturday, July 15, 2006. From Jakarta, we flight to Yogyakarta, then we went to Borobudur by car. This is our story…

Getting to Borobudur Temple

Borobudur can be reached by many forms of transport, about one hour from Yogyakarta. The drive leads through small towns and rice fields. Borobudur lies at the edge of a tiny village, Borobudur Village, where the inhabitants are mainly farmers and souvenir vendors
A car with driver can be hired in Yogyakarta. Hotels and tour operators arrange group tours by bus. You can also take public transport. Go by bus or minibus from Yogyakarta to the town of Muntilan, change at the terminal here to another bus for Borobudur.
Early morning is the best time to visit Javanese temples, Borobudur included. The gate opens at 6 am, around sunrise. The view of the surrounding volcanoes and the Bukit Menoreh range to the south is clearest at dawn, although morning mists sometimes obscure the view until 8 am. Visitors must walk 500 meters to the base of the hill then climb a series of steps to reach the temple foot. To see all the reliefs one must walk more than 2 km (1.25 mi) around the four galleries and climb several flights of steps. The minimum amount of time needed at the Site is 1.5 hours. To view all the reliefs takes at least 3 hours; more time will be needed to take photos. Visitors are not permitted to take large bags onto the monument; these can be checked at the entrance without fear of loss.

History
Borobudur temple is the one of the best preserved ancient monument in Indonesia that are most frequently visited by over a million domestic as well as foreign visitors. It also had been acclaimed by the world as a cultural heritage main kind. The architectural style has no equal through out the world.

The inspired structure representing the micro cosmos, which have very often given rise to question e.g. when, in what way, during how long time and by whom the sanctuary had been built.
The right answers up to now has remained a mistery since no written documents had been found so far. Based on brief inscription at the Borobudur's base floor that covered by soil, most scholars estimate that Borobudur was built around 800 AD when the Central java was under the reign of Samaratungga, king of Syailendra Dynasty who adhered to Mahayana Buddhism. It has been estimated that the construction of Borobudur took between 30 to 60 years to complate, based on the assumption that most of labourers were also farmers who had to stop work regularly to tend their farms.

There is evidance that the temple was originally coated in white plaster and painted. It must have been an awsome sight to see a majestic, colorful temple rising above the greenery! Borobudur has full of philosophical ornaments in which it is completly symbolizing the unity in diversity of path that can be followed to reach the ultimate aim of life. The reliefs engraved on the wall of the temple tell about the beatiful learning of life.

However, during the 10 th and 11 th centuries there was transfer of power from central java to the east, Borobudur Temple became completly neglected and given over to decay because of that unfortunate political situation. The sanctuary was exposed to volcanic eruption and other ravages nature.

Neglected and abandoned for almost one thousand year had made Borobudur in ruinous condition when it was rediscovered in 1814, since then the excavition of Borobudur was begun. In 1907 - 1911 the big restoration was carried out by Dutch Goverment and directed by Theodore Van Erp. In fact, by uncovering the structure and not building a drainage system, he further endangered it by exposure to the elements of nature.

The structure remained in grave danger of decay and collapse until 1973, when an association of 27 countries, the goverment of indonesia, UNESCO and several private organizations financed major resoration works. 23 February 1983, officially announced the completion of the restoration project.

The structure

The Borobodur Temple complex is one of the greatest monuments in the world. It is of uncertain age, but thought to have been built between the end of the seventh and beginning of the eighth century A.D. For about a century and a half it was the spiritual centre of Buddhism in Java, then it was lost until its rediscovery in the eighteenth century.

The structure, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in the form of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three circular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.

For each direction there are ninety-two Dhyani Buddha statues and 1,460 relief scenes. The lowest level has 160 reliefs depicting cause and effect; the middle level contains various stories of the Buddha's life from the Jataka Tales; the highest level has no reliefs or decorations whatsoever but has a balcony, square in shape with round walls: a circle without beginning or end. Here is the place of the ninety-two Vajrasattvas or Dhyani Buddhas tucked into small stupas. Each of these statues has a mudra (hand gesture) indicating one of the five directions: east, with the mudra of calling the earth to witness; south, with the hand position of blessing; west, with the gesture of meditation; north, the mudra of fearlessness; and the centre with the gesture of teaching.

Besides being the highest symbol of Buddhism, the Borobodur stupa is also a replica of the universe. It symbolises the micro-cosmos, which is divided into three levels, in which man's world of desire is influenced by negative impulses; the middle level, the world in which man has control of his negative impulses and uses his positive impulses; the highest level, in which the world of man is no longer bounded by physical and worldly ancient desire.
It is devotional practice to circumambulate around the galleries and terraces always turning to the left and keeping the edifice to the right while either chanting or meditating. In total, Borobodur represents the ten levels of a Bodhisattva's life which he or she must develop to become a Buddha or an awakened one.

The meaning

Borobudur (or Barabudur - the origin and meaning of the name are unknown) is a squat pyramid-shaped stupa 40km to the north west of Yogyakarta, in a volcanic region on the Indonesian island of Java. Erected in the late 8th or early 9th century, presumably by the kings of central Java, this Buddhist monument was probably abandoned within not much more than a century after construction when the power-base moved to east Java. There is no foundation inscription, no way of dating beyond the palaeography of the workers' inscripitions, and no later mention of the sanctuary until 1709 AD.

The quality and importance of Borobudur are world-class, for the sheer abundance and beauty of its figured reliefs, decorated panels and sculptures. In Europe, no such sculptural complexes had been seen since well before the fall of the Roman Empire; and none would be seen until more than 100 years after its abandonment. In the region, it ranks with a much larger complexes at Pagan (Burma) and Angkor (Cambodia).

The stupa is some 31.5m high, and almost square with a side of 123m. From a broad podium, the visitor progresses through four relief-covered galleries to a circular terrace, adorned with 72 bell-shaped perforated stupas, each containing a seated Boddhisatva, surrounding a central stupa, once much taller than it is now, which may once have held a relic of the Buddha. Because the structure was built out of a mid- to dark-grey volcanic stone, the tropical climate, with an average rainfall of over 2m per annum, has ensured that the structure has been invaded by mosses and lichens. Originally, it was probably plastered white, and painted in bright colours.

There must have been a substantial monastery for the monks who looked after the structure and the pilgrims, but nothing adequate has yet been discovered. The point of the pilgrimage was that the stupa (its shape perhaps intended as a replica of the universe) allowed the pilgrim to mimic a journey from base life through to enlightenment - from this temporal world to the attainment of enlightenment, symbolised by the Bodhisattvas on the circular terrace. (There are parallels here with the mazes found in mediaeval Christian buildings.)

The shape of the stupa - like a badly-risen cake, says one scholar - results from a mix of climate and ambition. The first building campaign began with a basement covered in 160 relief panels but, when the substantial weight of the first terrace was added, the land slipped, no doubt because the core of the structure (part natural hill, part infill) soaked up water like a sponge. A decision was taken to abandon the basement by girdling it with a terrace - a corset to ensure against future landslips. Hence we might assume that the profile originally intended was taller and sharper than what we see today.

As we see it today, Borobudur is the result of three major restoration schemes. After its description by by the Engineer officer H. C. Cornelius on the commission Sir Stamford Raffles, the English Governor, in 1814, the trees and bushes on the site were felled, and stones dislodged by water and earth movement rolled down to the base (with some damage) to await re-positioning. The resident of Kedu, C. L. Hartmann, did further clearance work in 1834 and 1835. Nevertheless, degradation continued; making casts of all the reliefs was contemplated, and in 1882 it was even proposed that the reliefs be dismounted and displayed in a purpose-built museum. The fact of the filled-in basement was discovered by J. W. Ijzerman in 1885, and this helped provoke the second great restoration which resulted in the monumental monograph by N. J. Krom & Th. Van Erp of 1919, which published photographs of all the sculptures and reliefs, including the hidden base. It is from this monograph that the digital images which adorn our VRML presentation of the stupa were made.

Relief Panels

There are 1.460 relief panels on Borobudur, each of them tells the story of Buddha Gautama. The lowest level has 160 reliefs depicting the law of cause and effect; the middle level contains various stories of the Buddha's life from the Jataka Tales; the highest level has no reliefs or decorations whatsoever but has a balcony, square and shape with round walls.
Gallery 3 and 4
Gandavyuha
Gallery 2
Gandavyuha (the structure of teh world compared to a bubble).
Most of the reliefs in Borobudur narrate the tale of Sudhana, a young man seeking the Ultimate Truth. After many encounters with people from all levels of society, the story climaxes when Sudhana finally visits the bodhisattva Samantabhadra and vows to follow his example.
There are also more stories about Jataka and Avadana.
Gallery 1
Lalitavista (the unfolding of the play), the stroy of Budhha, showing how his life was a "performance" to educate mankind on how to attain enlightenment.
Avadana (Heroic Deeds), most of the narratives in this section have not yet been deciphered
Jataka (Birth Stories), narratives of the many self-sacrifacing act performed by Buddha in his earlier incarnations.
Basement level-"Hidden Foot"
Mahakarmavibhangga (Great Classification of Actions), these reliefs show men and women caught in the cycles of karma and encorage the pilgrim to escape earthly existence and attain Nirvana.
The 160 panels do not related a continuous story but it provides one complete illustration of cause and effect. The first 117 panels show various action producing one and same result. While the remaining 43 panels demonstrate the many result that follow one kind effect.

Statues
Many scholars believe that the 432 Budhha statues on the five balustrades of the lower levels are linked to the 72 statues on the upper round terraces as part of a single metaphor.
Circular Terraces
There are 92 Dhyani Buddhas tucked into small stupas. Each of these statues has a mudra (hand gesture) indicating one of the five directions; North, East, West, and the Center. The tiers just below the central stupa contain a Buddha with the mudra indicating the preaching of Buddha's first sermon carried out on the summit of Mount Semeru. This suggest that Borobudur is a representation of that sacred mountain.
"Kunto Bimo" Statues
Historically speaking, the most popular sattue, "Kunto Bimo" can be found to the right of the stairway on the east side of the first terrace. Bimo was the second of the Pandawa Brothers in the Hindu Ramayana epic. Childless women in particular stretched out their fingers toward him in an attempt to touch his finger as he sat montionless in his "cage" believing that doing so they would be blessed to have their next generation.

Site and Structure of The Monument
Borobudur Temple is situated in the Regency of Magelang, Central Java province.The site is ideal, it is situated in the heart of Java Island, beautifully surrounded mountains. On the North and North-East by Merapi and Merbabu volcanoes, on the North-west by the volcanoes Sundara and Sumbing. The monument took-place on 256 m above sea level.

Borobudur was built on top of a hill, which has a natural core of volcanic tuff, covered with a variable layer of sandy clay fill.
Quit different from many other sanctuaries, Borobudur has no neither clearly marked entrance nor room or receive visitor. It is a massive structure. The monument itself is a kind stpped-pyramid with six quadrangular galleries at the base, followed by three circular terraces and whole surmounted by a big stupa.

The three levels of Borobudur may represent the Buddhist three-part division of the universe. The lower level is the Sphere of Desire, where the human spirit is chained to greed.
The middle level is the Sphere of Form, where the human spirit is free from greed, but is not yet able to transcend the material world.

The Upper part is the Sphere of Formlessness, where the liberated human spirit has left earthly consideration behind.
Hence, the great central stupa, representing Nirvana which contains an empty chamber.
Pilgrims are to go around the galleries and terraces always turning from the right to the left (clockwise). Ascending the monument symbolizes the progression from the world of ilussion to enlightenment.

Vaicak Ceremony
Once a year during the full moon in May or June, the Buddhist hold the Vaicak ceremony commemorating the birth, the death and the time when the Boddhisatva attains the highest wisdom and become Buddha. The ceremonies held on Mendut Temple and attended by thousands of Buddhist coming from all over Indonesia.
The following day. The Buddhist walk on procession from Mendut temple, passing the Pawon temple and finally on the Borobudur temple, where another ceremony is staged.

Look at Our pic : One of the ninety-two Dhyani Buddha statues enclosed in stupas and Devotional practice of circumambulate around the galleries and terraces.