Monthly Archives: January 2013

Meditation, reason and result

The bunnyThere are all kinds of advertising for various types of meditation floating in the air, telling us how to improve ourselves, matter and spirit.
There is the Raja Yoga meditation, the new Kadampa tradition, meditation as a way to help us to reduce stress, meditation for body and soul, to improve our health and etc.  And we go to lessons, perform the exercises taught, read and learn, year after year, generation by generation, and nothing happens.
If this systems and training really helped we would …  Continue reading, capter 11

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The question is the answer

Aurora BoralisIt is hard for us to know not, whether it is small or large, important or not.  We need to know, dare not to know not, why, how, what to do, what will happen tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, all kinds of questions rushing around in our heads all day, every day. Why?  First and foremost because of our insecurity, we dare not accept the moment as it is, so we start looking for something to assure us, just in case everything will go the wrong way.  We are afraid in ourselves, of ourselves.  So we seek answers, everywhere and nowhere. We are constantly searching for answers, for all kinds of questions.  We want to know, we need to know.  We need security, to be sure. So nothing can surprise us.  So nothing can disturb our existence.
But there are … Continue reading>

Crisis

Kreppa 3

Name: “Crisis”
Size: 60. cm high, 5 kg
Material: root, Rocl and steel
Artist: Inga Helgadóttir
Location: Privet owner
Date: June 2012

This is Crisis (Kreppa), small and strange being, created by humans, for humans to blame for the bad state they have created around their existence.

Humans created her from the roots of the trees and filled here with their spirit of life.
The stone which the sculpture stands on is a combination of natural variant of glass, formed in eruption (hrafntinna), ash, lava and rocks, a very hard material.
Between the rock and the sculpture is a steel pin that lifts it up from the stone and gives it dignity.
Crisis does not know why see exists, but sometimes … See more photos>

Under heavy load

Under heavy load - sumar og vetur

Name: “Under heavy load”
Size: 180. cm high, about 100 kg
Material: Tree, dolerite and steel
Artist: Inga Helgadóttir
Location: The garden at Grenimel 15, Reykjavík
Date: July 2002

The trunk of the tree symbolizes us, the humans; it is a combination of animal and divine spirit.  The animal is the trunk and the spirit is the invisible force that exists in the tree and managed its growth while it was still standing.
The trunk seems to be running but it cannot go anywhere because of the weight that keeps it restrained.
The rock that rests on top of the trunk is gray and irregular in shape and represents … continue reading>

Peace and prayers

BushWhat causes wars?  We know it well.  Do we not?  We might not want to know it, but that does not change the fact, we still know.

We know what causes happiness is the same as what causes hatred. We also know what the solution is, and where it is to be found. But we just do not want to have it that way and at that means we do not want to solve the problem of war.

Why do we not want peace in the world?  Why do we choose wars when peace is available?
This is the topic of chapter 9 in “What am I?”

Compassion and caring

SVÖRT BERDo we not care about other people or is the welfare of others our concern.
Often we walk past those who have problems without noticing them.  If we see them we look the other way and let as they are not our concern.  This applies to most of us.  We would rather not interfere in other people´s problems because we think it is easier to just walk away.  To help others may take some time and could lead to all sorts of problems for us.
But do we know what it entails to care for others?  Seriously, or are we just guessing and imagining what it means?  This is the topic og chapter 8.

Love

loveLove is a remarkable word that stands for even more remarkable phenomenon.
There are many different words in the Icelandic languish to express love, depending on whom and what we are expressing.
If I wanted to express love for God I would use the word kærleikur, which has a deeper meaning than ordinary love.  If it was love for my husband I wanted to express I would use the word ást and ástfangin, which means love and being caught in love, in ást there would be more hormone activity than in the other words.  For my children I would say elska, because I elska them, I would not use the word everywhere and at every occasion, telling them I love them would be somewhat a sacred moment.  I could also use the word elska to my friends.
But if I wanted to express my admiration for shoos I would just say they were flott, meaning they are great or beautiful. Continue reading