Thank You....

 

I thank you for your support - for coming to visit me for real or in my dreams, for sending me affectionate and encouraging messages ....and surprice gifts. I have always been very conscious of what a privilege it is for me to find a bunch of you - friends - in all places where I have been in this world, offering to me your generousity, your good vibes, and your radiant loving smiles.

Your love humbles me and I feel a great sense of gratitude to the Life Force for having bestowed upon me the capability of being able to transmit, with my words, feelings of joy, spiritual warmth, or any other kind of positive effect on you.

Your support of me has given me the badly needed strength to cope with difficulties in life. Your unconditional love has been unwavering, as it has endured the passing of many years, luckily for me, you guys are, quietly, still there for me. It is as if we have this "underground" love for each other...

Music is one of the most spiritual entities there is, and I can quite understand why is it that it is revered by ancient Chinese culture as one of the seven "happy gods". Like your support of me, Music, itself, has been an inexhaustible source of warmth, spiritual strength, and companionship to me, whether I am listening to it, singing to an invisable audience or to my children, and even when unconsciously humming to myself. So, similarly to what that song says, "I wish you bluebirds in the Spring", I wish you Music in the Spring (and in Summer, Winter and Fall... )

You are all like music to me! In closing, share your material good fortunes with the less fortunate. Share light and love and laughter too;)

With Blessings Maya


Sympathetic Resonance...

 Some people believe the mind is like a magnet, and what we hold uppermost in our attention we attract to us. In music, this is called the principle of 'sympathetic resonance'. If you have two pianos in the same room and you hit a C note on one piano, you will find that the C string on the other piano starts vibrating at the same rate. In the same way you are always attracting people and circumstances that resonate with your predominant thoughts.

You need to begin thinking of yourself as someone who deserves a great life. You must begin by feeling 'rich' with love within for it to manifest outwardly.As you begin to truly see yourself as a wonderful person, you will see the wonders around you grow.

It's a change in your self-image to one of greater confidence and greater harmony so you begin to notice the abundance that surrounds you, and it will greatly enhance your experience of being alive.

Paul McKenna


Manual for climbing mountains

     A) Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing. 
     B) Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them, flowers grow between you and your objective, what seemed so clear on the map is tough in real life. So try all the paths and all the tracks until eventually one day you’re standing in front of the top that you yearn to reach.
     C) Learn from someone who has already been up there: no matter how unique you feel, there is always someone who has had the same dream before you and ended up leaving marks that can make your journey easier; places to hang the rope, trails, broken branches to make the walking easier. The climb is yours, so is the responsibility, but don’t forget that the experience of others can help a lot. 
     D) When seen up close, dangers are controllable: when you begin to climb the mountain of your dreams, pay attention to the surroundings. There are cliffs, of course. There are almost imperceptible cracks in the mountain rock. There are stones so polished by storms that they have become as slippery as ice. But if you know where you are placing each footstep, you will notice the traps and how to get around them.
     E) The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course, you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top. But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you. At every meter conquered, you can see a little further, so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed. 
     F) Respect your body: you can only climb a mountain if you give your body the attention it deserves. You have all the time that life grants you, as long as you walk without demanding what can’t be granted. If you go too fast you will grow tired and give up half way there. If you go too slow, night will fall and you will be lost. Enjoy the scenery, take delight in the cool spring water and the fruit that nature generously offers you, but keep on walking.
     G) Respect your soul: don’t keep repeating “I’m going to make it”. Your soul already knows that, what it needs is to use the long journey to be able to grow, stretch along the horizon, touch the sky. An obsession does not help you at all to reach your objective, and even ends up taking the pleasure out of the climb. But pay attention: also, don’t keep saying “it’s harder than I thought”, because that will make you lose your inner strength.
     H) Be prepared to climb one kilometer more: the way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far. But since you were prepared to go beyond, this is not really a problem.
     I) Be happy when you reach the top: cry, clap your hands, shout to the four winds that you did it, let the wind - the wind is always blowing up there - purify your mind, refresh your tired and sweaty feet, open your eyes, clean the dust from your heart. It feels so good, what was just a dream before, a distant vision, is now part of your life, you did it!
     J) Make a promise: now that you have discovered a force that you were not even aware of, tell yourself that from now on you will use this force for the rest of your days. Preferably, also promise to discover another mountain, and set off on another adventure.
     L) Tell your story: yes, tell your story! Give your example. Tell everyone that it’s possible, and other people will then have the courage to face their own mountains.

With permition from author

www.paulocoelho.com


The pianist in the shopping center

     I am strolling casually through a shopping center in the company of a violinist friend. Ursula, born in Hungary, is today a top musician in two international philharmonic orchestras. All of a sudden she grabs my arm:
     “Listen!”
     I listen. I hear voices, adult voices, children shouting, noises of televisions turned on in electrical-appliance shops, high heels clip-clopping on the tiled floor, and that well-known music that is omnipresent in shopping centers the world over.
     “So, isn’t it marvelous?”
     I answer that I hear nothing marvelous or special.
     “The piano!” she says, throwing me a look of disappointment. “The pianist is marvelous!”
     “It must be a recording.”
     “Don’t talk nonsense.”
     Listening more carefully, it becomes obvious that the music is live. Now a Chopin sonata is being played, and now that I can concentrate, the notes seem to conceal all the noise surrounding us. We stroll through the corridors jammed with people, shops, reduced prices, things that they claim everyone has – except you and me. We reach the food plaza: people eating, chatting, arguing, reading newspapers, and one of those special attractions that all shopping centers try to offer their customers.
     In this case, a piano and a pianist.
     He plays two more sonatas by Chopin, and then Schubert, Mozart. He must be about 30; a notice hanging at the side of the small stage explains that he is a famous musician from Georgia, one of the former Soviet Republics. He must have been looking for work, doors were closed, he became desperate, resigned himself and now he is here.
     But I am not sure that he is even here: his eyes look at the magic world this music was composed, his hands share with everyone the love, the soul, the enthusiasm, the best of himself, his years of study, concentration and discipline.
     The only thing he seems not to have understood is that nobody, absolutely nobody has gone there to hear him play, but to buy, eat, enjoy themselves, look at shop windows and meet friends. A couple stops beside us, talking in a loud voice, and then moves on. The pianist has not seen this – he is still chatting with Mozart’s angels. Nor has he seen that there is an audience of two, one of whom, a talented violinist, is listening to him play with tears in her eyes.
     I remember a chapel which I once just happened to enter and saw a girl playing for God. But she was in a chapel, that made sense; in this case, nobody is listening, perhaps not even God.
     Lies. God is listening. God is in this man’s soul and hands, because he is giving the best of himself, regardless of any recognition or the money he received. He plays as if he were in the Scala in Milan or in the Opéra in Paris. He plays because this is his destiny, his joy, his reason for being.
     I am seized by a feeling of deep reverence. Respect for a man who at that moment is recalling a very important lesson: you have a personal legend to fulfill, period. It is of no matter if others support you, or criticize, ignore or tolerate you – you are doing that because that is your destiny on this earth, and the source of any joy.
     The pianist ends another piece by Mozart and for the first time notices our presence. He greets us with a well-mannered, discreet nod of the head, which we answer. But then he returns at once to his paradise, and it is best to leave him there untouched by anything in this world, not even our timid applause. He is setting an example for all of us. When we feel that no-one is paying attention to what we are doing, let us think about this pianist: he was conversing with God through his work, and the rest was not of the least importance.

With permition from Author

Paulo Coelho

www.paulocoelho.com


Speaking to Strangers....

The master says:
"Volition. This something about which people have been suspicious for a long time.
"How many are the things we fail to do because we lack the volition, and how many because they are risky?
An example of what we misperceive as a "lack of volition:" Speaking to strangers. Be it a conversation, a simple contact or a release, rarely do we speak to strangers.
"And we always say that it's better that way.
"So we wind up not being of help and not being helped by Life.
"Our distance makes us appear to be important and sure of ourselves. But actually, we are not allowing the voice of our angel to manifest itself through the words of others."


Humility

Humility is not self-deprecation; it is self- forgetfulness! It is knowing that God alone is the Doer. It is the realization that nothing in this shadow-world of appearances is all that important, except as it draws us closer to the Lord. Never tell yourself that you are sinful, or weak, or incompetent, or lazy, except as such a statement may help you to surrender joyfully to God's power. Then live by that power! Never wear the mask of false humility. Humility is self-acceptance, and self-honesty. You have a right to all power if you seek it in Infinity, and if you never hold the thought that it resides in your little self. Affirmation I live by Thy power, Lord. What I have is ever Thine-ever Thine! Prayer Thou art the Doer, Lord, not I. Express Thy perfection through me, as I strive ever eagerly to live in Thy light!