Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

Along the Way… May 2016 Morning Walk - A Review

The wonderful tradition of a monthly walk followed by meditation and brunch has led to over 300 walks without any break so far. Young and old members alike walk together in warm camaraderie. Isn’t it simply wonderful?

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes.  All is a miracle."-   Thich Nhat Hanh

On 1st May 2016, we gathered for a walk at the ECP. Although the group turned out to be tiny, comprising of only three walkers, their enthusiasm was not dampened by the warm and sultry weather.

We set off along the clean walking path meandering along the sea. The park seemed to be buzzing with fellow walkers, joggers, campers, cyclists. We had to be careful lest we bumped into someone!

The warm yellow morning sun beckoned from the blue sky. The faintly cool breeze from across the azure sea waters nudged gently. Birds sang out from amidst the bright green leaves of the trees. The sea waves churned into white foam and hit the shores.

This part of the ECP was in direct line of the flight path that airplanes use for descent to Singapore. It was fun to see the planes coming lower and lower until at one point I felt as if I could put up my hand overhead to almost touch one.

We walked for almost an hour before we decided to retrace our steps. Just at that moment we gladly welcomed another walker who had braved the heat to join the walk. The hosts too later joined the party to escort us back to their home.

It was delightful to meet all the friends who had gathered for meditation. In the peaceful ambience of the Patel residence. We all warmly remembered Mr. Patel and his innumerable wonderful qualities. Cute baby Anushna Rao was introduced to her admiring audience even as she slept blissfully. The walk ended on a note of gratitude to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo for guiding us now and in the future.

We express our thanks to Archana and Upasana and their husbands for superbly managing the walk in the absence of their parents (Mr. Ashok & Mrs. Bhakti Patel) who had to leave for overseas due to a family emergency.

We look forward to the next month’s walk and hope more members will join with full gusto to fully enjoy the benefits of walking and resultant good health.

“Jack Lalanne once said walking was the king of exercises. He is right in that walking improves not only our mood, but our endurance and strength as well.  Walking keeps the joints lubricated and nourished, strengthening the ligaments and tendons throughout our ankles, hips and knees. Walking works to strengthen our heart and lungs by increases in our respiratory and heart rates.”

-          Anju Aditya

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