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My favourite things......These words and beautiful melody from the musical The Sound of Music was always one of my favourites. It was only much later in my life that an extra dimension of deeper meaning emerged and it will never be possible to listen to this music in the exactly same way I used to.
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My favourite things.......

These words and beautiful melody from the musical The Sound of Music was always one of my favourites. It was only much later in my life that an extra dimension of deeper meaning emerged and it will never be possible to listen to this music in the exactly same way I used to.

It all started when I was reading a fascinating article about a cultural anthropologist who works in the Sonoran desert area which forms the border between Mexico and the United states. This desolate landscape claims the lives of hundreds of immigrants every year in an attempt to enter the Unites States from countries like Mexico, Guatemala and other southern states. They die because of the heat, hunger and thirst during a journey in which really only the fittest survive. Because of the heat and drought the bodies decompose very quickly beyond physical recognition and it is only with DNA testing that the bodies can be identified.

It is the task of the anthropologist to make contact with the families of the people who die in the desert in an attempt to bring closure for grieving family members and bring back the remains to the family. The following words struck me deep: “When I contacted the families they were not interested in the DNA results and testing, they were always asking very anxiously questions like:

 “Did she have a photo with her?”
“Was there a ring with a blue stone on her index finger?”
“Was the boy carrying a plastic red rose”?

This last question was about a boy of about 7 who died while clutching a red plastic rose; faded in the desert heat but still recognisable. His grandmother gave this to him as a token that she will be with him in spirit to protect him on this treacherous journey.

Most of these people who die in the outstretched desert plains every year are carrying something very special and meaningful to them, some tangible object with very little monetary value but loaded with personal value of hope and love. Most of the time the families were not even interested in the DNA results; once they had these object/s back and holding it in their hands again, they were able to get closure. The author also mentions that with the families who only got the DNA results and not any tangible physical proof like a photo or a pendant or something; “they never stop waiting.......always asking if we haven’t found anything else.......”

When training a NLP course I always ask delegates the question: “Who are you”? The question has the intention of taking them to a deeper (or higher) level of self and getting to the realisation that “I” am more than my name, my work, my things, my role as mother, wife or husband. Over time I became aware that quite a number of delegates gave the following answer: “I am a spiritual being having a human experience” with an almost Mona Lisa calm smile. It sounds so good and so true......

What I am wondering about is the following: Is it possible that in our attempt for greater spiritual awareness and Enlightment (which is wonderful) that perhaps we have lost something very special, something very basic. Isn’t part of you are as a spiritual being also how you drink your coffee, how you sleep at night, how you smile and all your special likes and dislikes which makes you YOU. When I think back of people who died which were close to me I remember their habits, there way of speaking, or smiling; all the little things. Yes, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and we are also in physical body and often the path way to Enlightment starts in the body right now.

These Beautiful Zen quote then get a whole new meaning:

Before Enlightment, chop wood and carry water
After Enlightment, chop wood and carry water
Perhaps it is about the living in the here and the now with all your senses. It sounds so simple and it is not easy. Depressed people spent a lot of time on the ‘inside’ keeping them occupied with most of the time useless thoughts. Happy people taste, feel, see and hear and take the experience inside to their hearts.
The longing for a ‘one day out there’ on a next plain and after death is sometimes much easier and simplistic way of living but can rob you of a meaningful earthly existence.

What are the small things you treasure? Even if it is considered ‘kitsch’ or worthless; if it is precious to you it is also part of who you are.
What will you give to yourself if you were so set off on a dangerous journey as a symbol of your love to yourself?
What tangible object would you have given yourself when you were born as a symbol of hope and love and support through this journey which we call life?

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