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Ajahn Brahm On The Issue Of The End Of The World

Has Ajahn Brahm ever felt lonely? This question was asked by audience in a talk show entitled "All is Well" by Ajahn Brahm. The event was attended by over 5000 people in Jakarta, on March 18, 2012.

With a humourous style, London-born monk, who led the monastery in Australia was shaking his head. "How can I feel lonely if there were four people around me..."

Ajahn Brahm admitted that he was even feel difficult to find time for himself, especially after the talk show.

"In Hong Kong, I could not go to the restroom because followed by audiences who asked to take picture together. When one allowed, others are also asking for," he said.

Among his funny comments, he says, "I never felt lonely because I am always accompanied by a true friend, that is me. At bedtime, I greet him, "Good night, Ajahn Brahm...sleep well". When I wake up in the morning, I greet, "Good morning, me ...". If you do that, then you will never feel lonely."

About the issue of the end of the world in 2012, Ajahn Brahm who become a forest monk in Thailand for nine years dodged, "In 2012, that is according to Mayan calculations (almanac). In Buddhism, this is the year of 2555. Thai language for five is "ha". So this is the year of 'two hahaha'...."
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Inspirational Power Quotes

Below are some thought provoking power quotes that can help anyone who is feeling powerless.  Build the power of your mind by meditating on these quotes.

“Adulthood is an achievement, one that requires—and results in—personal power.” How to Feel Less Powerless, Deepak Chopra

“To have a core self is to be the author of your own story; it is the exact opposite of being a victim, who must live a life authored by others.” How to Feel Less Powerless, Deepak Chopra

“Personal empowerment is essentially an allowance by which you permit yourself to access and accept all of who you are while genuinely trusting yourself, not selling yourself short or putting yourself down within any part of your reality.” Joseph Fedorowsky

“…your personal power is a significant aspect of who you already are. It is not something that is separate or apart from you which you need to obtain, control or measure.” Joseph Fedorwsky

“When you think a thought, you issue a command. Your servant obeys by manifesting the thought in the physical world where it becomes the things and events in your life. Thus, physical reality is a mirror of your thought patterns. Change your thought patterns, and you change the reflection in the mirror. In other words, you change your life.” Peter Kelder

““I demand happiness, power, and prosperity right now."… When your command is spoken aloud, it becomes a mantram, or plainly stated, a device you can use to stimulate your superconscious mind into action."
The word power is a good one, because it will help bring about health, strength, and vitality in your physical body. And on a mental level, it will empower you to become master of your own destiny.” Peter Kedler

“Research into this area has proven the people who walk greatly benefit their brains. Walking increases blood circulation. At the same time that blood circulation is increasing, glucose and oxygen are reaching the brain in increased amounts.” Peter Kedler

“The ability to visualize clearly can be developed, and this can be fun. Exercises for developing this ability will at the same time also improve your ability to concentrate, and as a bonus, you might find that you gain a power which you can use to shape and improve your life.” Remez Sasson

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Liz Smith

"Begin somewhere; you can't build a reputation on what you intend to do."

American Journalist

1923 -

Wanting to be a writer does not make you a writer.  You have to write.  You have to put pen to paper.  Fingers to the keys.  Wanting to be a painter does not make you a painter.  You have to paint.  You have to put brushes to canvas.  Many people say they want to write a book someday.  And often when someday arrives, they have not written their book.  Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do to day.  Steal ten minutes here and ten minutes there.  If you wait until the time right, you will never create.  The time will never be perfect.  Create today.
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Albert Schweitzer

"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it."

German Author, Organist, Physician

1875 - 1965

Life is not easy.  We are confronted by many obstacles.  Even when we choose the creative path, others will put stones in our way.  Nothing is easy.  You must learn to accept the challenges you face and work tirelessly to overcome them.  Playing the victim does you no good.  Quitting because the road is hard is not the answer.  If your passion is to create artistic works, then let nothing stand in your way.   
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Inspirational Time Quotes

“When we face difficult circumstances, we tend to dwell on them. We talk about them, fret about them, and give them way too much attention. Instead of talking about problems, talk about solutions. Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are, think about how good they will be!”Chris Widener

“Success takes two ingredients: belief and time. The more belief you have, the less time it takes.” Lisa Jimenez

“By sharing your talents, time or money, you will become invigorated about your goal and your life because you will be making a difference in the lives of others.”Cynthia Kersey

“Your real success in life will take a quantum leap when you stop watching other people making money in their professions performing in prime time, and start living your own dreams and goals in prime time. Time is the ultimate equal opportunity employer. Time never stops to rest, never hesitates, never looks forward or backward.” Denis Waitley

“Concentrate your evenings and free time engaged in hands on, real life experiences, you can touch, feel, smell and engage all your senses in. Instead of virtual reality, insist on the real thing.” Denis Waitley

“By thinking and acting affirmatively in this minute, you will influence the hour, the day, and in time, your entire life.” Denis Waitley

“It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.” Jim Rohn

“Even if you’re in a tough time right now, remember tough times don’t last, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” Joel Osteen

“You wouldn’t be breathing unless God had something amazing in your future. It’s time to get your passion back and be determined to really live out all of your God-given days!” Joel Osteen

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Chaim Potok

"I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it.  It has a quality and a dimension all its own.

American Novelist

1929 - 2002

Silence is an important element in the life of a writer or painter.  Without silence, the subconscious does not have an opportunity to work its magic.  Treasure those moments of silence because they will bear great fruit.
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"Chance is always powerful.  Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish."

Roman Poet

43 BC - 17 AD

Where have you cast your hook?  Do you keep your fishing hook in the water or is it hanging in your garage?  Catching fish takes patience and being prepared?  Are you ready to catch the big one or will it get away?
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Inspirational Health Quotes

“People who don’t exercise may say it’s because they don’t have the time, but often it’s because they haven’t found something they enjoy.  Choose something that you actually want to do and you will find the time to do it.” Antonio Morsocci

“Your attitude to life impacts on your health.” Antonio Morsocci

“Exercising is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.”John Ratey, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
-B.K.S. Iyengar

“Don’t give up! Every little bit helps and once you finally meet that goal you will feel good about yourself and that will make you motivated to make more and more goals to become more fit.” Health Articles

“Members, many who are seemingly victims of their addictions are encouraged to accept the fact that they are powerless over people, places and things and that trying to control them will only result in more addictive behavior.” Silver Rose

“When individuals feel helpless, they are ready to surrender. Surrender allows one to move beyond and accomplish something not possible before. Why? Because in this place you are accepting the divine power within you as you reconnect with your power source – your Creator. Now you can move mountains!” Dr. Carolyn Porter- Celebrate Life

“We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best.  At important points we do not give the job our best effort.  Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built”

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone."

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

American Poet & Painter

1919 - 

Don't Give Me

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."

Colombian Novelist

1927 -

Creating works of art is the way to give birth to yourself again and again.  Whether we tell stories or paint or sculpt we are re-creating our lives.  We are giving birth to ourselves anew.  Every work of art you create is a part of who you are and who you are becoming.  Celebrate each new creation as if you are celebrating your birth.  Be happy that you have the discipline to become born again and again.
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Frederick Franck

"Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world."

1909 - 2006

Dutch Artist & Writer

Are you rediscovering the world?  Is your art teaching you to see the world in new ways?  Creativity is a tool to help us better understand the world in which we live.  Through our creativity we are able to explore and find new answers to old problems.  Creativity is a discipline that changes the way we see.  Are you practicing the discipline of creativity?

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Maurice Grosser

"The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands.  Whatever he sees, if he sees it clear, he can put it down.... Seeing clear is the important thing."

— Maurice Grosser

American Artist

1903 - 1986

Do you see the world clearly?  Are your eyes and heart open to the world around you?  Seeing  clearly is a key talent needed by every creative leader.  You have to be able to cut through the false and fake to find the truth.  You have to see the world as it is, not as others want you to see.  Do you draw with your eyes?  Each person brings his own perspective to the world that is why it is so important that you can see clearly.  Don't let the blindness of others blind you.  Open your eyes and taste the divine colors.

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Vincent Van Gogh

Age 13

"I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing."

Dutch Artist

1853 - 1890


Do you take delight in your work?  Are you having fun?  I pass the time in meetings by doodling.  Some would say that doodling is not drawing and I probably would agree.  But there is something about moving a pencil across a piece of paper that relaxes me.  What do you take delight in?  What do you enjoy doing?  What relaxes you?
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Mark Rothko

"Pictures must be miraculous: the instant one is completed the intimacy between the creation and the creator is ended.  He is an outsider.  The picture must be for him, as for anyone experiencing it later, a revelation, an unexpected and unprecedented resolution of an eternally familiar need."

Russian Artist

1903 - 1970

Often when I reread one of my poems, I am surprised by what I wrote.  And sometimes I can't believe that I wrote it.  Somebody else must have written it.  As Rothko says, I am an outsider to my own work.  Have you ever felt that way?  Is there distance between you and your creation?  Does your work surprise you?
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Beverly Pepper

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"I feel that one has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist.  A balanced human seldom produces art.  It's the imbalance which impels us . . . . The artist lives with anxiety."

American Sculptor

1922 - 

Do you have a bit of a neurosis?  Do you sometimes feel off balanced?  Do you live with anxiety?  Then maybe you are an artist.  Or just maybe you are a human being.  I don't know any normal humans.  Most are slightly off kilter — off balance.  And that is okay.  Our neurosis fuels our creativity.  Our anxiety helps us produce our art.  It is okay to be strange and weird — to see the world differently then everyone else, to feel slightly off balance.  Be happy you are you.  Enjoy your point of view.
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Alice Walker

"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter.  I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book.  If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."

American Novelist/Poet

1944 -

Can a person live a horrible personal life and still write great literature or paint great pictures?  Should we make moral judgements on the personal lives that creative people live?  Or should we separate the personal lives from the work?  Not easy questions.  Nor easy answers.  Many writers and artists have done things in their personal lives that were not morally right.  Where do we draw the line?  Hitler?  There are those who say all his paintings should be destroyed.  Charles Dickens?  He was not the best of husbands.  John Cheever?  He was a drunk.  Like Alice Walker, I hope that art will make us better people, but I am not sure that it does.  What do you think?
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William Faulkner

"Get it down.  Take chances.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."

American Novelist

1897 - 1962

The fear of many writers and artists is having to face a blank sheet of paper or a blank canvas.  And what holds the writers and painters back is the need to be perfect.  They believe that everything they write or paint must be the best so the fear of not being good enough paralyzes the artist within.  You now have the permission of William Faulkner, one of the great American novelists, to create bad stuff.  And I second him.  The important thing is to get the paint on the canvas or the words on paper.  The clean-up will come later in the form of revision.
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O. Henry

"I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing.  Here it is.  Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.  There is no Rule 2."

American Writer

1862 - 1910

I think O. Henry's secret applies not to just to short story writing but to all the arts.  The first and most important person whom you have to please is yourself.  If you spend your creative time trying to please others, you may be successful in the short term, but you will fail in the long term.  If you publish writing which you are not happy about, it will become apparent to your reader.  If paint pictures to please others, you will not be happy.  If you write poetry to make others happy, you will fail.  So the message is simple:  create for yourself and your audience will find you.
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Ken Robinson

"Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of."

English Author/Speaker

1950 -

Are you aware of all your talents and gifts?  I was fifty years old before I realized my voice was a gift.  In recent years I learned that I have a talent for geographic memory.  I can visit some place and come back five to ten years later and still recognize landmarks and find my way around.  We discovered that my wife has a photographic memory.  When she was in school she could repeat the textbook paragraph by paragraph on her essay tests.  Teachers accused her of cheating.  When my wife was a child she taught herself to change her dreams.  If she had a nightmare, she would change the dream.  Today, scientists call it lucid dreaming.  We all have talents and gifts that we don't realize that we have.  What are your hidden talents?  Celebrate your gifts.

Here is Ken Robinson with his first TED talk.

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Flannery O'Connor

"Writing is like giving birth to a piano sideways.  Anyone who perseveres is either talented or nuts."

American Novelist

1925 - 1964
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Garrison Keillor

"What keeps our faith cheerful is the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor."

American Writer

1942 -

Do you have faith in your creativity?  Do you believe in yourself and your work?  Do you wake up cheerful each day eager to begin creating?  Gentleness and humor go a long way to making the day joyful.  Cultivate humor in your life and heart.  Be gentle in your criticism of yourself, your work and your friends.  We all need a little more faith to help us through the challenges we face.

Here is Garrison Keillor at work.

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Adages of Wisdom Quotes by Master Sheng Yen

To seek inner peace is to enjoy peace in life; to care for others is to attain happiness.


Virtues are equal to fortunes, and giving is equal to saving.


To give of oneself is to cultivate the path; to achieve inner peace is to succeed on the path.


Possessing much won't necessarily make one satisfied; possessing little won't necessarily make one want.


What you have results from karmic causes that you created, and what you'll gain hinges on karmic causes that you're creating.


The good are never alone, and the kindhearted are the merriest. Those who help others and so benefit themselves are the happiest.

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Theodore Isaac Rubin

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom."

American Author

1923 -

For me, this quote challenges much of what I believe.  While knowledge is something I am constantly seeking, wisdom is something I hope to find one day.  Wisdom has always been more important than knowledge and more difficult to reach.  Then Rubin comes along and says that kindness is even more important than wisdom.  When we look back on our lives, most of what we remember are the relationships we developed.  Have you been kind to the people in your life?  Or have you been so absorbed in your art that you have ignored the people in your life?  When I have read the life stories of some artists and writers, I have found some to be mean and cruel to those they love.  But my question is does it have to be this way.  Can an artist or writer be kind and caring to the people in his life?  What do you think?

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Barbara Walters

"Success can make you go one of two ways — it can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out."

American Journalist

1929 -

Early success has destroyed both artists and writers.  Just like actors and athletes, writers and artists stumble under the weight of success and often make serious mistakes.  Some stop writing so they can live the life of a writer.  Some start drinking to overcome their anxieties.  Just because the first novel was a huge success doesn't mean the second or third will be.  Now that I am well up there in age, I am glad that I did not have success when I was young.  Success often blocks the creative spirit and one has to spend time playing the role of the great writer or artist.  My wish for you is that when you become successful that you handle it with grace and calm.
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Jane Langton

"I start with the images.  I can take off from there.  I've murdered people in all sorts of ways."

American Novelist

1922 - 

I find the work habits of writers and artists fascinating.  Each one is different and unique.  What are your creative habits?  Do you have to listen to certain music to get into the mood?  Do you have rituals that you follow?  Do you work in the morning, afternoon or evening?  Do you write by hand or on a computer?  What do you eat while you are writing?  Do you talk out loud while you are writing?

For Jane Langton, a mystery novelist who is almost 90, the book begins in images.  Take a look at this video and see how she first creates her stories through drawing pictures.

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Booker T. Washington

"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others."

American Writer/Speaker

1856 - 1915

If you are feeling depressed and out of sorts, commit an act of kindness for a stranger.  Or feed the homeless.  Or mow the lawn of a neighbor.  Or invite a grieving friend to dinner.  The act of helping others is one of the most powerful things we can do to increase our happiness.  Many writers and painters are often so busy with their own problems that they forget about the world around them.  If you want to solve your problems, help others solve theirs.  Give the gift of your time, your kindness, your love.

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Katherine Mansfield

"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude."

New Zealand Writer

1888 - 1923

I believe that our attitude has a greater impact on our success than our talent.  I have seen very talented people fail and people with little talent succeed.  How do you get out of bed in the morning?  Are you happy to be alive?  Or do you want to crawl back under the blankets and hide from the world?  Do you see each day as another opportunity to paint or to write or to sing?  Or is each day full of gloom and doom and playing the victim?  If only the editors would buy my work?  If only a gallery would carry my paintings?  If only my spouse was more supportive of my creative work?  If only. . .  If only . . .  Change your attitude and change your life.  Believe in yourself.  Celebrate the opportunity you have to be creative.  Celebrate the creative life.

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Louisa May Alcott

"I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship."

American Novelist

1832 - 1888

What are the storms in your life?  Can you see the lightning and hear the thunder?  Are you learning how to sail your ship safely through the storm?  Storms come and go but the ship must keep sailing.  Sometimes we let the storms we face discourage us.  Sometimes we turn around to avoid the storms.  Yet, we must realize that there will always be storms and we must learn to wait them out.  We must weather the storms in our lives.  We must learn to enjoy the rain.

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Mahatma Gandhi

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

Indian Lawyer/Political Activist

1869 - 1948

Are you free to make mistakes or do you hold yourself to such high standards of perfection that you are bound to fail?  Many of us have to learn that it is okay to make mistakes.  We need to throw off the cloak of perfection and warm ourselves at the fire of mistakes.  We  need to embrace the healing power of mistakes and enjoy what they have to teach us.  No human being is perfect, but for some strange reason we try to be.  Maybe our parents, preachers and teachers set very high standards.  Maybe we set high standards for ourselves.  Maybe we are people pleasers and try to live up to the expectations of others.  Learn to encourage and accept your mistakes.  Have you given yourself the freedom to make mistakes?
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Jean Anouih

"The object of art is to give life a shape."

French Dramatist

1910 - 1987

As human beings we seek to understand who we are and why we are here.  Art helps us to understand our lives.  Stories give shape to our lives.  Art helps us to find meaning to the human existence.  How has art shaped your life?  How have you retold your story again and again?  How has your writing helped you understand who you are?
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Frank Glazer

"I feel like I'm 35.  I'm playing better than ever.  I feel I've worked all my life to get to this point.  Now is not the time to quit."

American Musician

1915 - 

When does an artist stop learning?  According to Frank Glazer who in February turned 97: "Never."  He says he is still learning to play the piano.  Are you still learning?  Are you continuing to grow and develop?  What have you learned today?  Last week?  Last month?  What books have your read?  What seminars have you attended?  What conversations have you had with other artists?  You should never stop learning.  The older I become, the more I realize what I don't know.  I hope that like Frank Glazer I will still be writing, speaking and learning at 97.  Don't give up on yourself.

Here is a video clip of Glazer playing the piano and discussing his first public appearance.


(Glazer made this comments in 2010 at the age of 95 to Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)
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