How to become a Peaceful Warrior

4268569D-EEEE-466C-9D6D-326E10D0FE2CThere are a variety of different movies that teach us about awareness, consciousness, life and truth. These movies are found to have the power to change perception, beliefs and the level of awareness towards seeking truth.  I recently finished a movie titled “Peaceful Warrior” starring Scott Mechlowiscz and Nick Nolte. One of the movies from that list. This movie was based on a book by Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, which was based on true events. It is an enlightening movie about a college gymnast whose meeting with a stranger changed his life. As I listened vicariously to the teachings and quotes by the characters in the movie, I felt a sense of understanding which has awakened a part of me inside. These words suddenly gave me a new perception of understanding of myself and Life.

There is a peaceful warrior inside each and every one of us. As explained by Dam Millman, all of us living on Planet earth are in training to be a peaceful warrior. We all strive to have peace and happiness for ourselves. However, life just seems to have the upper hand on affecting us to a point of confusion and hopelessness. There are times when all you wish you had was a warrior inside you to do what you think you cannot. I have been there. I have felt lost and overwhelmed by the happenings around me that have left me depressed. It felt that I was not heading anywhere in my life and how my life just cannot kick-off to what I perceive it should be like. Have you ever felt this way? To feel that you are lost in place, and everything just seems to not make any sense at all. A feeling that you were meant to do something with purpose but yet, it is still not happening as what you intended.

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.”

“The birth of the mind is the death of the senses”

“everyone tells you what’s good for you. they don’t want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.”

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

“I had lost my mind and fallen into my heart.”

Do not despair. The harder it gets, the wiser you will be. It all comes down to perception and awareness of your life. It took me years to understand this concept but I managed to be, as I am now.
Initially, my perception was changed in a very pivotal moment of my life, of what I see and how I felt about my past, through a kind of workshop called Asiaworks Basic and Advance Training. Asiaworks Training is an organisation that addresses the personal growth and self-awareness, organisational commitment, leadership, teamwork and effectiveness of the attendees. Read more about them here. This is where I came to make peace with my past and understanding the beliefs that I have attained on certain things like my parents, family and fate. “I, like god do not play with dice” – V from vendetta. It was an eye-opening moment that suddenly had me seeing my life’s journey to be of purpose. I stood there in that room filled with emotions that I have never felt before, and that made me feel more human than I have ever been for the past 18 years. It made me feel that I was in the right place, at the right time. That my life’s road was and is on course no matter the difficulty and obstacles I had faced. I came out with an affirmation that I am an honest, kind and loving person. Somehow, it created a higher level of awareness towards myself and my surroundings. It opened up many opportunities that had me feeling that life will never be the same.

“It is better for you to take responsibility for your life as it is, instead of blaming others, or circumstances, for your predicament. As your eyes open, you’ll see that your state of health, happiness, and every circumstance of your life has been, in large part, arranged by you – consciously or unconsciously.”

“. . . Action always happens in the present, because it is an expression of the body, which can only exist in the here and now. But the mind is like a phantom that lives only in the past or future. Its only power over you is to draw your attention out of the present.”

“Enlightenment is not an attainment, it is a realization. And when you wake up, everything changes and nothing changes.”

“A warrior doesn’t seek pain, but if pain comes, he uses it.”

“The earth isn’t solid. It is made of molecules and atoms, tiny universes filled with space. It is a place of mystery, light, and magic if you only open your eyes.”

Years have passed from that moment but memories tend to fade and practice, forgotten. This harsh reality had made me trapped within the cages of my mind. Fear and uncertainty envelop me with the ever-changing cycles of forced responsibilities and greed. Insecurity has made me doubt and question my every action to the preference of others. It made me sway off course a few times but it was never difficult to reflect and understand. It just took time. It was difficult to be aware of yourself when this reality has put forth a yearning for more. Yearning to earn and seek more. When circumstances changed, we tend to change as well. It only depends on the actions you put forth with or for that change. Fast forward to the second pivotal change of my life, it was of deciding to my wife. We had been in a relationship for almost 10 years but it seems that it was not working out for both of us then. No matter, I felt a deep sense of loss when we decided to walk away from each other. I could not find the words for it but I knew deep within that my life could never be, without her in it. This is the moment I realised that there is no past that has the power to keep me and there is no future that can be depended on to be exactly what I wish it would be. There is only now. And now means doing.

“There are no ordinary moments.”

“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”

“A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does”

“The warrior is Here, Now.”

“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”

I found that to be a peaceful warrior, it takes hardship and grief. It takes difficulty and sometimes impossibility, as these moments will only define who we are as a person. Look at the choices that you have made before and reflect if that was out of fear or living. Now is the only important moment in Life. It will take time for you to have the highest level of awareness in your life to the point you understand that every circumstance does not define you. The choice does. The only way to ascend towards being a peaceful warrior is to practice it frequently. Practice humiliation, reflection and kindness. Start by letting go and cleaning the mess that is hindering you to live. Clear the doubt, insecurity and uncertainty. Love! Life is full of circumstances and it is you who will need to decide who and what will be your teachers. Do it monthly, daily, in moments and soon enough you will realise that a peaceful warrior is never the destination, but the journey of which you have taken part in.

“A fool is ‘happy’ when his cravings are satisfied. A warrior is happy without reason. That’s what makes happiness the ultimate discipline”

All quotes in italics are obtained from the following site.

Origination: Book titled ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan Millman

Links http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/01/05/ce-list-movies-with-truth-or-consciousness/
Links http://www.peacefulwarrior.com/faq/becoming-a-pw

 

Photograph taken by Yoji Amashiro

Written by Fariq Yusoff

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Coping with Anxiety & Stress

Keeping your Brain Sharp & Fit

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Earlier on today, despite having a day off of work and enjoying the afternoon to myself, watching animes and eating junk food, I experienced a very unhappy moment. Let me introduce a scenario; You are washing the dishes and suddenly the kitchen pipes burst. The drain water starts to leak from below the sink and the floors you’re standing on immediately get wet and becomes flooded. You then angrily proceed to claim the title of ‘King of The Kitchen’ and begin mopping the kitchen tiles. The boiling water that was planned to be used to prepare a cuppa coffee is done cooking and you get a tad bit overly excited, spilling the slimy contents of the bucket.. in which your good ol’ mop is in. ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.

So, how does one keep their brain sharp and fit? External and internal stimuli.
Find/Do things that can give your brain a type of stimulation. Preparing coffee/tea is one action that provides a feeling of calm and satisfaction. To be honest here, nothing beats having a zen moment and practicing meditation. Not your cup of tea? Read a book!

When you realize that you are very angry and this is not going to help in the upcoming discussion with your partner,  decide to take a few deep breaths (emotional self regulation).
When you weigh the pros and cons of staying at your current positions versus applying for a new job in a new city(decision making).
When you decide to refrain from eating that chocolate bar because this would be against your diet rules (inhibition).

  • Decision making: the ability to make decision based on problem solving, incomplete information and on emotions(both ours & others).
  • Working memory: the capacity to hold in mind and manipulate information in real time.
  • Emotional self regulation: the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions.
  • Sequencing: the ability to break down complex action into manageable units and prioritize in the right order.
  • Inhibition: the ability to withstand distractions and internal urges.

Discipline is key, boys and girls. Remember that!
Stay away from drugs, negative influences and situations. Although I would like to state that seeing a psych or a counsellor is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, don’t EVER hesitate to seek prescription drugs if you feel the need and are unable to cope with the anxieties and stresses of life.

 

Written by Yoji Amashiro
Artwork by JungleEye

Music Boosts

Music, has been around for thousands of years. Instruments and the human voice are able to generate sounds. Certain sounds with a specific pitch are called notes. They are then grouped together to create rhythm and melodies. Music, disregarding the type, can be composed almost spontaneously or it could be a long term affair.

It is a daily phenomenon that occurs throughout the globe across hundreds and thousands of cities. We are heavily influenced by the kind and genre of music we listen and indulge in. Our lifestyles tend to ruminate around this and it may even affect our fashion and sense of style.

Music has evolved immensely over the centuries and as of late, there has been an influx of talented artists, flooding the social media with their tweaked covers of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’. 

Before we all get too carried away, let us be reminded of the considerable history of music and trace back it’s roots.
Although debatable, the earliest versions of music was to come in forms of rocks and sticks, which means percussion-based. These age-old traditions date all the way to the prehistoric cavemen era. Modern day instruments were invented by the Egyptians, who created harps, flutes, lyres and double-reeded clarinets, during 4000-3500 BCE.
About 2000 years later, the world’s most popular and commonly used instrument was crafted – the guitar. It’s amazing isn’t it? Humans only started composing music during the Middle Ages.

Prior to that, the intellectuals were too busy dissecting the mathematics of music; creating what is the keystone of music – the octave scale. Music theory was too, invented during the Golden Ages.

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I’d like to state that all the greatest composers came to fruition after the widespread birth of religion across Europe and Asia. Perhaps we were too preoccupied seeking God?
Here’s the music era categorized and organized:

  •  The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance  
  • The Baroque Age
  • The Classical Period
  • The Romantic Era
  • The Twentieth Century

Music was greatly interlaced with religion and the various religious sects during those early junctures in history. Till today, music is known to encompass culture, art, ideologies and emotion. The Catholic Church had introduced various distinctive pieces of music which unfortunately was destroyed at that point in time.  Islamic ceremonies also practice the usage of music although they tend to utilize the human voice. It is known today as harmonizing or a Capella. One beautiful method of extending the use of the human voice is the Muslim’s Call to Prayer or Azan. Azan means to listen or to hear in Arabic. Here’s an example: 

Deeper meaning to Music
Attuned frequencies of music, taken to a higher dimension? You may not probably already know this, but most music is delegated a specific frequency, fine tuning to give it that special feel.

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The most common tuning for today’s music is 440 Hz.
There is a hidden treasure to be found once you’ve tuned your music a little less than a semitone below the industry standard. 432 Hz, claimed to be the natural frequency of the Universe, offers cosmic healing magic. Giuseppe Verdi had once expressed his preference for 432 Hz in one of his letters.

Before war broke out in Europe in 1939, the British held an international conference in London and 440 Hz was mutually and internationally agreed on. There are tons of scientific claims to the human soul’s capability to resonate at high vibration due to the frequencies of 432 Hz yet, I believe you should be doing that kind of research on your own. Here’s a pointer: https://jakubmarian.com/the-432-hz-vs-440-hz-conspiracy-theory/

Now that we’ve clearly digested and attained a more complex understanding of music, let’s talk about how music is beneficial for us.

“One thing good about music is when it hits, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

Research shows that when you listen to music that you enjoy, your brain releases ‘dopamine’. This brings about feelings of joy, happiness and excitement. Music also lowers stress and improves overall health, sleep, reduces depression and suppresses hunger, strengthens learning and memory and even improves running performance! These have all been proven by scientific studies and surveys, focus groups.
Isn’t this all of this so wonderful? I guess maybe there really is no such thing as terrible music. Remember ladies and gentlemen, music has to be bought. We insist that you avoid supporting piracy websites and labels! Stay true and loyal to all your favorite artists and musicians, composers and DJs.

 

If you are genuinely interested in getting some knowledge dropped on you,
check this post about music written by one of our very own.
http://thefutureisforever.blogspot.sg/2015/11/music-essence-of-life.html

 

Written by Yoji Amashiro
Images sourced from Google Images

Free Your Mind

5 Tips to Achieving A Clear & Calm Mind

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It is said that when a person is not being rational, their mind is full of unfinished thoughts and meaningless ideas. Here’s 5 tips I learned from people around the world to practice in my daily life to achieve a healthy balance of body, mind and soul.

1) Exercise – Whether it’s an everyday morning run, a few laps in the pool, weekly yoga class or even hitting the gym, exercise is a great tool to cleanse your mind of ill thoughts. Even if you barely have enough time to sip on some coffee before your commute to work, make it a point to walk to your destinations more often.

2) Eat healthy – Be sure to provide enough vegetables and fruits into your diet whilst maintaining your standard protein and carb intake. Fibre and vitamins are essential to your immune system and your body and brain too! The more clean, the better. Remember, don’t panic, especially if it’s organic!

3) Meditation – I hope you don’t get the wrong idea here, now, meditation is not necessarily sitting or lying down in an attempt to “empty your mind of all thoughts”. It is known as focusing the self in the actions of what you perceive so as to achieve complete attentiveness. For example, I am preparing dinner..I put all my heart into it knowing that it will be delicious. All the energy being conducted is being channeled into preparing that dinner. Boom. You get delicious food prepared with love. It may also be applied with any other activities you absolutely love partaking in! This could also be recognized as mindfulness. If you are highly intrigued, there are tons of books showcasing the topic of mindfulness. Either that..or just go Google it!

4) Appreciating Art – Some people may have the uncanny ability to paint masterpieces with the standards of Van Gogh in no time, some may experience difficulties drawing a simple house and trees. Regardless, one must be able to recognize the efforts that was put into creating that piece of art, as it’s only polite. Art comes in many different forms; Music, Paintings, Dancing, Writing and many more. Now imagine yourself, as you sit in front of a piece of artistic work that has been created by somebody else..you visualize the I that has manifested your own creativity into forming that work of art. Simply said, put yourself in his or her shoes and pretend that you were the one who worked on that fine piece of art. Happy aren’t you? It’s the act of appreciation that is a form of a healthy mind.

5) Crystals & Semi Precious Stones – Okay, I admit this is a pretty controversial one. Whether you are a believer or not, crystals and semi precious stones are widely used around the world, possibly even in this Solar System as precious materials. From computers to watches to jewellery and much more. Don’t believe me?Ask almost every other woman out there why diamonds are so sought after. (Yes a diamond is a crystal) The most simplest approach to this is the information behind these crystals. What power do they hold? What is it these crystals seek? If you have heard or read about the crystals skulls, you should already know this. But otherwise, please do check it out!

Crystals have been used all across the centuries as a piece of Earth that is known to have healing powers. From illness to ailments and useful tools for the mind, these precious minerals are possible to be found almost everywhere and anywhere in the world. Honestly speaking, I myself never used to be a believer of such magical stones. I’m not sure if I still am but I can assure you that these stones are of great help in your daily ongoing life. Ancient cultures and modern traditions still hold on to their roots regarding these powerful ornaments, it is advisable to keep them in your pocket, wear them as jewellery, to use them as house decoration and more.

The purpose of seeking balance between mind, body & soul is to be content with the self and to seek awareness. If you have any other brilliant ideas to contribute please feel free to share them with us!

Article by Yoji Amashiro

Gender Inequality?

What do you think of gender equality in current world affairs? Is it existent? Does it differ from feminism?

Here is a social experiment conducted by a group of activists who truly believe in equality for all genders.

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The modern age has stemmed the bridge between male chauvinism and feminism. However, things are not truly equal as we continue to face the stereotypical behaviour of how humans should act.

Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence. There are many things women can do to change the situation in their everyday life. In today’s western society, if a woman wants be successful she can, since she is backed up by western society’s law which believes in equality between men and women. Therefore, gender discrimination cannot be considered an issue unable to be solved. The world is evolving and if women all over the world are really keen on overcoming gender discrimination in societies, I believe that all systems are in place to help them succeed.

Technically, feminism is defined as women having equal rights to men. However, feminism as it is currently practiced and taught, is not about gender equality. It is built on the premise that society today is inherently skewed in men’s favour. While this may have been true in the past, this is no longer the case today. It makes it seem like a biased pro-women anti-men thing when by definition it isn’t. Feminism desperately clings on to this ‘golden age of misogyny’ and they want to act like women are still second-class citizens, when clearly in the west, they are not. Feminism has already become irrelevant; because women already have more rights then men. Feminism is no longer relevant in modern society because, while it helped women gain equal rights to men in our country, those rights are now standard. Women now can choose careers and motherhood without condemnation from the business world and society. Women now get equal education and business opportunities as men. While feminism was needed many decades ago, its goal has been accomplished.

In the corporate world, women already have same (if not elevated) rights as compared to men. However, objectification of women is still rampant in society evident in mainstream music videos, commercials or advertisements. The media constantly tells women how they should be. This gets into the minds of young women everywhere. Even though we aren’t objects, somewhere, in the back of many people’s minds, they start to think the only way we can be beautiful is if we allow ourselves to become objects rather than people. Sexual objectification is not only deeply and bizarrely rooted in our cultural subconscious, but it’s also something that has to change if we want a truly happy, sex-healthy society. We need to teach each other to treat each other as equal human beings. Sometimes, I believe we are numb to what true beauty is. It’s not being looked at and craved after for only a moment; it’s seeing the heart and essence of a person draped in their natural wonder. If we continue to objectify women and men, or people, we’ll lose our ability to recognise true beauty when we see it. I personally, am happy that as a women in today’s society, get the benefits that men have and do not have to worry about my gender when establishing a career. However I strive for humanism and the day where men, media and society do not objectify women and men, without following society’s guidelines on how to live and act and truly be who we are.

Let us know what you think in your comments below!

Written by Fiona Wee