Hey Super Cool Gang,
Today I would like to scratch a surface of very personal topic, which is: PARENTS.
I must honestly admit, that it was not long time ago (beginning of 2008), when I have been like majority of people in the western world:
Gosh, I cannot stand them! There are so old fashioned. They have no clue what is life about. I’m so glad, that I can live on my own, so no one is nagging me. I hate their silly questions. Oh boy, let me not lose my temper during their visit.
Are you recognizing yourself, in it? Do you to face the same struggles?
Carry on reading, please!
My A-HA Moment
In September 2008, I have bumped into the quote, which has hit me like a thunder deep within and totally shook me up into the core:
If you think you are truly enlightened, go spend a weekend with your parents. (Ram Dass)
Can you hear it?
Yes, right now!
Your lizard brain screaming on behalf of your denial with the quote above?
Yes, it is bitterly painful realization, I know!
BUT sooner you will realize, that you have screwed up the better for you.
I have been there, I have done that.
West vs. East Perception of Family Bonds
These days, I am frequently asked questions by my “western” (Europe, USA etc.) friends with strong presence of pity and “empathy” in the tone of their voices.
“Ivana, how are you doing? Are you still living with parents? Are you still stuck in your hometown?”
Whereas there are no such concerns from the side of my “eastern” friends from the Middle East or Far East region, where ties to family and bonds with parents are extremely solid. I guess we should really learn from them about importance of connection to family and paying respect to your elders.
[Any volunteer from the “east”, for guest blog post about your family life, traditions and bonds? Shoot me an email, please!]
What did I learn during last 5 months at home?
Living with my parents is crucially essential stage of my growth and it has taught me a big deal about myself and helped me to understand what true love, friendship, compassion, care and harmony IS, by having the privilege to witness it daily. How?
Only by watching my parents.
Guys, let me ask YOU:
When was the last time, when you have sat with parents and talked with them? Laughed with them? Cooked a meal for them? Or patiently explained them, what exactly is your job about? Hmm?
Lyrics line from the Sunscreen Song is pretty good reminder, to do so:
Get to know your parents, you’ll never know when they will be gone for good.
My Call for Action
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR PARENTS!
Hop on a train or start your car’s engine and hit the road! Direction HOME.
Do it this weekend. Surprise your parents!
Go home and get enlightened!
When you do so, please tell us about it.
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