Shared Humanity

There are many ways to recognize our shared humanity.

For me it’s being present to life. Present to my experiences and bearing witness to others experiences.

Knowing that although you and I walk on the same planet, we have different experiences.

We can all experience joy and sorrow, love and fear, poverty and wealth, isolation and connection in any given moment. Because some of it may be an actual way of life and some of it a mindset.

Kindness and compassion ease suffering and regardless of our circumstances we are all worthy of being loved.

Each of us is part of the larger universe and we are connected in a million ways.

Namaste,

Shobhna

Gratitude

I haven’t been in my garden a lot lately.  But, today I spent some time digging and unearthing; Pruning and removing old growth. Finding tender blooms, worms, bees and promise of spring.

We have 3 chickens and they were out and about finding their own goodies. Every now and then, 1 would come by to see what I had found.

Grateful for the time to be outdoors and enjoy nature. To put my hands in cool soil,  to see the blooms and feel the warmth of the sun.

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Blooming lung wort
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Blooming hellebore
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Brownie came by for a quick visit.

 

Namaste,

Shobhna

Snow

Doesn’t happen much around here, so when it snows I enjoy the beauty of it all. It’s simply breathtaking to watch the snow fall so lightly and quietly.

To stand in the falling snow, to walk with only the slightest sound on an otherwise silent day.

To behold the beauty of each snow flake.

It’s a different story on the roads. Cars in ditches and people stranded. People seeking shelter, warmth and food.

So I take in the beauty of the snow and remain mindful of the dangers on the road. Mindful about those needing help, and struggling in the cold.

Snow days are beautiful and they give a reason to slow down, help out, connect and appreciate each other and nature.

Namaste,

Shobhna

Listening

We have a 14 year old Tibetan Parakeet we adopted a couple of years ago.  He came to us injured and couldnt go back to the home he had been living in.  His wing was broken and after his wing healed he needed to regain muscle strength to fly again. We were going to find him a different home but instead we decided he could stay with us.

He has his cage and the gate remains unlocked and he enjoys coming out and going back in as he pleases.  Although he is not learning any new words that we know of, he has a few phrases he uses with us.

One of them is “Can you hear me?”

He keeps asking the question as long as we are in the room and until we respond.

So he gets the response, “Yes Dewey, I can hear you” or some variation of that.  He is usually satisfied with that and starts doing other things. We go through this interaction everyday. He prefers a certain tone of voice and his name in the response. Anything different and we are back to his question.

Listening to someone is a gift to them and if we truly hear them, it is also a gift to ourselves.

Deep listening builds connection and understanding

Listening and being heard can be transformative

 

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walls

When you come upon a wall, throw your hat over it, and then go get your hat. 

Irish proverb

 

There are plenty of unseen walls in our life. We perceive them as we work towards goals.  We perceive them in any form of growth. In an ideal world we encourage each other to reach those goals, we help each other bring down the walls that they or someone else has built. We share our resources, because it reflects shared humanity.

On a personal level surrounding yourself with walls creates isolation. Walls of fear, guilt, shame, poverty, status, pursuit of happiness; you can give the wall any label, and as soon as it starts to limit you in any way its become an isolation wall.

There are those who will help you break down those walls and those who will argue against it, leave you, and insist there is a deeper purpose for that wall.  When its personal work, the effect of shutting people out or letting them in has consequences on many.

On a national level, building actual walls and having people believe, they don’t belong here is chopping at the roots of our shared humanity.  The ripple effects around the world are many. So as Donald Trump continues to insist on building walls, or banning people from entering the U.S., urge your senators to build what truly matters.

Buildings need walls for practical purposes. Humanity needs spaciousness of mind and heart, acceptance, and connections.

 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,

or his background, or his religion.

People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate,

they can be taught to love,

for love comes more naturally

to the human heart than its opposite.

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

Giving Thanks

 

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Thank you for reading my blog posts and for being in my blogging community.  

 

May you be safe

May you have mental happiness

May you live with physical ease

May you embrace your whole self

May you know peace 

 

Namaste,

Shobhna