Monday, June 26, 2006

When My Mind is Still

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I remember things too easily forgotten:
The purity of early love,
The maturity of unselfish love that asks --
desires -- nothing but another's good,
The idealism that has persisted through all the tempest of life.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can sense my basic humanity,
And then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them,
Then my life shall surely be richer and more full.
If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,
And they will be more able to accept me.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I know how much life has given me:
The history of the race, friends and family,
The opportunity to work, the chance to build myself.
Then wells within me the urge to live more abundantly,
With greater trust and joy,
With more profound seriousness and earnest service,
And yet more calmly at the heart of life.

-Paul Beattie

17 Comments:

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Alexis Leon said...

Nice poem. Really liked it

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger Has to be me said...

Lovely one. Its so true...v realise only when the mind is still! Good 2 c u back in action :)

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger arvindh said...

Moving poem and fantastic shot of the tree! The angle is just great!

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger starry nights said...

Nice poem. beautiful words. I especially like this."When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you all. :)

Arvindh, the pic is not taken by me. Its by Sunish. I will pass on ur comments abt the pic to him. :)

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Ekta said...

wow!
Lovely poem..makes u stop and think and yes thank god!

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Suji said...

Sorry that anonymous comment was mine. :)

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Arz000n said...

I remember things too easily forgotten:
This is the only thing I do when my mind is still...

Nice poem suji!!

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger ശനിയന്‍ \OvO/ Shaniyan said...

Landed here thru Jo's blog..

nice poem!

a small observation: almost all the photos I see here has a slanting to the right side (for example, Taj). It might be a good idea to recheck your hold on the camera.

Keep clicking!

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger nirmala said...

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being

hmmmm soo true...nice poem.and nice foto too...pass on my comments to sunish.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger ശനിയന്‍ \OvO/ Shaniyan said...

suji,
Thanks for dropping by.

btw, I do have a foto blog that needs no language skills.

:-)

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Balaji S Rajan said...

Good picture and well taken by Sunish. Nice poem too.

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger ശനിയന്‍ \OvO/ Shaniyan said...

suji,
thanks once again, for taking all that pain in locating, viewing and commenting..
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for those who are not so comfortable with typing malayalam: we have the varamozhi online translation pages for typing malayalam whithout any special tools/skills.. you dont need to be great with writing/reading malayalam to use that.. all we do is to type stuff in manglish, whith specific rules.. try hiting the page and typing 'suji' (not Suji) and see for yourself..

you can try any of the given links to see/use the page
1. http://malayalam.homelinux.net/malayalam/work/varamozhi/
2.http://malayalam.hopto.org/malayalam/work/varamozhi/
3.https://sudhanil.no-ip.info:3201/malayalam/work/varamozhi/

 
At 11:26 PM, Blogger ശനിയന്‍ \OvO/ Shaniyan said...

ok, that url looks messy.. instead, try

1. Server1
2. Server2
3. server3

 
At 4:37 AM, Blogger Abhas Kumar said...

wow, the poem is awesome - touching - and a bit too idealistic/utopian.

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

**If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,


so true!

Keshi.

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger Kuan Gung said...

Nice thoughts...I love those moments of the quiet mind, to get it there takes great effort indeed...but once there if offers incredible peace and at times great wisdom...thank you

 

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