Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Dancing… Beyond Floor Craft

When I started listening to my inner calling, I realized all that which makes me happy to be in this present moment … makes me at my receptive, attentive, creative, connective, positive best.

At this juncture I guess the moment I feel most centred is the moment I connect with the art of dancing whether with words or movement … in whatsoever way possible. Be it in thoughts, action or deeds, like learning a new dance form practicing, teaching dance techniques to the interested, imparting a workshop, sharing a dance, creating new patterns or even writing about it!

Somehow a sense of serene alertness sets in and yet it manages to keep me in the state of joyous flow.

I realize this space to be my healing abode that which lets me be me, as expansive as I want to be! I am aware how much my connect with dancing is growing. I am thankful to those who have helped to be where I am … and hopefully evolving in the being!

We are all beautiful unique beings, and it is important to understand that which makes us unique is our distinct differences…

Likewise, with regard to partner dancing, there are many different perspectives as far as learning is concerned.

A Beginner Dance workshop

From Social Dancing (which I identify naturally with,possibly due to my own personal traits) to Show dancing at performances, an ideal platform for people who like to be at their theatrical , glamorous best and love to entertain, to Competitive dancing which would be ideal for those who would like a rigorous and vigorous , athletic approach to dance training, where the syllabus is watertight and there are judges to keep scores and evaluate your training in different levels and where there are certificates awarded for levels completed with proficiency in perfect execution of well-rehearsed patterns.



Each of these are beautiful pathways and has its own takers according to and as per the individual’s nature. The scope of each is very different and yet the health benefits are common to all with consistent practice.

But my point here is, that among them the important factor which differentiates Social dancing to choreographed sequences of the Exhibition and Show dancing and the Competition dances, lies in the expansion of the ability to accommodate , adjust and act according to the needs of the situation, which can be developed an applied very creatively in Social dancing … as you learn the art of partnering for e.g  to lead and follow, no matter what the age, gender, height, weight or proficiency level is.
This call’s for a heightened attentive response to stimulus …(average response time to a visual stimulus for the human brain is about 1.23 seconds or so for the human brain to body connection and response to happen).

Dancing socially is a natural way to bring out the creative potential in the dancers as there is no room for monotony to set in after a while, which could be possible in rigorous performance-based dance training, or with strict adherence to the syllabus in competition dances.

 And yes … I love the fact that no longer is the old rigid viewpoint true of the leader being always in the lead and the follower always the follow … I hope to reach out and train and send out more people on the dance floor who realize the importance of equality in partner connections .. after all without a follower there can be no leader … I hope the word ‘Hijack ‘which technically could mean a follower taking over the job of the leading … is replaced with responsible ‘Alert Partnering ‘ which improvises the creative quotient of the dance partners …..and brings out the essence of great dancing!

Let us join hands to promote the simplicity of Dance a Spatial Art, for I do believe that it’s so much more than just a floor craft.

All across the world April 29th every year is celebrated as the International Dance Day… as I share this as a dedication  to the Art of Dance …do remember to keep the spirit of dance in your heart and keep on dancing!

Savvy Raj

Member of International Dance Council UNESCO


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Live life lovingly!

Do you need something to happen

To be happy?

Does someone have to make you smile?

Do you need something to be done by another to feel joyous

Do you want others to impress upon you for you to be cheerful?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions …

Do you care to motivate another to be happy?

How many times have you smiled for another?

Motivation to be happy works best when its intrinsic.

Yes you have this life you are living

Make sure to make your moments happy 😊

Yes everyday is different

Life is not perhaps easy for any of us.

Sometimes the night is long

And light shines a little later than you may want it to

But know there is always a day after the night…

And light is meant to shine on your path once again.

Be happy with yourself first!

For your happiness is all around you!

Trust yourself and your life to live!

And live life lovingly!

Savvy


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The Way

Trust the self …it knows the way!

Our body is intelligence personified

Every cell of our being holds the truth of our existence

Our every move is deeply interconnected and entwined with our emotions

We are how we feel and sense.

We are sensitive beyond compare in the subtlety of being

We are strong beyond compare to dare the toughest of challenges

Life and living makes and breaks us

But we are meant to survive…

We are born with intuitive intelligence

Designed to be our internal guide

In every moment that we live.

We have a sense of knowing

Beyond all logic and reasoning

It is speaking to us every time

It lights your heart with joy

It signals you when there is a doubt

Trust it, sense it in all it subtlety

It is talking to us…let’s begin to listen in,

For it shows the way…

Savvy


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Boundless bond

On the brink…

The world is going through a severe crisis
Anyone could be the next victim of the virus
It knows not man made differences
Of caste color creed race or religion.

The edge of reason

This is a time of uncertainty
Relationships old and new are on trial being tested in every way.
The need of the hour is to exercise caution, care, and spread hope and positivity
Yet there is still hatred, excess self indulgences all across the world.
There is still emotional mental and physical abuse in relationships…

Caught in the knot…

Caught in the knot is often the feeling for many
Where there is no trustful bond but just a feeling of being bound.

But yet tomorrow is another day…

Boundless bond…

May the love we have surmount the hate
May the good prevail over evil
May the light shine over the darkness of the mind
May we stay healthy and happy in our every now.
May we understand the power of words and spread them with care.

Soulful sensing…

What we have today we must cherish…

For a tomorrow that we build with love

For when we begin to see with our souls…

Our perceptions can alter, re-creating bonds beyond feeling bound.

Savvy


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On Compassion

Compassion is all about acceptance

It is inclusiveness in expansiveness

It is acknowledgement in patience.

Its not just a virtue.

It is about being kind to all beings.

It is about consistency of practice

It is heartfelt embodied action.

Such is soul of compassion.

Savvy


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A Graceful Life

A grateful life is full of grace.

What is Grace to you ?

Do you want to live with grace

Life is full of grace

But we need to be ready to have it

In own ways and attitude

We need to attract grace

To stay with us and not leave

All through our lives

With all of our hearts…

For that would be bliss of a bless.

Savvy


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BREATH

I noticed a child monk—he can’t have been more than ten years old—teaching a group of five-year-olds. He had a great aura about him, the poise and confidence of an adult.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“We just taught their first class ever,” he said, then asked me, “What did you learn in your first day of school?”

“I started to learn the alphabet and numbers. What did they learn?”

“The first thing we teach them is how to breathe.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because the only thing that stays with you from the moment you’re born until the moment you die is your breath. All your friends, your family, the country you live in, all of that can change. The one thing that stays with you is your breath.”

This ten-year-old monk added, “When you get stressed—what changes? Your breath. When you get angry—what changes? Your breath. We experience every emotion with the change of the breath. When you learn to navigate and manage your breath, you can navigate any situation in life.”

🌹Inhale the beauty….
Exhale with Gratitude 😇


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One Tree

I came across this photo

And I think to myself

How insignificantly we think

Of nature of every life form

Just because of plenitude

But the very same attitude

Changes completely in scarcity

A reality byte indeed

Gratitude to Nature

And its myriad manifestation

Let’s acknowledge the power of one

One Tree 🌳

One life to touch another

In a multitude of ways…

And create a positive difference

Savvy


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Create the possibility

It’s possible

They say…

What one sees as the end

Another sees a beginning

An attitude of positivity

Can change the world around.

To be able to believe & hope

Is the beginning of positive change.

So in possibilities of the potential

Take a leap of faith in trust

And simply know It’s possible.

Create the possibility!

Savvy


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Reaching beyond …

Often the difference

Between mediocrity

And excellence

Is in the ability

In reaching beyond

To go the extra mile

For a cause, a passion

In dedicated perseverance

Towards a larger purpose

That is where life feels most alive.

Savvy


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Your life your choice.

Life is awaiting your awareness

To realize the power of your potential.

Its all in the way you choose to live.

To let go & dare to dance the skies

To take the chance on the rapids

To walk along witnessing the flow

To sit by the shores sensing it all…

The choice rests with you…

Every moment is what you make of it

Your life your way!

Savvy


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Value of Values

A beautiful story share that tugs your heartstrings.

Remember Kenyan runner Abel Mutai who was just a few feet from the finish line, but became confused with the signage and stopped, thinking he had completed the race. Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was happening, started shouting at the Kenyan to continue running. Mutai didn’t know Spanish and didn’t understand. Realizing what was taking place, Fernandez pushed Mutai to victory.

A journalist asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?” Ivan replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.”
The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.” The journalist insisted, and again asked, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor in that medal?
What would my Mother think of that?”

Values are passed on from generation to generation.


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Paradox of Connection

Life is strange

When it pulls us away

From one another.

Being at opposing ends

We are closer than ever before.

Distance brings people together they say…

Yet when we are right there

The connection feels lost sometimes

As if its strangers not a family

Life plays the game

Putting people together

And creating spaces and distances.

Time seems to slip away

As clock ticks on…

Such is the paradox of connections.

Perfect balance may be an ideal

But delving in, finding the root cause

Of these shifts in the heart and mind

Is important for the future.

We cannot live life by ourselves

We are intricately webbed together

What to speak of Connections

That goes beyond one lifetime.

So much more than what we see

Or even can imagine.

Savvy


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WAVES OF CHANGES

In deepest turmoil

In utter confusion

Comes a breakthrough

Paving a new beginning.

Question is how patient are we?

To be ready to wait

To be tested time and time again

And how perseverant are we?

To know the rising waves are transient

All is a matter of time

Through the darkness shines a light

Rays of hope, happen to arrive.

Savvy


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Traveling along…

Sharing a story that came my way on Social Media.

I am Travelling with you !

Every year Parents took their son to his Grandmother’s House for the Summer Break, and they would return Home in train after Two Weeks.

One Day the Boy tells
his Parents:
′′ I’m Grown Up now,
What if I go to Grandma’s House alone this Year ???”

After a Brief Discussion
Parents agree.

They were standing on the Railway Station, seeing him off,
Giving him Last Instruction through the Window,

As Boy continues to repeat:
′′ I know, you’ve already told me so many times…!”
Train is about to leave and Father whispers:
′ My Son,
If you suddenly feel Bad or Scared, this is for you !…… ′
And he slips something into his Pocket.

Now the Boy was all alone, sitting on the Train, without his Parents,
for the First Time…

He looks at the Scenery through the Window.
Around him Strangers Hustle, make Noise, Enter and Exit
the Compartment,
He gets that Feeling that he was alone..
A person even gives him a
Scary look…
The Boy felt uncomfortable…
And now he was frightened also.
He lowered his head, snuggled in a corner of the Seat,
tears rose to his Eyes.

At that Point he remembered his Father putting something in his pocket.
With a trembling hand he groped this piece of paper, and he opened it,
Son, “Don’t Worry,”
I am in the Next Compartment…

*Truth* :

This is How it is in Life…
When God has sent us in this World, all by ourselves,
HE has also slipped a note in our pocket,

*God Says:*
I am Travelling with you,
I am within your reach !
Call on Me…❗

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