Savvy Raj

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Purpose of Art

Art is meant to align us.

The true purpose of an artform is found in the aligning with the universal consciousness . 

Savvy Raj


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The Art of Slow.

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.

Savvy


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On Prayer

Profound truth of Prayer

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.

Like exercises for the body

They exercise the mind

To think & evolve for the better.

Savvy


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Hope you dance…

To dance is to know

The feeling of being alive

To this now in your life

Being present with all of you

Listening and moving

To your own beating heart

For the music and rhythm

Is yours to own and sense.

To dance is to let go

Of the spurious and irrelevant

And reclaim the energy

That is yours to own.

And in that owning

You create moments

Worth living for…

Hope you dance!


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Asking & Giving

Beautiful thoughts

From an empathic mind.

That cares from the heart

Truly what use is giving

Without a need for the giving

As giving is a gift only

In the receiving

Else it’s just giving away

Without any takers

All is wasted.

So perhaps its alright to ask

Before you plan to give.

Savvy


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A space for you…

Is there  a space you love to be
Where you feel most you ?
Where there is respite from chaos
Where there is peace  for the sensing
What is that place for you ?


Your home or somewhere far away?
While I love people and enjoy my time with them
And infact get charged by some amazing conversations



I would also love to be by myself
By nature preferably walking
In the calm of a forest trail
Or perhaps on a winding road  uphill,
Would love to have a flowing river by my side
and most of all be surrounded  by trees


Or even up the mountains
Watching the world from a vantage view.
And then comes the  sandy beaches and sea
There are of course those moments  to cherish
With the whistling dunes

In all I would  love free spaces
where I could sense the earths energy undisturbed.
And be synched in for a while.
May be hugging a tree or an animal


Or walking by a beautiful stream
Or under a canopy of stars at night.
These are spaces for me
To connect deeply within.

How about you?

Savvy


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On Freedom

On Freedom

Freedom is being able to be all of you

But remembering the rights

Of other lives to be all of them

When we understand…

Our Freedom ends where another’s freedom begins.

So then

How free do you feel in this now

How important is freedom to you?

Can you sense your life flowing

Or is there restraints that bound you

Can you express yourself without hesitation?

Can you speak your mind without fear?

Can you write without worrying if the words may reveal your nature?

Can you walk alone without a care where you live?

Can you wear what you want without fear of ridicule?

Can you dance the way your spirit moves you?

In short

Can you flow in harmony with the spirit in you?

If you have answered more yes than no then consider yourself closer to being truly free.

Freedom is not for giving

Freedom is there for taking

Freedom is being you

As you truly are

Freedom is living

Without facades.

Wherever you sense

You are most you.

Now…

How free are you feeling

In this now?

Savvy


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Seeing beyond looking

Beautiful thoughts makes the person beautiful ! Whenever we are able to see beyond the physical characteristics and see the reason why a person behaves the way they do , we are attuning ourselves to the divinity in and around us. Harmony beckons BRINGING PEACE , JOY AND ABUNDANCE.:)

Savvy


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Just Breathe

Breathe deep in trust

Breathe well in faith

Breathe in peace

Let go uncertainty

Breathe in connectedness

Own your every breath

It’s yours to inhale & exhale.

Sense your breathe in balance

Reach out with confidence

Stay grounded in rootedness

In this now, witness

The present moment

For it makes all the difference

Just breathe…

Savvy


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Memorable reads

Some times as you read you pause in reflection, to ponder over the memories and to sense the meaning just one more time …

Here is one such read …

There are perhaps no days of our childhood that we lived as fully as the days we think we left behind without living at all: the days we spent with a favourite book. Everything that filled others’ days, so it seems, but that we avoided as vulgar impediments to a sacred pleasure — the game for whose sake a friend came looking for us right at the most interesting paragraph; the bothersome bee or sunbeam that forced us to look up from the book, or change position; the treats we had been forced to bring along but that we left untouched on the bench next to us while above our head the sun grew weaker in the blue sky; the dinner we had to go home for, during which we had no thought except to escape upstairs and finish, as soon as we were done, the interrupted chapter — our reading should have kept us from perceiving all that as anything other than obtrusive demands, but on the contrary, it has graven into us such happy memories of these things (memories much more valuable to us now than what we were reading with such passion at the time) that if, today, we happen to leaf through the pages of these books of the past, it is only because they are the sole calendars we have left of those bygone days, and we turn their pages in the hope of seeing reflected there the houses and lakes which are no more.

Proust

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/20/proust-on-reading/

Our readings leave an imprint in our souls… and how.

There are indelible and enduring marks on our mind and emotions.


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On Silence

Silence dwells in the spaces between the steps to access whenever.
 Silence leads and the path appears.
Trust the lessons learned in silence.


Savvy


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Self Mastery

Self mastery is art of life living
In self control and self discipline
In discerning  for the self
In dedicated focus
In balancing  and regulating thoughts and emotions
On what matters most!

In the continuing battle
Between the heart and mind
Between feelings and logic
Of thoughts and emotions
Between expression of  emotions
And restraint in rationality
Between thinking  and doing
Often creating extreme experiences & situations. 
If one can practice self control  consistently…
One can master anything.

Savvy


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On Changes

Life presents new paths at every turn
Every now has new learnings.
The trick is to be present in this moment
To understand the evolving perspectives
To be one, with the changes that manifests
Be present. Be adaptable. Be receptive!

Savvy


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A prayer

A prayer is a bow of acceptance.
A prayer is a joyous amalgamation to the divine within.


Savvy


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Art of Management

Irony Of Middle Management

One of the common concerns of any scaling team is that while the stakeholders ensure  themselves  with a great set of leadership and they in turn recruit a battalion of teams  under them to do the work,there is one lacuna…

The chaos and confusion in the middle management!

The frozen middle management scenario is a result of widening  gaps in communication and connection between the  managers and themselves.

Often great work done by the team goes without credit buried under the hierarchy structure and lack of appreciation.

Second inspite of ability in the teams and readiness to  accomplish  good work there is a lot of confusion about what to do as there is no clarity passed on to them from their managers.

It’s clearly indicative of how important it is for the leadership team to share the purpose of why they are doing what they do…and how the message needs to be passed on with the same passion to every member of the teams no matter the number of layers adding up in the middle.

This is how you reinstate ownership  and accountability which is paramount  to the efficiency  of the teams.

Unfortunately  much of what is conveyed to the managers from the top in terms of the purpose is often withheld from teams, for the manager may not personally value the significance of the message for teams reporting to them to understand. It becomes less and less important in their discussions.  And that is where a gamut of internal  communications issues show up.

What will you do

When you do not have a purpose

You stop steering ….

As there is no winds of  motivation to sail your course.

In  the case of the middle  managers  sandwiched in between, they soon have no sense of purpose,  they are often found working in circles without direction.

They may seem busy doing mundane chores to fill their work days and go back home every day a little more disengaged and disconnected with the system. 

In my professional career as a Consultant & having been involved in the organisational development up close, I have encountered such scenarios where the value of transparency in teams in their shared work as well as the vision & purpose of the leader is often lost in the daily rut of routine. Between filling forms and answering  mails  much of the work today has become impersonal.  

I believe the role of the middle management is crucial  in managing change for they can bridge the gap between  expectations  from the strategic  objectives and key results set from the top to match with the speed and efficiency actual day to day activities integration .

An  engaged, informed, and  knowledgeable  middle  management  would mean a lot to  the stability of a growing  organization. It is a huge  balancing act between manging to sustain  through  the changes and managing policies practices  and procedures  ensuring  compliance and come away stronger.

It is important  for the key stakeholders to have conversation that sets clarity on the value for the middle management  in the system and expectations  from  them.

They need to know how much interweaved  they actually  are in driving changes. They also need to become more self aware and understand  the intricacies  of working beyond biases and  prejudices that may come along while they understand the power structure of their respective organization.

Beyond good communication  skills they will need to develop  their expertise in networking with their seniors  as well as their teams.

The responsibility on the middle management is demanding as the role is expanding to include the implementation of changes in the system as well as managing the cultural changes.

This can happen best when the senior management is aware of the challenges faced by the middle management, like time in planning to execution. They can best help fasten this process by direction support and feedbacks while realizing the strategic value of the middle managers.

Every level of management is intrinsically interweaved and important to the whole. In recognizing their individual strengths as well working in the spirit of collaboration, teams begin to evolve.

What do you think of the prevailing practices at work?

Savvy Raj