Saturday, 28 July 2007

celtic women

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

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thanks to joyson.

from "Chief Seattle's Letter To All THE PEOPLE"

"Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father"

Thursday, 26 July 2007

i am back

"Because the best of the world lies in the smallest and the most inconspicuous…
Because reality is more enchanting than the fantasy…
Because magic lies in what you already have."

(this is from the literature on CGH Earth hotles.)

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows

The two men appeared out of nowhere,
a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.
For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other's chests;
then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction.

"News?" asked the taller of the two.
"The best," replied Severus Snape.

The lane was bordered on the left by wild, low-growing brambles, on the right by a high, neatly manicured hedge. The men's long cloaks flapped around their ankles as they marched...........

The Dark Lord Ascending
welcome to Harry Potter......

washing my hands...

Good things, when short, are twice as good. -Tom Stoppard

Actually what I try is to be ‘twice good’ as Stoppard says,
and not that I mince myself, here.
So when someone out there force himself/herself to word their blog, in all protest to my ‘apparent elegance forgery’ (yes… I know ‘you’ will read it for sure),
I am helpless,… not that I am answerless, but I am just keeping silence to save your magnamania….

Bon Voyage (bôN' vwä-yäzh')….ahhahaha

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

When The Night Feels My Song

"When the night feels my song
I'll be home, I'll be home
When the night feels my song
I'll be home, I'll be home"

Yes, this time it is a Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash Band captivating me...
Take time to listen ....realy interesting blend of music...
purist-musicians here, are you listening??????

Band homepage

Friday, 13 July 2007

"Sacred Moment" a prayer by Paulo Coelho

Lord, protect our doubts, because Doubt is a way of praying. It is Doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. And in order for this to be possible…

Lord, protect our decisions, because making Decisions is a way of praying. Give us the courage, after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES and our NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible…

Lord, protect our actions, because Action is a way of praying. May our daily bread be the result of the very best that we carry within us. May we, through work and Action, share a little of the love we receive. And in order for this to be possible…

Lord, protect our dreams, because to Dream is a way of praying. Make sure that, regardless of our age or our circumstances, we are capable of keeping alight in our heart the sacred flame of hope and perseverance. And in order for this to be possible…

Lord, give us enthusiasm, because Enthusiasm is a way of praying. It is what binds us to the Heavens and to Earth, to grown-ups and to children, it is what tells us that our desires are important and deserve our best efforts. It is Enthusiasm that reaffirms to us that everything is possible, as long as we are totally committed to what we are doing. And in order for this to be possible…

Lord, protect us, because Life is the only way we have of making manifest Your miracle. May the earth continue to transform seeds into wheat, may we continue to transmute wheat into bread. And this is only possible if we have Love; therefore, do not leave us in solitude. Always give us Your company, and the company of men and women who have doubts, who act and dream and feel enthusiasm, and who live each day as if it were totally dedicated to Your glory.


Wednesday, 11 July 2007

What the Romans Didn’t Know: Flip Flippen

personal constraints

Law 1. We all have personal constraints.
              And there are more than ten! Some are “hireable,” like employing a highly-efficient assistant to keep your disorganization from becoming fatal. But others are “owned constraints” such as low self-control and not being able to maintain effective relationships. You can’t hire someone to care about your employees on your behalf. One of my clients actually suggested this as a solution!

Law 2. You can’t rise above constraints that you don’t or won’t address.

We are blind to some of our biggest constraints. But we also tend to cling to some obvious constraints that stare back at us in the mirror—a common one being stubbornness. If you think, “I’m not stubborn!”, you probably are.

Law 3. Our personal constraints play themselves out in every area of our lives.

They are with us 24/7 (sort of like mosquitoes in a Texas summer). At work, at home, and anywhere in between. And they affect those around us.

Law 4. Personal constraints are role-specific.

Behaviors leak into every compartment of our lives but become constraints only when they get in the way of attaining specific goals. High aggression can be beneficial in competitive sports but disastrous in social interactions (or in a library!).

Law 5. Those with the least personal constraints…WIN!

It’s not necessarily the most talented or the hardest working that win but rather those who remove their most impacting constraints. Go, underdogs!

To be our best, we can—and must—learn how to minimize our behavioral constraints while maximizing our strengths because real success demands more than talent and ability.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

The wonderful universe: Roy Abraham Varghese

Today an excerpt from an international best seller by a keralite.
This indeed is a wonderful book…buy/borrow/grab/steal a copy of it….

Great scientific minds, from Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have in fact recognized that the universe is indeed an invention, the invention of infinite Intelligence. As these scientists see it, science becomes especially exciting if we recognize its true mission as the study of an invention generated by an infinite Mind. Einstein said that it is the cosmic religious experience that is the strongest driving force behind scientific research.

To grasp the
inventedness of the world, we need to both reflect on the big picture and look at the universe as if we were seeing it for the first time. Now you’ve described this as a poetic vision pre-dating science. Let me remind you that many of the greatest modern scientists were driven more by the beauty they
discovered in the structure of the world than by any other consideration.
Richard Feynman, for instance, said that truth can be recognized by its beauty and simplicity. The poets have much to offer as well. William Blake talked of seeing a world in a grain of sand. Gerard Manley Hopkins sought the dearest freshness “deep down things.” These may have been pre-scientific intuitions, but they seem to me perfectly compatible with all that we’ve learnt about fields, particles and space-time.

(The Wonder of the World By Roy Abraham Varghese)

I Can Read Your Mind

This time the question comes from a cocky young man.
“So can you can read my mind?”

He must be very very clever, otherwise how can he say such a stupid thing?
He just says it to annoy me.

Only very recently did I come to realize that I was the stupid one.
Of course, I can read people’s minds. And it’s not just psychologists who can do this.

We all read each other’s minds all the time. How else are we able to exchange ideas and create culture? But how do our brains enable us to enter those private worlds hidden in the minds of others?

I can see the edges of the universe with a telescope and I can see the activity in your brain with a scanner, but I can’t “see” into your mind. The mental world, we all believe, is quite distinct from physical reality. And yet in everyday life we are at least as much concerned with other minds as we are with physical reality. Most of our interactions with other people are interactions between minds, not between bodies.

You are learning about my mind by reading this post.
I am hoping to change the ideas in your mind by writing this blog.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

The art of Mirroring and matching

The most popular way to create rapport is to use mirroring and
matching. This technique copies a naturally occurring process. When
you observe two people who are in love you will see that their
movements almost copy each other’s. They often ‘finish each other’s

When it is taught, one is encouraged to mirror the
movements and behaviour of the person with whom they are
If they are seated opposite a person and the person
moves their left hand, then the student subtly moves their right
hand. If the head is tilted to the right, the student tilts their head to
the left. In this way a person is almost seeing a reflection of
themselves in the student.

This process is developed in ever greater detail. So the student will
notice the rate and depth of breathing of the subject. They will notice
the movement of the diaphragm and match it. As the breathing is
matched it makes it easier to match the rates of speaking.
The matching process is extended to the speech patterns being used
by the subject. So the words and sentence structure is also matched.
If the subject expresses themselves in a certain way then the student
states their ideas using the language of the subject.

When all the mirroring and matching techniques are combined they
are very powerful.
The subject is being ‘hit’ at many non-verbal
levels by congruent communications. This is the 93 per cent of
communication identified by Mehrabian. When the subject senses
that the person that they are speaking to is like them then they are
more likely to trust them. They are more likely to suspend their
critical faculties and act ‘on trust’.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Old maps

‘When you discover you are riding a dead horse the best
strategy is to dismount.’

                                                       -Dakota tribal saying-

For a moment try a brief thought experiment.

Imagine that you have gone to a town for the first time. You try and find your way around the town with an A–Z that is 30 years out of date. How would you do?

The chances are that at times you would have few problems.
However, at other times you may find it impossible to get around. You read the map and follow it, yet you cannot reach your destination. You may be frustrated and angry. This type of response is not good for your health. At other times you may just quit. You cannot find the place so you stop trying. When you consider this scenario it seems improbable.

Who would try and get around a town with an old map?
Who could be so foolish? Yet we have a psychological map for ‘getting around our social world’. This map includes directions on understanding ourselves, others and what to do in a variety of situations. These psychological maps are developed as we grow up. When they are accurate we can read the world well and achieve the results that we desire. However, in many situations our psychological maps resemble the 30-year-old A–Z. The results can often be deeply frustrating and result in disappointments, frustrations and a sense of failure.