Today is my birthday!  For my blog today I want to share with you one of my most favorite messages about birthdays.  I read this every year and send to my friends on their birthdays.  I keep it on my desktop.  You can save this for your birthday!

I woke up at 4am to do a short meditation at the time I was born and to make a birthday wish.  I haven’t gone skiing for a few years so I am going to go skiing for my birthday today!  I might even ride my bike too.  It will be in the high 70’s today.  Skiing and riding bikes are two of my most favorite things.  They give me the feeling of freedom and fun, a sort of wild abandon.  I feel like I can fly.  I will have a quiet dinner with a dear girlfriend of my heart tonight.  A quiet birthday is calling this year.  Last year it felt like my birthday was celebrated all year and I had such a big party in August.

I am grateful to be here on earth.   Thankful for my life, my family, my friends, for the beauty of nature, for all life has given me in both challenges to grow and opportunities filled with grace, I am thankful for my health.  I am thankful for the opportunity to learn new things and to let old outmoded things shed like the skin of a snake. I am thankful for this present precious moment!  These are a few of the things I am thankful for and they just poured out of me very unexpectedly!
Here is the birthday message I love:

*The Special Significance of Birthday*

Maia ~ April 3 2007

Yes, it is truly a special day in one’s life.

 It is one of those days in the year when the Supreme descends into us – or when we are face to face with the Eternal – one of those days when our soul comes in contact with the Eternal and, if we remain a little conscious, we can feel His Presence within us. 

If we make a little effort on this day, we accomplish the work of many lives as in a lightening flash.  That is why I give so much importance to the birthday – because what one gains in one day is truly something incomparable.

And it is for this that I also work to open the consciousness a little towards what is above so that one may come before the Eternal. 

My child, it is a very, very special day, for it is the day of decision, the day one can unite with the Supreme Consciousness.  For the Lord lifts us on this day to the highest region possible so that our soul, which is a portion of that Eternal Flame, may be united and identified with its Origin. 

This day is truly an opportunity in life.  One is so open and so receptive that one can assimilate all that is given.  I can do many things, that is why it is important. 

It is one of those days when the Lord Himself opens the doors wide for us.  It is as though He were inviting us to rekindle more powerfully the flame of aspiration. 

It is one of those days which He gives us. 

We too, by our personal effort, could attain to this, but it would be long , hard and not so easy. 

And this – this is a real chance in life- the day of Grace.

It is an occult phenomenon that occurs invariably, without our knowledge, on this particular day of the year.  The soul leaves behind the body and journeys up and up till it merges into the Source in order to replenish itself and absorb from the Supreme Its Power, Light and Ananda and comes down charged for a whole year to pass.  Then again and again…  it continues like this year after year.

 

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                                                                             The Mother  (Auroville , India)