Friday, 15 May 2015

Vietnamese indigenous peoples' song about herbalism

From a manuscript I am working on for the indigenous peoples' of North Vietnam:

The elders song about herbalism Bài hát của các Già làng về n ghề t​huốc nam

If you are herbal friends Nếu bạn là ​bạn của ​cây thuốc
Passed down from generation to generation Hãy ​truyền lại từ thế hệ này sang thế hệ sau

Kind hearted Những ​con ​người có trái tim nhân hậu

Kind person to become a herbalist Họ sẽ trở thành những ​người ​th​ầy thuốc nam

People are waiting to be healed Mọi người đang mong chờ được chữa lành mọi vết thương

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Tragedy as a Source of Strength


"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." 

—H.H. Dalai Lama

Just reading the latest call from the Charter for Compassion in response to the situation in Nepal, for those crossing into Europe, and Baltimore's Freddy Gray. Charter for Compassion's message is that all of these tragedies call out for compassion and compassionate action.

As the Dalai Lama reminds us, we must have hope, but our real hope exists in the action we bring to tragedy. 



I turn to Walt Whitman, as ever, for inspiration and insight on this path of compassion:

"I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person." 

"Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us." 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Happiness Poem

Here is a poem I am working on, inspired by dharma talks and long days of looking at data. It is called 'Happiness'

The plasticity of the brain
Retracting and building neuroconnections
makes common tasks easier

Therefore, practice happy common tasks
Rejoice at the lovely,
praise friendliness,
Laugh and dance and hold babies
The Neuropathways to happiness become superhighways

The backward-lighthouse-beam of information gathered by the eye
Offers billions of bits of information a second
Processed and transformed to serotonin and a smile
To be driven directly to the heart

Ever increasing with light and love

the very neuro-biophysical process itself
destruction and construction
Beijing meets manhattan: the roadmap of a swelling frontal lobe
Medulla ablangata now small country lanes,
little footpaths through a garden

Brain and heart and dancing laughing body
Molded by the patterns and tasks of a joyful life