Flow with the change…
Live and let live.
You are given an opportunity to travel to beautiful locales on work or pleasure ,in a country so far away from your own
Everything is wonderful and picturesque…
Yet, you are traveling along with people/ or paired with a person of completely different interests.
If you are a morning person and they are late risers
If you like walking and they like to rest more.
If you like to explore museums and art scenes and they have no interest in anything art
If you want to experience new culture by meeting new people and connecting with them than simply trying out food .
What if you want quick bites on the go and they like fancy dining experiences.
What if you want to start early and you are exasperated as they prefer late afternoon after a lazy lunch…
What if you are up and ready to go and they take a really long time to get ready 🤔
You like to capture experiences and rejoice in the memories and they have no particular interest in photography.
When you like to have a conversation freely and they are too busy or too silent, you often realise its better to remain silent unless spoken to even if there is company.
What would you do …
You make things right for you!
Let’s see, it’s not all that bad
You are in a new location….
You realise its better to have some company than traveling alone in some places at least.
You begin to appreciate the environment and yourself in it.
You appreciate others who are around.
You pay extra interest in people and places, the quirkiest, even the strangest and most peculiar things as much as the ordinary seem to matter somehow.
You try to find happiness in whatever you see.
You adapt to things as it comes.
You accept everything, as your life’s myriad moments.
You remember to focus on the positives acknowledge the good in them and move on…
Happiness is in you!
Tommorow is another new day!
Here’s to the believers
The trusters and the hopeful ones
For those who keep the hope alive in their hearts
They work to change the world for the better
Practicing their arts & live their passion in purposeful ways.
It is through them values are practiced passed on and sustained.
Power to the practitioners in knowing that there is always more…
To learn unlearn and relearn.
For everything interconnects
Keep the faith
For faith is all there is.
And without it nothing is.
It all begins with belief
In believing you can
And that there is always hope
For the better in every way
For it takes you places
And makes things happen
Such is the power of belief
Profound and precious
Every move in self-belief
Allows you to get closer
To the truth of you!
Another inspiring story translation from tamil forward by my mother Anjana.
A gardener one day saw a bird’s nest in his garden. Out of curiosity he peeped inside and saw a few eggs laid inside it.
Next day he was happy to see small tiny cracks on the eggshells. He realised th eggs are getting ready to hatch . His curiosity increased.
For the he next few days , every day he will see the how the eggs are and happy to see the cracks getting bigger. His expectations kept on increasing.
One day he saw the eggs moving and the little tiny birds were struggling inside to break open the wall and come out of their confined space .
He felt sad for the birds as they have to struggle so much. He wanted to help them . So he softly made the cracks big enough to make their work easy.
The next morning he went with lot of expectations to see the little birds out of the eggs without struggle. He was disappointed to see there was no change. It was same as he had kept the day before.
For the next couple of days it went on. The eggs remained the same . There was no movement. Then one day he was shocked to see lot of ants all over the eggs and found all the tiny birds dead inside.
His heart ached to see this . He was very sad. His friend who saw him asked the reason. When he told what had happened , his friend told, ” You are the reason for their death. Out of your love n expectation you killed them. “
“Me ? How?”
“Yes , only you are responsible.
When the little birds are ready to come out , their little wings and legs will move slowly giving it strength. It will break open the shell with the help of its beak n body. It is a natural process . If you had left it their way by now all the little ones must have come out and flew from their nest in a few days. A normal delivery would have happened.
The gardener was shattered when he realised his folly.
As parents we are doing the same to our children. We protect them with so much care and precautions to safe guard them from any pain or suffering.
We fail to make them know the value of sweat, the worth of labour and the struggling path to success. We want to give them all ready in a platter. Our mentality is’ I’ve suffered a lot. My children should not’.
We forget that our overprotective love will make them weak and some day when they face life with its realities , they will suffer.
Let us make them walk the path and watch them grow as individuals with inner strength. When needed be there to guide. How long can they walk catching your fingers. Let them walk alone. Let them fall and learn to rise on their own. Let them make their own path . Watch them from a distance. Applaud them.
This is not a bird’s story.
It is a life lesson for our children.
With a rich imprint of lessons
The past is behind you
Full of hope & promise
The future is yet to reveal itself
The now is the present
It shows up in myriad ways.
Can we learn from the past
And apply it to this moment
Can we shape this now
And make it matter
Can we breathe in kindness
And make a difference
For this now and forever.
All we need is a willingness
To accept a shift in perspectives.
A fond reminisce
A moment in time
A community of dancers
A representation of artists
Of myriad dance forms.
Of different nations
A communion of cultures
Beautiful memories ❤
Art is meant to align us.
The true purpose of an artform is found in the aligning with the universal consciousness .
( Translated by my mother from tamil forward)
The 9 laws of Karma
Let there be peace and happiness everywhere. Let all prosper and live a fulfilling life.
Life is full of challenges
Along the way
For each and every being
In their own unique ways…
Am reminded of the saying…
It’s never about the weight
But the way you carry it.
Lightness of being
Is knowing how to steer
Through the hurdles
In effortless grace.
Beautiful to witness
The ways of nature
At times adjusting.
But mostly thriving.
No matter the odds.
Opportunity does not just come to you
You walk to it
And when you do
Remember, you are on a new trajectory
There are new challenges in the changes
Know the strength of your spirit will be tested
Your balance may be tilted
To extremes of possibilities.
Yet, your patience perseverance & passion for your purpose
Will guide you through
And somewhere along the way
in fleeting moments
You will feel that gliding, waltzing feeling
Sensing harmony in the synchrony
To that which you truly love ❤️
What are you waiting for?
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.
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?
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
Wherever you sense
You are most you.
How free are you feeling
In this now?
Our humanity is within us awaiting expression.
Every one of us has the choice to be humane.
“Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we would never have chosen. But our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.”
— Bryan Stevenson
There is something touchingly tender in every instance of humanity in action be it in thoughts words or deeds.
Our humanity makes us touch the true purpose of our being alive .
Wouldn’t you think so?
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.