Friday, November 22, 2019

Integrating spirituality into everyday life

Photo of myself standing in front of a stupa in Paro

When we are in prayer, we are a perfect human being, so kind and compassionate towards everybody around us. We feel the pain of all other sentient beings in the universe and wish them to be liberated from this world of suffering forever. It is during a prayer that we become aware of our vices and seek forgiveness for the sins we have committed in life. For a moment, we reach the state of enlightenment, where we overcome our negative thoughts and get closest to the true nature of our mind. If we can maintain this state of mind throughout our life, we can be the most perfect human being on Earth. But sadly, the kind of person we portray ourselves to be during a prayer ceases to exist once we walk out of the prayer room. For the rest of the day, we continue to live like a monster with thoughts and actions discolored by anger, jealousy, greed, ego and other negative emotions.

Monday, November 11, 2019

A tribute to His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan on his 64th birthday

Photo of His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan. Image courtesy: Kelly Dorji's Facebook page

On this very day 64 years ago, we were blest with a Dragon prince whose extraordinary leadership qualities and wisdom would transform our lives and strengthen our foundation during his thirty-four years of kingship. Since the day he ascended the Golden Throne in June 1974 as the fourth hereditary monarch of Bhutan, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck took upon himself the sacred responsibility of defending, guarding and protecting our liberty and freedom. He showed through his own example how we should reach out into the future without forgetting our past. It was through his wisdom that we learned how to embrace modern socio-economic developments with values, without exploiting our rich culture and pristine natural environment. As we are celebrating his 64th birth anniversary today, I want to dive back into the past and cherish those special moments I personally had with my beloved king during my school days.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Pushing boundaries to organize life at home

We all know that family plays a vital role in shaping the behavior of children. Since we are not born knowing how to behave in the society, we have to learn most of our behaviors from the environment around us. For children, learning comes in many forms. Sometimes, they learn by being directly told what is right and what is wrong. But most commonly, they learn through the observation of everyday life at home. In fact, the best part of education starts with family. Children start inheriting moral and ethical values from their parents and grandparents even before they go to school. It is for this reason that as parents, we have to be good role models.