This week Author, Parent & KSP’s Guest Blogger talks to us about Serendipity and how “all is well,always”
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Gopika Kapoor, the author of well known books likeÂ Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom (and Wit) for Raising your Child in a Stress-free and Spiritual Environment, asks all the mommies to spend their time doing activities that they enjoy rather their following certain norms that restrict them to do so.
Todayâ€™s article is about serendipity. And a book. And how it changed my daughterâ€™s (andÂ my) attitude to life.
It was a regular Saturday morning and my family and I were at our usual haunt: CafÃ© MysoreÂ at Matunga, where our hungry stomachs take us at 10 am every weekend, to feast on theÂ crisp dosas, fluffy snow-white idlis and mouth-watering sambhar. As we finished our mealÂ and my kids went off with husband to buy ice-cream, I wandered and started browsingÂ through a roadside book store selling some originals, but mostly pirated Chetan Bhagat’s,Â Danielle Steele’s and Ken Follet’s. The bookseller, an amiable chatty chap, was making hisÂ usual chatter, which I tried to ignore as I flipped open book jackets and mentally plotted howÂ much money I had left and how much of it I could spend on my favourite indulgence.
As I was reading the jacket of a beguiling Nora Roberts, the book seller pulled out three Â books and thrust them into my hands. â€œYou have to buy theseâ€™ he said imploringly. I was aÂ bit taken aback. I understand the need to market your wares, but this was a bit much. â€œJustÂ listen to me,â€_x009d_ he continued. â€œTake these books and you wonâ€™t regret it.â€_x009d_ I looked down at theÂ book covers. All the books were titled â€˜Saraâ€™ and were numbered Book 1 to 3. The things thatÂ caught my eyes were the authors. Esther and Jerry Hicks are world-renowned wellnessÂ authors who have written on spirituality, the Law of Attraction and how to channel these intoÂ your life. They are also published by Hay House, the same publishing house that hasÂ published my books. But why would such esteemed authors write a childrenâ€™s book?
MyÂ curiosity was kindled and I bought all three books of the Sara Series (at a princely sum ofÂ Rs.650/!)Â What I didnâ€™t know then was how these books would change my daughterâ€™s life- and mine.
Every day we would cuddle up and read about the adventures of Sara, a lost little girl, whoÂ meets and befriends a wise old owl called Solomon, who becomes her friend, guide andÂ teacher, as he takes her through lessons on life, slowly and gently teaching her that as weÂ think, so we become. Over the three books, Sara learns to focus on the positive aspects ofÂ life, to believe and have faith in her thoughts so they translate into reality, and mostÂ importantly, to realize that whichever direction life takes, in the words of Solomon, â€œall is well,Â alwaysâ€™.
Through the course of the book, Solomon dies and Sara is heartbroken. But after a while, heÂ is manifested in another form and explains to Sara that death is not the end; the soul lives onÂ and is eternal. This is the stuff I learned in my Vedanta class, but through simple languageÂ and realistic examples, it is brought to a level where a child (and her mother!) can relate to it.
I didnâ€™t realize just how much my daughter had imbibed of the books till something happenedÂ which messed up her day and she turned to me and said, â€œItâ€™s okay Mama, all is well,Â always.â€_x009d_
Itâ€™s not only my daughter who learned from these books. I found myself happier, thinkingÂ more Â positively as I read the Sara books. Stuck in traffic (a frequent scenario) while rushingÂ my son to the doctor I found myself muttering â€œall is well, alwaysâ€_x009d_ over and over. And youÂ know what? It was all well!
Do yourself a favour. Get onlineÂ and order your Sara books today. If your kids are too small toÂ understand them, read them yourself., or else snuggle up every night and read then withÂ your kids. Your life will change â€“ itâ€™s a promise!