Change by Conpassion

I have been following the news from Hong Kong, my homeland, for a month. Hong Kong has never been so divided before. I think the conflicts were caused by the growing discontent towards the government policies towards the mainland Chinese, the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, the keen competition of resources, the PRC apathy towards the public voice for a more transparent government and growing corruption.

People have been using bad language yelling or cursing each other. They have so much anger and fear about the future. They don’t listen to each other anymore. We all want the same things, like freedom, justice, prosperity, stability and fairness. But our means are different.

The older generations want the teenagers to accept the constraints within a dictatorship and be considerate to the needs of the general public. They know how hard it is to earn a living and raise a family. They feel sorry for those families whose income depends on small businesses that have been badly affected by the protest.

Yet most teenagers in HK have a strong yearning for a better future. They are idealistic because they are young. They have a dream. Their future still have infinite possibilities. Many people said that they are “useless teenagers”. But if they are useless, they wouldn’t have concerned about democracy. Maybe some of us don’t agree with their extreme means. But calling names or yelling at them will add more violence and confusion among the protestors.

The adults and elderly need to model a calm, reasonable and mature manner for the younger ones. We need to be compassionate and understanding towards the young people. We need to guide them gently how to communicate their ideas logically. Do you think cursing them to respect the police is the way to teach them how to be respectful? No. They cannot give what they don’t get.

Constructive change can only happen when we use loving speech, active listening and compassion to relate to each other. Everyone in Hong Kong, no matter old or young, really need to learn that right now.

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Dreadful or Mindful?

Have you ever had a dreadful feeling from the beginning of a day? It was like you want to get everything over with as soon as possible. This is caused by the mind’s tendency to not stay at the moment.

When we stay at the present moment and relaxed, the mind is light and awake. However, whenever the mind drift from one thing to another, it is heavy and exhausted. It is because the mind is always attracted to regrets or unfinished businesses. If we let the mind drift off like this day after day with little mindful moments, dreadful feelings accumulates. Then the vitality of life will be gone gradually.

The joy in life is not caused by something exciting or dramatic. It actually exists in the present moments. When we allow the mind to come home, it is accepted to be its natural self. Then we will be free.

From Conscious to Unconscious

What happens when we fall asleep? Our body will lose consciousness first and then mind follows or vice versa? When we are conscious but not at the present, the mind keeps chattering about random stories mainly fabricated by the ego. The knower in the mind occasionally arises when we do a task that is intellectually demanding or when we are awe struck by a beautiful moment. Those people who have experience in mindfulness training may have more awakened moments. But when we are about to fall asleep, the consciousness starts to get lower. The mind chattering will change gradually from storytelling to more random thoughts. When we are dreaming, the subconscious mind will start taking over. The our body will lose consciousness.

Whether we are asleep or awake, the mind is always dreaming, changing from one topic to the next. It’s just that when we are awake, we grab onto our thoughts, make stories out of them, take some thoughts very seriously and then act on them. So before we act on our thoughts, think about why we have to be so serious. 🙂

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