Friends have been asking me what have I learned since my travels to India and how have I implemented these lessons and experiences into my life back home.
I’m not exactly certain I have learned anything new as such, but I do know that my time on the Mother Land has opened my heart and shown me how important the things I believe in really are. It was like I was coming home to myself.
The layers, the Vedic onion layers, came away with such grace and joy, with many tears and ecstatic moments. I welcomed this opening as if my body and spirit knew it was time, perfect timing, for me to be in a place of such mindful acceptance. In India, they say let go, trust in the invisible hand and everything will work out in the end.
From all that I was exposed to over the short time I was there, I could finally understand the beauty and significance of being connected to a spiritual path. For me, this didn’t mean becoming attached to a particular god or deity. I know that the divine is within us all, it felt more like a homecoming. A connection with my soul’s purpose.
As the Dali Lama once said, we are born through the Mother, who is full of Love and nurture for her child, each of us are endowed with an all encompassing compassion. It runs through our blood. Over time we often loose this compassion – the love for oneself and sometimes for others – through experiences and conditioning.
My journey reopened my heart, allowing me to welcome back compassion. I discovered how important it was for my health and my happiness. Humans are actually naturally giving and this was very present to me during this time.
I have always believed in the power of prayer and intentions but being in this place full of worship, offerings from the heart and most of all prayer showed me how tangible good intentions can be.
Now that we are home and can see things a little more clearer with acceptance and surrender, things are different!
Giving and sending out positive prayer and intentions really do make me feel happier. We started to practice offerings, prayer and meditation everyday in our home.
As we weave fresh flowers onto thread each morning, creating mala offerings, we infuse only love and good wishes that help create this sense of giving and fullness.
Every morning we take turns to collect the fresh flowers, and send our love and hope to deity’s, gods, nature, each other or what/whomever we feel drawn to on the day. This has been a wonderful experience for my children, giving them a wider sense of a broader universe and gratitude for their place in it.
Meditation has helped me personally to reintegrate back into my homespace. Just 20 minutes a day has helped me connect with my intentions, my breathe and helps me feel more aligned, spiritually and physically. The children have taken to this as they already have felt the positive calming benefits. We use our Malas that were blessed by Amma from Sri Puram to guide us through a So Hum meditation and some Nadi Shodhan pranayam, (Breathing technique). My teacher Mandy from Kookaburra Creek Yoga Centre has guided me through these techniques. They are simple and very effective. Very beneficial for an active family in need of some stillness.
So to answer my friends questions about my journey, India has left her mark on me in such a way that it has impacted mine and my families life for a more fulfilling and healthier future. And, at the end of the day we can all feel this Indian magic wheather you have been there or not, We just need to rediscover our compassion, connect with the breath and stay with the practice.