Soul Quilt

By Akashni Maharaj PhD

Personal growth

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293
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Table of Contents
Introduction 4
Chapter One: 3 Your Journey toward Authenticity Begins here 8
Chapter Two: A Defined Purpose 12
Chapter Three: The Mind 28
Chapter Four: Understanding Your Demons 64
Chapter Five: The External Meets Internal 72
Chapter Six: My Soul, My Choice, My Home & My Peace 174
Bibliography 192
About the Author 194

Introduction
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do”
Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility

As a child growing up, I knew only what was taught to me by people in my immediate environment and those were my parents and school. My world, if I could put it in a pie chart was only 10% of what was out there. I, like every other child looked to my parents for guidance as to how I should be, how I should behave and how to grow up. They learnt from their parents and so on and so on. With not much scope to expand the brain, I knew only 10% and as time went by that 10% grew to become greater and greater as I read widely and interacted with more than just my immediate environment. 

I was once asked by a cousin of mine, what I would like to do with my life and my response was I want to stay here at home, I am happy and content and cannot bear to leave. She looked at me wearily and replied “Is that it, you have no ambition and no dreams; I want to travel the world and see new things, wouldn’t you like the same?” I looked at her with a sad look in my eyes as she continued; “I want more for my life, I want to get out of this country and live in a cosmopolitan city”. I stood there with my limited ambition and pitiful existence because I didn’t even know what the word cosmopolitan meant, I felt small and insignificant by the time she was done talking.

Those words played like a song in my head throughout my formative years and I knew that the first thing I had to do was get a dictionary to look up the word cosmopolitan and then direct my way toward a life of possibilities, develop ambition and create some dreams.

Okay. Simple I think!, but was it really? The bigger picture here was that, she was right. I knew only what I was taught by my parents with their limited knowledge. I was a sheltered child and every one in my family felt the need to protect me from the big bad world. I started to yearn for a world that was greater than my 10% pie chart.

The only thing though, when you start to yearn, you start to become restless and when you are restless, you tend to do things that shake up your once comfortable world and you tend to do things that are reckless, you push the boundaries and sometimes you push the envelope so far that you hurt yourself and in some cases others’ as well.

Reality check for me was that my small world was suddenly becoming really big and was I ready to play in it? I learnt that lessons are not only to be acquired from a classroom, but from life itself. Truth be known reality is a messed up version of the truth because you get knocked down, kicked, stumbled on and yet you still rise. It’s the words, actions and emotions that people in our world mete out to us that shape us, define us and mould us to be what we are today.

Sadly though that through adversity can one truly really find one’s self. Without adversity we do not stretch our imagination, thinking and behaviour as far as it can go. We cannot truly know the limitations of our hearts and minds before we are hurt and thrown into the deep depths of despair.

This book for me is a true bare bones reflection of what life is all about. Those people that challenged your mind, heart and faith, those are the real teachers of life. It is with those lessons we come to learn about the term authenticity. How many of us are living a truly authentic life? Living within our comfort zones, is clearly not why we were put on earth for. So let’s shed the shackles of society that has held us all captives for so long. It’s time to break out and embrace who you really are.


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