The Importance of Praise – 2

I enjoyed watching the YouTube video “Simon Sinek on Millenials in the Workplace,” and I agree with the majority of what Simon Sinek says, especially the dangers associated with the instant gratification that technology brings, the addictive effects of social media, and the need to work diligently, give it time, and cultivate patience in order to make an impact and achieve dreams. But I have reservations about the way he talks about the negative effects of a gentler kind of parenting. I think that the criticism of soft parenting — and the alleged sense of entitlement is creates — is an idea that, by being repeated over and over again, is gaining ground, and that although it sounds right, in my opinion, is a superficial and rushed diagnostic that diminishes the importance of gentleness and praise, especially the gentleness and praise that must come from parents.

We live in a extremely competitive world where people are put down all the time, and I think that all parents should find effective ways of enhancing their children’s self-esteem, while taming excessive competitiveness and fostering cooperation. We are a culture obsessed with winning — at all costs if necessary. In this video, Simon Sinek points out that the corporate environment is extremely competitive and that the leadership is bad. Well, parenting that over-emphasizes competition, comparison, and criticism has a lot to do with bad leadership. When kids who experience this kind of parenting grow up they become the bosses and parents we don’t want, the ones who squash self-esteem, and provide very little positive reinforcement and support. They perpetuate the existence of the violent world we abhor. Therefore, if we want less competition and more cooperation, if we want healthier working environments, then generous parenting is extremely important, otherwise we will be parenting for the perpetuation of same undesired world, and creating more of the leaders we don’t want.

Many people, when they reach positions of power, instead of changing the errors of the past, simply repeat them: “I suffered and now it’s your turn; I will make you suffer. I was miserable, now it’s my turn of making lives miserable. I was oppressed and exploited, and now it’s my turn to oppress and exploit others, and benefit from it.” They don’t realize that they are now in positions where they can bring about positive changes. It would be wonderful if they realized that “This is the way it was, the way it was, but it’s not the way it should or has to be. Things can be changed, and I will bring about change for the better. I suffered, but I don’t need to continue the same pattern and inflict suffering on others. These injustices stop here, and I will do my part in bringing about positive change.” It should not be because someone was treated badly — or because this is the common way people are treated — that he or she, when reaching positions of power, should continue perpetuating the same erroneous trend of treating other people badly.

The reality is that parents, as a rule, criticize much more than they praise. The majority of parents are ready to point out their children’s weaknesses and failures, and by doing so, they instill in them a sentiment that they are not good enough. How many times have you heard parents criticizing their children and putting them down? Spoken and unspoken messages such as “You are a loser. You are good for nothing.” are not uncommon. It seems that only when their children are doing something bad, parents take notice and have something to say. When they do good things, parents usually say nothing. It is as if children are just doing what is expected of them. Good deeds go by unnoticed. Well, it shouldn’t be this way.

My advice? Love your children wastefully, and say “I love you” a lot. Catch them doing good, and say something. Praises such as, “Good job! You are smart! You are unique!” go a long way in building confidence and self-esteem.

Be the best and most supporting boss you can be, and treat the people you lead as you would like to be treated if you were in their positions.

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“Do you want to know what makes us different? It’s that my parents always hugged me a lot.” ~ Patrick Bensadoun

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There is always virtue in the middle. Criticism and punishment only will not do it. Praise and rewarding only will not do it either. Too much undeserved criticism and too little deserved praise is bad. On the other hand, too much undeserved praise and too little deserved criticism is also bad. Choose the middle way.  Gentle criticism when warranted, and honest praise when deserved, is the way to go. Wise use of both is what is needed: calm criticism that does not put the child down, and sincere praise that does not inflate the child’s ego, gives her an unrealistic perception of who she is, and instills in her a sense of entitlement. But, if we have to choose, let us be generous in our approval and applause, and parsimonious in our censure and condemnation. Let us err in favor of praise!


 

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The Most Precious Gift: A Loving and Peaceful Presence

 

“The most precious gift we can offer others in our presence. The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

To live lives that uphold the well-being of others is  one of the noblest things we can do, and to do it properly we must constantly work on our own selves. Let us cultivate peace and love in our inner garden, the garden of our hearts. Let us, intentionally, be presences of love and bringers of peace to all the people we meet and all the places we go. Let us radiate peace, and shower all people with love, knowing, as Meher Baba said, that “love cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.” Let us be fully present and give all people our undivided attention and compassion. Then we will be the healers that the world needs. Then we will be real blessings to others, and people will naturally gravitate toward us, to grow in love, and to become spreaders of love themselves.

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Love spreads spontaneously. Love brings about love. In any environment, the mere presence of a loving person expands the number of individuals who respond with love.

“Love and coercion can never go together. Love has to spring spontaneously from within. It is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force and it cannot be forced upon anybody, yet it can be awakened in one through love itself.”

~ Meher Baba

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We Are the Waters of the Great Sea

We are the waters of the Great Sea
Waves brought us here, to these shores
But here we cannot stay, except for a short while
We must return to where we came from
We are the waters of the Great Sea

~ Piero Falci


 

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

We are what we think. We create our lives and our world based on what we choose to think and believe. What we imagine in our minds is what we get in our lives.

When we start to observe and be more aware of our thoughts, we begin to understand what thoughts are. We begin to understand the thought process, how thoughts appear from nowhere, vanish, and reappear, and how one thought generates many other thoughts. Then we begin to realize that we have the power to be selective, and choose what thoughts we give your attention to. Once we realize that we can decide to give attention to thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that are beneficial to us, and disregard those that are not, our lives become immensely better.

The lives we imagine for ourselves are the lives we live. Our lives are self-fulfilling prophecies.

What possibilities do you see for yourself? What do you expect from your life? How do you see yourself in the future?

Remember that life is full of possibilities. You can be your own greatest motivator or your own greatest inhibitor; it is up to you. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.

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THINKING

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

~ Walter D. Wintle

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Spaceship Earth – Part 5

During stressful seasons in their lives, I often instruct my students to take the “helicopter view.” I tell them to imagine looking at themselves and at their situations from above. Usually they tell me that when they see the bigger picture they realize that their situations are not as dramatic and hopeless, and also not as unique as they initially thought, and this brings them some relief.

Well, Carl Sagan invited us to take not only the helicopter view, but the “spacecraft view.”

Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers. Today, twenty-eight years after that picture was taken, when some among us are thinking about borders and exclusion, and considering erecting walls of division, it may be a good time to take a look at all these concepts and desires from above.

Click on the link below and watch Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” video, and take some time to reflect on what he had to say: “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.” Yes, think about all those individuals who in their frantic pursuit of power create a lot of pain and suffering for others, and never come to realize that they are just “momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

Much love to you all. ~ Piero

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” ~ Carl Sagan (1934-1996), Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40.5 AU), as part of the Family Portrait series of images of the Solar System. In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space, among bands of sunlight scattered by the camera’s optics. Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan. (Wikipedia entry)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Portrait_(Voyager)

 


 

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To Find the One I Lost

Why did you come here?

I came here to see vapors rising from the lake in these cold mornings. I came here to experience a long, silent, eye-to-eye connection with the young deer before the sun came up.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to remind myself of the life I want to live: a mindful life in which I am awake, alert, aware, and joyfully alive. I came here to harness the courage to change and live this new, simpler life, free from all my fears, my addictions, my cravings, and my aversions.

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Why did you come here?

I came here to immerse myself in the silence, absorb the peace of this place,  and feel happy, content, and satisfied. 

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Tell me: why did you come here, really?

I came here to find the one I lost.

That’s why.

That’s what I came here for.

~ Piero Falci

Omega Institute, June 2016

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Usually, at the beginning of our retreats, we are asked questions such as, “Why did you come here? What has brought you here? Why are you here? What is your intention? What do you want to get from this experience?” After the first round of more obvious answers, we are asked again, and again, and again. “What do you really, really, really want?” and as we dig deeper, truer answers emerge.


 

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My Intentions are Pure

At the beginning of his years of teaching, Siddhartha Gautama faced a lot of criticism from those who would not agree with what he had to say. Seeing what he was going through, his disciples approached him and asked, “How can you be so calm and peaceful when people find fault in your words and ridicule you?” The Buddha answered with a question: “When someone offers you a gift and you don’t accept it, to whom does the gift belong to?”

We have to decide: Shall we accept the gift, or not? The decision is ours. And the right decision will liberate us.

Know that you will never get everyone’s approval, and that there will always be people who do not agree with you. Seeking external approval is a sure way to unhappiness. What other people think of you should never be as important as what you think of yourself, so make sure to value more how you see yourself than the opinions others have of you.

You can’t expect that everybody will understand and agree with you. You can’t expect that everybody will be gentle and kind with you. You can’t expect that everybody will love you. That’s unrealistic.

You can’t control how others will interpret what you say and do. All you can control is the purity of your intentions. Negative reactions to your words and actions should not matter if you are at peace, and able to honestly and calmly say to yourself, “My intentions are pure.”

It is not realistic to believe that you have never wounded some people during your lifetime. We all did. We all had those selfish and mindless moments that some of us, later, came to regret. No one is totally perfect and completely innocent. Accept that you have hurt others, and that some people do not like you.

Go to the center of your being, to that place of silence and stillness, and investigate what has moved and moves you. Now, forgive yourself, once and for all. Leave that weight of guilt and recrimination by the roadside and don’t get back to it ever again.

May you be able to say to yourself, “I know who I am. I know the ground where I stand. I know that my intentions are pure. I am at peace. I am firm in my intent to be good, do good, and help other people as much as I can, for as long as I can. I am firm in my intent of not inflicting anyone any harm.” 

May you be able to have compassion for, and send waves of love to all of those who criticize, attack, and dislike you. May you be able to forgive all, including yourself, for all unwholesome words and actions, and move on. May you be able to constantly express great gratitude for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon you.

And if you are a teacher, decide to be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. Be present, sensitive, and flexible. Get your ego out of the way, and don’t try to control everything.  Yes, plan your classes, but remain open to change. Be attentive to what is called for in the moment, being at peace if it happens that you have to throw away all your well-crafted plans and do something completely different. Trust the intelligence that arises from the group in each moment. Remain open, be a conduit, and allow the intelligence of the Universe to flow through you.

“At the end of the day, I’m at peace because my intentions are good and my heart is pure.”

Peace be with you.

Much love to you all.

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The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

The Generosity of Sharing One’s Pain

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for taking me to that place I have prohibited myself from visiting
That place where my sadness resides

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for allowing me to shed tears with you
Not only for your suffering, but also for mine

Thank you for letting your pain out
And for revealing a escape route for my own
And for sharing your story, ‘cause it’s my story too
And for reminding me that, in the end
We are all the same on this never-ending journey of change

Thank you for sharing your pain
And for reminding me that although this being human is not easy
I can find great consolation in knowing that I am not alone
That, in the most silent of all silences, we hold each other in love
And that is enough
That is enough

~ Piero Falci

Petaluma, California

February 7, 2017

Dedicated to all those gardeners who plant seeds of mindfulness

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

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Mindful Eating

Take a few breaths and center yourself before you begin eating. This will help you slow down and give eating your full attention. Be curious.  Use your senses and re-discover the colors, the textures, the aromas. Appreciate. Smell. Feel the temperature of the food. Now, taste it. Move slowly, bite by bite. Put your fork down between bites and be conscious of all the different sensations you are experiencing. Treat this food as if you were savoring it for the first time in your life. Eat this food as if you’ve never eaten it before, because, actually, you’ve never eaten this one before.

Be mindful of mental images, memories, and fantasies while you eat. Since mind-wandering is inevitable, you may want to imagine the seed, the soil, the sun, the rain, the people involved in producing and distributing, and the journey this food has made to arrive at your table. But come back, as much as possible, to the here-now, paying attention to this moment and mindfully eating this food in front of you, this food in your mouth.

Detect any expectation. Slowing down is extra important in this process. Stay with this bite, without anticipating the next one. Chew it thoroughly. Staying with this bite is staying in the present moment. Staying with this bite is practicing mindfulness, and mindful living. If we keep thinking about what we will be eating next while we still have food in our mouths, we are not in the present moment; we are not fully connected with the food that we are eating. Also, since it takes time for the brain to register that we have already eaten enough, if we eat too fast, we either eat too much, or we finish the meal and still feel hungry. Eating fast is conducive to over-eating. So, let’s slow down, and savor this one bite because slow eating is the best for our health.

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I recently learned Lynn Rossy’s acronym BASICS, a great reminder of mindful eating.

B – Breathe and Belly check

A – Assess your food

S – Slow down

I – Investigate your hunger throughout your meal

C – Chew your food

S – Savor your food

For more on Mindful Eating, check the Eat for Life program.

I found the initial part of these instructions for Mindful Eating in little informational cubes placed on the dining hall tables of the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY.


 

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Tears in Rain

 

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.”

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” 

These are the final words of Roy Batty, the rebel replicant in the movie “Blade Runner,” directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick’s story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

This scene makes me reflect on fear, love of life, and impermanence.

LIVING IN FEAR

During a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and fear, the words spoken in this scene of the movie “Blade Runner” made me reflect a lot about the disturbing effects of fear. The movie depicts a society in the future where robots are sent to other planets to do the hard work. These automatons are the slaves of the future, and the best ones are known as replicants, excellent replicas of human beings. Similar to humans, they function just for a limited amount of time, until they reach that point when their systems shut down and their existences come to an end. A group of replicants come to love their lives so much that they want to prevent this from happening; they don’t want to die. So they initiate a violent rebellion, and come to Earth with the intent of meeting their creator, the scientist who invented and manufactures the androids. Their hope is that, after hearing their plea, he will extend their lives. Special police operatives, known as Blade Runners, are assigned to hunt down and exterminate the defiant replicants. A retired police officer from the Blade Runner squadron reluctantly accepts the assignment to eliminate the rebel androids, and that’s what he does, one by one. The end of the movie brings us to witness the confrontation between this detective and the last rebel left, the strongest of them all, the leader of the group. The final clash takes place on the rooftop of an abandoned building. The android clearly has the upper hand, and the detective is about to lose the fight, and his life. On the verge of dying, when the detective is showing all his fear, the slave calmly says to him, “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

I have reflected on these words and they have taught me a lot. The slave himself defines what slavery truly is: slavery is to live in fear. Think about it: to live in fear is to be a slave. Every time I think about this passage I reflect upon the damaging effects of fear. It is certainly not an easy endeavor, but we must find the courage to be present and curious about our fears because facing fear is what, ultimately, liberates us.

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

Fear holds us prisoners. If we live our lives in fear we will never be truly free. Set yourself free.

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LOVING LIFE, ALL LIFE

Knowing that all his attempts to extend his life had failed, and that the end of his existence was imminent, the replicant decides to save his enemy’s life. In the final moments of his existence, he decides to give life, not to take it, maybe because of the great love for life that he had developed. I think that when you come to a deeper understanding of what life is, you come to the conclusion that because life is too precious, no one should ever kill. We understand that the preservation of life is paramount.

What comes to my mind is a saying attributed to Gandhi: “For this cause I am willing to die, but there is no cause I am willing to kill for.”

I Will Not Kill

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IMPERMANENCE

Nothing lasts forever. “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.