Merry Christmas from IndiaNamaste to you all, sorry I haven't done any posts or sent out a newsletter in the past week, I've had what I would term Blogger block. For some reason I haven't felt like getting on a computer. I've arrived in Goa it's a great place, very touristy, it's ok for a change. The Indians hear are wonderful people, they seem to be allot more easy going, which is a welcomed change.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year and that all your dreams come true for next year. I also hope that while your spending time with your family, that you pause for just one moment and look around the room and take in what Christmas is truly about, for me its family, sharing and above all things unconditional love. For unconditional love is what we're all here for. I remember times when people say that around Christmas time usually they have big fallout's with certain family members, or cant stand this relative or that one. Well I pray that this Christmas and maybe for a new years resolution that we be conscious of remaining in our hearts and to love and accept everyone that comes into our lives.
I feel that as a species if we cant find peace within ourselves and within in our own family, how do we expect to find peace in the world?. One of my favorite sayings goes something like this,
We each are angels with only one wing
Its only by embracing each other
That we can truly fly.
Here's some great poems and sayings from myself and others,
Believing is one thing, doing another
Many talk like the sea but their lives are stagnant marshes.
Others raise their heads above the mountain tops,
while their souls cling to the dark walls of caves.
Imagine you only have one year to live.
What important things would you be doing?
How would you be allotting your time to accomplish the most you could?
This exercise is one method of going after your priorities.
The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.
John Vance Cheney
Here's one of my favorites, this helped me get through my divorce a few years back, I don't know why but this saying really inspired me to push through my fears,
RISK To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He or she may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he or she simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love.......live. Chained by their certitudes, they are a slave, they have forfeited freedom. Only a person who risks is truly free.
Here's some of mine,
Prayers and meditation are like wood
The more you add the higher
And brighter the flame burns within.
If you think you are not of this world you're right
The only world that exists is yours
Everyone else on the planet are all living in different world's
No two are the same.
Seek not for solitude in a cave
Contemplation in a temple
Enlightenment in an ashram
For this way is of old paradigms
The most magnificent cave, temple and ashram that you will find
Is within you, it's in your heart
Where God the all loving, all knowing, all compassionate dwells
You can make a daily pilgrimage to this sacred place
Without going anywhere.
Leap into the unknown it's the known that's the illusion
Leap and set yourself free
Living free from chains and suffering that cloud your mind and heart
Take the hands of God and allow the All That Is to catch you
Lifting you higher then you've ever imagined before.
Silence instills clarity
Clarity instills calmness
Calmness instills peace
Peace instills love
Love instills God.
Opening one's heart is to open to God's love
Like the sun rising from the East
It's warm and tender ray's touching mother earth
Enveloping all that dwells on her
So does the heart when it opens and rises again
touching and enveloping everything
with its warmth and tenderness.
I hoped you enjoyed some of these, again merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of your and your families, In the famous words of one of Australia's greatest boxers Geoff Fenech,
"I love you's all" lol.
Christan Church Goa, Its great to be in a part of India that has quite a few Christans, so we can feel its a bit like Christmas.
Huge Buddha statue in Norpalinka.
Ah, family is what its all about. These puppies were at Norpalinka, their mother had died giving birth to them. They have an older brother from another litter, he's about 3 years old. They say he does everything a female dog would do, only he doesn't have milk, so the people step in and feed them.Sunset Anjuna beach, Goa.
Vagator beach, Goa.Vagator beach, Goa.