“The Arabian Desert Bedouin” by Fred Shadian

There is a wonderful story that I used to enjoy when I was a kid called


“The Arabian Desert Bedouin”.


An elder desert Bedouin wished to visit a friend who lived in a far away land.  The Bedouin did not have a camel or a horse nor did he have a magic carpet.  He was a very poor man. One day he decided to begin his journey on foot. It took him weeks and weeks of traveling through the deserts, climbing the mountains, crossing the rivers and avoiding the bandits but at long last he reached his destination and arrived at his friend’s house. His friend was overjoyed to see him.


Welcome! Welcome!  How did you manage to get here by yourself?

The Bedouin said:  “I took the first step towards my journey and didn’t look back. I just kept moving and was looking forward to seeing you and your family.”

This is a wonderful story to remember when we are inspired to act yet hesitate to take the necessary action.

Desert Running

Leadership Series: September Book review by Fred Shadian

Here is my September Book Review

Last week i placed an online order to purchase the “Leadership Series- Volume 1, 2,3,4 and 5” by Torkom Saraydarian (1917 – 1997).  He is one of my favorite Ageless Wisdom Metaphysical writers of all time.

Well, the five books are here and it feels like i just received an inspirational Christmas present from “Santa” Torkom.

The book is jam-packed with golden nuggets.  Just to give you an idea of the depth of this book, the below paragraph is on page 36 of Leadership, Volume 1.

This is an excerpt from Leadership Series – Volume 1

(479 pages), published 1995 by T.S.G. Publishing Foundation, Inc.

“That is why if you have vision, you are creative.

When you have energy circulation, you have continuous and ever-expanding source of inspiration and impressions from higher sources. Thus, you elevate and sublimate yourself through contacting energies coming continuously from higher sources.

One must have a vision.

If you do not know what you are going to be, then you are going to be nothing. You become a human being because you stove for the vision of a human being. You become an artist because you had the vision to be an artist. Whatever you are now, that was the accomplishment of your past vision; and what-ever you will be in the future is based on the vision that you build in the present.

Try to have a vision of being something that is for service of humanity.

Immediately when you create a vision, you are caught in the whirlpool of the vision. The vision will pick you up like an eagle. If you have a vision from which you cannot escape even if you try, you have a real vision. Vision is the vehicle of your Higher Self, and once the Higher Self has a means to contact you, you will never be the same.”

Enjoy creating your Vision for your Present Future.

FRED


Thought-provoking quotes from Jimi Hendrix

Thought-provoking quotes from Jimi Hendrix

(Born November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

Every time Jimi Hendrix plays song, i hear his guitar sing. Enjoy these wonderful thought-provoking quotes of wisdom.


“All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.”


“All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.”


“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.”


“Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.”


“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”


“I don’t have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might’ve unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.”


“I try to use my music to move these people to act.”


“I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.”


“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”


“If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.”


“Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.”


“It’s funny how most people love the dead, once you’re dead your made for life.”


“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

“The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.”

“You have to give people something to dream on.”

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”



Accelerated Learning Strategy of Matching & Mirroring by Fred Shadian

Matching & Mirroring is an interesting learning phenomenon

that takes place from time to time with or without our conscious awareness.


The more aware we are of matching & mirroring learning strategy

the faster we can discover if we learn by one or the other or a combination of both.

While working out with a couple of my martial arts students,


I noticed matching & mirroring taking place.

As I was showing a specific martial arts technique to student A (he learns by mirroring), student B automatically positioned himself on an angle to match my movements. He knew that matching was the best way for him to learn.

Once you determine if you learn by matching, mirroring or both, then learning any physical skill will be accelerated.


In my new book “Vibrational Oneness” I discuss many different learning strategies that can be utilized in every aspect of our learning journey. – Fred Shadian


Thought-provoking quotes from Dr. Nido Qubein

Thought-provoking quotes from Dr. Nido Qubein book, “Stairway To Success.”

Ponder these quotes as you reflect on your life and most importantly see how you can apply them in every aspect of your life.

You cannot give that which you do not possess.

Relationships break down when there is a preoccupation with self.

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.

The practical side of dreaming is being willing to pay the price to make those dreams come true.

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?  A thermometer only reflects the temperature of its environment, adjusting to the situation.  But a thermostat initiates action to change the temperature in its environment.

Those with a strong self-image realize that the only way to keep from making mistakes is to do nothing – and that’s the biggest mistake of all.

The process of growing and learning always involves risk.  No one ever becomes perfect, but anyone can improve.

• Whether you are a success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your attitude.

• If you could view your life as you do a highway from an airliner, many of the detours and curves would make more sense.

• The practical dreamers know the harder they work, the luckier they get.

• Fixing the blame is never important, and fixing the relationship is never unimportant.

• You can’t think your way into acting positively, but you can act your way into thinking positively.

• People who are looking for something to make them happy, somehow never seem to find it.  Yet those who find a way to be happy while they are looking for something, typically find what they are looking for.

• Grudges are like tumors; they can live and grow only when they’re eating on you.

• What matters is not so much how you got to be the way you are now, but what you do with the person you have become.

• A strong awareness that you are loved by God provides the most solid foundation for building high self-esteem.

MIDDLE EASTERN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP (Doumbek /Darbuka, Riqq, Def) with MICHEL MERHEJ BAKLOUK

MIDDLE EASTERN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP

(Doumbek /Darbuka, Riqq, Def)

with MICHEL MERHEJ BAKLOUK

Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th 2009, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: ARTWORKS STUDIO  237 E 4th Avenue (Main St. & E 4th) Vancouver, BC Canada.

Cost: $100.00 for one day

$150.00 for two days (Early Bird Discount)


Come and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity to study with the legendary Middle Eastern Percussionist, Michel Merhej Baklouk.

Drummers and dancers of all levels are welcome.

Come with an open mind and experience a master in action.

You will learn specific techniques and principles that will enhance your playing forever.

“Michel Merhej Baklouk is a living legend. Anyone fortunate enough to study with him is in for a musical awakening.” Fred Shadian

For more information please call 604-725-8897 or email fredshadian@me.com

Michel Merhej Baklouk is one of the pioneers in the world of rhythm and percussion in all its various and changing forms. His specialty is the riqq (tamborine), the instrument he used to govern the beat of the songs of the great singer Fairuz throughout her long and unique career.

The riqq was also his shadow and loyal guard. “I always had my riqq on me, never left it anywhere or let anybody borrow it.” Michel is also equally adept on the doumbek (Arabic tabla, derbeke, darbuka)

In 1962, Baklouk started teaching percussion at the National Conservatory (his tenure would be 26 years). He accompanied the pioneers of the modern Lebanese song, a genre that grew out of folk music yet exposed to world cultures. He worked with Halim al-Rumi, Farid al-Atrash, Tawfiq al-Basha, Zaki Nasif, Filimon Wahbi, Abd al-Halim Hafez, Mohammad Abd al-Wahhab, and others. His primary work, however, was with the Rahbani Brothers and Fairuz, whom he first remembers as a choral singer at the radio station. Michel has also performed with the icons of Middle Eastern dance including Tahiyya Karyoka, Samia Jamal, and Naima Akef.

Baklouk currently resides in New York City, where he teaches percussion and performs in nationally-renowned ensembles.

A very interesting Interview: http://www.turath.org/Interviews/Michel.htm

*****Please forward to anyone that might be interested*******