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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Power of Mindfully Chosen Words.

This short clip is for anyone who ever thinks that they are alone and that no one's ever listening or cares about their plight. Despite the gray masses of drones living in a desensitized world of selfishness, there are a precious few who acknowledge the plight of those living in the shadows of an unforgiving, greedy world that has long ago left them behind. A few mindfully chosen words can go a long way toward being the change we want to see in the word; as Gandhi advised. It's not so much how much you say, as it is what you say and how you say it. Some of the most profound words that have radically altered my perception of the world have been short, simple koans from the Buddhist masters.

Knowing what to say has everything to do with being mindful of the world around us. If we are not aware of the conditions around us, and others, in each moment, then obviously it makes it difficult to understand what words the situation calls for!! Being aware allows us to go beyond the obvious and express not just what's going on but how that affects people. The sign stating that the man was blind and needed help didn't explain the entire situation. Thus, when the girl stopped and wrote the new message with mindfulness of the situation, showing people in concrete words, what it means to be blind, the perceptions of the passers-by radically changed. Thus, the power of mindfully chosen words.

~Peace to all beings~

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8 comments:

JESSICA RENSHAW said...

Touched my heart--forever, I hope. Thank you.

L.B. said...

Oh my. That made me tear up so much when I saw the end. Thank you for the experience, James. I was wondering where you had gone. Peace upon your path.

Buddhist_philosopher said...

wow. simply amazing. a big thank you for sharing :)

Seafaring Stranger said...

Beautiful! I have shared it on my blog, which I hope is okay, as well as with my friends. I grew up with the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." I've come to realize that words affect people, for better or for worse.

What do I believe will change the world? Words (not clever rhetoric) and action to back those words.

Namaste,

Amanda

Jorge said...

Words, we utter them like they have no consequences. We use them like daggers because we think that they do not have physical consequences. They do, our body reacts to how people speak to us. Right speech is very important for our well-being, yet we forget about it in the heat of a conversation.
By the way, I enjoy reading your postings, thanks for sharing your path with the world.

L. said...

I agree, this is a beautiful video (based, I think, on a beautiful story that may or may not be urban legend). However, the dissonance at the end, when the ad came up, strikes me as similar to the Tibet House ad.

Nice, but still advertising.

Karin said...

It is a powerful demonstration of the power of words, but I wonder why this man has to beg. What sort of society leaves a fairly elderly blind man to beg on the streets? Did he actually need to beg? If his need was genuine then we need to change the way we help (or don't help the needy).

Gaurang B McIntyre said...

Thank you for this video. I have now added it to my site as well.

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