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Lockdown-day 60

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

Sharing the story of Bamboo and Faith …

A farmer planted a Bamboo seed, waters it, nurtures it waits for it grow but after one year what he see’s – nothing.

He keeps his faith and goes on nurturing it and watering

second year – nothing

third year – nothing

now he is angry and frustrated but he has invested 3 years of his life to nurture this seed so he keep faith and has patience.

fourth year – nothing

Now he has almost lost it and is ready to lose all hope

In the fifth year – he sees it  sprout and grow 80 feet tall all at once in a season.

So, Always Keep the faith!!!

Stay Home and Stay Safe !!!

Lockdown-day 55: Spirituality

Today I heard a story which I wanted to share….

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

This made me think – There is a spiritual world beyond this material world where we live in. Think about it !!!

Happy Storytelling!!!

Stay Home and Stay Safe !!!

Lockdown-day 32: You are what you eat

The phrase, “you are what you eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the foods you eat food provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, and your brain.

So shouldn’t you be concerned about what you are feeding your brain?Why do they say that people who eat lots of chilies get angry very fast? Why does eating chocolate get us into good mood?

In my opinion the food-mood link is very real, so we should always be careful of what we stuff ourselves with.According to research, lack of omega-3 has already been linked with depression and antisocial behavior and the brain’s neurons need the essential fatty acids to keep us bright and snappy.

Eat healthy and keep smiling 🙂

Stay Safe and Stay Home!!!

Lockdown-day 29: YogicJogging

Yogic Jogging an effective way to energize and vitalize your whole body into action.

In this video Swami Ramdev shows how 10-12 minutes of Yogic Jogging consisting of 12 simple poses gives full exercise to the body, you’ll feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. Plus, yoga provides an array of health benefits that improve your daily life. Like; Yoga reduces inflammation and oxidative stress (which helps minimize signs of aging), boosts “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, strengthen immunity, improves posture, combats depression, and increases energy levels.

Yogic jogging is my vacation and travel yoga routine and looks like its my lockdown routine as well. Just after just 10 minutes of yoga, I have more energy, my concentration improves, overall I feel lighter and most importantly guilt free that I didn’t skip yoga.

Lockdown-day 17: Smile Yoga

“Smile Yoga” does it sound funny and ridiculous? It does but it is one of the simple yet profound technique of meditation in which you sit in a meditation pose and generate a feeling of natural happiness and smile. Just smile 🙂

As Ketut from Eat, Pray, Love says smile from face, smile from eyes and even smile from your liver 🙂

Think about it!!!

Stay Safe and Stay Home!!!

Lockdown-day 15: Color Psychology

With the rains coming in and graying the skies, I got to thinking about how colors around us effect our moods. Colors influence perceptions that are not obvious, so I did some research on how people get effected by the colors we wear. While many people are aware of the impact of color on their own image and how they look to other people, what you may not be so familiar with is the psychological impact your choice of color can have on others, specially in business. Color has such a subconscious impact that it is important to have an understanding of what it says.

  • Establish trust and credibility, then blue is best. It is the safest color of all, universally liked by most men and women – however it has a certain predictability about it and suggests ‘conservative’.
  • Appear friendly & approachable – choose lighter colors such as mid tone blues and greensblue-greens and tealtan and peachy-orange.
  • Be assertive – red, but it can also be threatening to others.
  • Get noticed – red, if giving a talk to a large group – but it can be tiring if you are already overtired.
  • Appear confident – blue-green is a good business color for women to wear, it suggests high self esteem and confidence, yet is still friendly and approachable.
  • Show dependability – green – be aware that it is also a color that is not always liked by others, even though it is the color of emotional balance.
  • Appear neutral – grey or beige will do it. This can let your personality shine through, although you may also come across as a fence-sitter, keeping your true feelings to yourself – you may say what the client wants to hear, rather than the truth.
  • Professional with authority – dark blue or dark grey, which are the most business-like colors and good for credibility when promoting your business, yet these could be too overpowering and somber for many of your clients in a consultation.
  • Shock and inspire your audience – magenta will do this for you.

So next time you prepare for an event, interview or presentation, pick the right color.

Think about it!!

Lockdown-day 11:Intuition

I was watching the movie Doubt, in which the female protagonist questions the priest’s integrity based on her moral certaintywithout a shard of proof. This got me thinking about Intuition.

Intuition – “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning“. We all have a moment in life when we have a gut feeling about something which defies all rationality. In moments like these do you listen to yourself or do you shrug it off? Most of us have grown up believing that there should be logic to all the decisions we make, but we need both intuition and reason to come to the best possible decision.

Research show that only 20% of the brains gray matter is dedicated to conscious thoughts while 80% is dedicated to non conscious thoughts, so how could we possibly make decisions without including the non conscious part of the brain. The conscious is the expert at logic which we use relentlessly, on the contrary the unconscious mind searches though the past, present and future and tries to come up with hunches and feelings.

Writing your thoughts down helps open up your non conscious mind, stir up your emotional feeling rather than intellectual feelings. With this you create a deeper relationship with self which helps you to bring your true instinctual awareness back into your rational life.

Think about it !!!

Stay Safe … Stay Home !!!

Lockdown-day 5: Heart of a mouse

A mouse was in constant distress because of his fear of the cat and went to a magician, he took pity on him and turned him into a cat. But then he became afraid of the dog.
So the magician turned him into a dog. Then he began to fear the panther, so the magician turned him into a panther. After which he was fearful of the hunter.
At this point, the magician gave up. He turned him into a mouse again saying, “Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse.”

External change and appearance will not matter if you don’t change your inner self and mind.

Think about it!!!

Lockdown-day 4: Learn your strengths

We all long for a sense of belonging and in the quest some of us forget to check if the place we are in is truly where we belong. Some are very comfortable where they are but have you give this a thought:  Is it worthwhile to  just “fit in” because it is easy and comfortable?

It took me a long time to recognize the intense veil of naivety under which I was during my early life. It is easy to fit in, it is easy to blend in and hide your outrageousness but it is also the easiest way to lose the precious parts of you. In an actual sense, usually we are greater than how we view ourselves or where we fit.  For most, it’s just about taking a step further or changing some strategies to lead us to a better place where we belong.

So stop taking the easy way out. Stop trying to fit in. You deserve to be seen. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to be known for the real deal that you are.

Learn your Strengths- Live your Values – Lead the Change!

Think about it!!!

StayHome… StaySafe!!!

Are you a boiling frog?

It is said that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will sense the danger and jump out quickly.

But if you put a frog in a pan of cold water and and heat the water gradually, the frog is not able to sense the change until it is too late for him and eventually gets boiled. And that’s the end of him.

Why am I telling this story?

Life is full of change – change is inevitable, we should be able to recognize the change so that we can prepare ourselves and not be caught by surprise, be it at work, with friends, major career changes, at home, the people around you or anything in and around your surrounding.

We must see the signs and be wise enough to recognize it so that we don’t end up like the boiling frog.

Listen to your intuition.

Take some action before it is to late to take any.

Think about it !!!

WordPress Junior

“To change with change is the changeless state”   – Bruce Lee

It’s time to join the circus. And yes, it’s never too late to teach an old dog some new tricks.

So I have been blogging using WordPress since the past 6 years. Putting out content after content, pictures after pictures and I thought I was almost a pro in WordPress. Created posts, pages, interactive elements, wrote some html background lines and changing all sorts of settings, appearances. Tried to use the wordpress site as much as I could for free. But recently I got some free time when I bumped onto a course on LinkedIn Learning – Become a professional WordPress developer and decided to take it. That is when my eyes rolled down to a learning path – Become a Junior WordPress developer which got me into thinking – Should I first go for this!!! In my opinion I know all about being a Junior WordPresser so should I still waste my time here!!! But then I thought why not – wordpress has changed so much over these 6 years with their new Gutenberg plugin and block editing, I thought I should start from the Junior course. And I am thrilled I did that. There is so much the new format has to offer, somethings which I new explored by myself. So the Junior WordPresser in me is enjoying the learning and the plan is to bedazzle\shock my readers as I implement the new learning on my site. Hope i don’t mess what I already have….fingers-crossed.

Happy Blogging !!!

Survival

“Extinction is the rule, survival is the exception” – Carl Sagan

I have been watching a crow family who have made the pine tree in front of my house their home. Perched on the top the Mama crow sat on her eggs and perched in my balcony drinking tea I watched over them. I had also bought a new DSLR so they were my muse for a while. I prayed for them every time there was a thunderstorm and the tree swayed left and right in the wind or whenever I saw the eagle hovering above.

Crow scouting the trees

Crow’s nest

The predator

And then came the day….. when I saw something I never thought I would see and which broke my heart.

Seemed like the eggs had hatched and the babies wanted food. The papa crow and mama crow cawed at each other(I had no clue what they talked then) and after the conversation papa crow perched near the nest while the mama crow went to the nearby pigeon colony. She tried to get near some pigeon nests but one pigeon family gave her a fight, however there was a lonely pigeon mama sitting on her eggs in one corner. The crow went there and started attacking the pigeon, the brave pigeon never gave up so the papa crow pitched and both started attacking the pigeon. They were so quick and dexterous that finally the mama pigeon couldn’t take it anymore and left the nest. Then the crows took the pigeon eggs to feed their babies. The pigeon came back to her nest to see the damage, I am not sure if they have feeling but to me it looked like she was heartbroken.

Like a curious cat I watched nature at work – my tea got cold…..BUT this got me into thinking –

Is survival the only purpose of life?

If YES – then there is no good and bad, they are mere perceptions – what is good to me could be evil to others and vice versa. There can be a justification for everything we do and the action could be right as long as our conscious is clear !!!

If NO – then should we just succumb to the bad and be grateful for the good and live life thinking – everything happens for a reason !!!

Just some r@nd0m th0ught$ !!!

Shortcuts

Mt Batur, Bali Indonesia

How do you guys feel about taking short-cuts? Be it while crossing the road, accomplishing a task or for bigger things in life.

I take short-cuts every now&then – only to realize again and again they are beneficial in the short run and are short-sighted too.

A few months back when I had booked my trip to Bali, I also decided to climb my first volcanic mountain. As I had no experience and thought I needed stamina, I abandoned my time taking and slow yoga asanas (but still I did my pranayamas religiously) and replaced it with the quick resulting cardio. I don’t know where it all went wrong – I have gained a few pounds, my body is all stiff, I had severe muscle aches, my craving for food increased and I get easily tired.

I have done enough trekking and climbing hills without any preparation like this and I was fine. But this short-cut called cardio didn’t work that well for me and now I am back to my yoga, no more short-cuts for a while 🙂

On the brighter side – I pampered myself with too many massages during that time 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

To whip or not to whip

Whip

Model : Bachi

Last week I went to watch horse racing, yeah I just watched I didn’t win 😐

I was too excited and thrilled to go as this is on my bucket list, and finally I would be ticking it off. After a couple of races I started thinking about all the whipping the horses had to take in the effort to win. Maybe I was losing and hence the thought …hmmm……but on a serious note is it really necessary for the jockey to keep whipping the poor thing so that some people or the house could win. I went online and googled it and found that there are laws to fine/suspend jockeys for excessive whipping but how do you define “excessive”, definitely you don’t ask the horse,  “Have you been whipped excessively, do you want to press charges? ”

I felt bad that I paid to see this and also that I lost…hmmm …..I don’t know which one triggered the feeling. It just happened once , never to happen again.

Now I am going to concentrate on the next item in my bucket list – watch the animals in their natural habitat running free and wild AND  finish my next painting (this one’s not on the bucket list) 🙂

I love TRAVELLING

Singapore

Dear Gods

I remember saying, “I love travelling” NOT “I love relocating”.

I have been a “potential” immigrant for 2 years, then a local for a year and now I am an expat.

Almost around the globe… sounds awesome !!! But I am tired of setting up camp after every 1 year or so.

The good side to all this relocating is as you all know – seeing new places and living among different people and many more….

BUT one of the biggest challenge (at least for me) apart from the others which I felt like mentioning today is trying to find my beauty and health products. By the time I research and adjust to new products, I seem to migrate, aannnnnnddddd again its the whole cycle all over again

– search online where you will get your products.

– see where there are located, locate it and go to shops

– now there are three scenarios here;

1. you find your product, you take it – simple and happy; but your mind going back to the other products ; “should I try that one”, “maybe its better”, “lets check it’s price”, “I think its made for this climate, I should try this”, “what if it doesn’t suit me”, “it(my original product) was cheaper in my currency, I should have brought it from there”, “the luggage limit they give on these planes is bulls**t”

2. you find your product but there are better looking similar products on the shelves, and you want to try them – complicated&costly but happy; “WOW there are so many options, lets check these out”, “OMG – it contains methyl**** (don’t even know what it is but worried)”, “lets try this, if it fails I’ll buy my original product”

3. you don’t find your product and nothing similar to what you have used is available – frustrating and online research starts again; “S**t, what!!! you call this a developed country – they don’t even have this”; “I should never have come here”; “I should have packed it”; more SWEARING…… “now I have to figure out an alternative, check online and forums, SWEARING SWEARING”.

And by the time you have wasted so much money and effort on all this, all you feel is bad about misusing the money on something so stupid, instead of using it for seeing the place and what it has got to offer.

So finally Gods, add more travelling to my catalog, than relocating. Relocating is fine – keep it coming, but more travelling pls :).

Oh!!! I forgot to mention this …… I miss painting 😦 I am yet to buy an easel which I’ll have to postpone to next month if I don’t get my relocation allowance soon.

Good Nite for today

Peace

 

 

Cleanup !!!

dog-clean-up

A couple of years back I watched the movie “Two Brothers”. For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s about two tiger clubs who get separated when they were young and are bred in captivity after that. Sangha is the timid and shy one, whereas Kumhal is fearless, naughty and playful. After being captured, Sangha, the lucky star ends up staying in the kings palace, where he grows up to be strong, fearless and ferocious, whereas Kumhal, is sold to a zoo and learns to play tricks on the masters commands. He loses his spirit and becomes meek and docile.

Watching this movie got me thinking about our own surroundings.

How much does our surrounding affects us?

Unlike Sangha and Kumhal who were animals and did not have much of a choice, we humans, the high breeds do have the liberty of choosing who we surround ourselves with. I read somewhere that “you are the average of five people around you”, if that is the case I’d rather have people who increase my average.

Since I saw the movie, I became quite choosy, more than adding good people to my list, I also started a cleanup process – started eliminating negative people from my list(social media and likewise) – people who decrease my average 🙂

Now my surrounding looks a bit clean and green. It does need a bit more cleaning up, but I’ll get there in a couple of years.

The impacts – a happier and motivated me, I started my blog instead of just chatting with people, I think more about what I want to do Vs what I am not able to do.

This also reminds me of the book I read, “What to say when you talk to your self” by Shad Helmstetter.

If you want to have a positive lifestyle you need to get rid of negativity around you which influences your mind. As stated in the book your brain is an apartment with old furniture. Take out the old furniture and throw it away, which is the negative thinking and replace it with new furniture, which is positive thinking – a great springboard to improving ones life.

Einstein said and I thought …

Einstein

How true is that?  I bet very true…  coming from the genius himself.

Reading this quote got me into thinking a lot about life and the people around me.

We always try to change the theory, justifying ourselves by saying, “this is reality” or “this is not possible in the real world” or “what you are talking about is an ideal situation”.

Why don’t we accept the fact that ideal situation/solution is the best possible way that is out there and everything else is mere acceptance followed by excuses?

I have always tried to follow my dreams no matter what; it hasn’t been easy but definitely interesting, adventurous and satisfying.

This brings me to another thought  -> taking responsibility.

As long as we take responsibility for things we do and stop blaming others, the society and our environment ….. the more we aim for creating the ideal world around us and work towards changing the facts rather than the theory.

Learning vs Unlearning

I have been trying to get up early at 6am daily since Jan01,2014. It is one of my New Year resolutions…and has been since a decade. But I end up waking at any time after 6am.

6am -> “Oh I should get up, just 15 mins more, no harm done” so me and my phone are both on SNOOZE

6.15am -> “Oh Gods, 15 mins over … really…. 15 mins moreSNOOZE

6:30am -> “What do I have to do getting up so early, the day would be too long” but because of some weird feeling, hit SNOOZE

6:45am-> “OK tomorrowSTOP

Whenever I get up, say 9am -> “I should have made a little more effort” J

This daily drill got me into thinking -> ‘Is Learning tough or is Unlearning tough”

In the above case both seem to be tough, not able to tell my mind to unlearn to get up at 9am and at the same time make it to learn to get up at 6am.

To ‘unlearn’ a habit or a thought process – What is it that is required?

–DISCIPLINE

How do you get disciplined?

–By making it(the goal) a HABIT.

How do you make it a habit?

–COMMITMENT

Where you need commitment and discipline to learn new things, you need more commitment and more discipline to unlearn the existing things, because it has been with us for quite some time and the mind finds all the excuses it can to resist that change. Yeah for now let’s blame it on the mind!!!

And I will try to be more committed to my cause of unlearning – to get up at 9am, as that might speed up the process of learning – waking up at 6.

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