Pearls before Breakfast – Joshua Bell playing at Metro Station in Washington

July 29, 2009 at 10:22 am | Posted in inspiration/humour | Leave a comment

It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12, the middle of the morning rush hour. In the next 43 minutes, as the violinist performed six classical pieces, 1,097 people passed by.

No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins (worth $3.5 million dollars) ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

Three minutes went by before something happened. Sixty-three people had already passed when, finally, there was a breakthrough of sorts. A middle-age man altered his gait for a split second, turning his head to notice that there seemed to be some guy playing music. Yes, the man kept walking, but it was something.

A half-minute later, Bell got his first donation. A woman threw in a buck and scooted off. It was not until six minutes into the performance that someone actually stood against a wall, and listened.

Things never got much better. In the 45 minutes that Joshua Bell played:-

  • 7 people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance, at least for a minute
  • 27 gave money, most of them on the run — for a total of $32 and change
  • That leaves the 1,070 people who hurried by, oblivious, many only three feet away, few even turning to look
  • Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away
  • 1 person recognized Joshua Bell
  • 1 person, recognized a ‘superb violinist’ playing. He was a fan of Joshua Bell but didn’t recognize him as he hadn’t seen a recent photo

IF A GREAT MUSICIAN PLAYS GREAT MUSIC BUT NO ONE HEARS . . . WAS HE REALLY ANY GOOD?

It’s an old epistemological debate, older, actually, than the koan about the tree in the forest. Plato weighed in on it, and philosophers for two millennia afterward: What is beauty? Is it a measurable fact (Gottfried Leibniz), or merely an opinion (David Hume), or is it a little of each, colored by the immediate state of mind of the observer (Immanuel Kant)?

Context matters.

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments …..

How many other things are we missing? Continue Reading Pearls before Breakfast – Joshua Bell playing at Metro Station in Washington…

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Thougth of the Week

July 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Posted in communication | Leave a comment

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The measure of a person is not the mistakes they make;

it’s how they respond to them.

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Love is Everything

July 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Posted in communication, love/relationship/marriage, spirituality | Leave a comment
Love is Everything

Love is Everything

Love is everything. Acceptance is a big part of love. Accepting yourself and accepting others is a huge step in loving yourself, and loving others. Each of us is here for a reason. That is why people think and act so differently as there are more reasons for being here than there are people.

Try and accept what people do and say without any form of judgment. Rather ask yourself what lesson you might learn from them in what they are doing or saying. Just this step alone will bring so much peace into your life. It will also bring acceptance of you, and respect for you.

Love is everything. It is everywhere. Be still and you will always find it and it will envelop you.

Des Lowe

THE MOST PROFOUND QUESTION – answered by Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks)

July 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is just a beautiful video that shows the simplicity in what life has to offer and the meaning behind it.
Have you got less than 3 minutes to spend on finding out?

Bugs are worth the ride!

‘The contrast of theĀ  bugs in the eyes is a small price to pay for the exhilaration of that ride…’

What is the contrast in your life, which is a small price to pay for the exhilaration of the ride?
Are you aware of the exhilarating ride that you’re on?

Awakening

July 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Posted in self development/motivation, spirituality | Leave a comment

Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Even those rare being who experience a sudden, dramatic, and seemingly irreversible awakening will still go through a process in which the new state of consciousness gradually flows into and transforms everything they do and so becomes integrated into their lives.

We Are Awakening...

We Are Awakening...

Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self-serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought.

The initiation of the awakening process is an act of grace. You cannot make it happen nor can you prepare yourself for it or accumulate credits toward it. There isn’t a tidy sequence of logical steps that leads toward it, although the mind would love that. You don’t have to become worthy first. I may come to the sinner before it comes to the saint.

There is nothing you can DO about awakening. Whatever you do will be the ego trying to add awakening or enlightenment to itself as a prized possession and thereby making itself more important and bigger.

(Inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘A New Earth’)

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