Singing kirtan – Jai Jagadisha Hare by Krishna Das

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“You were made for the wild…”

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My wonderful marketing colleague Tene is also a talented poet. Some of her poems made it onto cards. The one above struck a chord. I’ve been recently working on “rewilding” myself, returning to some of my roots… You can see more of her poetry and buy more cards like this here.

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Mission: JOY

Have you seen this adorable film about Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s friendship? It’s like watching two spiritual grandpas, good friends, finally meet 🤩 If like me you have no idea what to watch during holiday break, this one might fit the bill. It’s available for free here.

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Singing kirtan – devotion to one’s guru – Mere Gurudev by Krishna Das

Lyrics

Mere Gurudev, charanon par sumana shraddha ke arpita hai
Tere hee dena hai jo hai. Wahi tujha ko samarapita hai

Na priti hai pratiti hai, na hi puja ki shakti hai
Meraa yaha man, meraa yaha tan, meraa kan kan samarapita hai

Tuma hee ho bhaava men mere, vicharon mein, pukaron mein.
Banaale yantra ab mujhko mere saravatra samarapita hai

Translation

My Gurudev I offer these flowers of my faith at your feet
Whatever I have, you have given to me, and I dedicate it all to you
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I have no love, nor do I know you.
I don’t even have the strength to worship you,
But this mind of mine, this body of mine,
my every atom is dedicated to you.

You are the only one in my heart and my thoughts.
You are the one who I call out to.
Now Make me your instrument…all I am I offer to you.

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Choose your #mentalhealth

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A to be list #happiness

On my To Be List are: Joy, Peace/ Calm, Love, Purpose, No anger, No thoughts, No self, No craving. The latter 4 can be replaced with one word – Empty.

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A quote by Jorge Luis Borges

I had this quote for years, in Russian, and recently decided to verify and find it in English. I traced it to and bought The Mirror Ink by Jorge Luis Borges. And guess what, the quote is not his, he is quoting also 😊 Here it is in English, finally:

“Glory to Him Who does not die, and Who holds within His hand the two keys, of infinite Pardon and infinite Punishment.”

Richard Francis Burton
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You are an unconventional person

The best bit about working in a place which offers online therapy is that we, as employees, can get therapy for free as a benefit. So I am now officially in therapy and, oh man, why have I not done it before. We go to hygienists to keep our teeth clean. Why don’t we (excl. US where therapy is normalised) do the same for our brains?

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Let me know that you are always present… #quote

“Let me know that you are always present,

in every atom of my life.

Let me keep surrendering my self

until I am utterly transparent.

Let my words be rooted in honesty

and my thoughts be lost in your light,

Unnamable God, my essence,

my origin, my life-blood, my home.”

— Psalm 19, from A Book of Psalms, Selected & Adapted from the Hebrew by Stephen Mitchell

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Soul and Ego

…the Soul depends on the Ego’s drama for its teachings. Honor your Ego as the conduit of learning for the Soul.

Ram Dass, Still Here
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