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Letting the light shine through

Posted by Merle Levin on September 27, 2011

“Letting the light shine through” was the headline in the front page of this morning’s  New York Times
“Shimmering on satin or seeping through chiffon” – is apparently the message from Milan’s 2012 season.  “All about light” it proclaims, that world on the other side of the catwalk.

I dont normally peruse the fashion section of the Times, but this  headline caught my attention as I waded through the wars and conflicts crouching behind the corruption charges and bank bongos in today’s headlines. That’s what you do at 3am when the fears begin to scratch at the insides of the eyelids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Statement of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Posted by Merle Levin on September 25, 2011

http://dalailama.com/messages/tibet/reincarnation-statement
Statement of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on the Issue of His Reincarnation

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Anything about Anything

Posted by Merle Levin on September 24, 2011

“If it is true, then we truly haven’t understood anything about anything”

Quote from Alvar De Rujula – a theorist at CERN the European Center for Nuclear Research on a report that physicists plan to report that they have detected subatomic particles moving faster than the speed of light. Read the rest of this entry »

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Incredulous

Posted by Merle Levin on September 23, 2011

I just read this from a report on the conference of Tibetans taking place in India:

“China has introduced a new law banning Tibetan religious beings from reincarnating without government’s approval.”

I had to post it on this blog to remind me not to harbor arrogance.

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Hurry Slowly

Posted by Merle Levin on September 19, 2011

Sir Simon Rattle, the colorful conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, dropped this phrase in an interview I watched of him the other night. He said that his most inspiring teacher and mentor told him to “hurry slowly” and the phrase stuck me in a way that has had me thinking about it for days. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Private” the new work ethic of the new South Africa

Posted by Merle Levin on September 17, 2011

It’s not easy to get things done in Cape Town at the best of times. The pace here is tortoise – especially in winter, or summer, or spring or Autumn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Merle Levin on September 15, 2011

Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow

It’s a plant that grows wild in these parts. It has stunning, daily, colour-changing-flowers, starting with deep mauve, then a lighter lavender and finally white. Each day different. Much like the colour of my mom’s cheeks, these past days. Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Eximia’ is the flower’s fancy name. Her doctors have their own fancy names. It’s a relief to have a fancy name – you automatically assume there will be another medication thrown into the cocktail to be flushed down the drip. Drip drip into her tired vein. This is the miracle one that will bring the white back to deep mauve.

She’s rallied, that tired old fighter mom of mine. She’s back – kibbitzing with the staff, chiding the specialist for being too busy. Nick, she says, calling him by the name no-one else dares to. Nick, stop ignoring me so much! Would you do this to your mom? She says as he pokes and probes. Wanna dance? She asks as he tries to get her moving in her bed. You can see he loves her. She’s the quintessential Jewish Bobba everyone wants. She’s back! He says, winking as he dashes out the ward, his IPad blinking.
Today’s a light lavender day . Tomorrow? Alls I know is it’s going to be followed by another yesterday.

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From anxiety to inspiration

Posted by Merle Levin on September 14, 2011

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Dr Hew Len is a doctor who inspires me. He healed his patients by working on himself with remarkable success.  I think of him in the long dark silence of my night as I sit at home thinking about my mother in hospital, struggling for her life.  I turn to him in my minds-eye and ask: what advice do you have for me, Dr. Hew Len?  How can I  work on myself to help my mother? I hear his words: We have two choices always, he says.  To go to the data of memories, or to go to inspiration. If you find your mind is hooked on the databank of old thinking, say this mantra – I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me.  Try to turn your thoughts to inspiration and let this cleanse you. The old data holds a mortgage on your soul, he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whales and Tales

Posted by Merle Levin on September 13, 2011

When things become intense in my life, I find myself looking in the nooks and crannys for “the story inside the story”. Funny how there is always one hiding, waiting to be lured out into the light. Often it has humor no matter how dark the surround. It’s message is always along the lines of “keep looking, we know more than we think we know.” Read the rest of this entry »

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