“The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water.
The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun.
Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.”
~Amma the Hugging Saint (India)
Revered as a powerful guru and saint, Mata Amritanandamayi (known throughout the world as Amma, or “mother”) has hugged more than 32 million people. All for the goal of spreading “selfless love and compassion toward all beings”; she’s on a mission to comfort her children, i.e. humanity. Only a mother would have such a goal, a yearning to heal and nurture all people of the world. The power of love can make any and every thing a possibility – especially the love of a mother!
There are many mothers, known and unknown, roaming this very Earth that they are trying to change on a daily basis. Immaculee Ilibagiza is a mother, author and motivational speaker that survived the Rwandan Genocide; she found it in her heart to embrace forgiveness and spread the teachings of love and compassion to others. Patricia Bragg is a mother and health crusader who has made it her quest to renew, rejuvenate and revitalize our lives through eating, breathing and exercising our bodies and minds. Oprah Winfrey may not have biological children, but thanks to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, she is able to step into the mother role and be a real mother friend companion advisor, comforter to hundreds of girls, Oprah admits, “this has added another level to my life”. Angelina Jolie is a mother, actress and humanitarian on a mission to save the lives of refugees and people who have been displaced due to conflict.
While we wish the entire world embraced more love, more caring, more giving and less selfishness, we can teach the children within our reach. We can show them to respect others. We can show them how to love others. We can show them how to take care of the environment. We can show them how to be a friend. Even in small things – the things we buy, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the waste we create – we can create a better world. Through them, we can change it.
Mothers’ love, support and commitment to making the world a better place has shaped the person we all are and what the children of this world will be. Even if your reach is not as broad as the mothers listed here, do for one what you wish you could do for all. Believe that love can change the world, don’t take my word for it – just look around at the mothers in your life, including YOU.
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