Happy Lunar Year of the Water Rabbit! With the auspicious new moon, I wish you all good health, happiness and good fortune. A year that ushers in good luck, stronger emotional ties and most importantly a need to let go of the unwanted, the excess and the negative. Give up addictions, watch your speech, and ensure that whatever you think, say or do is for the benefit of all concerned.
This year marks 20 years of practice in the field of Alternative Healing even though there’s still so much I have to learn I’ve culled down a few basic learning’s in my Healing series. The key I’ve discovered is in being patient – with our own bodies and health, nothing happens overnight and to trust the process- each one of us have the ability to heal our own selves.
If there’s anything we’ve learnt from living with the Pandemic in the past 4 years is that we cannot take our health for granted. Needless to say a lot of us are struggling with post covid effects, declined immune systems and sudden bouts of anxiety or depression. Every day I hear of younger and younger people falling prey to stress related ailments, cardiac issues or burning out with the pressures of work and the fear of layoffs. While some of us have just blocked the whole phase out of our lives and are desperately trying to act “normal” This week’s cards reminds us to be mindful. Care about your mental and physical health. Don’t take things for granted. Ask for help when you need it. Be patient with yourself if you are healing and understand this is something that’s truly in our hands. This is a week to leave the baggage behind and take steps towards your health. And it can only start when we pay attention to our body signals and our thoughts. Enough nagging.
Stay healthy everyone. And wishing those who who are on the path to recovery a speedy journey.
Once a saint was going home to home asking for alms. He knocked on a door and called out, “Bhiksham Dehi (Give me alms).” A little girl came out of house and sadly said, “Baba, we are poor, we have nothing to give you.” Saint smiled and said, “Do not refuse daughter. If you don’t have anything else, you can give me some mud from your house courtyard.” Girl picked up a handful of mud and put it in saint’s alms-pot.
There was a disciple who was accompanying saint. He saw all this and asked saint, “Guru ji, We could have go to another house for alms. Why did you ask her to give you mud in alms?” Saint replied, “Son, if she had said no today, she would never have been able to give again. Today, you know what happened when when she gave mud? She will learn to give. Today, mud has been given, if spirit of giving has awakened in her. If it becomes strong, she will give fruits and flowers in future.’ Ancient Hindu texts stress the importance of giving donations on Makar Sankranti a day that marks the end of the bitter cold, when the sun transits to Capricorn heralding good tidings, harvest and prosperity. The wise sages also stressed to get young children to so that the Spirit of Giving is Inculcated in them from a young age.
Oubaitori is a beautiful Japanese word with such a deep meaning. You are perfect as you are. And will blossom when your time is right. Do not compare your journey with anyone else’s. Comparison is the road to misery and puts your focus on someone else. Why waste precious energy on comparison instead of focussing and celebrating your own special place in this planet