Love is our true essence, and other lesson from Amma.

“Love is our true essence.” Amma, the Mother of Immortal Bliss.

Love is our true essence, and other lesson from Amma.

If you have not heard of Amma, a Hindu Spiritual Leader and Guru, aka “The Hugging Saint”, then let me introduce you to her and some of her teachings briefly. What I know for sure is that when something ‘jumps” out at you three or more times, it is a sign from the Universe trying to get your attention. I first heard about Amma a few years ago, and ever since she keeps popping up in my life and I am glad she does.

Amma is known as “The Hugging Saint,” because according to her website, “for the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures — an embrace.  She lives from moment to moment in a constant state of supreme happiness, warmly embracing thousands of people day after day, wiping their tears, giving them her divine guidance and offering solace to all who come to her.”

She is also known for her humanitarian work which includes a program to house the homeless, build orphanages, and provide relief-and-rehabilitation in the aftermath of disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Her charities provide free medical care, pensions for widows and disabled people, aid environmental-protection groups, renovate and urbanize slums, build care facilities for the elderly, and offer free food and clothing for the poor.

Like any person in the public eye, she also gets her fair share of critisism, but one can’t help but feel peaceful watching her in action, or reading some of her teachings. Because she keeps popping up in my life, and because I feel peaceful just looking at her, I’d thought I’d share some of my favorite Amma quotes with you. May you feel hugged and at peace as you read these quotes I selected for you. Virtual Hug! ((())))

Some awesome Amma sayings:

  • Our real father and mother is God. Others are only foster parents
  • The love that exists in the heart cannot be spoken; it cannot be put in words
  • Realize that the real problem is not what is happening, but how you are reacting to it
  • Discontentment is the real poverty; contentment the real prosperity
  • Never forget God. Never forget your real Source. Never move away from the real center within you
  • Only by giving will we receive
  • Facing the different situations of life with a positive attitude and openness brings maturity and understanding
  • It doesn’t matter if one believes in God or not as long as he or she serves others
  • Forgive. It is the way to Peace and Love
  • Even when you work, your thoughts should be on God (Love). Any work you do while focusing your mind on God is karma yoga
  • There is no difference between the Creator and creation, just as there is no difference between the ocean and its waves
  • Patience, constant enthusiasm and firm determination are necessary factors for success
  • Never return anger with the same. An angry person needs to be calmed down, not aggravated
  • When your heart is filled with nothing but love, all of Nature will be your friend and will serve you
  • When understood deeply, painful experiences have a positive effect on our life
  • Every moment of life is so utterly precious, such a rare opportunity. We should not waste it
  • Pray: May none of my thoughts, words or deeds ever harm anyone
  • Love is our true essence
Take Action Challenge: See if you can just focus on giving love to everyone you meet this week, including yourself and see if you can hug at least one person per day for a week. Who is the first person you will hug?

Watch Amma in action: Amma – The ‘hugging saint’ – YouTube

Image by: niyam bhushan

A Quiet, Joyous Expectation of Good

“The Law of Expectations: Whatever you expect with confidence tends to materialize in the world around you.”  Brian Tracy

“Today I live in the quiet, joyous expectation of good. ” Ernest Holmes

Today I was having a conversation with some family and friends about how amazingly warm the temperature is on the east coast right now. (They like to rub it in as I live on the west coast. :)) While we were talking about the warm weather,  I noticed my conversation drifting into a negative place and  I heard myself say,” That’s scary though, imagine how warm the summer will be?”

Later that day I was listening to the “Trust Your Vibes” radio show and Sonia Choquette was talking about the same warm weather and how amazing it was. She also said, “many people say it’s scary, but really it is a gift. Can we just all allow ourselves to enjoy it?”

I was so glad she said that, as it made me realize that I had a negative expectation and fears that the east coast summer is going to be way too hot. While it is true no one can predict how the summer will be exactly, it made me realize that instead of finding fear in what is happening now and what might happen tomorrow, what is important is to enjoy each day, and  like Sonia said, ” see it is a gift to enjoy.” I am also open to letting go of negative expectations about our weather and to shifting my thoughts to seeing a calm, beautiful perfect summer for all.

What negative expectations can you let go of about the planet or about your life? Affirm and visualize the future you do want.

Affirm: I appreciate all the gifts that nature offers me.

If you still have any fears about our planet and the environment, then I invite you to let them go and  join me in saying this beautiful prayer. It was written for earth day but it still works perfectly well today, as every day is earth day. Earth Day Meditation, Doreen Virtue – YouTube

Photo by: Marco Antonio