Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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On Gratitude

Life is a reflection of our way of living.

The attitudes, the thoughts we carry

The nature of our deeds

All is deeply significant to our states of being.

In depth of gratitude arises acknowledgement

Everything that is, has a reason

Nothing is accidental

In deep gratitude, there is clarity

Clearing the debris of uncertainty

Crystallizing the dimensions in-between

Every once in a while

Partaking in the profoundness of wisdom garnered

Beyond the apparitions

Illusions in the making

And the reality in the reflections

Flowing along in this river of time.

Savvy


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Celebrate Yourself

Happiness is a state of being

The simple act of acknowledgement

Even in our little wins…

With a heart felt smile , a self hug,

All can create a positive impact

On our state of being.

Remember to celebrate yourself

You can change the way you feel

Make yourself available to you

Your life is a precious gift

Acknowledge, & Celebrate yourself.

Savvy


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In this now

We all want to be in the safe zone for ourselves and others.
Let us be mindful in this now and practice sanitation protocols to the best of our abilities from wherever we are.
But we also need to be empathically aware of the many who are doing their best to save lives.
Salute to all the selfless souls.

God be the protective shield of all the frontliners of the health, sanitation, essential services and many invisible heroes who are doing their best in spite of all odds. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Savvy


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Let go… let flow…

For u may come and go

Through many lifecycles

To sense the truth of the being

Every life has a reason to be

Unshackle the bounds of being.

And bond beyond the bounding.

Evolve to Dissolve, Disolve to evolve

Such is the dance of the spirit & soul

To become nothing and be everything….

Let go, let flow

Be present in the journey

Of many lifetimes

Until your delve into the purpose

Of life and living

So let go let flow …

To just be…

Savvy


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Tommorow’s World

The world we see today

Is changing rapidly

New norms are setting in

We are in a state of flux

From fighting pandemic

To accepting lockdowns

As a way of being

People starved of socialization

Are appeased by bytes of reality

We are attuning ourselves

To being masked at all times

Practicing distancing and being indoors.

But life goes on no matter what

Sensitizing us to new ways of living

What matters most then is

Is that here we are, inspite of it all

We learn to align with ourselves

Moving with care and compassion

From here on empathy guides

Leading us to knowing ourselves.

This is the truth for us all

Of tommorow’s world.

Savvy


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You have the answers

To every question that arises

To every puzzle that confronts you.

Know you are entrusted with answers…

Deeply embedded with in you.

Simply trust in the knowing

It will deliver you the way.

The pathways will reveal itself

All in the right time and place.

All you need is trust in yourself …

And the courage to follow through.

But remember you have all the answers.

Savvy


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Together we stand

This lovely picture above by award winning photographer, Steve McCurry, of National Geographic fame, tells a story. Steve was passing through the Rajasthan, India desert by taxi, when he was caught in a furious dust storm. This is when he spotted a group of women in a huddle trying to brave its fury. The only way they could protect themselves was by taking support of one another. It had not rained in the region for 13 years and a dust storm like this forebode coming rains. While life hung precariously in this devastating storm, together they not only could fight it, but even sang happily on the prospect of possible rains. What better metaphor to show that women have the inherent strength and resilience to literally brave any storm and also at the same time rejoice on the positive side of even the most hostile situation. Together we stand. .. !!!

I came across this striking picture and story on Social Media and I just felt like sharing this today.


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All A Matter Of Attitude

Positives in Negatives

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 extended family was coming over for festival lunch 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 Thanks giving” 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 her daughter wrote:
“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 a shelter to live in.
She had to cook for her many family members for lunch but that meant she had a family with whom she could celebrate.

We generally complain about the negative things in life but we fail to look at the positive side of it.
Yes there is a positive in every negative .
What is the positive in your negatives? Look at the better part of life today and make everyday a great day.

Good Day 🌻
Be safe😷


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Illusions in the Reflections

Reflections in the stillness

On a patch of water

Reflections of sunlight

On a passing cloud

Reflecting colours

We humans have named…

The truth of clarity

Is the freedom in the uncertain

What seems to be, may not be

What is, may be not

What is apparent, may be invisible

What is assumption, may become a contradiction

Or simply delusions of our own imagination.

Or simply a clarity of illusions in the reflections.

Savvy

Was watching the reflections of sunlight dancing on this patch of water on the window sill of my terrace one evening. I was mesmerized by the fleeting cloud it had captured and its amazing colours that held my fancy for a long while…

Savvy Raj


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Wisdom of Being

So much wisdom in these two lines.

Speaking and listening is an elegant dance of words

As you hear more you are learning

And as you speak you are expressing

The power of what mere words can do

At the right time said in the right tone

To the right audience in all its simplicity of delivery

As much as in the profoundness of understanding

Taking time to understand

What matters before you speak

Taking time to know whom to say what

All is a dance, in the wisdom in the being

Savvy


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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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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