A channel of your peace

Happy Sunday loves!

I hope you’re having a great one so far. Everyday on listening to the news, I always hear about all the suffering and hardships this world is facing. It is an era of unrest and turmoil. But it is also a world of compassion, kindness and love. We must not lose courage and strive to become a channel of God’s peace and love. There is always hope that one day we can all live together in peace and harmony.

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Below is one of my favourite hymns titled “Make me a channel of your peace”

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring you love; 

Where there is injury, your healing power,

And where there's doubt, true faith in you. 

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope; 
Where there is darkness - only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy. 

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand, 
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all that we receive,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

 

Amen!

 

A New Year and a “New” me

Goodbye 2017 – filled with bittersweet memories! And hello 2018! I have never been the kind of person to set a list of new year resolutions, usually the same every year – cook more, go to the gym, don’t leave everything last minute and stress, spend more time with family, meditate etc etc. Come first of Jan I’d start making all these salads, hit the gym, call my mum more often and organise my diary with full gusto. After not even a week (I am talking about a few ‘days’) my enthusiasm and will power would dwindle at top speed till I’d be back stuffing my face with takeaways, paying religiously for my gym membership and never going and studying for that exam until a week before. Such a nightmare! By the way, my last post about going on a diet totally failed!

But, this year is different and needs to be. I feel like I have totally started 2018 on a wrong note – by being daunted by all the mammoth tasks lying ahead of me. But, if you fail and fail again, you have to pick yourself up and keep trying right? Who knows, I might even be looking back at 2018 with a sense of satisfaction – feeling healthier, happier and at peace. I recently read a book by a celebrity nutritionist and fitness guru – Rujuta Diwekar. Her weight loss and health fitness mantra was simple, ditch diets and counting calories and eat small healthy portions of meals throughout the day, and enjoy indulging in that samosa or gulab jamun every every now and then. Now, that can also be applied to other aspects of life – ditch worrying about what will be or not, set small achievable tasks throughout the day and enjoy pampering yourself every now and then.

So here are my big goals of 2018

Work and study related 

  1. Pass all my masters exams x 3
  2. Pass my work-related exam
  3. Write a 20,000 word dissertation to complete my masters (and be organised so as not to have a melt-down last minute)
  4. Audit
  5. Complete writing that case-report

Health related 

  1. Cook every alternate day at least (just bought a vegetarian cookbook on amazon)
  2. Gym twice or thrice a week
  3. Meditate once a week
  4. Try being vegan for a week

Personal 

  1. Pass my driving test
  2. Go on holiday for some sunshine
  3. Weekend getaway with friends (been planning this for years now)
  4. Visit Devon/Cornwall
  5. Go on a hike
  6. Read 3 books (any suggestions will be welcome)

These are the big ones for now! 🙂 Will keep posting my progress on each and every one of them throughout this year. Lets hope for a good one.

Happy New Year and do let me know what your 2018 is looking like 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is all about….

It had been a while since I read a good book, you know the ones that capture your soul and make you feel warm from inside? Where you are completely engrossed in the imaginary world that you create, where you cry, laugh and empathise with the characters? Where you can truly begin to fathom the essence of life?

Just over a month ago, whilst visiting my parents, my mom mentioned a book that I must read, a book that will truly make me question life, a book that will aid me in my spiritual journey, a book that will make me open my heart and look into my soul, a book that will make me ponder and dwell on the words and leap with joy as to how simple and beautiful they are. At the time, I hastily accepted to read the book thinking it will be a ‘heavy philosophical read’ and making a mental note to read it at some point when I felt inclined to do so.

I wanted to really finish the one I was already reading and I dislike leaving a book unread once I start, but somehow I just couldn’t get into it. And so after several attempts to just finish the book I finally abandoned it and picked up the one that my mom suggested from the shelf ……it is called ‘ The forty rules of love’ by Eli Shafak.

And it was exactly all that my mom had said, a truly beautiful and spiritual read. It was all about ‘love’, loving God, loving your family and friends, your work colleagues, even strangers on the street. And if we are able to love, we are also able to be kind and compassionate. I remember a number of people telling me throughout life….. but, love is not everything!! Love doesn’t feed your tummy, love doesn’t pay your bills, love is not all that makes a marriage work, think from your head and not your heart. Be practical, be ruthless. But I have always disagreed, call me stupid but I have always worn my heart on my sleeve. For me success is not about affording to buy a chanel bag (though that would be nice) or to have lots of money etc, it is about being surrounded by love and the memories that I create with my friends and family. I have no idea whether not being practical will come to bite me in the *** in the future; but for me I have always wanted to ‘live a little’.

One thing that I find extremely hard to do is ‘control’ my emotions. I have always been a bit short-tempered and get angry and irritated very easily, but something that I read in the book touched my heart, every time you feel overwhelming anger replace the persons face or your thought with a face that you love or something that makes you happy….and it will certainly prevent you from saying harsh words or doing something rash. Isn’t that beautiful. So this is my task for this month and I hope to be more loving and less short tempered.

We all worry about our jobs, finances, family, wanting more, being successful….. but honestly, how many of us worry about our souls???

I read this deeply meaningful story by Rumi ;

A tourist visited a Sufi saint.

He was astonished to see that the Sufi’s home was a simple room.

The only furniture was a mat and a kerosene lamp.

Tourist: “Sufi, where is your furniture?”

Sufi: “Where is yours?”

Tourist: “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”

Sufi: “So am I !”

Our life here is only temporary, during sermon at Church last Sunday, the priest said that we live in a world of game of thrones and the apprentice; ruthless and competitive, but let us not forget to live in a world of love!

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