This week marked the ending of the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious gathering (80-100 million people this year). It is a Hindu pilgrimage where believers gather to bathe in a sacred river, four locations that are on rotation every third year.
80. Million. People. Think of the pure positive energy, the love that has been eminating from that part of the earth over the past sixty days. How beautiful the notion to gather and cleanse together. This is poetic and meaningful to me for so many reasons.
We’ve all heard about the gloom and doom speak of how the world would end in 2012, and while I don’t buy the hype, I did experience my very own trials over the last five years. Trials that resulted in a dying and a rebirth of sort –one that I think happened in 2012. A cleansing followed by renewal. When the clock struck midnight on January 1st this year I was filled with a certain peace, the happiness of a blank slate, finally able to leave a certain amount of pain behind me, finally able to let certain things go… the end of survival mode. Visceral pain, transformative pain, things I cannot put into words. So when I learned about the Kumbh Mela and that it would take place in 2013, I saw it as another sign to celebrate my “newness”. Luckily I had an experience to draw from, not so long ago, when I visited John of God up at the Omega Center in Rhineback New York. I don’t think I ever found the words to write about that experience here, it was just so sacred –but being in a room of thousands of people, all with intentions of love and light and health and positvity, well, something magical happens. I was yearning for that feeling recently and I decided that the Kumbh Mela was cooking up this delicious love energy, so why not tap into that? (I’ve also been kind of obsessed with The Desire Map which is another post for another day). So, I decided I would take this time to be conscious of the things I am grateful for. Have my own celebration in the cleansing.
I decided to take some time and write down specifics on what I am thankful for each day, along with the feelings that come with it. It may sound a little hokey to some, but think about starting your day like this each and every day. It not only keeps things in perspective, but you get to feel rich from the minute you open your eyes. You get to go out into the world holding your treasures close to your heart, warmed by the simple things that echo so big inside of you. It reminded me of the feelings I had during the Healthy Heart Project, where so many of you were coloring healthy perfect hearts, sending strong vibes my way. Many of you wrote to me that it became somewhat therapeutic, almost a meditation in itself.
If you’re up for it, I encourage you to do the same with a “grateful” meditation each day. Try it for a week and see how it begins to shift your perspective on life.
From Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map:
“When you specify what you’re grateful for it becomes more real and sensual. And from that sincere feeling you will become more emotive… and what you emote, you attract. Gratitude. Dear Life, today I am grateful for….”