I welcome the Year of the Snake by recommending a profoundly inspirational read. ‘Have A Little Faith’ by Mitch Albom is a true story about two men who have different journeys on the same path of devotion. One is a Jewish Rabbi and the other is a Christian Pastor, the book teaches acceptance and respect of other faiths while knowing the authenticity of your own. It is an important message of how we can unify our beliefs for the betterment of humanity, “a divine spark lies inside each of us, and that spark may one day save the world”.
The book is sprinkled with strikingly simple stories dealing with issues such as the importance of community, the secret to happiness and loving marriages. It teaches important lessons about surrendering and letting go, emphasizing “you are not your past” and to stop the constant self- judgment and indignation. We must see ourselves as evolving from our mistakes to what we have become today, what’s most important is what’s in your heart.
Here is one of sermons that resonated with me the most:
“A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, ‘He sleeps in a storm’.
The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man.
Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley.
Awakened by the swirling rain and howling wind, the owner leaps out of bed. He calls for his new hired hand, but the man is sleeping soundly.
So he dashes off to the barn. He sees, to his amazement, that the animals are secure with plenty of feed.
He runs out to the field. He sees the bales of wheat have been bound and are wrapped in tarpaulins.
He races to the silo. The doors are latched, and the grain is dry.
And then he understands. ‘He sleeps in a storm.’
My friends, if we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of ‘I could have, I should have.’ We can sleep in a storm.
And when it’s time, our good-byes will be complete.”
My favorite quote of the book sums up yoga philosophy so beautifully, “when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things: comfort, love and a peaceful heart.”
A must read for the whole family!