Is HOPE Whispering In Your Ears?


My favourite spot of reflection

Hope whispers in my ear that I needn’t worry about kids, family, money, health, future and even world.  “Don’t Worry..” she says, “I am here alive in your heart and carry you through your worries.  ‘Forgetting’ is the magic dust I sprinkle on you. As you sweetly slip in to your dreamworld, I whisper gently and promise that I will hold your hands through the night and fill your world with dreams that help you wake up fresh and bright eyed.”

As life started closing in with all its worries, I was not convinced of these gentle whispers of Hope and needed more assurances from her.

Hope did not give up and continued to whisper in my ear that

  • She is here to make the world a better place by inspiring people to have visions that will not shatter with their current realities,
  • She is the bedrock of all visions and
  • She is an angel from God installed in every human heart no matter how flickering she might be in there.

Hope told me to tell you

  • To not give up,
  • To hold on as all pain comes to an end,
  • That Hope cannot be kicked out so easily
  • That she will linger as long as you dream even faintly against your reality.

Hope is the sun shining even when clouds are covering it up.  She asks us to remember that just as we feel a guarantee that there will be sunshine after heavy rains, there will be Hope even as despair tries to cover us up.  All she needs is half an acknowledgment from us and she is ready to run with us, leading us.

This is what Hope told me today.

She says that she is the next breath of fresh air that enters you – all you need to do is to pause, remember and inhale her deeply and she will light that lamp in your heart.

So, please lend her your ear and she will fill you with most divine melodies that you ever heard.

As Poet Lisel Mueller says –

Hope

It hovers in dark corners

before the lights are turned on,

it shakes sleep from its eyes

and drops from mushroom gills,

it explodes in the starry heads

of dandelions turned sages,

it sticks to the wings of green angels

that sail from the tops of maples.

It sprouts in each occluded eye

of the many-eyed potato,

it lives in each earthworm segment

surviving cruelty,

it is the motion that runs

from the eyes to the tail of a dog,

it is the mouth that inflates the lungs

of the child that has just been born.”

Will you allow Hope to whisper in your ear? What is she saying? Can you hear her?

Remember,

Hope is the Oxygen in the next breath you take

Fill your lungs with it – you won’t regret. 

Pause…..Relax….Breathe….deeply and fully. 

Do not let despair take over and constrict your lungs.

Fill them with Hope.

Inhale ‘Hope’ the Life Saver.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

Inhale ‘Hope’ the Life Saver.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

How Do I Surrender – Part II


Surrendering
Surrendering (Photo credit: adrenalin)

Continuing from last week,  here is Part II on How To Surrender.

 

Surrender is the Ore that guides the boat of our life through the waves of Joy & Sorrow, Pain & Pleasure, without overturning. So, the question remains, what am I surrendering and who am I surrendering to?

 

Knowing that I have no other obligation than to perform my duty a 100%, I relinquish the right to the results of  my actions.  The expectations that I have – of looking forward to favorable results, and not accepting anything else without a fight, is the root cause for the unstable bouncing around within my head screaming at pain and yelling with joy.

 

I am a Yo-Yo dancing with the pull and push of life.

 

If I want peace of mind, an equilibrium and a constancy to my life, then Surrender is the answer.  Surrender means Freedom.  Freedom from ‘i’, ‘my’, ‘mine’, ‘my own’, ‘you’, ‘your’, ‘yours’ etc.,  these ideas divide and rule thus affecting peace and equanimity.

 

In order to relinquish these ideas, I need to fill myself with Love, a Love that emanates from the depths of my heart in the knowledge that the same core that drives me is in the others as well and that fundamentally we all are equal.

 

That Love then results in Faith, a Faith that no matter what  life is throwing at me, I will survive.

 

When Love and Faith are combined, Devotion rises. Devotion not necessarily oriented towards any one particular person or thing or concept, but Devotion towards everything I see and do with a steady flow of love.

 

When I am steeped in Devotion arising from Love and Faith, I reside in and act from my heart, therefore everything I do will be an act of surrender as my mind calmly observes without being a participant.  Things happen around me.  I will still go through pleasure and pain etc., but they do not touch my equilibrium.

 

That is the theory.

 

In practice…… well, there is a very big curtain between my ego and the real me.  As the curtain covers the real me, doubts and confusion ravage me and the flow of love is not continuous and inclusive. I cannot surrender.

 

This curtain is only as long as the distance between my head and heart, yet, I go so far away searching how to remove this curtain.

 

How do I remove this curtain?

 

When I connect to my breath, when I breathe deeply and sink into that breath completely, it gently lifts the curtain to reveal my Heart Centre.  As my head fades into the background even momentarily in the soft breeze of my breath, I become aware of my Heart Centre glowing softly in its radiance ready to guide me gently.

 

When I act from this awareness, my troubles seem trivial and a new strength arises with renewed hope, zeal and enthusiasm.  I have connected with Love.  With that connection, if I remind  myself ‘this too shall pass’, I regain my equanimity and that is Surrender.  I am not relinquishing my power to someone outside of me.

 

‘i’ am surrendering to “I”, the ‘I’ that is in me shining, waiting patiently to be connected to, so it can breathe its reassurance that I am eternal no matter what and ‘i’ just have to accept as ‘I’ show up, with Love, Faith and Devotion and without guilt and worry.

 

As Lao Tzu says:

 

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past;

 

If you are anxious, you are living in the future;

 

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

 

Deep, conscious breathing brings us back into the present moment and as I live in the present moment with complete awareness

 

‘i’ am surrendering to ‘I’ and in that Surrender is the greatest Freedom because everything ‘i’ experience (good or bad) is a gift from ‘I’.

 

What do you think? Is it as simple? It can be and often it is……

 

Try and let me know.

 

Until next time, don’t forget to Breathe……….deeply

 

With Love and Respect

 

Padma Ayyagari

 

How do I Surrender – Part II


A Love Heart with the "I Surrender" ...

Surrender is the Ore that guides the boat of our life through the waves of Joy & Sorrow, Pain & Pleasure, without overturning. So, what am I surrendering and who am I surrendering to?

Knowing that my duty ends with performance and I have no other obligation than to perform my duty 100%, I relinquish the right to the results of  my actions.  The expectation of looking forward to results going in the direction that I want and not accepting anything else without a fight is the root cause for the unstable bouncing around within my head screaming at pain and yelling with joy. I am a Yo-Yo dancing with the pull and push of life.

If I want peace of mind, an equilibrium and a constancy to my life, then Surrender is the answer.  Surrender means Freedom.  Freedom from ‘i’, ‘my’, ‘mine’, ‘my own’, ‘you’, ‘your’, ‘yours’ etc.,  these ideas divide and rule thus affecting peace and equanimity.

In order to relinquish these ideas, I need to fill myself with Love, a Love that emanates from the depths of my heart in the knowledge that the same core that drives me is in the others as well and that fundamentally we all are equal. That Love then results in Faith, a Faith that no matter what  life is throwing at me, I will survive.

When Love and Faith are combined, Devotion rises. Devotion not necessarily oriented towards any one particular person or thing or concept, but Devotion towards everything I see and do with a steady flow of love.

When I am steeped in Devotion arising from Love and Faith, I reside in and act from my heart, therefore everything I do will be an act of surrender as my mind calmly observes without being a participant.  Things happen around me.  I will still go through pleasure and pain etc., but they do not touch my equilibrium.

That is the theory.  In practice…… well, there is a very big curtain between my ego and the real me.  As the curtain covers the real me, doubts and confusion ravage me and the flow of love is not continuous and inclusive. I cannot surrender.  This curtain is only as long as the distance between my head and heart, yet, I go so far away searching how to remove this curtain.

How do I remove this curtain?  When I connect to my breath, when I breathe deeply and sink into that breath completely, it gently lifts the curtain to reveal my Heart Centre.  As my head fades into the background even momentarily in the soft breeze of my breath, I become aware of my Heart Centre glowing softly in its radiance ready to guide me gently.

When I act from this awareness, my troubles seem trivial and a new strength arises with renewed hope, zeal and enthusiasm.  I have connected with Love.  With that connection, if I remind  myself ‘this too shall pass’, I regain my equanimity and that is Surrender.  I am not relinquishing my power to someone outside of me.

‘i’ am surrendering to “I”, the ‘I’ that is in me shining, waiting patiently to be connected to, so it can breathe its reassurance that I am eternal no matter what and ‘i’ just have to accept as ‘I’ show up, with Love, Faith and Devotion and without guilt and worry.

As Lao Tzu says:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past;

If you are anxious, you are living in the future;

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

Deep, conscious breathing brings us back into the present moment and as I live in the present moment with complete awareness

‘i’ am surrendering to ‘I’ and in that Surrender is the greatest Freedom because everything ‘i’ experience (good or bad) is a gift from ‘I’.

What do you think? Is it as simple? It can be and often it is……

Try and let me know.

Until next time, don’t forget to Breathe……….deeply

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari