Under the Color
Golds,oranges, shades of blues and greens, divine yellows, and mystical purples, sequins, and glitter, its a magpies heaven. The colors of India are truly breathtaking and leave you feeling swept away.
Now, I have been living in God's country for some time and have been a frequent visitor to this ancient land but never before have I been so close to it as the last four days. Always admiring the surface and what my perception of the images coming at me were, what I have recently discovered has shattered my version of this reality.
I have had the amazing experience to be a part of this www.nirankari.org/mumbai/ amazing mission. In all honesty I was hugely resistant to forgoing my original plan of getting lost in Sri Lanka but when I heard I would be able to teach Pilates to thousands of Indians seeking hope and relief from their chronic pain, my heart took over and my mission became clear. I had no idea what to expect or if the rumor of the 2,4 million indians that attend was true but it did not matter, what mattered was that I could help FYI the rumors were true:). Standing next to 50 chiropractic doctors who came from all over the world to give of themselves to provide care and instill hope, I have never felt so much oneness. There was not a single person in the tent who I was not apart of, imagine that energy for one second. We would arrive mid morning to a line of 800 people waiting to get ten minutes of our time. They would great us in Namaste bowing their heads and touching our feet, it has been the single most humbling experience of my life.
Arriving at my station for that first client of the day the world disappeared for hours. I would hardly have the chance to look up, time was irrelevant, it was me and a million smiles, it was all I needed, There is a common theme when working with the people here in India. Every single one of them is suffering from shoulder pain, back pain, and knee pain. Underneath those beautiful saris most of the woman are suffering from edema. I saw cases where the entire chest ,over the shoulder and half of the back was edema. One man I saw his entire right hamstring was edema and his whole armpit. I looked at x-rays and medical reports where medical doctors had diagnosed something completely out in left field, people on meds that were totally uncalled for. Ugh I feel so mad just recalling this. Diabetes is everywhere and I have a strong desire to start a Foot corrector mission in India. Traveling around teaching this wild place how to take care of their feet. As a Pilates Teacher most of the knee pain, swelling, and pain in the legs from my standpoint is in direct relation to their feet. Flexible ankles with lead bricks attached to them, yikes. I was able to gain two semi hard balls to help get some chewyness into the feet that walked into my world. The response I heard from every single one of those beautiful beings was they felt "light". In a world where they are worked to death, little to no sleep, some of them I imagine haven't been tenderly touched such child birth, I felt deeply moved to be able to provide some relief to the heaviness they carry.
The chiropracters worked endlessly and I was able to see some true miracles. One of the docs I was working next too had a little girl on the table who was catatonic and paralised from the waist down. She made no noise, no laughter, no smile, empty eyes and a rigid body. He adjusted her atlas the first day...her legs moved. Her atlas was so far twisted there was no neurotranmission firing up and down the spinal cord. After her fourth adjustment two days later she was laughing, smiling, holding her head up, kicking her legs, and was a very happy little girl...It was so fucking amazing and a miracle to be hold, everyone was crying. Another Doc I was next two had a lady come in who could not sit down. She could stand and lay down but was physically unable to sit up right. She said she had been living with that pain and inability for OVER A YEAR! The doc performed a side posture adjustment and the lady started instantly crying from pain relief. She fell to the floor in tears of gratitude and for the first time in a long time she sat in a chair, big fat tears of joy rolling down from her big brown eyes, the brightest smile stretched across her elated face. So many of these miracles, even with myself I saw small miracles everyday just providing movements to practice towards a healthier spine.
Under the colors of life there is darkness. The miracle occurs when we lift our skirts, shed our shirts and decide not to hide but to embrace this, work with this, be apart of this, and love this. Its so easy to admire the outside but are you brave enough to go backstage, are you strong enough to make a change, are you humble enough to take your clean hands and touch the feet of another?
Ultimately, the unit of our family, nation or human society is the individuation. And who is that individual? You and I.
Therefore, no power on earth can possibly fulfill the slogan of ‘world-peace’ and ‘human-brotherhood’ unless relationship between you and I, that is man and man becomes sweet and smooth.
The fulcrum of every world problem, in reality lies in our own minds and hearts. Far reaching results can only be achieved by making a start at the nearest point and that nearest point is our own self.
If individual is at peace, the world at large will automatically be at peace. The Mission
Give, Love, Serve this is the only way.
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There once was a girl who dreamed of seeing the world and touching peoples lives. Now she is teaching Pilates around the globe, this a look inside that journey.