Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in
the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a
single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow, with all its
possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor
performance; Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of
clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in
Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today. Any person can fight the battle
of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those
two awful eternities, Yesterday and Tomorrow, that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad, it is
the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.

-- Author Unknown
Contributed by Rose Fitter

Sunday, 27 September 2009

7 Days of Giving - Letting Go is Hard

I have been giving in the past so this idea was not new but giving consciously for 7 continuous days was definitely new and I am in! I have been volunteering for street kids with Jamghat for 2 years now and given gift pack spontaneously on Diwali to slum dwellers. My mother very often gives away bananas, sugar, cooks meals for the poor and the guards in our society where we live, ceiling fans to an underprivileged school etc.

Today was the first day of my week of gifting and I decided to give something precious that I have been hoarding for years. A very expensive Arabian perfume in a collector's bottle to my maid who just got married and is having problems - to brighten her day!

Oh I had giver's remorse! Maybe not this perfume as I dabbed a bit on my wrists in the morning and the fragrance stayed with me all day. Perhaps she will not know the value. Maybe I should have given something else and on an on. It was funny to watch my own mind clinging to something I had not even used for the past 4 years since it had been bought! But such angst when I had to give it away! :-)

Another interesting thing that happened to me is that I noticed many more people on the street that I could potentially give something to and a sort of barrier comes up - a shyness, a separateness about reaching out. What will they think. For example, I had to buy ice-cream for home and there was a boy standing at the shop. The thought crossed my mind to buy him some but then I thought, what would he think. I had to buy samosas for my mother as someone was coming home and I thought about buying a dozen samosas and giving them away to the kids I meet, but the thought passed...

The positive thing is that I am constantly scanning for opportunities to give and looking forward to the next days of self-observation and hopefully opening my heart further to reach out to others. Thank you creators of this initiative as this is a spiritual journey for me.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Favourite Affirmations - By Nithyashanti


May I be a channel of blessings for someone today.

All is well.

I relax into my natural well-being.

The basis of my life is freedom, the purpose of my life is joy.

The universe adores me, as it knows my broadest intentions.

I love you Nyanasanti, I really love you. (this is a powerful one for many people!)

My actions are inspired and my resources are abundant.

I cannot die, for I was never born!

Life is easy.

All good things happen at the right time.

I change easily.

I was born full of possibilities and I can choose any option.

I can create instantly.

There is no difference to the universe between small and BIG, all is easy.

I am always poised & centered; harmoniously & intelligently I deal with all circumstances.

My desires are all the things that are the best for me and everyone else.

There is plenty of everything for everyone.

I am as powerful and deserving as anyone who exists.

My natural state is health and well-being.

I choose to depart from my body without pain or illness.

I am infinite being.

I am universal intelligence.


I am a genius and I apply my wisdom.

I am love.

I am truly happy to be me.

I am the most truthful, positive and helpful person I know.

I give something positive to everyone that I meet.