It’s lovely to be back on Canadian soil. The return journey was long with 4 connecting flights. The final leg, Dubai to Toronto was 14 hours on a 520 seat airbus and completely sold out. It was scheduled to leave at 3am. The waiting room was a sea of humanity, families with tired unhappy children and a staggering 115 wheelchair assisted passengers. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was humbling to be part of the patience and tenacity exercised by everyone.
There was a medical emergency that grounded us for an additional two hours. When we landed in Toronto 16 hours later seeing a line up of wheelchairs as far as the eye can see was quite something. It seemed the entire elder population of Indian families returned home for the winter. Then arriving to the overflowing baggage carousels spewing out the 1200 suitcases from our flight was another extraordinary sight. Oh Life, you had me at hello.
The beauty of eastern cultures is that whatever is unfolding is collective. It’s not an individual matter. It’s not just one that is suffering. We were all in it together. There is tremendous healing in that realization alone.
The devotion that is so strong and powerful in eastern cultures is generally an intention of gratitude and for the cessation of suffering of all living beings, not just our own self and families. This sends out a blanket of inclusiveness that takes the edge off personal struggles.
In reflection of my time spent in India, even with jet lag now, I am left with tremendous inner peace for this opportunity that stretched every definition of living fully.
To honour the home ground earth beneath these feet and the profound love in this heart, I’m repeating the popular SALE on wrist malas. The gemstones of intention. Stones hold memory. Let's put our highest intention and heart into every bead. When you wear them and I rarely take mine off, you bathe in the reminder of your highest intention and aspirations.
May you/I be happy, at ease, free from suffering and the root causes of suffering.
May we all be well.
SALE.. Get 3 wrist malas for the price of 2
from Sunday April 7 - midnight Saturday April 13
Spring 2019 Ireland retreat is FULL.
There are still a few spots for the special Haelan Retreat September 1 - 7. Join us?
With love, a lotus and a smile
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