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Meals On Wheels Mumbai | Moved By Love

Last Sunday, our dear Vidhi officially launched Meals on Wheels in Mumbai. Rupali and Ketan lovingly opened up their home (our home — as they put it) and 25 of us were there; the youngest volunteer was three (he was helping us shell peas) and the oldest, 80. Fragrant heart-shaped flower rangoli greeted us at the door and throughout the home (we also got a glimpse of Rupali’s incredible paintings — she’s a gifted artist).

Vidhi steered us beautifully and Rahul, as well as Darpan, anchored us throughout. So many hands and hearts came together that day. Reshmi drove an hour and a half to celebrate her birthday with us. Most of the people present didn’t know one another, but through the spirit of what we were doing together, felt a strong sense of connection with one another. As Darpan noted, many people shared that they wanted to do something for the community around them, but they weren’t sure about what they could do, so they jumped at the opportunity to offer their hearts for Meals on Wheels.

Rahul and Kinnari set the tone of the morning by opening with a beautiful, deeply meaningful song about how love is meant to be shared and distributed. Love is like a wave, part of the great ocean, not like a contained puddle. Give because love always multiplies. So many present carried that spirit with them throughout.

Vidhi spoke from her heart about the soulful connection she felt with everyone around and gave us poignant examples of how the lines between giving and receiving were often blurred and it was the love that flowed through us, the spirit with which we connected and offered the food and ourselves that mattered. It was lovely to hear her mother lovingly share that she was proud of her daughter’s will and what came to fruition that day; she had always wondered about what Meals on Wheels was all about and it was special for her to share that experience with her daughter that day. Vidhi’s aunt just wanted all of us to stay in that state of happiness. Kinnari’s aunt who had bouts of fear on occasion, said she forgot all about how bad she felt in the presence of that much positive energy. Kinnari thanked everyone for coming from all parts of the city to be there that day. The Gandhi family that has served the community in Ghatkopar for a few decades now, were also present. We all felt the magic and power of Vidhi’s positive intention that drew us together.

Everyone shared in their own deep personal reflections about how the experience was about connection, happiness and the energy that we were putting out in the world — it was exciting to think about how far those vibrations would carry and how they would manifest. Thoughtful Vidhi sent us all an email in which she personally thanked each person for something specific that touched her. Sohum lovingly captured many of the beautiful moments on camera.

Here is a beautiful short video on how Meals on Wheels began in Pune with Prem aunty; today she and Vinit anchor the cause there.

Meals on Wheels can be held at any home, with any number of people. On average, four get together, but even two or three people could get together, hold this intention and experience the joy of connecting with one another and everyone around. Please contact Vidhi at [email protected] to get on the mailing list, to offer your home one Sunday (or any other day of the week that works for you), or to participate wherever Meals on Wheels is being held. It’s portable and we hope it will, with your love and support, take root and rotate in different parts of the city organically.

If you feel moved to write Vidhi a note about how you feel about her incredible work, please do so HERE.

Editor’s Note: This Article originally appeared on Moved By Love and is featured here with permission.

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Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitoccohttps://www.bizcatalyst360.com/
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for-profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.

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  1. To see the generous hearts that give smiles to those who are without much and to read of those who like Mother Teresa, work only to give to those in need with lots of love, she is smiling down from Heaven. Thank you for assuring that there are missionaries always with us and ready to help. Thank you for the article. I have not been able to read much on this website until today do to traveling and the everyday business of life, but every now and then, God has a way of slowing us down to see what is happening around the world.

  2. Dennis, this article and its mission speaks to the heart of the soul. Charity, giving of self as those that serve the poor, is a grace given by God Himself and He smiles upon all who do for the least of those as doing so, you did for Me

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