Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Life and Living

Life is in the living.

Sharing a beautiful message from this incident.

Nearby, a building construction work was going on.

Lots of poor labourers were working there and their small children used to hold on to one another’s shirt and play “train-train”.

Someone would become the engine and others would become bogies.

Every day, these children used to take turns becoming the engine and bogies.

But, there was one small boy wearing only a half pant who used to hold one small green *cloth* in his hand and become the guard daily.

So, once I went to him and asked him ..”son, don’t u also wish to become an engine or a bogie some time?”

He softly replied, “Sir , I don’t have a shirt to wear so how will the other children catch me to make the train?

I could see the slight wetness in his eyes.

But, it gave me a lesson…. he could have cried and sat at home and abused his parents for not affording to buy him a shirt.

But instead, he chose another way to play and enjoy himself..

In life, we don’t get all things we desire and we keep complaining ..

I dont have a bike, I don’t have car , I don’t have this or that etc…

Life is like that ….we need to make it beautiful and be grateful for what we have ..🙏🏼

*HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE*

Life is in the way we see it!

Savvy


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The way we say it…

Communication is a two way street

On speaking the listener hears

Interprets and responds

But often words used can mar the flow,

Of the conversation in no time .

Especially so when communicating with children and teenagers.

A few things to take into account…

Speak as you would like to be spoken to

Speak clearly with confidence & certainty

Speak to convey the message than try to control.

Speak using positively affirming words.

Speak politely and avoid sarcasm.

Speak with empathy and avoid criticism.

A child hears and understands the tone of your voice well.

Keep it balanced as far as possible

Use it well to convey the messsge without yelling.

And most of all

Speak with words that appreciate than admonish.

Makes all the difference.

Savvy


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On Dancing…

To dance is to be able to glide as if you are as light as the air and soar in grace, as you feel the wind enveloping yet beckoning you to scale new heights of harmonious effusion’.

Savvy


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Silence Speaks

What is Silence?

Silence is poetry in unspoken prose

Silence is a dance in stillness to soundless music.

Silence is a hush beyond the din.

Silence is a projection of inner bliss.

Silence is a prayer in its loudest form

Silence leads and the path appears.

Trust the lessons learned in silence.

Savvy


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Partners

Partners

Living loving
Striving,thriving
Partners in life

Partners in a dance
Swinging swaying
Falling and rising

Blurring the lines
Reflecting the truth
Between life and art

Savvy


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Strength In Interconnects

Every life is unique and in that lies our greatest strengths.
The potential lies in our knowing the value of strength in the differences for that is what gives birth to new possibilities.

In between the rigidity of structure are the infinite possibilities of potential waiting to be discovered and understood.
Perhaps all it needs is a sensing beyond the looking.
To be inclusive and expansive in our approach.
To understand in humility, there are great lessons waiting to expand the consciousness of our being.
To respect the self and the manifest self similarities as much as the apparent diversities.
To being aware of the immensity of possible outcomes in thinking beyond the self.

To know all is connected in the grand plan.
Our unique differences is what moves us forward as it is necessary to move the wheel of life in balance.

Think of our life as pieces in a mystical puzzle that is meant to fit perfectly together… like parts serving as a whole.

Savvy


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Just a dance every day!

An old student from years ago, and a doctor by profession sent this forward below on the benefits of dance today, saying he saw this and remembered me. I was truly touched.🙂

Yes my years spent teaching dancing have been truly rewarding and continues to enrich creatively in every moment .

I remembered writing and conducting workshops on this very subject of dance application and health enrichments many years ago and had called it’ Just a dance every day’!

Glad to share it here with great joy… And I thank my student & dear Doctor friend for remembering me after all these years.

Dancing has the ability to change the inner you for the better with external movements. MRI Scans shows that the same neurons are fired when you watch some one else dance , as it would if you are dancing yourself .

Dancing also fosters empathy, elevates mood and has the power to spread smiles….making people experience emotions which they may have never felt possible too.

In a study conducted in Italy on cardiac patients who took waltz classes not only did they develop healthier arteries,and reducing of blockages , but also reported to be in much better spirit than those who took exercise classes like cycling and treadmill..

The expressive aspect of dance releases pent up emotion and is godsend for those who find it difficult to communicate verbally.

As actions at times speaks louder than words dancers can simply bring out what they want to say in the movements.Thus dancing restores the equilibrium of the mind and body .

Dancing with a partner makes you think beyond yourself and empathise with another. Everyday if you are able to get some time to dance a bit, its a beautiful holistic way that helps in paving the way to a happy healthy, healing harmonious you.

Savvy Raj

www.danceconcepts.in


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On Freedom

Are you truly free?

Free enough to be

You, as you truly are?

Being free is a birthright.

Be free of bondages that restrict.

Unleash and unshackle your self

You owe it most to your own self

Let go the unwanted burdens.

Let go fear and favour.

Let go notions and assumptions

Create spaces in your thoughts

To meet the lightness of your being

Take yourself lightly as well.

As density can pull you down

Know you are meant to be all

That you truly are!

Nothing can bound your soul from expression.

For true freedom is respect for self and others

Be free to find yourself !

Be free to think for yourself!

Know the world needs your uniqueness as you are ….. now more than ever before!

Savvy

A few more arising thoughts

What is your idea of freedom?

How important is freedom and being free to you as a person?

If you were to trade freedom for something else…would you ?

And secondly with what ?

Do share your reflections on freedom.


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On Mindfulness

Mindfulness is always a work in progress… It is a continuous journey in awareness, not just a destination.
It is a cultivation of appreciation for life and living in every moment…

  • To meet & see things as they are
  • To have an awareness of the self and another.
  • To integrate the mind and body
  • To know all is deeply connected
  • To acknowledge the arising perspectives as part of the flow.
  • To value the spaces between the steps
  • To respond than react.
  • To create a habit to be in a witness mode.
  • To have patience in waiting.
  • To sense the awareness of the oneness.

  • To feel safe and supported
  • To develop space to be content and connected.
  • To be glad for no particular reason.
  • To live with awareness than simply exist in the moment.

Savvy

#morningmusings #thoughts #nowmatters # worklifebalance


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The Magic Circle

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”
Palacio, Wonder

Power to the Magic Circle….

The hug is a magic circle

All it needs are willing arms

And a heart full of love…

Savvy


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Think a while..

Wonder who thought of these!

Sharing 10 simple sentences , with deep meanings!

(1) Those who had coins, enjoyed in the rain. Those who had notes, were busy looking for shelter.

(2) Man and God both met somewhere. Both exclaimed, “My creator.”

(3) He asked, are you a Hindu or Muslim? The response came, “I am hungry”!

(4) The fool didn’t know it was impossible. So he did it.

(5) “Wrong number,” Said a familiar voice.

(6) What if God asks you after you die, “So how was heaven?”

(7) They told me that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs, I am the one who falls in love.”

(8) We don’t make friends anymore…. We Add them nowadays.

(9)I fell in love, and he just stood there.

(10)They tried to bury us – They didn’t realize we’re seeds.

Thoughts that say so much in a single sentence.

Which ones resonate most with you ? Do share your thoughts !

Savvy


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The Creative Touch

The Creative touchIs in the hands of the artistA simple stroke here a drag thereCreates a whole new meaning.Bringing life to the art.While embellishments adorn the art in the artistryThe message conveyed well, even in the simplest formAdds the depth of authenticity to the story telling.The genius is in the ingenuityIn the portrayal of the abstractsWith an intuitive intellect of insightsAll in the astute acumen of innovation.Art can be both joyful and painstaking in the process…To cast and carve, chiselling awayTowards the finesse of the elusive perfection.All is but a masterstroke of the creative touch.An ode to artistry I must thank this unknown artist in the clip who created this beautiful depiction of the festival of Pongal celebration in South India.Watching this video clip made me write a few dedicated verses on the art and flair of the creative touch.Savvy


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Trust to let go!

Trust and Dancing.

As you dance with another…what matters most is the trust you place on yourself and your partner. To dance as one unit moving in synchrony and feeling the harmony of your beating hearts . This is the ideal connection which makes a dance come alive in the moments.

Yet as much as trust is a much needed trait in dancing together as a couple, often trust takes time to build and is also a subjective matter amongst dancers.

To trust is to let go doubt

To trust is to allow space for growth

To trust is to know patience in waiting

To trust is to allow space for faith

To trust another is not easy
For one and all…
To some it may be the most difficult
But trust is certainly worth trying!

To trust takes effort not assumptions
It takes practice in time and space.
For trust can be on many levels
Emotional Mental or Physical

Trust is built to evolve along
For in building the relationship
The foundation needs to endure
The winds of changes…

Trust is what trust does
Try to pin it down
Watch how turns out to be
Confusing and elusive…

Before you trust you will
Spend time sensing,
And witness the energy
The tension in the transactions

Being ready for changes
Being prepared to brave
Through disappointments and dissatifations
That may arise at any moment.

And yet …

Trust is not only about building
But about the ability of letting go
Of worry and insecurities
Of fear and failures.

To trust is to reach out
Without any expectations
But in utter faith and belief
That you will be supported!

A dance between a couple is a blissful feeling only when there is trust in both the self and the other, just as much as the passion … as only when there is the letting go, can there be the flow manifesting itself through the movements!
Savvy Raj

Member International Dance Council

UNESCO

http://www.danceconcepts.in


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Slipping sands of time

Interesting set of reflections , I just had to share…

Hardly the day started and … it is already six o’clock in the evening.
Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday.
… and the month is already over.
… and the year is almost up.
… and already 40, 50 … years of our lives have passed.
… and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.
and we realize that it is too late to go back …

So … Let’s try, however, to take full advantage of the time we have left …
Let’s not stop looking for activities that we like …
Let’s put color in our greyness …
Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.
And yet, we must continue to enjoy serenely the time that remains.

Let’s try to eliminate the “after” …
I do it after …
I will say after …
I will think about it after …
We leave everything for ‘later’ as if “after” was ours.
Because what we do not understand is that:
after, the coffee cools …
after, priorities change …
after, the charm is broken …
after, health passes …
after, the children grow up …
after, the parents get older …
after, the promises are forgotten …
after, the day becomes the night …
after, life ends …
And after that it’s often too late ….
So … leave nothing for ‘later’ …
Because always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments,
the best experiences,
the best friends,
the best family …
The day is today … The moment is now …

The above post is replete with the wisdom of Now. It resonates so much, especially with two of my earlier share of verses… one penned by my mother…This moment!

And the second my own verses called The Potent Now.

Savvy


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Embody Love

A personal mantra…

Live the life you love and love the life you live!

What happens to you when you embody love…

You realise your self worth in awareness

You start to give and receive in gratitude

You gradually become a kinder human being…

Your actions gradually turn compassionate.

Your respect for life increases leaps and bound.

You value the power of love in life at large.

You begin to see the larger picture

You know you are born for a purpose.

Your movements become life affirming

Your positivity spreads beyond yourself

You begin to generate joy and thrive in goodwill and gratitude.

You begin to see the meaning in celebrating life and living in the now.

Savvy