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To my sister on her birthday

[English below]

Hari ini, kakak saya berulang tahun.

Ketika bulan lalu kamantara mengadakan acara, kami diminta merespon skenario ini: Bayangkan bila semua sudah melanjutkan perjalanan dan kita tinggal sendiri di bumi. Kita diberi kekuatan untuk membawa kembali lima orang. Siapa saja dan kenapa? Orang pertama yang saya tulis adalah kakak saya ini.

Kenapa? Pikir saya, kalau ada Andien, saya pasti tenang. Dia akan tahu mesti melakukan apa. Dia selalu bisa berimbang dalam membebaskan dan merengkuh. Dia akan tahu maunya saya apa; tapi akan memberi ruang bagi kegalauan dan keunikan saya.

Saya juga tahu dari hati terdalam, dia selalu menyayangi saya apa ada saya dan menjaga. Aman dan nyaman rasanya. Berlaku dua arah. Masih banyak lagi yang bisa saya katakan untuk menjawab kenapa.

Sejujurnya, tidak ada kata yang bisa mengungkapkan betapa berharganya dia bagi saya; betapa bersyukurnya saya bahwa dia ada dalam hidup saya.

Hari ini kakak saya berulang tahun. Selamat ulang tahun, Andien. Semoga sehat dan bahagia selalu. Dijaga baik-baik oleh Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih, Maha Penyayang.

Semoga saya bisa menjadi adik yang lebih baik lagi.

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Today is my sister’s birthday.

When last month kamantara held an event, we were asked to respond to the following scenario: Imagine everyone else have continued their journey away from earth. You are alone on earth. You have been given to bring five people back to earth to help rebuild the earth. Whom would you bring back and why? My sister was the first person that came to mind.

Why? I thought, “If she is around, I would be at peace. She would know what to do. She can always balance between freeing and embracing. She would know what I want/need. She would provide space for all my uncertainties and uniqueness.

I also know deep in my heart that she would always love me as I am and care for me. It feels safe. It feels comfortable. And it works both ways — me to her.”

There are many more words I can say to respond to why. In all honestly, however, there is no word to express how precious she is to me; how grateful I am to have her in my life.

Today is her birthday. Happy birthday, Andien. May health and happiness be ever yours. Well cared for by God, The Compassionate, The Merciful.

May I be an even better sister to you.

Ibu Lumrah

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Pada suatu masa, hiduplah seorang ibu bernama Lumrah. Perawakan Bu Lumrah sedang; Tidak besar, tidak pula kecil. Agak sekel, kalau kata warga dusun. Ia dikenal sumringah, gesit, dan ringan tangan. Ibu Lumrah kerap tampak meluncur ke sana ke mari dengan baju lurik dan jariknya, tanpa alas kaki; menyapa ramah dan berbincang dengan warga. Kalau sedang tak berkeliling, Ibu Lumrah berdiam di rumahnya, seraya bebersih, mengurus ladang, atau menemani tamu yang mampir di warung teras rumahnya.

Ibu Lumrah tinggal di dusun Nengah – di dataran berhawa sejuk di pusat pulau, dikelilingi bongkahan gunung hijau menjulang megah. Warganya tidak terlalu banyak. Tapi mereka praktis memenuhi segala kebutuhannya, berkat kekayaan alam sekitar, kemampuan masing-masing warga, dan hidup saling memperhatikan dan salng bantu yang demikian mengakar di dusun itu. Continue reading

Giving birth to Peace

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Stillness – http://bit.ly/1SdXeTw

2015’s Dec 24 is commemorated as the birth of Muhammad (PBUH), while the next day, Dec 25, is Christmas – originated from the words “Cristes moesse” or ‘the mass or festival of Christ’- a celebration of the birth of Christ.

The birth of two great individuals of all time, commemorated side by side. This sends a strong message to the Universe. And to me, the message is the (re)birth of Peace. Continue reading

Let yourself be the dance of nature

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The tree just stood there, awesome and strong as he was. He was quiet though. How curious. Why did he want me here if he had nothing to say? The previous night I had felt his vast-reaching presence and I was drawn to return.

So I did. Deep in the night. During these powerful moments before the dawn, with the moon finding her subtle way to shower her Light over me. But the tree was quiet. He was breathing slow and deep. His chest barely moving.

Go deeper within, he whispered. Be more silent. Be ever still. Relax. I concured, allowing him to guide me. My whole being reposed, planting its root solidly in Mother Earth. The night grew darker, and the tree even quieter. I did not know it was even possible.

From the kernel of such solemn quietude, the tree transformed himself before me, as if he was breathing out, or blooming. Continue reading

That split second of diverting: A Maleficent experience

maleficent-angelina-jolie-2014-wallpapers_948664419I was all set. Ready for the premier of Maleficent on a TV channel at the convenience of my own house. I even had a warm cup of tea with me.

As the film started, my eyes were glued to the set. Fascinating effects and colours of the make-believe world – the way Angelina Jolie’s character, maleficent herself, swooshed inches above the ground and the water then rose up above the cloud to feel the wind and the sunshine.
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