Musician-blogger Rob from “For friends without borders“nominated me for the 3-quote challenge, which I accept with many thanks. Rob’s FFWB and his personal blog site (which is restricted) are a relatively new discovery by me, and his warmth and fantastic sense of humour that borders irreverence (and often ahem!) show utter honesty-of-being, thereby instantly appealing to the friend beyond borders in me.
The first quote of the challenge is this:
Oneself is one’s own refuge
The quote has an interesting history. Earlier this year, I was struggling to come to terms with my grandmother’s death, and a rather large personal issue that had hit me to pulp during the end of last year. Not willing to go the medication way to deal with the emotional roller coaster, I chose to look at meditation. I landed at a meditation blog site, run by Roger Wells, an Australian rock star-turned meditation aficionado (another friend beyond borders now), who was kind enough to give me a lot of study material. Acharn Thawee was his teacher, and the above quote that I read in one of the books he sent me, made a lot of sense to me. No one else could possibly lead my life, I need to lead it myself, and the solutions to my problems must come from within. It has been a rough year, but as it nears its end, I seem to have gained a semblance of sanity. 2017 will be another rough year with lifestyle-decisions to be made, but I am sure that with my friends within and without borders, I will be able to meet them better than I met my travails of 2016.
I need to nominate three bloggers with each of my quotes. My nominations are:
Maha of Thoughts Unlimited
No obligation to follow it through. This is a nice way of sharing people I read with my readers (although I suspect that my readers are a subset of the readers of the above).
Thank you to Rob again.