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Thank you, everyone, for your comments and your stories. I love it that you are sharing and I hope that you will want to continue to respond with your stories, thoughts and feelings.

There are some common themes in our thoughts, it seems…strength, trust, faith.

We make the decision to follow a path…yes, that’s the first step. But the hardest part is actually then choosing to follow through. It’s hard to follow through because others will judge, we will face challenges, we will face the chain of decisions that follow the initial decision. We’ll probably face loneliness, if we’re going against the grain. We face doubts and then fears. And THAT’s when we need faith. One would hope to have faith in the path that they’ve chosen…faith that it is the right path and that it will bring fulfillment.

If we don’t have complete faith in the path, maybe we’ll have faith in ourselves, in our sense, to know when to turn back or fight on. If we don’t have faith in that, what is left? For the ones who are spiritually inclined, there is having faith in the universe…that the universe is a place of goodness and that it will conspire to help us on the path (The Alchemist).

The Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, has a message that I find helpful when I feel like I’ve lost faith (in almost everything). The key in life is to do your best, fight your hardest, get off the fence and be brave…but relinquish the fruits of the battle. The victory, the prize, even the success should not be the goal. The battle you forge, the Process, is where the growth lies. If you divorce yourself from the hunger for a specific fruit, a specific outcome, you make yourself an open vessel to be filled with endless possibilities.

We cannot control outcomes…this idea solidifies, I think, the older we get. We waste so much time and energy, chasing after castles in the sky.  My good friend Barbara always tells me, “Try, Shiva, for once, to explore living in the unknown.” We can’t imagine all that could be in store for us…if we would just let go and make room for those things to come.

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my meaning of life

Hello, it’s such a pleasure to finally be here and to have the honor of your attention. This blog will be a place of exploration, at first for me, and for me it will always be that way. But my hope is that over time this will be a place for exploration for people who are also interested in the things that I have begun to explore.

At this point my aim with this blog and my interests are wide, which is a good thing…lots of food for thought. But here are some of the issues that move me and pushed me to seek a more expansive arena for my thoughts…

I want to learn more about women, women all over the world, their thoughts, their conditions, their convictions, their beliefs, their families, their hopes and dreams, both revealed and secret…the secrets which can be revealed and voiced here.

I want to find a way to connect to women in places where they may be disconnected from a global community. The objective is not to change a culture or a belief, the objective is to add to all of our collective understanding, to respect and build on what exists. If change will happen it can only happen from the inside-out.

I want this to be a place where questions can be asked and answered from life experiences, memories and answers that we hold in our hearts.

I want this to be a place to exchange ideas, and I want this to be a springboard from where we can be inspired to do little and big things to create a loving, healthy global community for women around the world. And this community is crucial, because after all, women nurture this planet, and if this planet has been lacking nurturance it is because the women haven’t been nurturing themselves enough. That will change :)

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