A More Fulfilling Life

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“Time does not heal all wounds; it just gives them space to sink into subconscious, where they will continue to impact your emotions and behavior. What heals is going inward, loving yourself, accepting yourself, listening to your needs, addressing your attachments and emotional history, learning how to let go, and following your intuition.”

~ Yung Pueblo

The above quote has become my mantra and saving grace. I wish to share it with all those who suffer from loss and feel pain in their hearts. Honestly, I can’t fully know your pain, but I feel a deep empathy for you. My wish is for you to be able share your pain with others and learn how to sit with your grief and sadness. When you love, you will suffer, however you experience something special with another human being. Isn’t that what it’s all about; to love, to lose, to live fully?  Some people never experience a love so powerful it absorbs your entire world.

During a yoga class, you may hear a teacher mention the “Yama’s” and “Niyama’s” as a pathway to a more enlightened life. Someone very close to me, mentioned their focus was going to be on non-violence (ahimsa) as the Yama and surrender as the Niyama (Ishvara Pranidhana). Two powerful guides for living with integrity and dignity. 

Ahimsa means non-harming, encouraging us to be loving and compassionate to ourselves and others. To do as little harm as possible, in the world we live in, by being conscious of what we are eating and how we are treating the earth and its inhabitants. Perhaps it’s a vow to be mindful to know where our food source comes from and how it is treated. Using kind words with one another is another way to practice ahimsa. Refrain from gossip and let go of judgement.

Ishvara Pranidhana is surrender to a higher self. Finding a way to honor the divine grace within you and others. Waking up to this day, saying thank you to your source. It is a way to dedicate, devote or surrender your life’s purpose for a higher calling. It’s a huge shift when someone honors and works for their beloved. Having unshakable faith, surrendering yourself to God or whatever is your belief. Mother Teresa is someone who dedicated her entire life to do God’s work. There is no doubt she was called into a life of service and succeeded in being a helper.

We have a book club, led by Sarah Arikian, at Ocean Bliss Yoga. This month she chose, “The Camel Knows the Way” by Lorna Kelly.  I cannot tell you how much this book resonates deep within the core of my being. A beautiful story about a woman who travels to India to volunteer with Mother Teresa to find out why she does what she does with such kindness and compassion. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a more fulfilling life. It is an extraordinary story about caring for the poor and doing it with such love and dedication. I am in awe of Mother Teresa and her helpers. They were in love with GOD.

“See Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.” ~ Mother Teresa

 By Helen Kilgallen

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