Emirates have upgraded me to Silver. So why have we not upgraded our linings?
And in terms of ankle bracelets in India, silver is still preferred over gold or even platinum. Supposedly inauspicious if you wear gold yet gold is the standard we hold precious.
Standing in line, even though I’ve checked in online, people remind me of the world I’m returning too and a prayer comes to mind
Grant me the grace to accept the things I cannot change,
the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Usually ‘God’ is placed at the front although ‘Shiva’ would be my preferred deity now. God of creation and destructive, destructive creativity.
My prayer today would be...
Grant me the memory to remember this sense of grace, the humility to shanti shanti and the humour to remember the sense of joy we shared.
We’re merely one memory away from being that happy again at any time.
As Gapu says, your time will come, and go soon enough, so enjoy.
the life you have.
Travelling to different countries, absorbing different ways of being, can challenge our inner landscapes. Questions loom large as we search for meaning and belonging
At the Darbari Waldorf School we saw two kinds of cultures dancing together, formimg a new way of being
I haven’t met Jacques yet and what I have heard of him is that he is a very kind man. He inspires the children to be kind too. Parents have told him that if the children misbehave he can punish them by hitting, which seems a standard approach.
Something I witnessed myself.
Sitting in the drawing class an older boy was trying to distract me and others in the class. In getting my attention he hit my forehead forcefully. I smiled and encouraged him to start drawing instead. This was the first time I had felt the tribal way of being first hand. I have seen it many times, hitting, pushing, physical forms of dominance, pervading as a cultural
way of living, tribal in its roots.
I choose kindness instead. Lead by example for us all to come together as a conscience community. For positive change.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Prayers to Lakshmi are offered for prosperity. What an auspicious time to be in Jaisalmer
I celebrated it with friends, watching fireworks on a roof top, sharing food and listening to traditional songs. The song in the video, other than the Happy Diwali song sung by Ali, tells of the love of another far away, coming back to renew mutual love. Such a beautiful memory.
When you watch the videos remember, they are not organised displays like at home. They are individual fireworks, sometimes placed in plastic bottles, set off outside in the streets, from around 8pm all through the night.
Returning home in the safety of a tuk tuk as it was getting, quite frankly, a little risky with young lads thinking it funny to scare passers by. And if you ever wondered about the safety of sharing a ride on a bike here, their reflex skills must come from dodging bangers and firecrackers.