Sunday, May 1, 2016

Zooming Into The Soul #SOCS #FridayReflections

I intended to write on random acts of kindness but my stream of consciousness is taking me into quite a different direction.

The year was 1997.  Elaine was late for her training course. Her colleague Gary held the lift open for her while reminding her to hurry. Elaine rushed in noticing a stranger standing at the back of the lift. She gave him a fleeting glance but something about him felt familiar. She turned away from him and frowned not understanding why she felt that way and because that feeling made her uncomfortable.

Riley watched the flustered Elaine. There was something refreshing about the way she rushed in with not a care in the world of what she looked like, a big smile and a breathless sorry escaping her lips. He couldn't take his eyes off her.

Elaine and Gary got on the bus together not noticing that Riley was on the bus too. Riley got the last seat opposite Elaine. As she looked around, her eyes suddenly met Riley's. For a moment or two their eyes locked and a faint smile crossed their lips. Elaine turned to look out of the window but the pull to watch Riley was too strong. Their eyes met and locked again.  Riley felt a stirring in his soul, as if he had seen those dark eyes before and looking at her made him happy. Riley's brown eyes mesmerised Elaine. Naturally shy, looking into the eyes of a stranger was completely out of character for her yet she could not tear her eyes away from his.

Elaine was surprised to see Riley at the course. Over the next few days, their friendship grew. There was an ease and comfort between them and being in each other's company made them feel blissful. But social norms prevented friendship from turning into a relationship and neither ever crossed that line. Perhaps in another time and place things may have been different.

But who can break the bonds that are made by souls. And who knows how, where, when and why a soul connects with you at a level that is beyond human comprehension.

Elaine and Riley continue to remain friends though their interaction these days is few and far between. But I have no doubts at all that when their journeys on Earth are over, they will connect again on the other side and recall that moment when they both were zooming into each other's souls.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Take Me Home #SoCS #FridayReflections

There are many places that we are drawn to and while there are many spiritual places on Earth, these I believe are our personal spiritual or sacred places. The places that make us feel we've come home.

The mountains have always fascinated me. I think they are the most spiritual places on Earth. The mountains feel like home particularly the Himalayas. I remember the first time I saw them as a child of 11. It was a breathtaking moment never to be forgotten. My dream is to have a Himalayan Adventure - take a flight across the Himalayas, Seeing mountains from up high is breathtaking - the Rocky Mountains and  the New Zealand Southern Alps were spectacular.

Another place I am very drawn to is Hawaii. Not the commercial beachy stuff but the spiritual side of Hawaii. For a long time I've wanted to attend a spiritual retreat but couldn't put my finger on where. I feel that place is Hawaii.

Who knows why there are things we have a strong desire for.  And who knows why we are drawn to these places. Perhaps we've lived a life there or perhaps they are places where certain major events of our life are meant to take place.

I can't wait for the day when I will attend my first spiritual retreat in Hawaii and then I will look forward to visiting Dharamsala the home of the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. These and many other places that I would like to see someday, I know will feel like home. 

So in the words of a John Denver song, "Take me home, country roads".


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When the answer is #No

In 1965 with the world at his feet, Bunker Roy said No to the corporate world and went into the villages of India to truly experience life. His mother didn't speak to him for years.

But in the villages he discovered hidden talents among the uneducated poor and so he started the Barefoot University.

Some weeks prior to watching this video, my son told me he would like to live in the countryside and just experience the simple life. And just like Bunker Roy's mother, I was horrified.

And he's been saying to me that the whole education system across the world needs to change. Anyone can do anything if you let them do it is his philosophy. My academic brain cringes at that thought. But after watching this video I understood what he was trying to tell me and his philosophy about learning.

The Barefoot movement is truly inspirational.


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