Song of the Heart


We are One.
The entire Universe lives within us.

I was very fortunate to be part of a special event called Generation Hope which saw 6000 youth coming together in three different cities, celebrating the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and giving hope to so many.  It took me right to the beginning and where I started 8 years ago in meeting this practice and how it has changed my life for the better. Part of me had forgotten as life continues to challenge me and it was great to re-ignite that life-force inside to bring the light back into my life. Sometimes in life we know the answers and what we need to do but it takes others to remind us of our own light. It is through support and interconnectedness to everyone and everything around us we can see the real truth and beauty of life.

I was very inspired to hear so many individual experiences of how Buddhism has helped changed their lives in positive ways. To have a positive philosophy provides a foundation in which we can view experiences in our lives so differently and to see challenges as opportunities for growth and healing. Nothing is outside of ourselves and our environment and the people around us are a direct reflection of us. This can be a concept that is hard to digest at first but when you look beneath the surface, there is so much strength and power that comes from it. I know it taught me to take accountability and responsibility for my own life. Nobody else could live it for me or do the work for me. It all started with me.

“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation – a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realise this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.” (Daisaku Ikeda)

With so much going on in the world right now it can seem like we can’t do anything about it but the truth is everyone can make a difference. It starts with our own inner transformation in a journey of forgiveness, love, patience, compassion and courage to live fully and express who we really are. It is about speaking up and paying attention to the things that really matter. It is about never giving up and opening our hearts in creating a vision for a better world. Every individual has the capacity for greatness in their own unique way and any change made has a ripple effect throughout the entire cosmos.

“No matter what our personal circumstances may be, if we ourselves become the source of light, then there will be no darkness in the world.” (Daisaku Ikeda)

With the decision to choose hope and to sing the song in our hearts, we can overcome anything. We can dance with life and move to the rhythm of joyous expression. We can change the world.



The Potato Couch Syndrome?


There is purpose in the finding…
No corner untouched,
No places unturned,
The beating of the heart
pumps energy to life,
Bringing reasons to live,
Let it be known
the visions it holds.

Do you ever ask yourself what your life is for or why you were put on this planet? Do you ever wonder through the challenges if it will ever get any better? Will it be any different? Will the tide turn again? Will love ever find me?

So many questions left unanswered or are they?

Things are never as they seem and if we examine them closely, there in them lies the truth we have been searching for. If you’re anything like me though, this can lead to more questions but that’s ok. It’s about living the questions. I truly believe that the truths we need to know will always reveal themselves in the moment when we are perfectly ready to accept them into our lives.

I remember hearing Deepak Chopra mentioning in one of his books a few years back about this concept of ‘living the questions.’ When I first heard this, my initial reaction was ‘huh, what the heck is he on about?’ I don’t think this concept started to click with me until last year perhaps. It has helped me to approach my life from a different place and in a state of inquiry and curiosity rather than confusion.

However, for a while I felt out of that state. I was very fortunate though to have a sound healing session from a dear friend of mine on Saturday and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The healing I received from that has carried on throughout the weekend and still is as I write this. I decided to remain as quiet as possible since the session to take in all the energies that I have been receiving and it has put me back in a higher resonance with my body. There is an inner working that IS and always will be love in every form.

Somehow in the paradox of letting go of the need to know the answers, something is occurring and awakening. I feel flickers of excitement and that well, excites me. I am just starting to make connections to things in the last eight years and more for the first time…

It was about eight years ago, to put it bluntly, that the shit hit the fan. And it was a lot of shit. I thought I had gone ass backwards with everything I had worked so hard to achieve but if you ever feel like that in life don’t worry. There is purpose to everything, even shit!! Yes, shit!! When your life goes into what I like to call couch potato mode as a result (or as my friend calls it – potato couch mode – that really is ass backwards!!!), where nothing seems to be happening, the inner working of love is always there. Nothing is ever lost and in the nothing comes everything.

If you are reading this, just know you are a precious child of the Universe. You are so loved and the fact that you are here means something. Always have faith in what IS.

Love and light,