Wednesday, February 25, 2015

O Krishna - A guest post

Gayatri Aptekar is celebrating her 4th blogging anniversary and to mark that milestone, she is featuring bloggers via guest posts on her blog.

So when Gayatri asked me to be one of her guest bloggers I was so honoured.  And she made a special request for a poem.

Now poems for me are not something I can conjure up at will as I feel they are given to me from the other side. Of course I told Gayatri that would be no problem - ha! panic set in as I sat poised to write the words.

I tried to write some lines but really struggled. I can always tell that the poem isn't going to flow if the first line doesn't resonate with me. And after a few failed attempts, I sent up a silent prayer and down came the words ...

O Krishna play your bansuri (flute)
That brings me so much joy
That Universal melody
That makes my spirit fly


O Krishna ....

Read the rest of my poem on my guest post O Krishna on Gayatri's blog Outside the Kitchen Window and wish her a happy blogging anniversary.

Thanks Gayatri for giving me this opportunity and congratulations on four years of blogging.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

#1000 Speak - Compassion the Soul Connection


The Dictionary.com definition of Compassion is 

A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for someone struck by misfortune, 
accompanied by a desire to alleviate the suffering; mercy

But compassion for me is much more than that.

It is reaching out to another from that divine place in your heart that drives you to alleviate the suffering with kindness, understanding, caring and love.

 Its essence lies in the soul and it is from the soul that you connect with another asking nothing in return. True compassion goes beyond empathy and sympathy, it is not just heart centric but soul centric.

So how do you show compassion? 

I don't think there is any clear answer to that for each circumstance will be different. Sometimes it may be a kind word, or just a smile, or a little help, or a hug, or perhaps even fighting for some rights. Sometimes it might just be a universal reaching out and caring.  But at all times it comes from one's heart and makes a selfless soul connection.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete ~ Gautama Buddha

The above quote is often interpreted as compassion for oneself. I read it quite differently. Showing compassion that is not heart and soul centric (does not include yourself), is incomplete.

There is so much violence in the world today it seems the human race has become indifferent to the sufferings of others. But perhaps it is not too late to teach our children the meaning of compassion so that future generations may find that place within to reach out to another with love and kindness.

So how do we teach our children compassion?  That comes when we ourselves show it to them and others near and far.

Compassion is not an action it is soul centred emotion that leads to a heartfelt action. Sometimes that action could be just a sincere silent prayer.

Wishing you a day filled with kindness and love.

Reach out to someone today and make a soul connection.

Written for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, where bloggers all over the world are spreading the unanimous feeling of compassion. Link up at IndianAmericanMom

Taken from my post of Jan 14 2014

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Life Races By

I usually read on the bus as that's the only time I get a chance to pull out my book so I do enjoy the ride and along the way I look up once or twice and take in the sights.

But day before yesterday the usual 20-30 minutes took about 12 minutes - the bus driver was in a hurry and driving quite fast and there was also very little traffic on the road, the bus was also quite empty so didn't make that many stops.

When I looked up from my book I was about 3 stops away from mine and I felt quite cheated that the ride was a short one or perhaps I was so engrossed in my book I just forgot about time. And then I got to thinking about life.

Life sometimes just races by while we are absorbed in the daily drama and we forget to actually stop and savour life. We are so intent on reaching our goals and are so dogged in our approach to reaching them that we forget that the actual enjoyment of life is the journey and not the destination and that there are so many other things in life to experience.

Note to self: Don't hurry through life, enjoy all the experiences that life brings, don't wear blinkers, look around and see the world (and I don't mean travel).

And this week it's been fun watching a lot of exciting, enjoyable entertainment - The Cricket World Cup. Even Google joined in the fun


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