Monday, December 31, 2012

gordonGD.com 4th Quarter Entries (Oct-Dec 2012)

About the GordonGD.com TimeLine

As you may be too busy to check out my blogs I link to on gordonGD.com, you can come to this timeline every so often to check out what I’ve been writing every quarter. I will do my best to update this page regularly as I post new content.

Since this update I’m writing falls on new year’s eve of 2012, may I take this occasion to wish all of you who are reading my blogs, all the health, peace and happiness for 2013. May you continue to discover the majesty of the world and get through the good and hard times with new hope and commitment towards personal renewal.

Gordon’s D-Zone

A Post on Watercolours?

This is just an entry to let readers of D--Zone to read about a great change in my life as I prepare to move to live more independently to my new home called Akwarell which I published on ZoneMind. Updates on my changing position as regards that decision can be also found on ZoneMind.

My Vote: No Secret!

An entry about how following acquiring a visual impairment, I know that some people know exactly how I voted and how I will vote next time if things don’t change…

Hurray! Malta Ratifies the UN Convention Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)!!!

My reactions on hearing of the great news that my country has finally ratified the UN Convention Rights Persons with Disabilities and the future ahead…

ZoneMind

The New Year Haiku Trio: A commentary

A commentary on a haiku I wrote on Haiku Flow about the new yearr and how nrew years are sometimes occasions where we make resolutions we rarely keep and how, in reality, every day is our chance to make a difference in our lives.

The Holy Days: A Time for Renewal?

A rather personal entry where I look back at the successes and failures of 2012, especially about my decision to leave my place at Akwarell. In this post, I acknowledge my feelings of sadness and defeat - especially because of the enthusiasm I had when taking this step. On the other hand, I resolve to look forward with hope towards the new year and I take this low moment as a chance to continue in my journey of growth.

Home: A Place of Happiness

An entry in which I attempt to find a positive side to my feelings of sadnness and inadequacy during my stay at Akwarell. In spite of the fact that I found some comfort in the idea of Akwarell as offering me the potential for long-term fulfillment, later reflection prompted me to conclude there may be other ways, more suited to me, which would permit me to find satisfaction and genuine happiness in my life.

LONGING FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME

An entry in which I share my fears or doubts since moving on to a new house where I could be more independent. This post captures the anxiety of realising that this change will affect many things in my life and I reveal my feeling of insecurity and confess to missing my former home and my family. However, it ends with a promise that I'll do my best to make it work.

Meditations in Watercolour.

My reflections and concerns as I prepare to leave home to live more independently away from my childhood home. a meditation on the importance of willing to accept change in order to move on and grow in life. Also an entry where I express my gratitude to all those who helped me get where I am today.

On Yesterday’s Child

Personal reflections following a brief encounter with a young child during voluntary work are to be found in the entries “Through the Eyes of a Child” and “Yesterday’s Child: A Few Afterthoughts”, n which I meditate on how this experience has made me more aware of the realities that others around us may be facing while we are too preoccupied in our personal, often little concerns. I also meditate on how this brief encounter has made me more aware of my own fears and concerns about my future.

The Poppies of Flanders Fields

A few reflections on remembrance day, also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, to commemorate those soldiers who died during World War I and World War II. It’s a reflection on the horrors of war but also about the promise of hope in renewal. This entry is also a meditation on the dangers of violence and how we have the potential to build or destroy all we have. However, the entry makes it clear that we’re not to take human existence for granted as there may be one day when, like after the wars, nature will take over and outlive humanity.

Meditations on 31 Years of Life

I wrote this entry on the anniversary of my 31st birthday. In this post, I reflect on the many factors and people who have contributed to my life and whom made it possible for me to be here today. It’s a post of appreciation and gratitude for the fact I’m still here after 31 years.

An Old Self That Clings On

In this entry, I reflect on how I’ve progressed since engaging in Buddhist practice. I express my problems in fully expressing my inner being as I go on in my daily life and falling back to the old habits as I relate to people who have known me as I was in the past.

The Remains of a Hurricane...

This entry is about the importance of placing ecology on top of the world’s agenda as, I argue, the ecology drives all that is human and without it, nothing we do today would be possible...

Reflections on the Reality of Pain

The entries “Let’s Talk About Pain” and “The Virtues of Pain” came following a recent back injury. In these entries, I share what I learned from this experience and how my Buddhist practice is helping me even put the unpleasant experience of pain into a fresh perspective…

Renewing Trust After Betrayal

Following a personal betrayal, I share my fears about trusting again but also meditate on how trust remains an essential part of living in the human world and how important it is to let go and move on...

The Way of Water

A reflection about the commonality of humanity and about how, even if we differ in many ways, our essence isn’t different than that of each other and like water, we may look or feel different but our fundamental being is one thing we can all connect to…

This isn’t really My Life....

A few reflections about whether we can really claim that our lives are really our own considering the many people and factors that have made who we are possible and which permit us to express who we are to this day...

SHARED ENTRIES...

On some occasions, I might publish the same entry on more than one blog because it might be of interest across the readers of these blogs. Below are some of the entries that I’ve posted in this 4th Quarter:

RENEWING THE POLITICAL CONTRACT

An entry in which I explain how, as a visually impaired person, my vote is not strictly speaking, a secret vote. However, I continue this entry by discussing the problems I observe in politics and how these failings can be corrected.

THE AKWARELL SPEECH: A MESSAGE OF HOPE, INDEPENDENCE AND THANKSGIVING

In this shared entry, I post the general points I used for my speech on the occasion of the inauguration of my future home - the Akwarell.

The Myths of independence and the Self-Made Person...

An entry where I debunk the idea of autonomous independence and how no person, whether disabled or not, can be said to be dependent and how those society often regard to be ‘self-made’ have achieved what they did primarily because they had the support of others...

Now what?

Of course, you may find other content I produce by checking out the haikus I update on the blog Haiku Flow and the occasional episode I produce for my AudioBoo Channel. Naturally, the time I dedicate on this site is purely voluntary and free, so it’s nice to hear from you once in a while.

Since I completed this update just in time on the end of the last day of 2012, these are all the blogs and entries that you may read which appeared between October 2012 and December 2012. I thank you for your continued support helping me keep blogging during some of my free time. Again, I wish you all the good things for the year 2013. I hope to update you with fresh content later in January 2013. I also hope to announce some good news - hopefully by the end of January 2013. But, I won’t spoil the surprise just in case. But, I can’t hide the fact that I’m rather excited about it.

Enjoy browsing!!!

Best,

Gordon

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December 31, 2012

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Monday, August 06, 2012

ZoneMind: Suffering and the Middle Way

ZoneMind: Suffering and the Middle Way: One important thing I learned since taking up a daily Buddhist practiced was that I knew so little about who I am and about my relation to t...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Haiku Flow: My New Blog

This is a short announcement to encourage you to check out Haiku Flow which is where I'll be posting verse written in the Japanese form of writing known as "haiku". To read more about the haiku, you can visit this blog to get a feel of what a haiku is. It shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to read one haiku. However, I hope each haiku sets you thinking and to reflect more about life.

I admit that I started experimenting with the haiku relatively recently and my investigation of Buddhism has influenced the topics I tackle in my haiku. In fact,, the first haikus I wrote have already been posted on my Buddhist blog ZoneMind where I chronicle my journey into Buddhism. However, even if this may sound intimidating, I hope the haikus I'll be posting in the future will also provide some enjoyment and reflection..

Well, hope you enjoy and feel to add a comment or, if you prefer, send me an email!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

An Easter Evening Offering

During this Easter period, I have been actively engaged in reaching out to the world via social and traditional media. Since I was discharged from hospital a week ago, I needed to take hold of my life again. Although I’m still recovering from my hospital stay, I had time to reflect and meditate on this experience. Hospital isn’t a foreign concept to me. Indeed, unfortunately, I have had to visit there frequently over these months. The fact that, once again, I found myself in a position where I was suddenly cut off from my everyday life helped inspire to write, blog and talk about it. Indeed, what I am offering here are products of, primarily, a series of meditations on my hospital experience.

The first offering is from my D-Zone, which is an entry called A Disabled Activist and Buddhist at Heart where I share an aspect of myself I don’t usually share on this particular blog - my spiritual side. Undeniably, my hospital experience has made me more aware of my basic vulnerability and humanity - although I should really remember given my open relation with hospital. In the post A Disabled Activist and Buddhist at Heart, I encourage readers to consider that there is more to our lives as disabled people than meets the eye.

I emphasise this point in my second offering which is an article which appeared in today’s edition of the local newspaper The Malta Independent on Sunday and you can read the article Disability: The Real Suffering online. While at my podcast channel at GordonGD (AudioBoo) I’ve recorded a boo which shares the same title, but, in this podcast I tackle this topic slightly differently and, perhaps, from a more personal perspective. Indeed, my third offering is the podcast episode entitled Disability: The Real Suffering and you can listen to more podcasts at my channel at GordonGD.

Ah! I almost forgot my fourth and final offering which is a flow of thoughts and experiences about my journey into Buddhism. It may be inappropriate to talk about this given the meaning behind Easter, but perhaps, I needed to open and up some deep reflections I have been bottling up and the entry Confessions of a Buddhist at Heart captures my current outlook on life. I admit that this post, and blog, may not be everyone’s cup of tea (assuming you like tea) but it does contain some references to tea (!). However, I hope to encourage readers to stop for a while to reflect on life and the purpose of life. .

I know it’s now the time to indulge in festivities but perhaps you could read this entry tomorrow when your body is still processing the food you ate today. Of course, I try to update my contents on the sites I link to here whenever I can. Indeed, I have been unable to contribute as much for the last weeks on any of my blogs, except perhaps for the one at ZoneMind. I’m rather tired and I think a psychologists would conclude that I’m really over-compensating following writing deprivation. Perhaps that would be a right conclusion after all. But, enough of this self-promotion already…].

That is rather all I have to offer you at the moment. Of course, I’ve written quite a lot during this Easter week and while I was at hospital. And I could go on and on. But I think it’s all for today. Also feel free to visit my blogs at Gordon’s D-Zone and ZoneMind of course for more content you may find interesting. You might also like to explore the other sites I host on the right side of this homepage.

Enjoy what’s left of Easter (if it’s not over already…

Happy browsing!!!

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I love blogging for the very same reason I love writing. It gives me the opportunity to express myself and my ideas to others. Yet, the great thing about blogs are their potential to reach out to people across the world. Blogging is also a means where I can explore thoughts and ideas, express my creativity and better examine who I am. As a disabled person, blogs are also tool to raise awareness about how society excludes us as disabled people through its failure to take us into account. Besides disability activism, I also enjoy creative writing and to read about a wide range of topics, ranging from science to philosophy which I also explore in my blogs.. I dream of a world that includes everyone, irrespective of our differences. A world where people have true equal rights and opportunities. A world where everyone is given the means to succeed and attain his/her full potential.