I don't remember when, how or why this writer, this powerhouse of a person, this joy to my Soul became one of the great influencer in my life. Maya Angelou, though deceased several years, touches me deeply. I think it was the greatness of her strength in any situation, her humility, and her self empowerment that empowered and still empowers millions and me. She is known to have said "Be Remarkable", I say, Let's!
I remember sitting in the audience of one of her talks in Santa Barbara, Ca back in the 90's. I was mesmerized, sitting on the edge of my existence with each word she danced into a sentence. But not merely a sentence, an opportunity to see regular, everyday things, occurrences and people in a different hue. With ease she turned up the volume of life, or tempered it down to a whisper and often down to that of a dog whistle. She instilled in me a love of creative writing, a joy of journaling and of playing with words. I wanted to meet her and just say thank you and give her a hug. So there i sat in the huge auditorium in awe. People were leaving and I remained hoping she might exit past me, just eager for the opportunity to offer my gratitude. Well after sitting there an eternity of minutes, I got up to leave without meeting her but still mesmerized, and there I remain. Thank You Dr. Angelou
Another Maya that I am aware of is within hindu philosophy-Maya, The Cosmic Illusion. Yes that too was Maya Angelou, as an example, as a living fact that all things are possible.
May we all step up, claim our birthright and Be Remarkable
"Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences."
I will never forget how Maya makes me feel :)
Namaste Dr. Angelou
Where did the time go?
Most of us have said it some point in time in our lives and I think, especially nowadays, where has the time gone? I find that in this technological age, many can't seem to get everything they want done. Or is it that we just don't want to do it, as Lao Tzu suggests? Is it possible that there are too many choices and the overwhelm sets in? Is it that the Earth is revolving faster around the Sun because the Sun is closer to us and 24 hours is no longer 24 hours? Did we lose an hour, or many hours in a day? I don't know, do you know, who knows? Does time know? Is there really such a thing as time?
Speaking of time, i had all day to post this blob, (yes blob) but there just wasn't enuf time...
Oh my, some days just seem longer than others. Actually it's about the amount of stuff we jam pack into our waking hours. Its also about how busy it is in our sleep state. With that said, tonight I'm knackered and suprized I wrote this much. It was a day jam packed with more and more ways to do Seva.
Within all the busyness in my life in the past few months, the Ananda within continues to blossom.
Here's a video on the subject of post bliss actions.
Ready to get your Bliss on?
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau
Born in 1817, Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential members of the transcendentalist movement. Transcendentalism was a philosophy that promoted self-reliance, intuition, and independence, and was heavily influenced by the European Romantic movement and Eastern religious texts.
Thoreau was a philosopher of nature and its relation to the human condition.
He wrote 2 major works that continue to shift perspective for many. "Walden Pond", fascinates those desiring a simpler life and deeper connection with nature
"Civil Disobedience" has inspired many leaders of protest movements around the world. This non-violent approach to political and social resistance has influenced American civil rights movement activist Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, who helped India win independence from Great Britain, among many others.
I feel our greatest freedom exists within. Isn't it true that mentally we can create worlds, joys, solutions, buildings, disasters, recipes masterpieces, computers, relationships, etc.
We have the ability to create whatever we want within our hearts and minds, and we do; all the time, even while we sleep.
I've noticed that I possess a wild fascination with the ability to choose. I'm delighted to no end to have found the freedom of choice. Free will...
A mental magic wand that can create a circle of glass. Clear ones, of an assortment of Mason Jars that circle around a blue drinking glass. A wave of the magic wand and puff everything seen from blue tints that taunt the eye. The imagination can...presto change almost anything by a mere change of thought.
Choice, a flicker of a mental wave, sound bright dazzling light and wahlah new worlds are formed!
Choice, gotta love the freedom to choose every aspect of our lives, or is it all predetermined?
Is everything already chosen for us?
Is the all seeing Self awaiting our choice to choose what is and always has been awaiting our free will choice to choose it?