I have been asked what Heal Your Life workshops are many times. I thought it will be great to write what this is about as a series of articles and share my perspective with you.
Many of you may have read Louise Hay’s “You can Heal Your Life”. Heal Your Life workshops are based on Louise Hay’s teachings from the book. The focus is always on loving ourselves. This is done through a series of exercises, meditation etc., in the workshop. Some of the beliefs that we explore in the workshop are below and I will write about them in this series.
As you read the above, know that whatever you are thinking is a thought and thoughts can be changed. Positive, nurturing thoughts will support you in achieving your dreams and desires.
I leave you with some wise words from Louise Hay.
“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… Claim and consciously use your power.”
Today, I would like to share with you a lesson in kindness that I learnt from my paternal grandmother twenty odd years ago. I called her Pati, which means grandma in Tamil.
My cousin’s family was traveling to my father’s ancestral village for a festival. They had room for two more people in their car. So, Pati and I set off with them for what promised to be a fun-filled day. We set off early in the morning. It takes about three to four hours to get to the village from Bangalore, where we lived. We stopped for breakfast in a picnic area and had a feast, thanks to my cousin’s wife who is an amazing cook. Once we had eaten to our heart’s content, we continued on our journey.
We stopped at a temple on the way. As we entered the temple premises, I noticed that there were a number of people seeking alms from the visitors. Most of them were elderly; there were also some young people with children.
We proceeded to pray in the temple and offered fruits to God that the priest prayed upon and returned to us. We came out of the temple’s inner sanctum and shared the fruit with the people there who were seeking help. At this time, Pati handed me a large handkerchief in which there were coins. She had tied the four corners together to make a pouch. She asked me to go to all the people seeking alms and give each of them some coins. She did not judge them. She just helped them because they needed help. I was taught a very valuable lesson that day – to be kind to everybody, just because we all need love and kindness; we don’t need judgement. Pati was not a wealthy person in financial terms. She was wealthy beyond measure in her heart and that came out as kindness and generosity, demonstrated to me through this act of sharing what money she had brought with her that day.
I will always remember Pati’s kindness and love. The Universe needs angels like my Pati and we are all capable of being kind and loving.
How does it feel to be a person who knows everything? Or is there such a person at all?
I was preparing okra stir fry (hailing from South India, we stir fry almost all vegetables 😊) a few days ago and took a trip down memory lane – to the first time I stir fried okra. I was in my teens, wanted to impress my parents and started making okra stir fry just like I had seen my mum make it. Everything was going smoothly until I added salt to the stir fry. There were two types of salt on the shelf – rock salt and table/powdered salt. I chose rock salt. The okra was already cooked and was quite dry when I added the rock salt. I waited for the salt to liquefy and nothing happened. I covered the stir fry with a lid so it could steam still, the crystals remained. I knew adding water to okra would make it slimy, so I didn’t do that. My parents came home and I showed the stir fry to mum. Mum explained that I had to use table salt in this case. Hmm…lesson learnt but I felt disappointed that I didn’t know how to make this dish. I thought I didn’t know anything.
From there to now, I can stir fry okra beautifully and cook quite a few dishes.
I was thinking of the teenage okra cook and came up with a few messages to my younger self. I would like to tell her that she will learn a lot of things in this life time and will accomplish quite a few things. I would tell her not to be disappointed and the knowledge that she requires to lead a wonderful life will be provided to her continuously. There is never a “know it all” situation. It’s always take one step and the next step will be shown. I would tell her to be brave and trust that the infinite wisdom of this Universe will guide her not just with cooking okra but with everything else that she will experience. I would tell her that she will be fine and that I love her.