Tame Body Speech and Mind

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche says “A good mind is like a rich ground of gleaming gold, lightening up the whole sky with its golden radiance. But if body speech and mind are not tamed, there is very little chance that you will achieve any realization whatsoever. Be aware of your thoughts, words and actions at all times. If they take the wrong direction, your study and practise of the Dharma will be of no use.”

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Mindfulness of Awareness

Mindfulness is nothing more than being fully aware of each passing moments. It is about how we process our true innate nature to understand the world around us, how we reconnect and learn to cultivate our inherent good quality of our mind.

To cultivate good quality of mindfulness it is essential to practise daily until it becomes a habit.

Mindfulness meditation in a true sense is not about sitting down to focus on breathing or visualise certain iconic objects or recite prayers.

Reflection can be useful, but don’t spend too much time thinking about meditation. Simply be present, again and again, moment to moment.

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The School for Change Agents

The School for Change Agents is a free course on Future Learn provided by NHS Leadership Academy for NHS staff to develop their skills and confidence in making change in their workplaces. Believe it or not, we are all a Change Agent in our organisation and have the individual power to make a significant and lasting difference. You use this individual power every day at work to implement incremental change without even realising you are doing it for the collective benefit to achieve the shared goal. Can you imagine what difference it would make if you consciously become a proactive Change Agent? 

How many times have you heard people say I am only a so and so and don’t have any power to change anything. Little do they know how much they already do to make a big difference.  In the school for change agents course there is a quote from Alice Walker, an American social activist, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” This is so true and it resonates with what I have heard and seen.

As a Change Agent, the key to effective change is to mobilise, engage, collaborate, and inspire others to take collective actions as a team rather than working on your own. NHS leadership academy is promoting social engagement to collaborate more with other organisations now more than ever as there is a greater need to integrate service and the offer of apprenticeship programmes like CMI for future managers in recent years will hopefully make a significant difference in promoting transformational change. 

If you want to find out more, here is the link and hope you enjoy the course as much as I have.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/school-for-change-agents/4/todo/90653

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International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is on 12th May every year after Florence Nightingale’s birthday and I would like to thank all the nurses around the world, particularly during this global COVID-19 pandemic for their selfless caring and professionalism in dealing with this terrible and unpredictable virus. 

It is also marked this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife as it’s the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. 

Countries around the world celebrate this occasion in their own ways. Here, in the UK, there is a service held each year in Westminster Abbey in London where a symbolic lamp is passed between nurses until it reaches the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey where it is then placed on the High Altar. This symbolises the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.  

Happy International Nurses Day to everyone and particularly family and friends in the profession. 

Tashi Delek!

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Lateral Flow Test

Here in the UK 🇬🇧 we are now asked to self test for COVID symptoms twice a week using the LFT kit (lateral flow test) and upload the result on Government website.

Hopefully, this will make a big difference to expedite normality and provide social confidence.

LFT Kit
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All perceptions are similar to a dream

At present we perceive samsara as something we have to reject and nirvana as something we have to attain. Now while this is correct according to relative truth, according to absolute truth the nature of the afflictive emotions and actions that we are supposed to reject is nothing other than emptiness. When we realize the dharmakaya, which is free from true existence, we will know that all perceptions are similar to a dream or an illusion and we will no longer crave these phenomena. As it is said, ‘While there is attachment, there is no view.’ And the absence of attachment is the supreme view.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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All perceptions are similar to a dream

At present we perceive samsara as something we have to reject and nirvana as something we have to attain. Now while this is correct according to relative truth, according to absolute truth the nature of the afflictive emotions and actions that we are supposed to reject is nothing other than emptiness. When we realize the dharmakaya, which is free from true existence, we will know that all perceptions are similar to a dream or an illusion and we will no longer crave these phenomena. As it is said, ‘While there is attachment, there is no view.’ And the absence of attachment is the supreme view.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Empty Mind

This is what Guru Padmasambhava said “Within the sky-like empty mind, habitual tendencies and disturbing emotions are just like clouds and mist. When they appear, they appear within the expanse of empty mind. When they remain, they remain within the expanse of empty mind. And when they dissolve, they dissolve in that same expanse of empty mind.”

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Thought for the day!

Shantideva the great Indian Buddhist scholar who is known as Gyalsey Zhewa Lha in Tibetan language said, “When fear and suffering are disliked by me and others equally what is so special about me that I protect myself and not the other?”

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Tashi Delek Valentine’s Day

The potential to develop our heart for love and our mind for memory is truly limitless. Myths and ideas that limit us can fall away, and the heart opens to reveal love that is pure and profound.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my families and friends.

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