MY PLACE OF SERENITY
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MY PLACE OF SERENITY
Poster Art by: http://www.Art.com
Art work edited by: Michelle Molloy
“Lord of Gana”
Lord Ganesha – The Remover of Obstacles
Ganesh or Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. The deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.
Birth of Ganesha
Namaste (I bow to you)
HAVING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE HELPS YOUR INNER BEING AS WELL AS YOUR OUTER.
I realize some days are harder than others. We have to learn to take a step back, let those negative feelings and negative thoughts pass right by, focus and start ANEW! Instead of dwelling on this rainy day we are having and the shitty way I feel, I am listening to Magic Mantra – reverse negative to positive – Ek Ong Kar Satgur Pras by Sat Kirin Kaur Khalsa. I cannot help but change my attitude and inner being. Reciting and singing Mantras are so powerful and I highly recommend it my friends!
ONLY GOOD THINGS CAN COME YOUR WAY, IF YOU FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES IN YOUR LIFE INSTEAD OF THE NEGATIVES.
If meditation is not for you. How about trying to train your mind to think Positive instead of Negative by repeating Positive Affirmations to yourself. Only good things will happen, so go ahead and give it a try!
I Am deserving of all good things and so are YOU! Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, YOU are Beautiful, YOU Matter and YOU are Loved!
Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), her birth given name was Nirmala Sundari Devi.
One afternoon while searching through Satnam Kaur videos, I came across this one above. Not only is the song sang beautifully, it’s accompanied by interesting and beautiful photographs of the woman known as the Servant of Peace. I needed to know more. I had to know more about this woman whose eyes captivated mine. I felt such warmth and love when I looked at her face. At that moment, I knew I was staring into the face of greatness.
“You will have peace only if you can rise above worldly desires.” Anandamayi Ma
Anandamayi Ma, is one of the most beloved 20th century saints within her native India, and across the globe. She was born on April 30 1896, in a village at Kheora, British India, now known as Bangladesh. She grew up happy but in poverty. She was not like other children. She was always happy. She did not even cry at birth like most babies.
She had this heavenly, devine beauty. When she spoke she had a wonderful way with words, in Her own native tongue. At the young age of thirteen she was given to marriage. This was very common back then. She was known to have the eternal light in her. “I am the embodiment of all god and goddesses.” In her teachings, which was how she lived her life, Ma inspired millions of people across the planet, of all faith and circumstance, including monks, Prime Ministers, individualists, artists, beggars even Queens and Presidents.
Ma traveled a great deal and assisted in the building of numerous ashrams and places of worship. She was a devotee of Shiva (a period of mourning). Her beautiful presence and words of wisdom won her many followers. She was in a withdrawn state of ecstasy much of the time and devoted herself to spiritual practices. In a meditative state, she held difficult yogic positions for long periods and randomly formed complex tantric hand positions and gestures.
** The central theme of her teachings is “the supreme calling of every human being is to aspire to self-realization. All other obligations are secondary and only actions that kindle man’s devine nature are worthy of the name of actions. Ma was quoted as saying “all paths are my paths” and kept saying, “I have no particular path.” She taught how to live a God-centered life and advocated spiritual equality for women. Her style of teaching included meditation, reading of scriptures, songs, jokes and instructions on every day life. She denied having any personal missions or motives.
She died on August 27, 1982 in Dehradun, at the age of 86.
A wonderful, inspiring Saint of India. A Servant of Peace.
This mantra is a call for enlightenment and is practiced for purifying karma of the soul at a very deep level. It is said to be very beneficial for emotional and physical health.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
We meditate on the Three eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeping vine.
Close to seven years ago, I found myself at a crossroad. I was at the end of a bitter relationship and needed to make some positive changes in my life. I was overweight and not living a healthy life style. Drank too much, smoked too much and fought too much. I was a miserable, sad, bitter person, who decided to change her entire way of thinking and living.
At first it was difficult. I went from being addicted to the television, to not even having cable. I watched movies only. I stopped driving unless I really needed to. I walked every where. I started exercising, chanting basic mantras and reading and writing. This helped take my mind off of computers, television and food. I would walk six days a week, up to four to six miles a day. Before long I was jogging and taking hikes in the woods. I changed the way I ate, made healthier choices and within a year I dropped 65 lbs.
The way I looked at the world needed to change as well. I had so much built up anger. I dwelled on the negativity in my life. It made me sick thinking about all my past mistakes and misfortunes. At times it was hard to see that my life could be better and that I would find true happiness. I needed to find peace in my life. I needed to be inspired and have a positive attitude.
On top of inspiring me to exercise and eat better, my dear friend and mentor Pauley D. turned me on to spiritual music. My first CD was by Snatam Kaur. I fell in love with her voice immediately. You could say I became obsessed. I needed to learn Sanskrit so I would know what I was singing about and what all these mantras meant. I wanted to understand what I was reading, seeing and chanting about. Again, I became obsessed but in a good way. I started to feel my inner being change. I felt alive and worthy. I was so sick due to my chronic pain and Pauley helped me cope with it and change my lifestyle without having to go on prescribed medications. I feared the doctors and still do. I’ve seen what multiple medications can do to a person’s body, mind and soul. All I have to do is look at my Mum. I pray everyday that I don’t turn out like her and suffer in pain, the way she has for the past 26 years. Not to mention all the mother fucking side effects, that go along with all those medications. Shit! The side effects scare me more than the diseases do.
I must admit this transformation was not easy but meditation helped me tremendously. It took a while to learn to do it properly. Once I mastered it and learned to relax and just Be, I went from 5 minutes to an hour a day. Along with learning and singing mantras throughout my day. Soon I was hooked and have meditated every day since. Then I took up arthritis yoga. Yoga has been a huge part in dealing with my chronic pain. I suffer from Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia. Amongst a few other things that go along with those illnesses.
I found solace in all that was bad. I learned to enjoy being alone and being in my own thoughts. Meditation helped me release the stress of every day life. Stress is a killer for people like myself, who suffer from chronic pain. It’s NO joke! Meditation helped me let go of so much hostility and instead find kindness and compassion for others. I didn’t have much of that growing up. Not for myself nor for others.
It’s strange as I write this, it’s just occurred to me, that earlier this evening this very subject was brought to my attention. On how bad I treated someone when we were kids. This was not the first time someone has said this to me. I can’t deny their claims. They’re all true. I wasn’t a nice person and if you messed with me, I could be your worst nightmare. I am in no way proud of this but it’s who I was. This is my life, as I know it, to share with you all today. My life wasn’t perfect back then but it was my life and I am not ashamed of it. It was/is my life and it has made me the person I am today. I happen to think I’m a pretty cool human being.
As I think about this, it was only two years ago when a girl and I, from high school, started talking on FB. We hadn’t seen or talked to each other in probably twenty years. She kept saying how different I was and how nice I was. It made me stop and ponder… Wow, was I that bad? I had some serious reflecting to do. I have learned that as we grow in to adults, our attitudes, feelings and thoughts about life in general do change. Some for the good and some not so good. How I acted in my school age years and how I live my life, some thirty years later is completely different. I am proud of how I have managed to change my way of life and my way of thinking. It helped me become a better mother, daughter, sister, friend and confidant. This I truly believe and feel, with all that I Am. I will always be a work in progress. That’s what so great about growing and evolving. I had to find my own path in life. I chose a path to enlightenment.
Whenever I’m feeling down, anxious, stressed out or even happy, joyful and loving…. Meditation helps take me to an even happier, peaceful state of mind. I enjoy my daily mantra. I enjoy listening to my spiritual music every day. It centers me for sure. Especially when I’m not in a very good place mentally and or physically. Which happens often due to my chronic pain.
It still amazes me how meditation, yoga, living a healthier lifestyle, making better choices and doing good deeds, has helped me in having love and compassion for one another. It feels good to feel good about myself and how I choose to live my life. I highly recommend it my friends.
Today, let’s close the door to the things that intrude upon our lives, the distractions that keep us from each other, the interruptions, the stress, the schedules… let the worries of the world fall away.
Today, let me show my love for you in a thousand quiet ways. Then, when all that noise outside tries once again to come between us, it won’t stand a chance, because you will know how deeply, how sweetly you are loved.
Today, be fearless, have no revenge or regrets. Be a Doer, of everything that is good. ~Michelle Molloy~
When I’m in pain, I love to listen to her voice. It relaxes me and brings me comfort. So Beautiful. So Peaceful.
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