Living in Gratitude

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Dr. Mary adjusting a baby in India

I just returned home from a 10 day mission trip to Delhi, India where myself and 25 other Chiropractors, chiropractic students and friends provided adjustments and love to over 5000 people during a four day festival put on by the Sant Nirankari Mission. I’m struggling to describe my experience as words cannot convey the impact this act of service had on my soul. Before this trip, I thought of myself as a grateful person. Now, I know what the true meanings of Service and Gratitude are and I can say that I am Living in Gratitude!

Every time a parent (who rarely spoke English and had little knowledge about what Chiropractic was) handed me their child, I felt a deep sense of gratitude. I would check the baby’s nervous system, address the concerns that the parents had (through a translator), remove any interference in the communication between the brain and their body, and give them hope when I could. I worked on kids with Muscular dystrophy, Cerebral palsy, blindness, injuries from vaccines, autism, to name a few and each time I handed those children back to their parents, I would bow my head and say “thank you.” I was grateful to be able to serve others by laying my hands on them, allowing a shift to occur in their bodies. They were grateful for the love and the healing. It was the perfect symbiotic relationship where we mutually benefited.  The people we served including the volunteers, translators and organizers took such good care of us and allowed us to serve out of abundance. There were thousands of volunteers who were there to serve mankind. Some slept in big tents with one blanket, hoses as showers and still showed up smiling and ready to serve.

On one particular day while I was adjusting a “Holy Man” I heard a voice in my head that said,  “This is it. This is your reward for finding your calling. You listened. You trusted that you would be blessed beyond measure and you are. Enjoy the moment!”  At times, leaning over people while I made that connection, tears of Gratitude would fall onto them and I had to breathe deeply to stay present. Being present has always been something I work at and this experience felt like the final exam. I passed!

Throughout those 4 days, I watched our team serve together. Connecting through a glance and a smile, no words were needed to bond in that experience. The energy in the tent was so surreal that even with hovering news crews, photographers, VIPs and an amazing team of translators there was a peacefulness knowing that the only person that mattered at that moment was the person lying on my table.  Everything else was blurred and muffled.  I got to stay in gratitude and I never wanted to leave. So on the day after “Thanksgiving” I am making everyday Thanksgiving!

Today, I am grateful for the amazing toilet paper we have here in the US. If you’ve ever been to India, I’m sure you understand.

In Gratitude!

20 comments

    1. Deepti Chanana

      you are a great doctor and a saint too…..May Nirankar Bless You Always….. 🙂 lots of love….
      dhan nirankar ji

  1. Khush

    Wonderful blog 🙂

    The mission where all the people of various casts and creed make a beautiful garland n buquet 🙂
    N yes everyday is thanksgiving day…
    Lets live our Life with gratitude

  2. Munish Ahuja

    Thanks from all 1 million nirankari gathered in Delhi, India on the occasion of yearly nirankari samagam to all the doctors selflessly rendering their services and care. Presence of Doctors from different countries was amazing.

    Hope to see you all in Mumbai, India samagam in January 2015.

    Regards & Dhan Nirankar ji

  3. priyanka verma

    Remember my father….
    It was really a wonderful experience being with you. …getting my father treated. …I can notice some relief in pain….still carrying on with the exercises you told….but mental state is still the same, since he is suffering from alzimers ….what else would you suggest?

    1. drmary Post author

      Hello, Of course I remember your father. Did you receive my email? Continue with exercises. Keep him as active as possible with walks, movement, games, reading, anything that will stimulate his brain. Also make sure he takes Vitamin D and coconut oil as both are important. There will be a team of doctors in Mumbai in January for another festival. I will not be there but my colleagues will. Is that too far for you to travel with your father? Blessings to you and your family!

  4. Avikash

    May the almighty nirankar bless you for your devoted and selfless service towards mankind.
    This effort by you will be greatly appreciated. May you get many more opportunities like this in future. This world needs more people like you
    Regards.

  5. gps bhatti

    Thanks a lot for your valuable services may god bless you all Baba g shower blessing with happiness health and wealth

  6. Avtar Singh

    During annual nirankari samagam at delhi all saints performed selfless human community service सभी मेंबर्स को सूचित
    किया जाता है की ग्रुप का 2014
    की आखिरी तिमाही (अक्टूबर -दिसंबर )
    का ऑडिट होने
    वाला है।
    ग्रुप में कौन कौन से सदस्य
    एक्टिव हैं और किस सदस्य ने
    क्या क्या पोस्ट किया है,
    इसका कड़ाई से आकलन किया जायेगा।
    जिन सदस्यों ने इस तिमाही में
    ग्रुप में कुछ नहीं भेजा है
    या अपना टारगेट
    पूरा नहीं किया है, दोषी पाए
    जाने पर उनकी तरफ से
    पार्टी ली जा सकती है।
    अत: इस माह के अंत तक सभी सदस्य
    जल्द से जल्द अपना टारगेट
    पूरा करें।एडमिन की जवाबदारी है वो पुरे ग्रुप की रिपोर्ट आडिट के लिए तैयार रखे।

    नीरज मिश्रा
    असिस्टेंट एडमिन
    धन्यवाद्।

  7. vishal sukheja

    U and ur team, all are amaging Doctors. I really loved to be ur volunteer nd translator. That was a wonderfull moment when each an every patient having a hudge smile on their faces as a return gift againt the treatment provided by u all. As all wer saying god bless u.
    May Nirankar bless u nd ur team with lots of love and happiness. Hope to meet u all very soon,

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