That obstacle

I was in a hurry, I was walking faster than usual, and that means very fast because I always walk rapidly, when suddenly right after turning to the right on a corner, I found a huge tyre with a tree branch in the middle blocking the pavement.

Who had dared to leave that hindrance in the middle of the pavement??

“Someone might get hurt, didn´t you think of that when you left these things here?” I said in loud voice, in case the culprit was still around waiting to have a laugh when someone bumped into it.” But there was no one there.

I tried to move that big branch to clear the way, and when I began pulling it out I could see a big hole on the floor.  It looked like someone had fallen into it previously and then, in order to avoid someone else to fall again, they moved a big tyre and a tree branch to cover it and that way prevent more accidents.

I stood still there for a while. Continue reading

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Continuum

“Our main problem here is that we allow our mind to wander free when we need it to be focused and to focus on the things we should release.” The Lama said.

“We need to discipline our mind to avoid being dominated by the continuum…” He continued.

“And what is the continuum?” I asked, abruptly interrupting him.

He looked at me with a smile and answered: “What we call continuum, are those thoughts that seem to never leave our mind. Those sounds and memories that keep repeating as a broken old record in our mind without control”.

“It is like a song you listen on the radio once, the rhythm is catchy, you like it, and suddenly, you find yourself singing it without being conscious of it.  After a few hours and even days later, your mind keeps repeating a small portion of the song until you become conscious of this constant repetition.”

“The same happens with certain sentences or lines you hear in movies, TV, from friends, etc.”

“All that energy keeps your mind busy the whole day.  The problem is that some old and negative thoughts, ideas and feelings are trapped by your mind, forming a continuum that becomes very difficult to get rid of, forming a very negative mentality and creating many problems in your mind. “

“Then you ask yourself why bad things appear in your life.”

I remained silent for a few minutes and then asked him: “Can we do something about it? Can we really change that continuum? Can we program our own content?  Can we create a permanent continuum in our head at will?”

He laughed loudly and added: “Of course you can, actually you must, if you want to change your life and create a better present for yourself and all sentient beings.”

I remained in silence for a while. He was right. I was still struggling to stop repeating a jingle I heard on the radio a few days back and the more I tried to stop it, the more my mind kept repeating in the least expected moment.

Norman Vincent Peal said that motivation is like a flower, you need to water it every day to keep it from dying.

I am sharing in these chapters my thoughts and life experiences with the hope I can change my inner continuum, by reminding me of those lessons that have shaped my present mindset.

I hope you find something useful in them and maybe they could give you some ideas to create a better continuum for yourself.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming with me in this inner quest.

May the Light be with you always.

Hector Sampson

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 It´s for you (Note)

Thanks to our present schooling system, we are practically forced to study different subjects. Usually the average student just learns things to pass a test. After the examination they usually forget everything, if they don´t use that information often.

So, we are used, from a very young age, to learn as an obligation. Therefore, we take it as hard work and we tend to see it as something boring and difficult. Some parents even use it as a punishment. No wonder why we take it as a burden instead of a blessing.

As soon as we go out of school we feel “free” because we won´t need to keep reading books and studying weird subjects for hours. And we keep our concept on studying intact. Until one day we discover a topic we love.

Then, studying that subject becomes a pleasure. The more we are attracted by it, the more we spend time investigating about it.

It is until that moment that we understand the true pleasure of learning.

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Forgiveness

 

It seems very difficult to forgive someone who has done something that really damaged us in some way.

But time has taught us that everyone receives what he or she deserves, even if we don’t see it.  Many times I have heard people complaining about that, but we don’t know what really happens in other people’s life, so definitely we cannot affirm anything whatsoever.

In many cases, when possible, after some deep research we have found out that the lives of people who have been considered as bad or harmful to others have lived a tormented inner existence.

To believe that our actions won’t receive a reaction would be a contradiction to natural laws. This reaction will be good or bad depending on our action and is a common natural law we can observe in the entire universe. Continue reading

Fall in love

 

I have seen an increase on those internet sites that promise to help you meet the love of your life and put you in contact with people you can fall in love with.

Some, promise you to introduce you to single people in your area, other sites promise to help you meet people for a relationship, regardless of their marital status, or yours.

Most of these sites have sections where you can learn to interact with your prospects and offer all kind of advices on how to start a conversation, how to dress properly for the first date, how to control your body language so you can convey the right message and the do’s and don´ts when you are meeting others for the first time.

Many of this “guides” teach you how to conceal your defects, how to show off your “qualities”, how to look as a “good catch” for the other person and how to leave a good impression after the first date, so you can take the next step into the relationship.

Most of these manuals never tell you how to be more authentic, so others see the real you from the beginning though.

I would like to find in those sites more manuals, where they teach you how to fall in love with the only person who will really be with you till the end of your days: Yourself.

The world is trying to mould you to be liked the rest, they tell you what you need to change, what you must cover and pretend, so you might fit into the standards needed to be considered an adequate person.

But why is it, that they never tell you that you are already perfect, that you can be liked, accepted and loved just the way you are. Why nobody is telling you that you have no need to hide, pretend or change anything, so you can be liked and shine with your own light?

How could anybody else fall in love with you when you keep telling yourself that you are not worthy, not perfect, not beautiful enough.

How could anybody be attracted to someone who is looking at the bad side of everything in themselves? Continue reading

This is Life

 

The morning Sun started to shine upon the river Thames as London was awakening to a new day.

The activity in Oxford St. was chaotic as usual, and a walk in Hyde Park was the best medicine for my exhausted soul.  That, and something good to eat. Body and soul are connected and good food is something that I enjoy very much.

I arrived at a very popular place in the area, the owner takes care of the kitchen since he is an excellent chef. I was happy to be there that day.

Watching him work was a real pleasure, he has the gift to make regular food look like a masterpiece. Continue reading

Wherever you are

If you look around you right now, what do you see? Or better said, do you like what you see? Are you in the place where you wanted to be a year ago? Are the circumstances as you wished them to be back then?

If you answered yes to all those questions, congratulations, you have reached the goal. But if you answered no to any or all of them, then do not worry. You are a winner anyway because, believe it or not, you are where you are meant to be right now.

Probably your goals and dreams were different and you think you are not supposed to be where you are today. But that is not so.

No matter how awful/great things were these last months, they have brought you where you are mean to be for your own good. Continue reading

Problem creator

 

Every day we are exposed to lots of problems, with lots of variants, with lots solutions or decisions in front of us which lead to even more consequences.

Once we decide to deal with one of this “problems” we should find the root of it, and as a friend used to say: “Somebody must take the blame for this, and ain´t gonna be me.”

So, finding someone else to blame is not a difficult task. We usually do it immediately and automatically.

But then, finding a solution gets even more difficult. Linking the possible solution with our problem and expecting the one we blamed to take care of it, makes progress impossible.

But changing that mentality could benefit us immensely. Continue reading

Pay attention

When I woke up this morning, I saw the date on my calendar and I had to check it twice because I could not believe it was true.

Where did all those days go? How come we are so advanced into the year? Time flies and when we try to look back to see where did time go, we realise that we have completely lost track of it.

I cannot believe that ten years ago my life was completely different, my mentality was different and even my life style was different.

Many of my friends and people I worked with, are no longer among us.  When I began making a list of all the people who had left, I am amazed of how long the list has become. Where have all they gone?

Even my tastes and hobbies are no longer the same. I still enjoy many old things but my interests and activities have changed so much. Some of them in a radical way.

Yes, I am getting old but I do not feel old yet. Maybe time has passed so fast I didn´t have time to realise it.

But the more I analyse it, the more I realise that I missed out a whole decade of my life without being aware of it.

One day you wake up and your life is completely different and good friends and circumstances are gone for ever.

I am sure we all have in our mind, fond memories of good old times that we suddenly remember and make us feel nostalgic.

No matter how hard some periods are, there will always be moments, details, people, and so on, that will fill our hearts with a warm feeling in the future.

So, take a good look around now because this moment will be a memory too, it will fly away and you will wish you could re-live this time once more. Some of the people who are by your side now, will be gone, some places and situations will change and nothing will be the same again.

You have been given this opportunity, this time-space-coordinate to live, experience and enjoy. Retrain your mind to be aware of the moment. Turn your autopilot off for a while, and pay attention to all the wonderful things that are happening to you right now. Do not allow the apparent bad and ugly things in life to keep you from living this moment that belongs to you by Divine Right.

You will miss this moment in the future, the memory will not be as clear as you will wish, but now is the moment you must pay attention to and enjoy.

The only reality is here and now. Enjoy it before this instant is just one more fading memory.

 

 

 

Self

 

Probably one big problem with many people is that they cannot accept when a spiritual teacher is in a “higher level” then they are.

For years and years, many religions around the world have taught us that we shouldn’t be self-centred, that we should forget about us and live for the rest of the world.

That the worst sin was to be selfish.

And now we are seeing the results of that mentality.  We see people hating themselves and their lives and living a life dictated by the people around them. Continue reading