9/11/2001. I was in the air, one hour from landing in New York, when we suddenly turned around due to a message saying, “No airplanes are allowed to enter US air space”. Needless to say, it was turbulent times that followed.
After three days on the Irish west coast I arrive in San Diego via Atlanta. Viveca, the president of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce greets me at the airport and smiles: “Welcome Johanna, people stay here”.
I was supposed to stay four months – maximum nine. Today it is nine years.
This morning at 5:46 – 7:28 a.m., Urban Flow Yoga opened up their doors for a Meditation on Universal Peace in conjunction of 9/11 and Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesha’s Birthday).
Ganesh is the elephant-headed diety of India, known for his ability to remove obstacles and bring success to new endeavors.
Whenever you have wishes or issues you can express that to Ganesh, with his fan-like ears, he hears everything you are expressing.
Towards the end of the meditation we were guided to meditate on what we wanted more of in our lives. “If something doesn’t work in your life – it may be time to let it go. Make room for new. Ganesh hears you – if it was your birthday today, what would you wish for?”
We sang a Ganesh mantra. Per Himalayan Academy one may always use it before beginning a journey, a new course in school, new career or job, or before entering into any new contract or business so that impediments are removed and your endeavor may be crowned with success.
Urban Flow shared this slightly modern version later today on facebook:
We ended by singing “the most ancient mantra there is” to celebrate this day:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Rusty Wells and Urban Flow – you always bring a smile to my face.
To a new beginning,