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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

-A.A. MILNE

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“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

-WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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“Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.”

-BRUCE LEE

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“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

-MOLIÈRE

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“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”

-DAISAKU IKEDA

Photos by Picmonkey.

Music, “Keep Loving,” by Empty Hands Music.

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Music “Ode to Women” by Empty Hands Music.  Used with permission.  Thank you!

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“We respect and love all religions. We never put down anyone’s religion, or uphold one religion to the exclusion of others. What we want is to believe and respect interfaith religion, inclusive of all faith traditions. In our community spiritual practices, we invoke our prayers to the Divine, rather than invoking any particular name or form of God to the exclusion of others.”

-Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher

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Image by billy cedeno from Pixabay

“My dear students…any time you see a woman or a child begging on the street…the aged men left on the street, can you stop…and ask, ‘Do you need some help?’ And please call me up.” -Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher.

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Photo by Stux, Pixabay.

“I have nothing,” she told her mentor, a priest. “What will I do?”

“You have love in your heart,” he told her.

“But with just love, what will I do?”

Here’s what she did.

-Sister Lucy Kurien

from: The Nun Who Has Saved Thousands of Lives From Violence
–by Christa Hillstrom

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Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay.

“Maher means ‘Mother’s Home’ in Marathi. And she created the warmth of a mother’s home for the destitute, homeless, children as well as women. That seed has become a big tree today and all of us can partake of its shade but behind it lies such small stories of deep transformation.”  -Sachi Maniar from Sister Lucy the Mother Teresa of Pune

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Graphic art by Niki Flow.

“Maher is a shining ray of hope for transforming our troubled world. This book tells its story, and the stories of some of the women and children whose lives have been transformed there.”  from Women Healing Woman:  A Model of Hope for Oppressed Women Everywhere by William Keepin, Ph.D. and Cynthia Brix, M. Div.

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Sister Lucy Kurien, Maher “Mother’s Home”

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Photo “Beach, North Sea” by Kordi Vahle, Pixabay

The quoted verse is from “Being Kind” by Empty Hands Music.

 

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One of the co-creators of Empty Hands Music is Nimo Patel.  I am grateful and honored to count Nimo among our friends. My husband and I got to meet Nimo after his concert in DC a few yeas ago.  So much love. It shines through his words, his smile, his hugs and every note he sings.

Years ago in Los Angeles, Nimo was a successful and wealthy rap artist with record sales and music videos.  Then, everything changed.  In 2014, Nimo gave a TEDTalk about his transformation.  It began with a choice to go from outward seeking to — nothing.

There were three steps and four lessons in this nothing:

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Inner Transformation

One night in 1977, at the age of 29, after having suffered from long periods of depression, Tolle says he experienced an “inner transformation”. That night he awakened from his sleep, suffering from feelings of depression that were “almost unbearable,” but then experienced a life-changing epiphany. Recounting the experience, he says,

“I couldn’t live with myself any longer. And in this a question arose without an answer: who is the ‘I’ that cannot live with the self? What is the self? I felt drawn into a void! I didn’t know at the time that what really happened was the mind-made self, with its heaviness, its problems, that lives between the unsatisfying past and the fearful future, collapsed. It dissolved. The next morning I woke up and everything was so peaceful. The peace was there because there was no self. Just a sense of presence or “beingness,” just observing and watching.”

Eckhart Tolle, Wikipedia

For the next three years after this epiphany, Eckhart Tolle did nothing.  He sat on park benches and slept on trams. Tolle’s family thought he was insane.  In actuality, he was exploring this vast new inner-space from which he emerged with a clear vision. His first book, The Power of Now circled the planet and brought joy and enlightenment to many people.

“I think Eckhart is a prophet of our times. I keep Eckhart’s book at my bed-side. I think it’s essential spiritual teachings. It’s one of the most valuable books I’ve ever read.”  — Oprah

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This is much like what Nimo Patel of Empty Hands Music talked about in his Ted Talk regarding his own inner transformation.judgy opposite = free your mind  Nimo’s “nothingness” was, he said, about three things simplify, experiment and serve.  Like Tolle, Nimo also spoke of purification as part of the inner journey.  After three years, Nimo emerged to share his musical vision with the world.  Since then, his vision has circled the planet and brought joy and enlightenment to many people.

 

Your Nothingness
☼ Where can you find your nothingness?
☼ How would you explore it?
☼ How would you go about this purification?

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from “Being Kind” EmptyHandsMusic.org

 

Tuesday is muse day.  Who inspires you?

Nimo Patel of Empty Hands music has been one of my biggest inspirations.  I met Nimo in DC two years ago. It was one of the happiest days of my life.  Hearing Nimo perform was like being bathed in love, from start to finish, the kind of love that is pure and contagious and literally inspiring — filled with Spirit.

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Today Empty Hands released a beautiful new video, “We Shall Overcome.”  I hope it unites the entire world in song.  Small acts of kindness really can change the world. I believe that.  Do you?

 

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We have purchased the domain under1000skies.org and under1000skies.com.   When the sites are ready, we hope to have photos and/or drawings from our homeless creatives to share on under1000skies.org.  We’ll be using under1000skies.com as our stationary store site.  All profits from sales from this online store go toward buying artist packs.  As soon as it’s done we’ll announce it.

Until we meet again, may you find joy and beauty every day on your journey,

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