“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.” (Nichiren Daishonin)
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.
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 every 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 way 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.
Meeting Dr Wayne Dyer at the I Can Do It Conference London 2012
As news spreads across the globe on the passing of a beautiful inspirational soul, I wanted to dedicate today’s post to him. There is no doubt that Dr Wayne Dyer made his mark on the world. His work brought much needed healing and love to help raise the consciousness of humanity. I have loved getting to know his work through the books and audios he created. Although I feel sad about his passing and praying for his loved ones, I also feel so grateful at the same time. He may have made his transition from this life but what he leaves behind will always live on and that is to be celebrated.
“Focus on loving the life you have now with the body you have.” (Dr Wayne Dyer)
I was very fortunate to have met him three years ago at the I Can Do It conference in London, which was organised by Hay House. I still remember it quite well and where I was in my life. I was still fairly new on my spiritual path and experiencing great hardship in my life. I had a serious illness with no known cure and living in hope that things would get better, which they eventually did.
Being at the conference provided me with the healing energy I needed to carry on towards my path of self-healing even though I didn’t know it at the time. I think it really confirmed what I already knew inside and I made peace with my body despite what I felt physically. I was able to see my body in a new light and I remember feeling goosebumps all over me as I heard Dr Wayne Dyer speak on stage. It was exactly what I needed, along with so many other inspirational speakers that weekend too.
It was an honour to meet Dr Wayne Dyer at the conference. What really stood out for me was the love that he had to give. It radiated from him and I could feel it as he gave me a hug. There was no need for words. The love just resonated in my heart and inspired me beyond words. In that moment I realised this is a human being that really lived the words that he shared with so many of us and that is what I aspire to be in my own life. To give love and to be love is the greatest gift in the world. It is Divine!
Thank you beautiful soul for your loving presence in our lives. I wish you well on your next adventure.