Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on February 10, 2016
It is hard for me to believe that my first blog post about The Seven Pillars appeared in December 2014. Now, just over a year later, here I am at the last pillar, The Pledge. The crossroads at which I started are replaced by the clarity of knowing where I want to go, and the final act in this journey is to make a pledge. I want a pledge that will act as a torch in the dark times, allow me celebrate the good, and remind me where I am headed when I feel lost.
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on November 3, 2015
As I write this blog, I am on my way to Dachau to be part of an honoring ceremony for Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan. Noor was a Special Operations agent during the Second World War and became the first female radio operator sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance.
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on August 25, 2015
High in the Swiss Alps, I have felt protected from the constant stream of information about the state of the world by the beauty of the alpine meadows. The grandeur and stillness of the mountains have allowed me to feel cradled by the immense power of nature, and yet the day has arrived when I know that my sense of connection with my fellow human beings and the planet means that I can no longer turn my back on hearing how the world is faring.
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on June 29, 2015
To live in the Great Mystery is for me the greatest adventure of my life. When we were developing “The Seven Pillars” e-book, we came up with a series of questions as an entryway into each pillar, and the one for this pillar that was burnt on my heart and mind is: “If the greatest mystery is love, how can I experience all its expressions as love?”
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on April 29, 2015
I am sitting here waiting for the words for this blog to appear. A quote from Neruda is the first sign of what is to come as it brings to my awareness the ones who watch over me. No longer are they unknown to me, for I have been learning how to allow them to guide me on this journey through life. These knowers of Truth—the prophets, prophetesses, saints, and mystics of all traditions, whose words appear in the scriptures and texts that make up our sacred heritage—have become the gardeners of my soul.
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on March 9, 2015
“What am I?” As a young child growing up in Kenya, I was magnetically drawn to the rich, red soil. My love for its sandy softness was a bane to my mother who constantly had to stop me from putting it in my mouth. Returning to the country I was born in after 20 years, I am struck once again by the beauty of the soil, so different from the stony, dark clunks of mud that I find in my garden in England.
Posted by Deepa Gulrukh Patel on December 31, 2014
I’m once again at that place in the journey of life where I think I need to make a choice about which direction to take. My mind is buzzing with the usual questions: What if I follow my heart? Will I earn money if do that? Why is this so hard? Can someone help me please?
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