A young woman was sitting at her dining table, worried about taxes to be paid, house-work to be done and to top it all, her family was coming over for Thanksgiving the next day. She was not feeling very thankful at that time. As she turned her gaze sideways, she noticed her young daughter scribbling furiously into her notebook. “My teacher asked us to write a paragraph on “Negative Thanksgiving” for homework today.” said the daughter, “She asked us to write down things that we are thankful for, things that make us feel not so good in the beginning, but turn out to be good after all.”
With curiosity, the mother peeked into the book. This is what the daughter had written: “I’m thankful for Final Exams, because that means school is almost over. I’m thankful for bad-tasting medicine, because it helps me feel better. I’m thankful for waking up to alarm clocks, because it means I’m still alive.” It then dawned on the mother, that she had a lot of things to be thankful for! She thought again… She had to pay taxes but that meant she was fortunate to be employed. She had house-work to do but that meant she had her own home to live in. She had to cook for her family for Thanksgiving but that meant she had a family with whom she could celebrate.
Moral:We generally complain about the negative things in life but we fail to look at the positive side of it. What is the positive in your negatives? Look at the better part of life this day and make it a great day”
Sharing another from my mother’s writing today… it happens to be one of my favorite pieces from her.
Nataraja The Lord of Dance , represents the never ending cycle of evolution and dissolution. The Master who has conquered the five elements , dancing to his tunes. An Alphabetical tribute to the The Divine Dancer condensing the essence of cosmic energy in his form n action.
Nataraja – The Cosmic Dancer
Absolute and ultimate dance of ‘Being in the Now’, where Celestial Creation & Destruction Dance hand in hand in Energetic, enigmatic endless flow. Formless blending into The Form. Gift to Cosmos. Unfathomed Happiness undermines the In-depth, concealed caring of Justice to prevail, in the Knowing of the Unknown all. Lasya ( dance of creation) and thandava (dance of destruction) both Merging in and emerging from Nataraja,The Cosmic Dancer. Oneness personified in essence. Purity and Power as its source. Quietude emerging in the motion. Rare culmination of creative Subtlety of concealed infinity. ‘Thath thwam asi,’ , that’s the Truth. Unknown, Unsaid and Unseen Visions of Ultimate Reality. Worlds far and beyond knowledge Xceeds the human excellence. Yearning _’To be with IT ‘ is all one can wish with the Zeal of unwavering Faith
Great things can come in little packages Like a Bonsai perhaps Standing majestic and magnificent No matter the proportions
But what does it endure to be? Life without freedom Is a life of constraints & restraints A life of arrested development
Is beauty winning over freedom to be Is the desire for aesthetics and a taste of experimentation more important than freedom for living life fully Stunting growth is no way beautiful Be it Shackles on feet with chains or tight shoes in the name of beauty On the other end there are many examples of prejudices of beauty working itself in society. Delibrate acts of elongating necks with chains of gold is considered a norm in some parts of the world Why is life so brutal to life In the name of beauty?
Life lessons ( Translated by my mother from tamil forward) The 9 laws of Karma
Whatever we do in this Universe will come back to us.
Nothing will come to us by itself. We have to work to get what we need. 3 when we learn to accept certain things then only change will happen. 4 when we change ourselves Life will also transform. 5 We should realise that we only are responsible for whatever happens in our life.
Past, Present and Future all are interconnected. 7 We cannot think of two things at the same time.
Our behaviour should reflect our thoughts and actions
If we keep on thinking the past, the present will pass without living it.
Let there be peace and happiness everywhere. Let all prosper and live a fulfilling life.
True learning happens when we realize we are the teacher and we are the student. And life teaches the greatest lessons without anyone uttering a word or at times in just the sheer presence of a good soul.
Likewise as we move from our hearts and open ourselves to realization and acceptance of new possibilities… true learnings happens!
Whoever thinks being slow is a weakness Has not understood its power
In being able to slow down The propensity to think carefully To pay attention to detail To be mindful & cautious To work with precision Steadiness and thoroughness Increases manifold.
In slowing down, nature teaches Great lessons in letting go Like time cannot be contained Moments are meant to flow It’s own course Yet the strength of the slow Is in the ability to live the now Recognizing the value of life.
There is an art of the slow Where the senses activate And creativity enhances In thinking and reflecting In careful consideration Slow is challenging for some Yet slow can be earnest practice of mindfulness Slow begets a response than reaction Slow can be about building up gradually And exploring the possibilities Of the potential in this now.
Slow can be a deliberation In patience & perseverance With an effortless grace Such is the art of the slow.
To combat terrorism we must start thinking globally not just locally and realise how much our world is hurting all over from all forms of violence .We must realise how unpredictable these attacks can be unfortunately. But beyond feeling terrorized and create further knee jerk reactions, due to negative thoughts…
It is time to respond with empathy, and show unity through kindness and compassionate deeds.
A prayer is a resonance to the self. Often misunderstood are the recitations and stories of God
As offerings in prayers. Oft repeated to children in their growing years Or often in communion of like minded souls. It’s never about reaching out to distant God But about connection with the God within Invoking the divinity in you.
Praising the lord Hymns or chants Slokas or mantras
Is about healing & transformation of the self In consistent practice It generates positivism Purifying the energy And creating goodwill In thoughts and deeds.