Ponderings – Sliver Of Sanity

Why do we tirelessly pursue that which we have a passion for? Because we have to. In a world of so much disorder, so much confusion, they are often the only things that make sense of it all. They provide us with a sliver of sanity in an insane world. A moment of calm amidst a raging storm. 

Meditation: How To Do It And Its Awesome Benefits

Meditation’s an old practice. According to Wikipedia, it appears to have references back to the Hindu Vedas of India and Nepal. The Vedas are a large body of texts said to have originated from regions of India, and in them, the practice of meditation is referred to as early as 1700 BC, making the practice an extremely ancient one. Throughout the years, it’s been used as a means of contemplation and reflection, both spiritually and non-spiritually. And for good reason.  Continue reading “Meditation: How To Do It And Its Awesome Benefits”

A Better Answer

I’m definitely not the first to say it, but violence truly never is the answer. At least, it’s not the best one. I’ve always liked to believe that there are many ways around a problem, and none of them have to involve punching or kicking your way through it. Let’s use an example.

Your classic school fight. He or she said this or that about their peer to someone, who told someone else, who told someone else, and within minutes the whole school’s talking. The two agree to settle things, and everyone knows where and when it’s gonna go down. As the bell rings to end class, fists start flying and the group of spectators quickly grows, egging the two on. It doesn’t take long before someone’s hurt, maybe seriously injured, all because of a rude comment one made about another. One that could’ve easily been dealt with calmly, with no violence involved.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it usually goes. An almost exact situation happened just today at our school, where one kid said something about another, which led to a fight and someone getting hurt. Something a majority of our student body found hilarious and exciting. If they find things like this amusing, I wonder if they see the atrocities on the news everyday as entertainment too?

I believe that our problems and disagreements could be solved much faster and far more effectively if violence wasn’t even a thought. If instead, we sat down to talk about the situation, and calmly discussed possible solutions. Of course, not everyone shares this same way of thinking, made clear by the acts of terror and violence carried out every day, across the world. But I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like if we all heard each other out, really listened to one another, and worked together to come to an agreement that doesn’t need to be over-complicated with meaningless violence and declarations of war. If, before charging into battle, we stopped and thought for a moment.

If we looked for a better answer.

“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorder. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.” – Robert Kennedy.

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The simple life

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – from John Burroughs’ “Leaf and Tendril”

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