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January 30, 2006

Monday, January 30, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 9:52 pm


Some say that each of us is his or her own teacher, but this is not true. The great oak or the little flower teach you to discover the soul. Look for endeavour and you find it has a luminous shadow called soul.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 9:30 pm

There is a cold wind blowing; it is blowing even stronger…howling outside… The wind continues blowing in angry bursts although it has lost its cold, sharp edge for the moment. The environment is becoming increasingly more hostile and I no longer feel at home; my inclination is to leave, but there is nowhere else to go – you have to sit it out and trust that people will finally come to their senses.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 7:40 pm

I wonder what sort of day this will turn out to be….

Freezing cold! The tap in the kitchen is frozen up and there is thick ice on the water in water tank. Last night it must have been several degrees below zero. I am warm, though.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 7:37 pm

How do you strike up a connection when enclosed in a small room? Surely, the world must be alive in you, too. So is that why people do gymnastics to re-establish a connection with themselves and the world? Personally, I talk to myself!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 7:33 pm

Our today was a crisis day today, so that my wife broke her glasses and I spent the morning repairing them. I picked my daughter up twice from school and, again, metaphorically as she was upset because of the length of an exam. Finally, I waited two hours outside at the Conservatory, only for her tale of a disappointing violin session with a new pianist, who hadn’t even played the Bach accompanying piece before. It was a day to be a husband and father, wasn’t it?

January 25, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 8:34 pm


If you are ill, you could smell the scent of a camellia and be cured. They say that camellias have no scent, so the exercise may seem futile, yet this is a way to restore your sensitivity and fine sense of balance. As your sensitivity increases, you understand that no scent has a purity of its own, which tends to be associated with the white camellia flower, in particular.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 8:16 pm

Walk the talk I have heard said. Strange, therefore, that when I asked a girl about a place I had been thinking of she told me that her mother worked there. Walk the talk and the talk walks towards it inspiration.

January 23, 2006

Monday, January 23rd 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 9:40 pm


Sometimes you run ahead of yourself and have to go back and catch up. Strange, how, when you do this, you really do capture a re-newed sense of self and pleasure in what you have achieved. Self coming face to face with self becoming self…

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 8:31 pm


Climate and conditions change so that tradition becomes a handicap and you are not open to corrective measures. For no doubt, people have become disheartened or lost heart and resorted to desperate measures. Ideally, we should take heart, use our heads and make openness to change part of our tradition.

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I feel a pressing desire to get on with things but surely I have had enough of climbing the wrong ladders. You have to know where you are going and that has to be worked out calmly. Hence, I set things down on paper; I have never heard of anyone falling off a sheet of paper!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Filed under: personal — by Ian Rowcliffe @ 5:29 pm

If you have a problem, it has only become one because you have let it, making you part of it. The goal in life is to be part of a solution. Cherish being a living solution and be a part of the future.

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I think to myself that I don’t know how to get out of this situation whereas, in fact, the true perspective is to immerse yourself in it and live it to the full. As they say, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

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