Prayers are powerful. Prayers can heal. So can Gratitude. When Love Heals Cancer came up with the idea of healing circles, it opened multiple avenues to an indomitable spirit of optimism. These healing sessions are a platform for everyone to listen, introspect, delve within and walk towards the journey of compassion with the power of silence. During this healing session, 17 out of 24 responses recorded for the definition of gratitude were unique and revolved around appreciation and a feeling of indebtedness.
A vegan who captured the world:
Yogesh Mathuria, a sixty-year-old vegan who walked around the world with the power of gratitude shared his story. Nicknamed ‘Vishwamithra’ by near and dear ones, this heart-attack survivor lost his wife to cancer after a celebrated corporate career. A well-known philanthropist who retired from the Mastek group of companies, Yogesh was shattered and parted ways to the IT world forever.
That gave birth to a tireless journey towards helping cancer patients and doing everything he could for their families. His unmatched energy and enthusiasm continue to motivate people. It is his compassion for others that has attracted a lot of people taking care of his travel, accomodation and all other expenses. Staying in temples, Gurudwaras, Dharamshalas and houses of strangers, he firmly believes that love can heal anything and integrate borders.
Emphasizing on being grateful towards the five basic elements of nature, he talks about a conversation with a Buddhist Monk in New York, back in 2006, that changed his life forever. It is during this conversation that he was introduced to something called ‘Lotus Gratitude Prayer’, something which is an integral part of his life now. This meditation is a way to thank so many people around us, without whom our lives would have been impossible. Often undervalued, these people and their life struggles go unnoticed.
The Lotus Gratitude Prayer:
‘Lotus Gratitude Prayer’, is an integral practice that is recommended within one’s daily life routine. Mr. Yogesh Marhuria learned the Lotus Gratitude Prayer from Mr. Nithya Shanti more than a decade back. Practicing it daily inculcates the feeling of gratitude towards all of that life already has to offer in the variety of people / things we consciously interact with everyday. It is one of the key prayers that Mr. Yogesh has improvised with the inputs & guidance of his masters Mr. Nithya Shanti and Mr. Gyaan Dev. He believes it to be the manifestation of their blessings.
The moment you get up and open your eyes to a new day to realise the gift to be alive, it’s like receiving the ‘Certificate of Life’. Bring a lovely Smile on your face and get into a sitting position right on your bed. Fold your legs in a Sukhasan, Padmasan or Vajrasan pasture and fold both your hands like a lotus bud.
Kindly keep wearing beautiful smile on your face all the time and gently close your eyes. Visualise the sun’s incandescent first rays reaching on to you and your folded hands. Slowly unlock the lotus flower mudra in ten small steps:
Start with opening your 1st little finger by sharing gratitude to Divine, to have been blessed you with the Certificate of Life – one more day in your life.
Open your second little finger and remember all your masters, gurus and teachers, share your gratitude to each of them, for their presence and blessings in your life.
Now open your index finger and offer your gratitude to Mother Earth, for being the kind provider she is, blessing us with Air, Water and food all the time.
Next, open your fourth finger and remember your parents. Offer your deep gratitude to have blessed you with this amazing body.
Moving on, open your middle finger remembering your spouse / partner with lots of love & gratitude for partnering your life journey. For unmarried people, remember with love your friends who walk with you in support through your life journey.
Now open your sixth finger remembering your children, offering them your deepest love and gratitude irrespective of whether they are close to you or away. For young unmarried friends, remember all the children that have been close & around you in your family.
Moving further, open your 7th finger remembering your siblings. Send your deep gratitude and love reminiscing your shared amazing childhood.
Further on, open the eighth finger on this slowly blooming bud, remembering your in-laws, for blessing you with your life partner. For unmarried people, remember your friend’s parents with deep gratitude and love.
Now open your 1st thumb, remembering all people who support you in your day to day life. The invisible yet essential people like the milkman, newspaper vendor, watchman, liftman, driver, office assistant, janitor, etc. thanking each of them with gratitude & love for their kind support in day to day living.
Finally open your last and 10th finger your thumb as full blooming lotus remembering all people who were the difficult people in your lives, who challenged you, who were the givers of hurt, pain and hatred. All the people you have labeled as your enemies, each human being enters our life with a certain purpose. All people come in our life either to Love us or teach a Lesson. Offer them your deep gratitude, love and forgiveness for all that they have done to you.
Remember each person irrespective of them being in body or in spirit, irrespective of the quality of the relationship you share, irrespective of whether they’re older or younger, of the same sex or the opposite, whether you are in close contact with them anymore or not. Prayers when done connecting purely from the heart, the gratitude and love reach the other side even without the use of words.
Gratitude and Pregnancy:
Neha shares that she had been detected with cancer during the sixth month of pregnancy. Doctors had recommended abortion as chemo would have harmed the child. But when her son came to life, she learned what gratitude is. For Neha, children are a manifestation of Gratitude.
When Rohit was diagnosed with cancer in Mumbai, he had no means to take care of even his basic needs. That’s when a god-sent samaritan came forward to bear all his expenses. Atul claims that Rhonda Byrne’s ‘Magic‘ introduced him to a chapter called ‘gratitude‘. That chapter involves an exercise of jotting down ten different things one feels grateful about. That developed into a habit and it helped him maintain his composure even when he was detected with cancer. Even during the most trying times, it is that simple exercise of gratitude that provided extraordinary mental strength to Atul.
When the reality dawns
Brain Aneurysm, breast cancer, partial paralysis and multiple bouts of chemotherapies had left Richa distraught and bitter. What motivated her to pull through is the feeling of gratitude towards her family members, relatives, friends, colleagues and the medical team.
With Love, From Hawaii
Dimple narrates how a Hawaiian friend Kozo, back in the U.S, suffering from Colon Cancer was all alone and got divorced as soon as his cancer was detected.
As if an abusive step-father wasn’t enough, a broken marital life had devastated him. But spiritual activities and gratitude motivated him to start working with people like Michael Lerner in the cancer institute.
Like nectar churned out of a venomous ocean, gems emerge out of cancer-stricken families. These champions harbor and instill qualities that inspire others, changing their perspective towards life altogether. A trait commonly found among cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers is the invaluable feeling of Gratitude.
“Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it’ – Gratitude
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