On Sunday June 11th I returned to San Diego. I spent most of the day with Dr. Suresh Subramani, Naila Chowdhury and Dr. Raina Fateh:
Dr. Fateh is an insightful psychiatrist from London, originally from Bangladesh. She said:
“If someone is mentally ill, we think he has lost his other senses. But that’s not usually the case. We all suffer from mental health issues. You have stress in daily life. That’s a mental health issue, but still you work. When it becomes excessive and cannot be managed, that is when a mental health disorder can be said to begin, and you cannot work.”
“But it’s not a disease. It does not change the brain cells. Function as such does not change: rather, function becomes abnormal. But function can be restored,” she said. “However, you need space to handle that mental health disorder.”
Raina is a compassionate doctor who exudes hope for a more understanding world.
We then traveled to the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens, a majestic setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean with well-manicured gardens and fish ponds. Creeks and waterfalls turn into small bodies of still and calming waters some filled with colorful fish.
The visit flooded me with thoughts of Destination Peace throughout the pensive walk through nature.
Paramahansa Yogananda, (an Indian yogi and guru introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi), spread the teachings of meditation to thousands and believed in non-sectarian worship.
The actualization of bringing and uniting people filled me with heartfelt thoughts of Destination Peace’s global all-inclusive message and brought back memories of just four months ago when Suresh, Janice, Feroza, and I traveled across the very birth place of this ecumenical guru, located in Uttar Pradesh, India.
We also visited the home of a woman named Jan in Ensenada who built a Garden of Peace in her front yard. Passersby stop and contemplate the moment and are invited to tie a colored ribbon around Jan’s fence. Each color represents a different hope for the world.
Our evening turned out to be the most captivating part of the day as Suresh, Naila, and I had dinner at the beautiful home of Marty Cooper and Arlene Harris along with their charming guests from Colorado.
Our charming unrivaled hosts Marty and Arlene are not only arrestingly intelligent, creative and innovative they deeply care about the world and it’s citizens; from struggling families to how animals are treated.
If the lively discussion regarding a compassionate planet at the dinner table were broadcast through every cell phone’s speaker throughout the world, the core ideals of our hosts would surely be realized, as they are inventors of cell phones.
Arlene Harris is the founder of GreatCall, which launched the senior-friendly Jitterbug phone with Samsung in 2006. “Father of the cellphone” Marty Cooper invented the portable cellular telephone and made the world’s first mobile call in 1973.