The dance of life

The dance of life

With each move, you can’t help but reflect on all that has occurred in your life up to this point. Friendships, relationships, family growth spurts, losses, trips, and blissful moments. It’s easy to forget all that we have been blessed with, until we take the time to reflect. Maybe it’s through old journals, photographs, conversations with friendships rekindled, or a random memory that may return in our dreams. Filling our spirits up with gratitude for all that has entered our lives up to this point.

Can we internally move through each day in as graceful a manner as a ballerina’s pirouette? Although it may be difficult to see when you are in it, each twist and turn you take becomes one beautiful unique dance piece. Why not celebrate and embrace each movement, perhaps enjoy the pose as you enter into it, step away from it, and venture into the next posture?

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Amma

Amma

I recently had the experience of meeting Amma again for the second time. Known as the “hugging saint” she has hugged over 30 million people worldwide, performing miracles, curing people of illnesses, and opening our hearts. If you have the opportunity to experience darshan, don’t miss your chance to be in the atmosphere of a living saint. She will sit for more than twenty hours at a time without taking a break to go to the bathroom or eat, simply to hug those who have travelled to see her. This is her life daily, as she travels the world annually. A news reporter once stated, hugging her was like hugging “a hundred grandmothers.” One cannot help but be astounded of what exudes from this woman, who appears to have the wisdom of grandmothers and the innocence of a child. Many have not even heard of her, and yet during times of natural disasters she offers more money to charities than established countries. All that she received is given to others. Her religion is love. For more on Amma, http://www.amma.org , she tours North America every summer.
“Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do. Then you will feel and experience beauty and love in every field of work. Love and beauty are within you. Try to express them through your actions and you will definitely touch the very source of bliss.”-Amma

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Europe Awaits

Europe Awaits

As I am preparing for my move abroad, so much of my time has been spent sorting through all I have accumulated over 34 years. I have been spending hours ridding what is no longer serving me, and offering reusable “new” joys to friends, family, and Goodwill. I’ve been visiting with friends and family across the states and in my current town, making an effort to have one last meal with them and share stories of how our paths brought us together, and wonder when they will merge again. Yet, I haven’t spent much time projecting what life will be like outside America.

I still am in shock as to the possibilities that await. My twenty something dream is coming true, through universal forces and the persistent effort of meditation, visualization, service, and gratitude.

What is your twenty something dream? Perhaps it still awaits

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Jump into your dreams

Jump into your dreams

What would happen if you allowed yourself to truly dream of how you want your life to be? Do you see it happening? Are you taking steps towards the magical possibilities? What is stopping you from attaining what you want? Jump into your dreams and away from comfort and fear

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Your Path

Your Path

Returning to our authentic selves takes courage. It’s easy to stray and take the easy route of following the standard norm. Yet if you allow silence to settle into your life, you may hear your path calling. Follow your path. Follow your bliss.

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Play with your food

Play with your food

Creativity can exist upon a plate of leftovers. Choose to see beyond what lies in front of you.
-“when you’re curious you find lots of things interesting to do.”-walt disney

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Someone knows your name

Someone knows your name

Off and on for almost ten years I have been going to my favorite breakfast place in Los Angeles: the Griddle. Somehow the staff have mostly remained the same, including the door man Alex. Fads wax and wane in LA. With the height of fame, businesses may lose their popularity because their coolness lost it’s edge. Despite this, the Griddle still has over one hour waits for breakfast on the weekends. Luckily due to Alex we never have to wait long in line. I’ve never seen him outside of this establishment, and I always feel like I’m VIP when I come here. The kicker is I come at most six times per year. It’s comforting to have my own Cheers in LA, a city full of millions of people, celebrities, sun worshippers, and dreamers. Regardless of this someone remembers me, and treats me and my guests just as special as other famous actresses whose bodies have graced the booths. Thank you Alex for your hard work, service, and special treatment all these years.

Who are the acquaintances in your town that go out of the way to give you special treatment? How have you expressed gratitude to their service?

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The Healing of Effects of Summer

The Healing of Effects of Summer

As I prepare for my move overseas, I truly am inhaling and absorbing every moment outdoors in my flip flops. I have been stealing every opportunity to take a dip in my apartment pool, allow the sun to kiss my skin, or gaze at the clouds forming escaping portraits in the sky. As we progress throughout our years in school, summers were meant for rejuvenation, relaxation, and preparation for advancement in our progression towards the educational hierarchy and adulthood. Once we reach adulthood, are we still taking the time to absorb what summer is meant to offer? Step outside and allow your body and soul a chance to smile. Take a dip in the pool or ocean and allow the weight of any burdens release into the water molecules. When we allow our bodies to lighten with the assistance of the sun and water, we’re more free to offer contagious smiles and acts to others.

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Reciprocal Gratitude

Reciprocal Gratitude

Today I mailed three massive boxes media mail at the Post Office. Although I had a cart to push the boxes, not one person offered to open the door. As I left, I noticed a middle aged man in the same situation. He had one massive box to mail, but he was carrying it. Nobody dropped what they were doing to open the door. Yet I knew what this was like, after having struggled 10 minutes prior. I opened the door and thought nothing of it. As i walked towards my car, the man found me and offered this card, stating “this is a gift from India.” On the backside of the card, it offered numerous positive spiritual statements. I didn’t feel obligated to give him my card, as this moment was allowing him to express gratitude for a small act of kindness from a stranger and for me to be receptive to accept it. What is one small thing you can do today to impact someone?

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Peace Begins With Me

Peace Begins With Me

Yesterday I attended this talk by Bramachari Jeff speaking about how we tend to focus on attaining world peace, yet war and crime have been around since the beginning of time. The answer is not to focus on world peace, but finding peace within ourselves. This is how we impact change. How can you bring peace into your life today?

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