Last Wednesday a great being came from India and through town as part of a world tour to offer us folks inspiration, encouragement, information, and experience. I definitely needed a boost. Luckily I had been getting Amma Karunamayi’s newsletter so I knew she was coming. For those of you who haven’t heard of her, she tours the world with the goals of giving people a shot of her kindness and love. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been around one of those folks, whose life mission requires the total sacrificing of their own egos. With admiration, my hat’s off to her for a life of service and giving.
A couple of hundred people or more crammed inside the Santa Barbara Unity Church and designated the day for just being with ourselves, in silence, in the presence of someone who has done a lot of training to get to her level of functioning and power.
In this particular program, each person could write their concerns on a 4×6 card and then come up and spend a couple of minutes where Karunamayi would take the card, and you’d sit in silence together. Now you might think that’s hooey, but the reality is I do feel like there is movement within me. As a friend who was also there emailed me later,
“That was a day well spent… That night I crashed and slept the best I had in some weeks. Still feeling her work rippling through me. I’m sure it’s the restarting of every program inside me after she changed them!!”
Karunamayi gave a brief talk after performing a short ceremony and said simple things we’ve all heard before to help our cause. Everyday, do at least (like 15 to 20 minutes) of one of the following:
1. Meditate (time to put everything else aside)
2. Yoga postures (simple physical poses that open and move the body and quiet the mind
3. Pranayama (simple breathing exercises that balance and quiet the mind)
4. Love God more than before
Her message is not new. However we need to be reminded frequently because it’s too easy to get swept away by life’s beckoning.
Focus on being self-realized – which means being the best we can be and aligning ourselves with the flow, God, nature, etc. As we attend to ourselves first and set aide a few minutes to connect with our silent inner-self, we become more beautiful and peaceful, and will naturally share ourselves — our heart, our love, with others and the planet.
Pretty simple. I continue to feel appreciably better! I’ve dusted off some of my old CDs and listening to them is like a sweet candy for my whole being.
It’s the least we can do for ourselves to ease the turbulent times we all face. Take just a few minutes a day to pause and see what happens.
What do you do to drop everything for a few minutes and just be? Let me know?