Music

July 25, 2008

I love music. There are many different kinds of genres I like, for example classical and Latin American music. I love to dance and sing to the music of Sembradores among other Christian salsa bands. However, inspirational lyrics with great melodies are the ones that touch my soul and make me cry, like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Melissa Etheridge’s “What Happens Tomorrow” and “I Need to Wake Up”.

“I Need to Wake Up”

Have I been sleeping?
I’ve been so still
Afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings
Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I can’t see

Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

And as a child
I danced like it was 1999
My dreams were wild
The promise of this new world
Would be mine
Now I am throwing off the carelessness of youth
To listen to an inconvenient truth

That I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I am not an island
I am not alone
I am my intentions
Trapped here in this flesh and bone

And I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I want to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Oh, Something’s got to break up
I’ve been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

“What Happens Tomorrow”

I believe if I look hard enough
I will see
That there can be enough
I believe I can think clear enough
To conceive
A place where there’s enough

If not now, when
If not today then
What about tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

I believe a woman can work hard and succeed
And we could be content
To believe that she could be in charge
Of the free
And be the president

If not now, when
If not today then
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow
If you become the change
You want to see you change
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

I believe that we are waking up from the spell
That those that profit from the fear
Cast so well
And good people of the earth now can tell
There is no us and them

If not now, when
If not today then
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

All is love
All is choice
Everyone and every voice
All of life that you see
All are possibilities
As above so below
To wed the sense into the soul
This is truth I believe
I believe I believe

Truth is of the people
By the people
For the people

Listen “What Happens Tomorrow” from YouTube.

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Listen to this fresh hip hop version of the song.

I enjoy some songs from musicals as well, for example “Anything Can Happen” from Mary Poppins, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, “Putting It Together” from Sunday in the Park with George and “There’s a Fine, Fine Line” from The Avenue Q.

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Yoga

July 18, 2008

“In the system of ‘Suryanamaskara’ are combined several Yoga postures with rhythmic breathing, rapid movement, sunbathing and prayerful contemplation of the divine power that the sun represents. We are asked to practise this Suryanamaskara facing the morning sun, bathing our whole body in the life-giving rays of the sun, the giver of light, life, joy and warmth of the whole world.” ~Swami Sivananada “Yoga Asanas.”

 

My first introduction to yoga happened during a dance lesson ten years ago. We did some sun salutations to warm up. I enjoyed its calm effectiveness right away. I thought about going to take some lessons but I never got into it before my first teacher drove into my life. I had just come back to Helsinki from Paris and was walking on the street on a sunny summer day when a car pulled up and a man from the car came to talk to me. I of course was suspicious. He told me that he had seen an aura around me and wanted to know if I was interested in yoga. And I was. He gave me a book he had written about yoga and invited me to his yoga school and that marked the beginning of my yoga training.

 

When I became very active in a Christian Fellowship, I wanted to use my skills for the benefit of the churchgoers. However, at the time my idea of “Pray & Stretch” was considered too radical, too akin to other religions.

In 2008 I qualified as a Sivananda Yoga teacher after an intensive training in Aluenda, Zaragoza, Spain. Since then I have given private classes until I started to give group classes in Helsinki, Finland, in January 2010. At the moment I’m practising yoga every day and reading books on yoga and healthy living. Some books on yoga that I have read are Thougt Power, The Perfection of Yoga, El Libro de Yoga and Bhagavad Gita.

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.”
– Swami Vishnu-Devananda 1927-1993

My Personality

July 6, 2008


Saint Teresa of Avila, the patron saint of Spanish writers, said in her book The Interior Castle that learning to get to know oneself is one way of getting to know God. Below you can read a result of a personality test I did as part of a young women’s leadership training.

The Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)

The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and enterprising and attentive in their interpersonal roles. Counselors focus on human potentials, think in terms of ethical values, and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (little more than 2 percent) is regrettable, since Counselors have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their companions. Although Counselors tend to be private, sensitive people, and are not generally visible leaders, they nevertheless work quite intensely with those close to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their families, friends, and colleagues. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

Counselors can be hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. With their loved ones, certainly, Counselors are not reluctant to express their feelings, their face lighting up with the positive emotions, but darkening like a thunderhead with the negative. Indeed, because of their strong ability to take into themselves the feelings of others, Counselors can be hurt rather easily by those around them, which, perhaps, is one reason why they tend to be private people, mutely withdrawing from human contact. At the same time, friends who have known a Counselor for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are inconsistent; Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another’s emotions or intentions — good or evil — even before that person is conscious of them. This “mind-reading” can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others’ feelings so keenly. Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena and to have visions of human events, past, present, or future. What is known as ESP may well be exceptional intuitive ability-in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in the Counselor, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.

Mohandas Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Emily Bronte, Sir Alec Guiness, Carl Jung, Mary Baker Eddy, Queen Noor are examples of the Counselor Idealist (INFJ).

Source: http://keirsey.com/handler.aspx?s=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=3&c=counselor

Career for My Personality Type

The Counselor (INFJ) is a more private person than the Teacher.  They, too, can be found in the field of education as a professor , teacher, counselor, or educational consultant.  Sometimes they feel a strong calling toward the religious life as clergy, nun, or director of religious education.  Social service jobs, such as social worker, social scientist, or mediator can fit their needs.  Some Counselors work in human services, marketing, or as a job analyst.  Others are drawn to the arts as a novelist, designer, or artist.

“My art is very personal.  It expresses who I am at the same time reaching out to draw the viewer in.  My art changes the viewer’s perspective of reality.” – Benito

Source: http://www.personalityzone.com/user/CareerCoach/view/blog/idealists-finding-meaning-and-unique-identity.html

…for Johanna Maria Davies, born 12 May 1979 at 05:05 (local time) in Helsinki, Finland.

Astrological Interpretation and Text by Liz Greene, Programming by Alois Treindl (www.astro.com)

A friend of mine gave me this analysis as a gift last Christmas (2007). I think it was surprisingly apt for example regarding my family background. Maybe you could feel that it’s apt to you too… Anyhow, in case you’d like to know more about me, read a short version of the interpretation.

Psychological Type

– An appearingly balanced temperament.

Most of us are overdeveloped in certain personality attributes, and underdeveloped in others, and the birth horoscope reflects this innate lopsidedness of temperament. Your horoscope, however, describes a rather unusual picture: the potential for a truly balanced temperament and a capacity to adapt to life with the combined resources of realism, imagination, a clear mind and a sympathetic heart.

Whatever the particular difficulties you might have to face in life, and whatever internal conflicts you might experience you have many inner strengths on which to draw, the most important being a rounded picture of life and a capacity to see value in all of the different dimensions and levels of experience. For this reason it would be difficult to “type” you as, say, a rational person, or an intuitive and imaginative one; for you have a little of all of these qualities in you.

Character and Shadow

– A natural capacity to appreciate material pleasures. A hidden longing for the intangible. The vision of life as an endless set of possibilities.

You have made peace with the world’s requirements, and intend to enjoy to the full whatever life makes available to you. Reality for you consists of what you can see, touch, smell, taste, hear, and put in the bank; and although you love physical beauty wherever you find it – in a person, a work of art, or in nature – you do not become distressed by visions of unattainable perfection or aspirations of transcendence.

Because of your deeply sensual appreciation of life, you are more likely to draw delight from the fruits of whatever you accomplish – the grass in the next pasture does not seem any better than what grows underfoot. Because of your natural pragmatism and respect for routines of ordinary living, you are likely to achieve what you want in life, professionally and financially, while you are still young enough to enjoy it. And you will probably manage to avoid that characteristic frustration of the backward-looking vision of “If only I had…” which plagues so many people who do not give their personal needs the importance you grant to yours.

In contrast to your earthy and sensuous nature, there is another protagonist in your inner psychic drama; and this hidden side of you comprises all those qualities which you have had to exclude from your conscious values and behaviour in order to fully enjoy your day-to-day physical and emotional life. This shadow-side of you focuses its eyes not on the earth, but rather, on heaven; and if you remain unconscious of it, it can gnaw away at you in the form of an overdeveloped Old Testament conscience which denigrates your preoccupation with your own pleasures and your devotion to your sensual gratification. This hidden character can also assail you through increasing disillusionment – the nagging sense that there was really not much point to so much self-indulgence after all, because experiences begin to repeat themselves in the end; and how can money buy you the inner conviction that your life has had some deeper meaning and higher purpose? Thus the shadow-side of your personality is really a profound mystical longing for a higher reality which, because it might interfere with your earthier desires, you usually suppress as being naive and unrealistic. Yet all the cynicism in the world cannot erase what belongs to your own psyche, although it may lie in the unconscious and can only get recognition when you have suffered disappointment and have begun to ask questions, or when some painful crisis enters your life and forces you to reconsider what your real purpose for living might be.

Thus you are not quite the pragmatic and well-adjusted sensualist that you sometimes give the impression of being. There are unsuspected and rather strange depths in you. There is a strong mystical dimension in your personality which longs for a higher and more transpersonal meaning in your life, and which rebels against too great an identification with the body and the temporal things of the earth. It is not that you should change and become somebody different, for your firm anchoring in physical life is a great gift, and you are likely to enjoy a happier and more contented existence than many people. But expressing of this refined, delicate and visionary side of you can enrich your life and enhance your appreciation of the good things of the earth and of the body; for your sensual satisfaction will be increased, rather than lessened, by the subtler meaning you find in your experiences.

Whatever your actual age, there is something in you which will never grow old. You will never settle into stagnant complacency dreaming of the glories of your youth, for you carry your youth within you and will be receptive to change and new ideas all your life. You will never find life boring, for you see lessons and opportunities for growth and secret signs everywhere; and the happy thing about such perceptions is that, if you can learn the art of sticking with something long enough to finish it, you can produce relevant and exciting creative products which vindicate your deep sense of your own special destiny. You are a gifted and far-seeing individual who can truly achieve something extraordinary.

Paths toward integration

– Developing confidence in self-expression.

Whatever you do, you need to do it according to your own vision, style and taste. In other words, you need to find the courage to express the whole of yourself – facing your natural shyness and your deep conviction that what you have to offer cannot possibly be as interesting as the creative contributions of others. If you can make this effort as much as possible, even in the midst of anxiety and discomfort, you will discover that your confidence and faith in yourself grow considerably each time you try.

Thus one of your great fears – of unashamedly expressing your own individuality – can become the indestructible base from which you can launch your voyage into the unknown waters of the unconscious. For the more confident you become in the worth of your own ideas and feelings, the less overwhelmed you will feel when confronted by the amorphous sea of human longing and aspiration; and the more capable you will be of turning your imaginative inner perceptions into creative forms which bear the unique stamp of your own personality while at the same time expressing the universality of the inner world.


Quotes

“There is nothing like a dream to create a future.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Thoughts of love, peace, contentment, purity, perfection, Divinity, will make you, and also others around you, perfect and Divine.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Adding hope to our lives has long been the role of the artist – the painter, poet, musician, composer, actor, and author.” – Paul Wilson

“when one knows everything about the world one can only smile” – Amma

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone. People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.” – Pascal

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:5-6

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbour as yourself. … Do this and you will live.” – Luke 10:27-28

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” – Hermann Hesse

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” – Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung (1875-1961)

“Before you can truly live, you must first learn to love.” – Jennie Clemans

“Love and respect the saints of every faith.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland

“Measure not education by material success. Education should not miss the true end of culture, viz., moral and spiritual uplift.” – Sri Swami Sivananda

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” – Swami Vishnu-Devananda

“Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.” – Julia Cameron

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.” -Theophile Gautier

“The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.” – Shakti Gawain

“Even if I have to do it alone, I will free all sentient beings from suffering and the causes of suffering, and join all the sentient beings with happiness and its causes.” – The Dalai Lama

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” – Victor Hugo

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

“As your activities of body, speech, and mind become more and more directed to the benefit of others, you develop a profound sense of love and commitment.” – The Dalai Lama

“Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favours only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Strive for perfection, listen to my appeals; agree with one another; live in peace.” 2 Corinthians 13:11

“The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.” – Unknown

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“A memory of true love is like a favorite song; no matter how many times it plays again, you never get tired of it.” – Unknown

“For the Lord grants wisdom… He shows how to distinguish right from wrong, how to find the right decision…” Proverbs 2:6,9

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin

“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.” -Stephen R. Covey

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix

“True love is knowing a person’s faults, and loving them even more for them.” – Unknown

“We must always hold truth, as best as we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.” – M. Scott Peck

“Only a person who has not felt true love can move on in life saying ‘There are lots of other fish in the sea.'”
– Unknown

“The most important thing in life is to become a passionate lover. If you have been a passionate lover in life, then you will be a lover in death, a lover in the tomb, a lover on the day of resurrection, a lover in Paradise, and a lover forever. But if you have not been a passionate lover in life, then count not your life as having been lived. On the day of reckoning, it will not be counted.” – Rumi

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“I’ll tell them not to follow the manual of good behaviour but to discover their own lives, desires, adventures and to LIVE. I’ll quote from Ecclesiastes to the Catholics, from the Koran to the Muslims, from the Torah to the Jews, from Aristotle to the atheists.” – Paulo Coelho in “Veronika Decides to Die”

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Jokes

img_0125Adam was walking around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely, because didn’t have anyone to talk to. God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.

God said, “This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing she’ll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you’ve had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.

Adam asked God, “What will a woman like this cost?” God replied, “An arm and a leg.” Then Adam asked, “What can I get for a rib?..”

***

An aspiring Yogi wanted to find a guru. He went to an Ashram and his preceptor told him: You can stay here but we have one important rule – all students observe a vow of silence. You will be allowed to speak in 12 years. After practicing for 12 long years yoga asanas, meditation, a lot of Karma Yoga, etc., the day came when the student could say his one thing or ask his one question.
He said: “The bed is too hard.”
He kept going for another 12 years of hard Sadhana and austere discipline and got the opportunity to speak again. He said: “The food is not good.”
Twelve more years of hard work and he got to speak again. Here are his words after 36 years of practice: “I quit.”
His guru quickly answered: “Good, all you have been doing anyway is complaining.”

***

Part 1
What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?
“Make me one with everything.”

Part 2
When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said“Don’t I get change?” The proprietor said, “Change must come from within.”

***

Have you heard of the cow who attained liberation (Moksha)?
It was dyslexic and kept on repeating OOOOMMM !

***

A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of
him is a guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather
jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this guy, “Who are you, so that I may know
whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The guy replies, “I’m Joe Cohen, taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City.”

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi-driver,
“Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of
Heaven.”

The taxi-driver goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and it’s the
minister’s turn. He stands erect and booms out, “I am Joseph Snow,
pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last forty-three years.”

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, “Take this
cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

“Just a minute,” says the minister. “That man was a taxi-driver and he
gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?”

“Up here, we work by results,” says Saint Peter. “While you preached,
people slept; while he drove, people prayed.”

***

God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created McDonald’s. And McDonald’s brought forth the cheap double cheeseburger.

And Satan said to Man, “You want chips with that?”
And Man said, “Large packet please.”
And Man gained kilograms.

And God created the healthful yoghurt, that Woman might keep her figure that Man found so fair.

And Satan froze the yoghurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly coloured sprinkle stuff to put on top. And Woman gained kilograms.

And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.”

And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And Woman gained kilograms.

And God said, “I have sent your heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.”

And Satan brought forth spare ribs, so big they filled the plate. And Man gained kilograms, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those kilograms.

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between Fox and CNN. And Man gained kilograms.

And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.”
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy centre into chips and deep-fried them in fat. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.

And Satan saw and said, “It is good.”
And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

And Satan created Medical Insurance.

Please, send me your favourite jokes!