You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.
– John Lennon
I do not live in this world with the fancies of life. I live with my material needs grounded to my true nature.
I come from a city called Lucknow, in North India. We were a small family of four – my parents, my sister Anju and I. It was a good life.
My father passed away when I was 7. His death created a big void within me, and I grew up a depressed, reclusive child. I didn’t like to socialise. Nothing interested me. I didn’t care for studies, and I wasn’t any help at home. My mother didn’t know how to deal with me – she was struggling herself to cope with my Dad’s absence. We didn’t have much by way of support from our extended family, and she had to raise us single handed and put food on the table.
Suffice to say, by the grace of God I survived. I started giving tuitions at the age of 16 and from that point on kept myself occupied with some job or the other. Not that work made things better, but it sure kept me going. In my growing years, I didn’t really have friends, just this one girl I was close to. But she too passed away when we were in our second year of college.
I moved to Mumbai after quitting my fashion design course and started working as an assistant costume designer for a television serial. A couple of years later I met my husband, and we were married in the year 2000. Things seemed to be getting better but temporarily.
When I fell pregnant with my son Dhruv, my life was completely out of balance. It became too much to handle, and I knew I needed help. And that’s when Reiki made its way into my life, bringing much-needed peace and love in my life. Reiki brought calm and centred me. In the process, I realised life has so many wonderful dimensions. It is up to us which side of the coin we want to look at. The one which shows us love, joy, peace, harmony or the one which creates the imbalance, disharmony, restlessness.
It has been 15 years since I first connected with Reiki and over this time it has opened up new and wonderful realms to me. I discovered my spirituality. I have participated in a number of self-studies and workshops on how metaphysics and spirituality work; I was and still am amazed by the results they bring to my life and to others. I feel a cosmic presence in every sphere of my life, whether physical, mental, emotional or material.
Angels have stepped in various ways in the form of energy, in the form of friends and family. I realise now that they have always been with me, it just took me a while to recognise and connect with them.
In 2009, with the intention of losing some weight, I signed myself up for a course on vegan diet and nutrition. I didn’t have a clue at the time that it would change the path of my life forever. While I did not end up following a vegan path, veganism has directed my attention to the sensitivity of the human physical form, to finer energies within us. I finally understood the phrase, “We are what we eat”.
Now when I talk about eating, it isn’t only about what we consume with our mouths, but also what we absorb through our minds and our environment!
Life is a journey, and all of us, travellers. We choose our paths, taking one step at a time to reach our goals, I feel and believe that the simpler and lighter you travel, the faster it is to reach your goals. And if, on this journey, if you have fellow travellers with you, whom you can trust, depend on, connect with and have fun, this journey becomes a celebration at every step.

(c) Swati Mishra 2019

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