praises & criticisms

“You look 30!” she said, and a certain gladness filled my heart. And almost instantaneously a denial made its way from my mind. But this time, it did not pass my lips. Instead I smiled and thanked her, for the kindness she’d shown and grateful for the uplifting moment. It is alright to receive praise, … Continue reading praises & criticisms

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Love and Power

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33 Love and power are mutually exclusive. Or are they? I had wondered if one can love and still be a force to be reckoned with. If one loves, and is thus compassionate … Continue reading Love and Power

Talking dirty … about Beauty

    "Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband."      Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American writer, satirist       Being Chinese, it is imperative for me to put across alternate/different image of beauty? 🙂   Till next time,   - FlorenceT   P/S Why talking dirty? See the … Continue reading Talking dirty … about Beauty

Meditation? For love and power…

"The point [of meditation] is not to improve yourself …but to come back to who you are, the awareness that is your birthright” These are the words of Jack Kornfield, who facilitated the first session of the 'Love and Power' weekend retreat. Jack Kornfield quoted Zen master, Suzuki Roshi who when asked to talk about … Continue reading Meditation? For love and power…

Love’s healing

I shall gather you Into the arms Of love’s embrace Let me ease the pain Besieging you With love’s pure heat In anguish, you shall Experience, grasp A moment’s delight In joyous respite Remember, know Love’s healing power. - FlorenceT   © 2014 Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this … Continue reading Love’s healing

Making meaning of our life stories

"Making meaning of our life stories" - that's my tag line, and it occurred to me that I've not spoken to it. Our lives are made up of memories, which are in effect stories, narratives which were told and remembered. These narratives, created by us and others, in turn have created our life, in how … Continue reading Making meaning of our life stories

There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate

“There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, you must keep it pristine clean, so that nobody has the right to curse you, treat you badly, nobody… ‘cos maybe that is the place you go to when you meet God… say ‘no’ when it’s no, say so, back it up because that … Continue reading There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate

Living and loving as an introvert

An introvert.. insights through the words of dorkymum. We need our space and our solitude, get it?! 🙂

dorkymum

good advice

*stands up*

*shuffles nervously*

*clears throat*

Hello. My name’s Ruth and I am an introvert.

Would you believe that it has taken me 31 years to say that?

Most of those years have been taken up with saying other things. No, I’m not anti-social. No, I’m not shy. No, it’s not that I hate people, or that I hate you, or that I’m a badly brought up Awkward Annie.

I’m just an introvert.

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Answer to your future calling…

It doesn't matter where we come from, it doesn't matter where we've been, there comes a time when we have to stop looking back and answer to the voice calling to us from the future. Believe that the sun will shine tomorrow And that your saints and sinners bleed We weren't born to follow You … Continue reading Answer to your future calling…

See the signs

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” Ralph Waldo Emerson To a younger self... Well, do you see the signs? You have been hurt, by others or by circumstances, and you no longer trust. Can you see the walls you've built to guard and protect yourself? Can you now see the ways you have avoided being … Continue reading See the signs