Welcome to the World of MaitriBodh Parivaar
Leila Ji Zemke
March – April 2023 • Vol 4, No 3
As Bob Dylan once sang, “The times they are a-changin’!” Do you keep hearing this from nearly everyone around you? No matter who I speak to, the conversation arrives at the same theme. The world is changing, and it feels scary.
Uncertainty and rapid change can feel daunting, especially if we don’t have someone we can trust and talk to, which leads to loneliness and eventually a state of depression.
To fight this loneliness, some have faith in religion, others in energies; some have faith in nature; some develop faith in various blessed forms.
Sometimes overwhelming situations throw us so far off our center that we feel lost and don’t know who to turn to for that genuine help. I love that this magazine calls to our community helping community, people helping people, and sometimes a call to the Divine for help.
Loneliness is now an epidemic in the United States. In a survey run by Harvard Graduate School in 2021, it was noted that 36% of Americans, including 61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children, experience “serious loneliness.” I believe that the cause of loneliness is the lack of connection with others and our inner self.
Many of us hold our feelings inwardly. When we do try to express ourselves, it may come out sideways as anger towards others, which can lead to violence or even self-harm.
MaitriBodh Parivaar is a loving global family of friends who wish to help you experience Love. One of our ways is helping people express in a safe environment without judgment. We do this through our free service called I Listen U (IListenU.com). This is a beautiful, selfless service where anyone can fully and confidentially express themselves to a trained, neutral, and empathic listener. The listener prepares themselves through months of spiritual practices to be an empty vessel so the participant can fully empty out their emotional burden and welcome positivity in their lives. We do not offer advice, as this is not a counseling service. We encourage you to express and empty yourself to the listener who gives only un- conditional love. This practice gives a way for increased confidence to face challenges.
It has helped me in overcoming my introversion and feelings of being judged. (Even writing this article is a huge accomplishment for me!) Listening sessions are offered for 30 minutes each. You may share anything burdening your heart.
Do note that, if comments about harming yourself or others are made, we are required by law to report this. Only under these circumstances would a break in confidentiality be made.
Whether you feel physically, mentally, or emotionally unsettled, or simply need someone to talk to, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us at IListenU.com. Also, feel free to peruse our main website to know more about us and the love we share: MaitriBodh.org.