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Inspired in India.

I just came back from my 2 week trip to India with my family.  And while I was there I tried to take in all of India: the sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the landscape, the progress admist the intense poverty, everything tangible.

And one image stands out in my mind and my heart.  As we were driving through this small tribal village in South India, I saw these 2 sweet little boys, sitting beneath a big tree amidst their crop fields.  Barefoot, dusty, unshowered, clothed minimally, but nonetheless smiling, laughing, simply enjoying the shade the tree provided and the moist morning air after the night’s rain.  They seemed happy, at peace and almost free of burden in that moment.  This is not to say that their lives don’t come with significant hardship.  And granted these are my perceptions, but it seems to me that they are at peace with what they have.  There is a quality of presence that often eludes many of us who get caught up in the things which we seek.  Often when we seek, we sometimes see only that which we seek and we forget to see what we already have.  When we are fortunate to have as much as many of us do, it’s human to forget to be thankful for the things that are the most simple.  How can we cultivate this same presence?  How can we soften the aspirations so that we may open to what is here in this moment and find beauty; beauty in the laughter, beauty in the tears, beauty in the totality of our experience and circumstance just as it is?

Those two boys were a sight to be seen, but moreover they had an intangible spirit to be felt from the heart.  For me it was a reminder to be present to everything that I have been given and to be thankful for all the things that I sometimes take for granted.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. priis #

    nice story, Sheils, thanks for sharing! sweet picture! 🙂

    May 3, 2011
  2. mo #

    great story! It’s all to easy to lose sight of what we have…

    May 4, 2011
  3. priti #

    Great story. I found something similar in youtube video for charity commercial in South India. There was this girl who was working as maid she was about 8-9 years old. starving for food. she also has mother and two siblings at home that she was providing food. one day she was at her work with not having food for 3 days in her stomach cause she is giving her share to her siblings and sick mother. there was party at her work she is serving food to guest and looking at food thinking there will be some leftover she can eat when she is done cleaning. there was a boy on the table not eating and mom was trying to force feed him. also there was doctor amongst this guest he said I make peels that will make him hungry so he will want to eat. The girl heard this and while doctor was washing his hands after meal she went to him and asked do you also make peels that do not make me hungry. doctor was speechless and girl was called by her employer so she left. all guest were gone she cleaned every thing and her employer said go get your plate so she was excited and got her plate thinking she is finally going to have something to eat. but her employer gave her food and said go feed tommy which was their dog. so she was feeding tommy and had tears in her eyes thinking why was i Human?

    May 6, 2011
  4. Manju Jhawar #

    Very inspiring blog………..”what is here this moment..”The Power of Now..
    Always enjoy reading your Blog.

    May 26, 2011

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