1. Go for a #Yoga workshop - Done
2. Bake #bread - Done
3. Be an #animal volunteer - Not exactly but currently a donor to 2 animal charities
4. Study a diploma - Done
5. Find a new job - “Done”
6. Go on a #solotrip - “Done”
7. Go to #Chengdu see #Moonbears - pending
8. Becoming full #vegetarian - slowly
9. Learning #Photography - I guess all along I am?
New #bucketlist items
1. Develop a #Yoga programme for kids
2. Go for a #Yoga retreat
3. Attend #teachings from #DalaiLama
4. Make #falafels at least once
Went to Pink Dot 2013 for the first time last weekend. Met an old friend, aka my 77 friend.
The last time I have been to such events would probably been more than a decade. Of course at that time, nothing of this sort even took place in Singapore.
Overall, a hot and crowded experience, but nothing beats having to be able to see an old friend for that moment and just seeing that this friend is doing fine (you know who you are).
My brother, or rather my half brother, made a trip to China few days ago. This trip, personally was a trip he wished to fulfill always; to connect back to where we all came from.
Honestly, I never knew that I have relatives living in China, Xiamen. I know that I have some who were from my Grandparents’ generation residing in China, but to have distant aunties, uncles, cousins etc now still……………….
I admired my brother for making this trip. Lucky he is a man, of course, because it would always be much easier for a guy to make this trip than a female.
He was sending photos of what our distant relatives are doing for a living. As in how people in China live, they are farmers for a living. As he gave us more impressions, I realised that during my Grandparents’ time, they were farmers of a kind. Rearing poultry and also seafood, which is what they, our distant relatives are doing now. Running a prawn and crab farm.
This brought me to realise how far can one get karmically connected with one another. Although I am so much against prawning, crabbing, fishing etc, I still cannot escape from where my roots were, no matter how many generations long ago.
Being able to know Dharma teachings is a great gift one could have. For me, I probably have to thank not only the opportunity to learn yoga but the people around me who have taught me to be a better person. To be born of a human and have education, to be able to learn continuously, to have the chance of a wiser mind.
Today, I wrote an long awaited email to my bosses. Days of thinking on how it has been written were filled with anger, disappointment and disbelief. Self reflection told me not to grasp. To reason with skillful means is sufficient alone. The rest will follow.
Practise, practise, practise…….