I turned 30 years young yesterday. It's been quite the year for me. I travelled to India, I became a wife, I lost my home and posessions to a wildfire, and most recently lost my great aunt to old age and my cat to a car on the same day. I am at a crossroads, not sure yet if I will stay and rebuild or move and start anew. What I am sure of is my need to take each and every step of this journey with my heart full of compassion and unconditional love. I have really been feeling a deep love for all my fellow human beings, for all animals, plants, and all life. I am feeling the necessity for this way of consciousness lately, and it is becoming easier for me to put into practice. I am feeling grateful for every connection I've ever made, and every connection I will make in the future, for each and every lesson I have learned and will learn.
Yesterday I spent the day at the Shiva Murugan Temple in Concord, where brahmins were chanting "Sri Rudram" over and over again for several hours. The purpose of this powerful hymn is to acknowledge God as not only the cosmic ruler and creator of the universe, but also as immenent in every particle, space, and unit of time, both positive and negative, conceivable and inconceivable, good and bad, infinite and bound. I stayed up most of the night before making sweets to offer to Lord Murugan, we feasted after the chanting. I feel renewed and nourished both spiritually and physically.
Thank you @cinmayi for the handloom ikat saree, it was fun to get dressed up. Thanks to @thekaithariproject - I bought this ready-made blouse from their etsy shop and it fits better than most tailored blouses I've ever had made to fit me.
Overall, it was a great birthday, and I am excited for the year to come.
Many thanks to all those who supported my and I through losing our homes to fire. You know who you are. The generosity has been utterly humbling.
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