“It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” Russell Brand
In 1991 at the young age of 14, I lived the comfortable life. I had it all. I had money(my dad’s ), I had health, I had zest for living and all that comes with the perfect definition of having the good life.
Then one day the headlines broke out with red alerts and breaking news. People ran to supermerkets and grocers. Stocked up on food and water. Some sold their happy businesses, cause they(Non-Residents like us) had to leave the Gulf(Muscat). It was Gulf War and we were right there. Unaware, scared and cooped up in the house for nearly what seemed like months. Life as we knew it had come to a standstill. There was only the smell of “what if’s..?” in the air. Thankfully, The King of Muscat, had and still has very good relations with all the GCC countries heads, and is considered a very peaceful person. Hence, we were physically left unharmed. And in time life came back to normal.
Since that incident though, I have had this aversion to reading the newspapers or watching the so called Breaking News. Ok, I have to say that today even if Angelina Jolie sneezes it becomes Breaking News…but it wasn’t the case then. Ever so often I glance at the headlines, and my heart sinks. Death, tragedy, calamity usually take center stage in the News. Ironically peoples pain is the New source of entertainment for many today(Reality TV).
There were times I used to feel helpless after reading or hearing news about loss of life and the simplicity of it being just a certain number of lives, that pass away. There are ever so often visions of some going into the light, while some hanging on. I want to be everywhere. I want to be with every person who is hurting, every soul that needs a helping hand….but alas, physically its impossible.
In time, I have learned about so many realities of life, its dawned on me that the best help that I can provide is by LOVINGLY Praying for them. Loving all the souls, all the hearts. Praying for their well-being, like I pray for my loved ones. With that much intensity, with that much feeling.
As I read the headlines recently about the natural calamity in Japan, I felt sad. I again had that old feeling of wanting to be there. In that moment I prayed. I closed my eyes and just knew, they will be taken care of. I have that much utter and complete belief in the Divine order.
The realization, that ups and downs are a natural part of life and inspite of the unpredictability of it all, we CANT stop living. Life is a gift. Its meant to be LIVED completely and fully. Just because of the fear of the unpredictable, I wont stop living or loving. I wont stop caring, I wont stop learning, I wont stop enjoying this life. This life is my Gift from the Divine and I intend to LIVE it well. Live it with love, honesty, integrity and zest, so that in my time of passing, I will have no regrets.
In lovingly praying for all those in need, I feel like I am doing my part. I feel like I am praying for me. Indeed we are all ONE….but till we can feel for each other and pray for each other the way we do for ourselves, its merely talk. The Healing Oneness of us all will not take effect till we do really walk the talk.
Dedicate just one minute everyday to sending out loving prayers. Who knows, your love may reach that child who has just lost his family…your love and prayers can provide strength and courage to many. The power of your dedicated One minute is truly untapped in this moment. Stop reading this….and close your eyes just for a minute…and in this minute send love, send happiness, send courage.
Live your life well, and in doing so you will be on the road to Healing the world. Oneness just is. Embrace it.
Now its YOUR turn to share your precious thoughts.
What was going through your mind when you first read or saw the news on this calamity in Japan? How do you deal with the unpredictability of life? How do you truly LIVE the best life? Share your amazing thoughts in the comments below and is you have liked this article, please do share it on your favorite social networks-facebook, twitter etc. Thank you!
Other Friends and Bloggers who have shared their thoughts, experiences and learning from the recent calamity in and around Japan:
~Farnoosh @ Prolific Living wrote How Big Decisions of Life Emerge in an Instant
~Katie @ Momentum Gathering wrote Love Life
~Mary @ Goodlife Zen wrote What We Can Do to Help Victims of the Disaster in Japan
~Joy @ Unfolding your path to Joy wrote Unfolding During a Tsunami Advisory Amidst a World Crisis…
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor