Saturday, 1 August 2009

Our hearts beat in unison

Well, if you didn't know, I love reading quotes. But I don't like it when people who do not know how to write that well, try to give quotes which turned out.... ermm... horrible.

I've been following Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon, on Twitter @yokoono. I must say, sometimes her quotes made me sit back and think twice. Sometimes profound, sometimes simple, sometimes poetic, sometimes straight to the point, she advocates peace. Bless her. I just love nice simple quotes that made me go "ahhh...." instead of "yucks" or "ewww.."

Here are some of her quotes:

Don't clutter your mind with gossipy thoughts. Open your head to the Universe.

Let's keep dancing every day, in your mind and in your dream. Peace.

Imagine a peaceful world as you see it. 2 seconds will do. It will have a domino effect & go around very quickly, inspiring people.

Throw a pebble into the water and create ripples.

The material in the gallery is like an elephant's tail & the larger part of it is in your head. But you have to give a tail to lead into it.

The only sound that exists to me is the sound of the mind. My works are only to induce music of the mind in people.

Our hearts beat in unison. Even when we fight with one another. We are indeed one world, one people.

Mental richness should be worried just as much as physical richness.

You see a chair as it is. But when you burn the chair, you suddenly realize that the chair in your head did not burn or disappear.

How can we ask our children to be caring when we are not? Smile to the future and it will smile back to us.

A prison is made of ice - it melts in the spring. A castle is made of clay - it crumbles in time.

We have everything we need. We just don't have enough for some people's greed.

The economic shock woke us all up. Now we have to get off our high horse & become real. A SIMPLE ARITHMETIC.

The opposite of wisdom is confusion, not stupidity.

Next time you meet a 'foreigner', remember it's only like a window with a different shape to it and the person who's sitting inside is you.

Negative thinking is a luxury we can't afford.

I would like to see a sky vending machine on every corner of the street instead of the coke machine. We need more skies than coke.

You are water. I'm water. We're all water in different containers. That's why it's so easy to meet. Someday we'll evaporate together. But even after the water's gone, we'll probably point out to the containers and say, "that's me there, that one." We're container minders.

Don't ever give up on life. Life can be so beautiful, especially after you've spent a lot of time with it. Stay with it & life becomes like a lover you have been close to for many years. U know them so well, yet every day they give you a surprise.

You are in my life, at times as teachers, as angels, as friends, always as blessings, always with love. Without you, I would not be.


  1. Hi there!

    I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog. I used to live in Singapore (my mum and brother is still there) and now lives in Norway. I love the combination of the local food (I really miss good food) and Buddhism ( a religion that really attracts to me but I have yet to take the plunge, I was born Malay Muslim so you can imagine the drama when I left the country to marry this white guy who did not convert. I have read a lot of blogs from Singapore but yours really touches me deeply. Thank you - Sue

  2. Hi Sue,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. You really made my day!

    It must have been hard leaving your family behind when you got married and left Singapore.

    Hope the local food I blogged about makes you feel more at home (hmm, a bit ironic, huh?).

    As for Buddhism I do not conscientiously preach about the religion. I am only sharing some of my experiences and encounters and I am far from being a good practitioner yet. I believe Buddhism is something one who has the affinity with the Buddhas, has to discover by himself, and not by others' influence. As I understand from the teachings, if you are in doubt, always question until you find the answers you are satisfied with. Do not just accept any master or guru's words willingly without first, analysing whether what they say makes sense. Thereafter reaching enlightenment, is totally based on one's own effort.

  3. Well, reading about the food makes me homesick at times while other times makes me see that I am lucky to live in a country where I have boring food available. In its place, I live in a country where family time is sacred and that I see more of my child then my friends or family back home in Singapore. Sure I have to make boring food but I get to sit and eat dinner everyday with my family at 5 pm.

    Leaving home was a matter of choice and destiny. Like you, I do dream of the future and my future was in this country. Not an easy thing to do to adjust but I did. I always try to dig deep in myself for answers and let my heart lead me to the right path. It is not easy. Hopefully one day I can and will be able to do something about my spiritual side of life. Right now I have other things to fix first. - Sue


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