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I can only tell you what I hear

There we were once again. Entangled in the never-ending conversation (lucky me!) about what to do in life. How to be. That everlasting question of what our role is in the Universe.

Sometimes I wonder whether we would get tired of asking these questions and start being – or perhaps the asking is part of the being, part of the becoming. Anyway, back to the storyline.

“You are a consultant. You provide counsel,” you commented.

“Yeah, well, in what, though?” I responded, with that all-too-familiar fleeting doubt for self. A lightning response from the head.

“In a lot of things. In anything,” you said, lightly and confidently. There was some truth in what you said. You made sense. As always. You made sense to me.

I let your response seep below the superficial intricate labyrinth of thoughts. I could feel an interior change of gear. A more genuine response surfaced.

“I can only tell you what I hear,” I heard myself saying, with intent.

That response stays with me even until today. Continue reading

Conversing the tree

P1030345I looked towards your direction, partly out of instinct, partly – truth be told – out of boredom. I had nothing else to do; and was a bit tired of conversing with myself.

So there you were. This tall, handsome tree tens of meters before me. My eyes would not move. It was as if you were looking back at me. Our gaze met. The connection was established.

“Yes?” I said, puzzled. “Yes?” you responded, with warmth in your tone. Continue reading

Let’s be honest, let’s get real

Polar bear
Some people probably have noticed I have grown quieter – if it is at all possible. Apparently it is. I have noticed it, too. I have noticed a lot of things in me of late. I noticed I have become more selective in the activities (and people) I prefer to stay engage with.

There are things that do not appeal to me, and things that do. I engage with things that appeal to me, and stay away from those that do not, in a matter-of-fact manner. And they changes over time. Hence not-so-interesting things can sometimes turn to be rather interesting, or the other way around. One is allowed to have a change of heart.

Then I realise, ‘selective’ may not be the appropriate term, for the word implies deliberate act of selection. Mine is not so much a process of selection (through thought-process). Rather, it is a tendency of the heart.
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On becoming (spiritual)

IMG_1632Spirituality. We can make it as complicated as we can possibly imagine – for it has its intricacies – or we can stay as simple as we wish to be. Even light and playful.

It is about living from the core. It is about being honest in expressing ourselves. It is about becoming who we are in our original potential. It is about being moved by something Greater – I call It God, Allah. You may call It by any other names you wish, or not, or even not at all.

So it is not some lofty ideas outside of life. Continue reading

Conversation “in peace with progress”

Dear friends,

Self knowledge is essential to human life. If one is consistent in investigating and walking one’s own natural preference, interest, and talents, and moves according to one’s heart, then one would be according to what is believed to be human being’s original intention of existence: to be a blessing, i.e. beneficial, to the universe.

The refreshing dynamics that is happening in Indonesia is but an example of such manifestation. A person that surrenders (i.e is willing to flow with life) does not mean that they will not change a thing. In fact, because they are guided by the heart and pay keen attention to their surrounding, they are able to move efficiently and effectively, benefiting themselves and those around them. This is real, and not a mere concept.

We see more and more figures, government as well as non-government, spring as examples of such phenomenon. Creating a snowball effect, making bigger collective impacts. At the same time, curiosity and questions arise: What is actually happening? Does not-surrendering conflict with the desire to change? Does restlessness mean not surrendering? How does each of us respond to this, especially when we want to be an active part of this dynamics? What does it mean to each of us?

To take a closer look at this interesting and crucial phenomenon and share its personal meaning to us, Beshara would like to invite you to participate in a conversation themed “in peace with progress”, which would be held on:
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time: 09.30-15.00
Place: Jl. Martimbang, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta

With prominent speakers:
Tri Mumpuni, Executive Director, People-centered Business and Economic Initiative (IBEKA) (in confirmation)
Felia Salim, Wakil Direktur Utama, BNI
Nico Kanter, CEO, Vale Indonesia
Arief Aziz, Director, change.org
Nila Tanzil, Pendiri, Taman Bacaan Pelangi

The conversation will be facilitated by Peter Young, Principal of the Beshara School.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conversation. For confirmation and further info, kindly contact us through beshara.sea@gmail.com.

Kind regards,
Beshara SEA

That we keep kidding ourselves

There was something I have just noticed about myself. I seem to have a(n even) lower treshold for small talks. Perhaps small talks is not the correct term.

What I mean is that I am not inclined to be in a conversation where we do not talk about what matters – to each of us at the moment. Continue reading