Aunty and the Star people…

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Aunty and the Star peopleI went to the movies yesterday and saw one of the most humbling and inspirational stories I think I’ve ever seen. It’s a documentary about Jean Watson, a New Zealand woman, now 80, who has helped change the lives of children in a small area in India.
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So much of this movie resonated with me, on a very deep level.

As I watched the movie I could totally relate to Jean and her journey with these special souls in India. From random holiday’s in foreign countries, sometimes you end up moved totally beyond what the majority of tourists see and get captured by the heart, never to be the same again. This happened to me in Bali and now I can’t ever imagine not going there or having the children from Tianyar in my life…

“Most people on a deep and intense spiritual journey have been emptied by something in their lives.” Joy Cowley

Jean has had hardship and heartache in her life. She was the partner of famous New Zealander Barry Crump. They had 2 sons which were put up for adoption because in those early days they didn’t have money to care for them. They actually had a third but he died at two and a half of a congenital condition. Jean knows heartache alright…

“I think you always grieve these things. People talk about closure – I don’t think there’s any such thing. No, you learn to live with it.” Jean Watson

Yes, we learn to live with lots of grief in our lives: death – people taken too early, infertility – choices stolen from us, loss of financial circumstance, loss of relationships, loss of health, many, many things. And yes, I agree Jean – you do learn to live with it…life goes on but it changes you.

Here is the short trailer of Jean’s documentary:

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Speaking about her life with Barry Crump:

“We were always looking for something or escaping from something.” Jean Watson

I think most of us in the Western world can relate to that…

So what are you looking for?

Or are you escaping from something?

I escape to Bali…but what I find there fulfills me on the deepest level…

 

Jean’s work can be followed here

 

 

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