Whale shark: an experience I would like to add to mine!

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Or what is there, under the sea?

By Irina.

In the fall, we got anxious to see our familiar fishes on the Maldives.

Airview of one of the Maldives islands

The Indian Ocean has plenty of beautiful tropical islands, but only a few of them offer “manta and shark trips” to their visitors. One of them is Vilamendhoo Island Resort.

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Paperworks on myself…

Today I had made ​​up my mind to do something that keeps buzzing around in my head for a while! Putting on paper the things about me that I want to improve and interests that want to cultivate better… I took a sheet and I wrote four columns: “likes”, “dislikes”, “quality” and “defects”… Likes and dislikes was gone smoothly!

Defects are coming soon, the only problem was not to repeat the same one with different words, but once I started, defects continued to pop up alone… On the other hand on qualities… I had a block and anything I could think of, it never seemed strong enough to count it among the qualities, which brings me back to one of the defects: insecurity!

So… here we are again, how to manage this?!? It is clear that, although I am not a psychologist and I didn’t read all the available literature on this type of disease, I realize that something is wrong, that is not quite “healthy” to not have ideas, or if have them, hold them up to belittle them as trivial or too common… to be clear, I do not feel as a sociopath person or with particular character problems, but like everyone, I have my daily demons to deal with!

So I guess I just have to remind myself daily that if “I really want and intent to do something I am able to fulfill my desires”… it’s just that often, I forget to remind it to myself!

Then again, meditation helps… it really helps me to feel better and closer to my inner self, closer to these concepts, repeating them during meditation helps to remember, to secure them better.. I know that this road is long, but I also know that the improvement and strive to be a better person every day, is a worthy daily work, that will accompany me every day of my life, this is the decision I have made, a committment with myself which I am trying to keep every day…
I will make at least one step a day, trying to obtain the most by the teaching and lessons I got from the day before and trying to become a better person, enhancing my strengths and depleting my weaknesses!

Quote: “Self-confidence is knowing that we have the capacity to do something good and firmly decide not to give up.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Source quote: http://viewonbuddhism.org/self-confidence.html

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One of my favourite songs…

COLDPLAY – LOST – Lyrics

Just because I’m losing

Doesn’t mean I’m lost
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I will cross

Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Doesn’t mean I didn’t get what I deserve
No better and no worse

I just got lost
Every river that I’ve tried to cross
And every door I ever tried was locked
Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the shine wears off

You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn’t mean you’ve won
‘Cause along may come
A bigger one
And you’ll be lost

Every river that you tried to cross
Every gun you ever held went off
Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the firing starts
Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the shine wears off
Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the shine wears off

Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the shine wears off
Oh, and I’m just waiting ’till the shine wears off

Writer(s): Shawn C. Carter, William Champion, Jonathan Mark Buckland, Guy Rupert Berryman, Christopher Anthony John Martin

Artist: Coldplay

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“Your soul is the whole world” Siddhartha An Indian Tale by Hermann Hesse or Upanishads of Samaveda

This morning I read the first chapter of Siddhartha by Hesse, a book I have from ever!
Over years, I tried to start it two or three times, but I never felt any affinity with those words, so I always put it off to another time… now that time has come!

A sentence in particular struck me: “your soul is the whole world” this sentence which Siddhartha read on the first chapter is quoted by the Upanishads, a collection of texts which form the philosophical basis of Hindu religion.

This concept often pops up into my life during this year of discoveries… Indeed I found out that, only losing any kind of reference point, including the most well established and most important ones, I could understand something, so trivial and so obvious that I have always ignored it… It is so wrong to continue to rely and even create new external reference points, the only reference point that really should be a reference point, that we should take care of and to which we must rely, is one and one only and it is within us not outside, only our true self, our soul, that special place inside ourself which is truth, pure truth within us and that is the only reference point that will be with us always, until the very last breath… as long as we will exist!

Sometimes we could lose sight of it, overshadowed by the noise coming from external influences, I did lose it for a long time, but it still was there, will always be, silent, waiting to be recognized again in its central function… I understand that this is the one thing that will always be my whole world!