“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.” – Thich Nhat H
“The only correct way to live in happiness is to sacrifice to the extent that one who is falling apart gets together again because you share part of yourself.”
~ Yogi Bhajan
Inspiration from Ramdesh Kaur
On April 12, 2012 I declared myself a devoted follower of the “Expand Your Intuition” 40 day Global Sadhana . The experience of expanding my intuition by meditating daily with hundreds of other peace seekers across the globe was deeply moving and energizing. Proudly, I’m doing it again and I hope you’ll join me.
Inspirations from Ramdesh Kaur:
Day 1- Today we join together for yet another adventure into the cosmos and divine timing reveals itself yet again. In light of the recent shootings in Colorado and in the Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin, it is clear to me that the negativity that lies within the consciousness of man must be addressed, and we can only address it by bravely facing the darkness within our own hearts. We must transform negativity into love. This much is our duty and our honor in this life.
Thich Naht Hahn said, “It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.”Â I believe he is talking about all of us. Every single one of us has a vital role to play in the transformation of consciousness. You are necessary. You are needed. Separately, we are candles. Together, we are the sun. Let us bring warmth and light to this Earth, which so desperately needs it.
In times of tragedy, remember that you cannot defeat hate with hate. Only love has the power to heal; only light has the power to illuminate. It’s a good thing we are made of both.
Peace to all, love to all, light to all. Sat Nam. “Keep up and you will be kept up.” ~Yogi Bhajan
Day 2- What’s true for you? What do you stand for? What does your heart insist is real? Hold it up to this measurement from Yogi Bhajan: “The fundamental law of truth is that it penetrates through all darkness.”
Are your beliefs spreading light? Is your life a lamppost for others? Then you are living in truth and in your own Sat Nam.
Day 3 - I admit it: I do it sometimes. I sometimes seek approval from others without even meaning to: I hope my words impact you; I get nervous before teaching if I think people might not like my class; I’m overjoyed when the people I admire give me a pat on the back. More and more I’ve come to realize that this paradigm will never result in happiness.
Even when I get the praise that some subconscious programming drives me to seek, it doesn’t soothe the worry within. The only source that calms my nerves is God. Yogi Bhajan said, “Do not seek approval from others. Seek approval only from yourself.” When we turn inward and find the light within our hearts, the darkness vanishes. When I remember to tell myself that I have done my very best at being just who I am, my edges soften. When I sit in silence and prayer, my edges blur. And at last when I reach into my heart and find Infinity there, my edges vanish. Within that moment, I don’t seek approval at all. I am accepted, I am supported, I am loved. By me most of all.
It’s time we all remembered that the most important person’s love we seek is our own.
Day 4 – “When you are totally depressed and negative, do the following experiment: take a shower, rub yourself thoroughly with a soft towel, and then dress yourself from top to bottom in white. This will change your temperament, consciousness, and energy.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Sometimes it really is that simple: take a shower, towel yourself off, dress in white and see what happens. When you’re freaking out, drink a glass of water and breathe. Going back to the simple things and returning our center resets the nervous system and essentially reboots our operating system.
Another nugget of goodness from the Master himself.
“Keep up and you will be kept up.” ~Yogi Bhajan
Day 5 – “The only correct way to live in happiness is to sacrifice to the extent that one who is falling apart gets together again because you share part of yourself.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Ask yourself who you can help. The best and quickest way I know to pull myself up out of a cycle of negativity is to help someone else get out of theirs. I remember once when I lived in an ashram in India, being beset by feelings of loneliness and despair. It was as if all my subconscious decided to boil over at one moment. I cried, until I realized how silly it must seem from a distant perspective: a healthy woman with a full belly and a roof over her head next to a street full of homeless beggars. So I went outside and asked God to send me someone to help. I spied an old man climbing down steep stairs to get water from the Ganga River. I raced up to help him, filling up the buckets and keeping him steady on his feet. By the time I climbed back up to the street with his water, my sadness vanished with his smile. The real secret, of course, is that I was the one falling apart, and he was the one giving of himself to me. He gave me the opportunity to assist him with grace and joy, and in his smile and the gift of giving up his independence to accept my help, I could put myself back together again.
So I ask again: who can you help?
“Keep up and you will be kept up.” ~Yogi Bhajan