When it was my turn to receive a darshan hug from Amma, all I could do was remain as present as possible and enjoy the few
Nalandabodhi sponsored the final stop of HH the Karmapa's US tour last weekend, and the 1,200 people who attended his public teachings last Saturday had the rare and auspicious opportunity to spend some time with a revered young global spiritual leader.
I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.
Today she travels the world city to city offering thousands of hugs, setting an example of selfless giving that inspires others to give to each other and their communities, good deed by good deed.
But in a world that so desperately needs love, perhaps the fact that there is a woman in the world who has hugged an estimated 33 million people, who shows no signs of stopping and who gives tirelessly of herself in pursuit of a vision for a better world is miracle enough.
Looking back, I realize that my Mom -- or Amma, as I call her -- was the epitome of a good leader. As I go through the grind of corporate training and management jargon, I realize how amazingly simple she kept things in her day.
My hope is that the stories of these visionary women present to us the flame of the passionate life, the knife of insight, and the courage to stand for what one sees without looking away.
Although Amma is Hindu, she appeals to people from all walks of life because she speaks the language of the heart.
Destroying forests, polluting rivers, cutting down trees. We have disturbed the balance of nature, disturbed the balance of the earth.
Even though God feels very, very far away in America (especially in New Jersey), I remember that he or she is always with me, like Amma.
On Tuesday I was hugged by Amma the Hugging Saint.
Our joy returns when we remember we are here for the sake of one another. It all gets down to love. It all gets down to noticing that goodness is in our midst.
I listened to the birds chirping away in the garden. Shining through the trees, the sun cast lacy patterns on the grass. I