Everything Interconnected | Derivatives | Gretchen Morgenson

Today a woman threatening suicide on a bridge slowed traffic on I-5 (almost to a halt) for miles. My car overheated due to the fan failing to operate, and I had to ask for coolant from passers-by to be able to get off the freeway. I was late to a dentist appointment. How many series of events were unleashed by the incident? Who knows? There are many consequences to each and every one of our acts. What brought the woman to that bridge?

And I heard that Derivatives are back in the game of the big banks with insufficient regulation in place, and we haven’t recovered yet. How many series of events will be unleashed by another stock market crash? Again, who knows? But selfish greed seems to be unstoppable. Our biggest enemy is our own unchecked ego.

Read more about Derivatives by following the link below to an article by Gretchen Morgenson

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/business/economy/18gret.html?_r=1

Buddha | Prajnaparamita | Anne Bancroft

250px-sermon_in_the_deer_park_depicted_at_wat_chedi_liem-kayess-1There is a tiny book out there that can fit in anybody’s shirt pocket. It is titled, the pocket Buddha reader. It was edited by Anne Bancroft; and it has outstanding selections of the Buddha’s teachings. Below, I am adding an interesting excerpt (pg 33) to give you an idea.

“…the infinitely varied forms of this world, in all their relativity, far from being a hindrance and a dangerous distraction to the spiritual path, are really a healing medicine. Why? Because by the very fact that they are interdependent on each other and therefore have no separate self, they express the mystery and the energy of all-embracing love. Not just the illumined wise ones but every single being in the interconnected world is a dweller in the boundless infinity of love”. –Prajnaparamita (The perfection of  Wisdom)

A note from Wikipedia: “The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras or Prajñāpāramitā Sutras are a genre of Mahayana Buddhist scriptures dealing with the subject of the Perfection of Wisdom. The term Prajñāpāramitā alone never refers to a specific text, but always to the class of literature.” www.wikipedia.com

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”–Mohandas Gandhi

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Everything is Interconnected

Everything is interconnected means  that everything depends on everything else and its part of the whole, without the soil the rose couldn’t exist; when the rose dies it turns into soil. It also means that we are never separate from the Source and whether our actions in life are private or public, at work or at play, they interrelate and should be done with integrity and balance.

Do you want an example of  everything interconnected? It is right in front of you. Please pay attention.

Digression | Presence

I was caught by the flu last weekend. It came out of the blue; I had been feeling great and the weather couldn’t have been better. San Diego, CA almost always has a summer breeze.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple virus can reduce a human being to a sniveling, panting heap of pain and discomfort? You can feel miserable enough to see your death staring at you; some viruses do kill. One positive thing about getting sick is that it can give you some perspective; it points out to us the impermanence of all life. All we have is the moment we live.

The flu made me think about the most important thing we can have…

Our actions are frequently affected by worries and influenced by misleading assumptions that stem from our aimless self-reflection. It is our undisciplined and relentless mind that produces irresponsible or base behavior induced by irrational fears, which originate in non-existent sources or situations. Reality is warped by the wandering mind; reality is not what we think (our concepts and ideas). Thus, the most important thing we do is to discipline our minds to focus on reality as it is now. It is interesting to note that human beings have the uncanny ability to ignore the obvious.

Although all sages from the beginning of time have stressed the importance of having presence of mind, we refuse to see the necessity of it. We refuse to see what it can do for us. To try to simplify something rather complex I would say that it does three things for us: Physically speaking, presence can even save our lives by helping us be aware of what is coming at us; mentally, it will eliminate stress because stress dwells either in a non-existent future or a past that we refuse to let go; and spiritually, it will help us to see that we are never separate from the Source–“be still and know that I am God”–psalms 46:10.

Now, it is true that I don’t know anybody that can be mindful at all times, but just trying our best (just our best) makes a big difference. And with a disciplined mind comes equanimity and inner balance whether we have or have not. And bear in mind that “having” and “having not” are always subject to change, so the most important thing we have is our presence of mind.

I know I am digressing in this post, but isn’t everything interconnected? What do you think?

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I am more a writer, dancer and artist than a businessman. But at the moment, I am working hard at learning about Internet marketing. Everything is interconnected! My discoveries, findings and ideas will be posted in this blog with the purpose of helping others while I learn. At the moment there is more about me and my work at: About me

Everything is interconnected means to me that everything depends on everything else, without the soil the rose couldn’t exist; when the rose dies it turns into soil. It also means that we are never separate from the Source and whether our actions in life are private or public, at work or at play, they interrelate and should be done with integrity and balance.

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