Practice

In each moment we have the opportunity to greet what we seek. 

Namaste,

Shobhna

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Together

We  yearn for connection

while speaking of the inconsequential

We long for community

yet we are divided by ethnicity

We speak of peace

and engage in wars

We want unity

while excluding diversity

          An open mind and kind hearted spirit

          is needed now more than ever

          so we can boldly yet gently

         be in this space of ambiguity

         moving beyond fear

         hand in hand, together

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Namaste,

Shobhna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Love

“The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness.  One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him joy.  One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation.  One action can save a person’s life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity.  One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions.  If love is in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.”

~Thich Nhat Hahn

 

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Buddha statue in my garden

Namaste,

Shobhna

Happy Diwali

Diwali, also known as festival of lights is a 5 day celebration. It marks the arrival of God Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) after 14 years of exile. During his exile he defeats Ravanna and signifies good winning over evil; Wisdom winning over ignorance.  In Sanskrit, Diwali also means row of lit lamps. Although the festival is marked by different celebrations based on regional and religious beliefs wishes for joy, prosperity, light, love and success are the same.

On Diwali and in the year ahead I wish you all wholesome happiness, love, compassion, hope, unshakable faith, and an inner nurturer who helps you shine in joy and spread your wisdom.

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

Kindness

Be Kinder to yourself 

And then let 

Your kindness 

Fill the World

                                    By Pema Chodron

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Namaste,

Shobhna

Braving It

This is a Book Review of  Braving It : A Father, A Daughter, And An Unforgettable Journey Into The Alaskan Wild

In this book the author and dad, James Campbell, brings trust, faith, fear, fearlessness and love in an adventure with his daughter. In this space, his daughter, Aidan boldly steps into being vulnerable in the face of difficulty and unknown circumstances. Aidan, relies on her abilities, confidence and intuition as she makes difficult decisions through their adventure in Alaskan wilderness.  Not everyone can embark on such a journey through Alaska, however cultivating empowering relationships is within everyones reach.   In this profoundly written book, James Campbell shows a glimpse of what its like to  cultivate a wise relationship, with ourselves, each other and nature while being in an unknown place and on uneven ground.

 

 

Product Details

I selected this book from http://www.bloggingforbooks.com

 

Peace,

Shobhna

Courage

Hatred and fear blind us,

We no longer see each other,

We only see the faces of monsters and

that gives us the courage

to destroy each other

by Thich Nhat Hahn.

I read this recently and it explains so much of what is happening within relationships around the world.  I have been concerned about the amount of hatred that is present in speeches given by leaders and the actions being taken against groups of people globally.  Courage rooted in hatred and fear will eventually dissolve, but after having harmed people and the earth. We have seen this happen over and over again in our history. In destroying others we invariably destroy ourselves too.

Removing fear and hatred within our own minds takes courage. Because we are left feeling vulnerable without the protection of the monsters face to scare others with. As that monstrous face peels of, the authentic, genuine  and compassionate face is revealed to ourselves and the world.  In the process we alleviate our own suffering and of those around us.

Cultivating peace, promoting well being and harmony in good times is easier to do. When there is anger, fear, hatred, greed and intolerance around us, it takes clarity, discernment, and sheer focus on actions enveloped in love. Courage that leaves us feeling vulnerable and wanting to protect ourselves and others from harm is rooted in love.

There are so many people all over the world who are  looking for food, shelter, safety, and belonging.  We can choose to turn away from their suffering or alleviate their suffering. We can choose to destroy them because of our own fears or  choose to protect them from harm.

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Namaste,

Shobhna