“More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body,
and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all.”
As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, I love this quote. It teaches that no matter what we have in terms of our material possessions and what is happening in our bodies when it comes to our health, there is one thing that can never be taken away from us and that is who we are. What is important is living with a heart of faith and believing in something bigger than ourselves. We all have that power to create a life of value and to be able to turn karma into mission for the good of all. We all have something to give always.
Since returning from India last month, I have felt a huge energetic shift which has caused my life to turn upside down or so it may seem. There are moments where I felt I was entering into another dark night of the soul but with determination and faith in my Buddhist practice I have this deep knowing that everything will be ok. Right now I am observing my life with kindness and compassion as part of my daily practice. Sometimes it is easy to forget who we are and how far we have come when life throws us a curveball.
I see my circumstances as neither good nor bad. They are opportunities to awaken the spirit and life-force within. The spiritual path is not always easy but it is so worth it. It allows a deeper connection to the Universe and brings new levels of awareness to life itself. It brings a new dimension in which we can feel empowered as people. Life is a precious gift and the gratitude I feel inside my heart fills me with aliveness. There are many blessings all around us if we pay close enough attention. There is value in simplicity that brings wholeness to each experience. There is joy beneath the sorrow, calm amidst the stormy seas and love inside your fears. Love always wins and this is the greatest treasure of all.
If you are reading this and also experiencing energetic shifts as the world vibrates at a higher frequency, know that that there is a reason for everything and always have faith in what will be. You Are The One.
Love and blessings,
It has been an epic two week journey abroad travelling to the depths of possibility and seeing things with fresh eyes. This is what I love about visiting other countries – taking in the culture, the food and being able to accept the hospitality of the people who have opened their homes to me, especially on this trip. It makes you look at life differently. It was my first time in India and I couldn’t think of a better place to go than Kerala. It has so much to offer and is such a magical place to be if you open your heart to her.
When I first arrived I must admit I didn’t feel this way for many reasons. I knew India would not be a holiday of total relaxation. The streets are so busy. They are filled with the worst traffic I have ever seen and full of people wherever you go to the point you can hardly move as you navigate through the crowds. Then you have the sweltering heat to contend with. It is the hottest of heats and I couldn’t go outside most afternoons because of it. With all of that and adjusting to a new time zone, India was very confronting to me and I have never been to a place quite like it.
India is filled with so much spirituality and yet you are faced with total duality all at the same time. You would see beautiful buildings that took your breath away then come outside and see rubbish on the floor at every street corner. It broke my heart to see Mother Earth in this way and I thought to myself would I ever get it and connect to India. There was so much that didn’t make sense to me. I was pushed beyond my limits, observing my shadows and seeing my triggers come out in full force. It made me wonder if I had evolved at all. It really showed me that no matter where you are in the world, unless you know yourself and see your truth and beauty on the inside, you can travel to the most exotic extravagant places and never be fulfilled, not truly. Everything you seek is always inside yourself.
There was so much about Kerala that I loved. The food was absolutely fantastic. That was the best part of the trip as a total foodie. There was so much variety and different flavours it would awaken your senses in every way. The effort, time and love gone into the cooking could be felt with every bite. I would be in heaven every time I ate something and was in total appreciation of what I was experiencing. I never thought I could feel this way after recovering from an illness only four years ago. That changed my life forever and previously left me for a long time unable to eat many foods. Then there I was in Kerala eating everything and more. It was a total dream! The food represented all that is good and coming alive in a big way. Living takes complete courage and faith in oneself. When you allow yourself the time and space to heal, anything is possible and enjoying the food in Kerala was living proof of this.
What I loved even more were the connections I made. Life is so much better when you walk it with others and I feel so blessed with the people in my life; my friends on this trip and the family and friends I have at home. This makes it all worthwhile. When you have special experiences inside the very day with beautiful souls you can laugh, cry, love and be completely yourself around, this to me is what it means to be rich. The ability to be loving, kind and giving when you are triggered is richer still.
As I left Kerala in exactly the same as I found it, in the hustle and bustle and extreme heat, I couldn’t help but smile. My heart was filled with so much love and gratitude and I could see the Divine everywhere around me. I am grateful to Kerala for the gift it has given me, to reveal what was evidently there all along.
Life begins beyond comfort,
beyond what you can imagine,
Reach as far as you can go
and go even further…
I am excited to say that I will be taking on new challenges this year for charity again. It has been nearly two and a half years since climbing Kilimanjaro so I felt it was time to take on something new that I have never done before. I will be taking on not one but three challenges this time which will require commitment and planning to make it happen. It means I get to travel some more later in the year but what I am most looking forward to is the journey to get there.
From previous experience, I have learnt that it is the journey to the journey that is most memorable because of the person I needed to be to get there. Part of me is really nervous about taking on three challenges but I am willing to give it a try. I am willing to face my fear for a worthy cause and be open to new possibilities.
I feel it is important to take on opportunities as they arise and trust the path you take. Life is all about choice and I know for me I want to look back on my life with love and joy of the memories in my heart rather than regret of a life unlived which can easily happen with the busyness of modern living. I do find it really difficult a lot of the time to juggle everything. This is something that is always working progress. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. Like everyone else, life is full of ups and downs and when all is said and done it is about having faith and belief in oneself and to know that you are never alone.
There is always a purpose to everything and your dreams choose you for a reason. It allows you to step into the fullness of who you are and that is something to celebrate. We are all unique and have something to offer so if there is something that you have been thinking of doing, do it now. Cease the day act on anything that inspires you.
“You don’t have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great.”
With love and light,