Thought for the Day: When You Face Obstacles

“When life throws up an obstacle–say a problem that is getting unpleasant–don’t swell it with your attention.  Put your attention fully on your work, work hard without thinking about yourself and repeat your mantram in your mind whenever you can to keep hold of the center of stillness you tapped in the morning’s meditation.  This simple strategy can keep your mind from speeding up under the pressure of any problem.

At the end of the day, you will find that your problems have been reduced to a manageable size.  Remember, problems have a way of swelling when we feed them with our attention; when they are starved for attention, they shrink or even go away,” says Eknath Easwaran in Take Your Time   (p. 182).

Maui Rainbow

Maui Rainbow

Aloha, Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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