Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Stillness

In the stillness of the now

Is a divine orchestration.

Of the rapturous flow

Of the beauty of nature

And its wonder in awe!

All is peace All is well!

Savvy


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Prep Matters

According to Psychologists, there are four types of Intelligence:

1) Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
2) Emotional Quotient (EQ)
3) Social Quotient (SQ)
4) Adversity Quotient (AQ)

  1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): this is the measure of your level of comprehension. You need IQ to solve maths, memorize things, and recall lessons.
  2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): this is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others, keep to time, be responsible, be honest, respect boundaries, be humble, genuine and considerate.
  3. Social Quotient (SQ): this is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.

People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go further in life than those with a high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize on improving IQ levels while EQ and SQ are played down.

A man of high IQ can end up being employed by a man of high EQ and SQ even though he has an average IQ.

Your EQ represents your Character, while your SQ represents your Charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs, especially your EQ and SQ.

Now there is a 4th one, a new paradigm:

  1. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life, and come out of it without losing your mind.

When faced with troubles, AQ determines who will give up, who will abandon their family, and who will consider suicide.

Parents please expose your children to other areas of life than just Academics. They should adore manual labour (never use work as a form of punishment), Sports and Arts.

Develop their IQ, as well as their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of their parents.

Finally, do not prepare the road for your children. Prepare your children for the road.”

✏️ Author unknown


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Poets & Planning

My friend Ali Anani from Jordan proposed an interesting question last evening.

“As a poet dear Savvy I just wonder how much do you trust planning?”

Here are my musings…

Poets and Planning

A poet has a lot of structuring to do…
The poet steps out of the box
Knowing only too well that thoughts needs to align in time.
Without trust in the divine plan there is no way the poet can create.
And without a plan that visualizes the bigger picture as much as the little details, the verse will not make sense.
So poets and planning have much to do in trustfulness.

Now speaking personally,
Spontaneity seems to surge
In the throes of a thoughwave.
Yet much is happens in following the flow.
Synergies are sensed
In the amalgamation and associations.
Of thoughts into verses.

As words then fill the void spaces
Making meaning out of matter.
Spontaneity too then is preordained in the divine plan
And poets are simply messengers
Enriching thoughts in a meter of sorts.
To make the ordinary words come alive!

Savvy


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One heartfelt move

Power of one candle to light the darkness

Power of one tree to give shade

Power in one smile to change the mood

Power of one hand to feed the hungry

Power of one kind word to change hearts

Power of one heart to ignite hope in the world

Power of one touch to lift the soul

Just one heartfelt move… makes all the difference!


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As it’s meant to be.

To remember to be kinder to oneself as much as another

Is a habit of a lifetime to cultivate.



It’s good to acknowledge the now


And remember every movement is happening
As it is preordained.


Let worry take a backseat


As well as the need for overt perfection.

Just keep the faith and hope alive in your heart


Simply know deep within…


All is well as it is meant to be.


Savvy


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A Dedication To Dance

Life reflects itself through the things you do, the people you meet as well as in your passions and perseverances, in so many intriguing yet enthralling ways.

One such beautiful reflection I  experienced in my travels earlier in France.

A sense of deja vu, a throwback to the fond memories of teaching dances to people in the different places, all thanks to the Dance & the magic of movements.

While visiting France I met my colleague from the world of dance, Celine Maheo who resides in Rennes
Celine is a practicing clinical psychologist and an Argentine tango dancer.
What’s beautiful is that she is a dedicated professional who uses the dance therapy for helping Parkinson’s patients with their movements through Tango dance sessions.

My interest was piqued, as earlier I had been conducting very similar dance sessions as well, especially remembered our Seniors Dance for Wellness workshops back in India.

So over a beautiful meet and greet sipping cups of hot herbal tea at the Les Grands Gamin at the heart of Rennes, ensued a free flowing conversation where we exchanged notes on each others life. Our passion for dancing was the visible to see as we hardly knew how moments passed by.

To dance is to sense connections beyond the dancing bodies.

To dance is to honour life and its unique expressions in the movements.

Savvy Raj

And when Celine invited me to her next Tango Therapy Workshop, it was an offer I could not refuse. I was actually keen to understand whether and how the cultural differences change the way of conducting and experiencing workshops here.

Dancing can improve the mobility and balance in senior adults.
Adapting the dance to suit the requirements of the group, like simplifying the steps, the placement of the feet, improves their coordination, mobility and balance.

The dance session was deeply engrossing & truly inspiring to witness and participate as well. The music played that day stayed with me well after the session.

So the next step turned out to be me conducting a Chacha session for them. The challenges of language barriers were surrmounted easily as Celine offered to translate my teaching from English to French.

Everything fell in place beautifully and voila time flew again.We danced a bit of Chacha that day and also some more in the next few sessions as well. I was told later by the learners how much they enjoyed it!

It was an amazing experience sharing the joys of movements and I thank Celine for her inclusivity in requesting me to conduct the dance sessions as well. And I deeply appreciate all her beautiful learners that I met,connected and danced with. It was a truly warm and wonderful time spent with them all.



After the sessions we would gather together and discuss opening many facets of the learning and imbibing. It was a beautiful way of empathising and understanding each other.



Some of the beautiful souls I got to interact with in the few months I was there.

Dance has a way of soothing your entire being and bringing forth and connecting you with the depth of who you are. That is when dance begins to feel meaningful and transforms life.
The dance connects established,  in those sessions is a beautiful memory etched in my heart, that I will cherish forever.

I chanced on these beautiful moments again as I found the photos I clicked back then and I decided to give them a little artistic effect.

All across the world April 29th every year is  celebrated as International Dance Day, although every day is a great day to dance!

I dedicate this post to  all my dance friends and colleagues and all the dance educators in the world who are making the world a better place, with every step in time.

Savvy Raj


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Wisdom of Moderation


Mastering emotions
Begins with acknowledging
Emotions in the sensing
Being mindfully aware
Being in tune with your body
Enough to know when to pause
To relax and let go the unnecessary.
Pushing  too far will only break you.
There is much wisdom in moderation
Practice affirmations consistently
And think in pluses & possibilities
Be expansive and learn some more
For there is always  more to discover.

Savvy


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Ordinary could be a gift in disguise

These inspiring words are by William Martin The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents 🙂

The ordinary can be a gift in disguise 🙂


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Attitude of Appreciation

True Appreciation nurtures

The nature of the individual.

Care to nurture an attitude

Of true appreciation and share

Whenever and wherever you deem fit.

It doesn’t hurt to appreciate in authenticity

You might be surprised by melting walls.

And at work how teams bond along the way.

Savvy


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Choose well

On Beliefs

Our beliefs are self created patterns

A representation of our expectations

Of how things relate in ourselves

And how the world ought to conform.

It’s our anchor within to navigate

With or without proof of existence

In a sea of uncertainty called life

As much as the challenges of change.

At the meta level are our beliefs are about beliefs in the sensing

At the emotional level it’s based on feelings

At the interpretational level are the opinions, feedbacks that are based in communicating

At the contemplative level its based on predictions in thinking.

But beliefs are within you to choose.

Do know your beliefs can create an ‘Empowered You’.

And you have the power to choose well.

Savvy


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Flow through life

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before childrenKahlil Gibran

A life well lived

Includes experiences

That makes us who we are.

We are not set in stone

Or cast in iron that cannot mould

Our emotional being cannot be suppressed

We are life living breathing and exploring possibilities.

Our infinite ways of expressions is unique to our being

We surf the tides of changes and flow

And we learn as we go.

Savvy


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On Education

The Degrees that we acquire

Are but an endorsement of our skillsets

But degrees do not define our nature.

No matter the set expectations.

Our behavior day in & out,

Is a testimony to our true education

No amount of degrees can guarantee our behaviour.

Our ways of being and our attitude towards others speaks a lot more…

Of how we apply our education in our lives.

Savvy


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On Gentleness

Words of wisdom from a gentle soul.

Nothing of this nature is our own

We cannot claim it as ours

As the world has existed beyond any of us

We come to this world for a while

We owe it more than we own it

Our deeds speak for themselves

And time tells the truth of living.

Our responsibility lies with ourselves

The way we choose to live every day

A little compassion in consciousness

A loving acknowledgement in awareness

For the burdens on mother nature

Goes a long long way

In sustaining the world we have.

Savvy


#empathy #compassion


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On Receptiveness

Allow the self some food for thought

Acknowlege that there is something more

To understand learn and explore

Allow space for growth

To evolve in the journey

There is much knowledge gained this way

And much to discover more along the way.

Savvy


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When work becomes effortless…

When you experience  the sense of meaning  in the moments.
Whatever is the work you do
Whichever  is your walk of life
When you sense you are contributing to work.
When you sense a balance,
Between  the challenges and the skills you have to meet it.
When inspite of the challenges  you feel you have it in you perform at your best.
When you feel you have the focus and ability to connect with  the work you do
You feel one with the flow…

You begin to enjoy the life in the moments!

Savvy