Enjoy doing what you love
And loving what you do!
You will sense freedom
As well as the contentment.
Every one of us can make a positive difference from where we are…
If we are alive...
Let’s make an effort to change the world
And create goodwill in every step.
Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago …
My friend Laura Bailey from Linked In shared this post in dedication to the memory of Agatha Christie on her birthday. 15 th September.
During my schooling years I had been introduced to her novels and have been an avid reader of her works.
But I never had a face to the name until I saw this post. When I saw her in this post share here are my musings…
They say eyes are a window to the soul
I see a depth of wisdom
In her eyes, of many lives lived
Of experiences in the sharings
There is myriad mysteries
Yet untold and withheld.
The face contours speaks to me
Of a life of reservation
And perhaps some restraints
Yet the eyes conjure up the creativity
Of an insightful nature
That envisions the beyond.
The places & people
Of a knowing beyond this lifetime
So much a face can mirror!
Life is all about balance
Of knowing and understanding
Of the uncertainties of every now
And therein lies the uniqueness
Amd uncanny the ways of existence
Life manifests in mysterious ways
Sometimes leaving us clueless
Almost impossible to decipher..
So much fodder for imagination
While the pen may wax eloquent
There is room for exploration
In the reaching beyond the knowing
Beyond the sum of our senses
And the betwixt and beyond
Imagination and curiosity
Lies the path of sharing & learning.
Respect your family bonds
Wherever you are or may be
Respect your roots.
So much vibrance, so much vividness
Enthralling vision, brilliant colors
Awesome creation, awesome creator
Amazing nature amazing grace🙏
Art of Shoshin
Helps in honing the ability
To see the world with fresh eyes
Staying curious in awe and wonder
Letting go of unnecessary perceptions
That can cloud the clarity.
When you choose
An open mind
And pre conceived notions
Without pride or prejudice
No matter who you are
What you have,
Or how much you know…
You are present
You are receptive
And welcoming of perspectives
To explore infinite possibilities
Of the potential now.
Choose to lighten your life
Have pockets to fill with blooms
Let go of unnecessary gloom
Choose to be cheerful
Wherever you go
Carry joy with you
Choose enthusiasm in this now
For tommorow is another day😊
So you owe it to yourself
To make every day
Come alive for you!
Begin the day
With enthusiasm for learning
And hope to discover some more
Unlock the possibilities
Of your mind
Adapt your ways
To learn from the challenges
Experience the world
Be open to perspectives
Learn and reflect
Share to learn some more.
That way you create space
For you to grow
In a world too busy to care,
Too hurried and impatient
All must happen fast
Every thing must move quickly
Speed is a part of life
And life is lived on the fast lanes
However hurried reaction
Is considered unwise
Compared to the calmness of response.
Yet the truth is …
Between the active and passive
Exists a space to balance
Between reaction to response
Exists a pause for reflection
With reference to the choice of voice
Both have significance of their own
In the right situations & context
That can make all the difference.
Every horizon once reached
Reveals another beckoning at a distance
And so it goes…
Such is truth of life & living
There is always something more
To live for
To dream about
To do more
To reach beyond
Life never stops surprising.
Your thoughts matter
Every one of them.
What consumes your mind
Master your mind
Than let your mind master you.
Life Skills: Empathy Education
Life with all its complexities and contrasts creates a necessity to chalk out ways to make young impressionable minds better equipped to handle its exigencies. Holistic education is so much about grounding in connectedness as much as it is about intuitive understanding that, harmony in the mind body connection is a way of life and living.
An education in empathic behavior becomes paramount in a materialistic world. A lot of misconception about empathy needs clarification.
Empathy is seeing with another, listening to another acknowledging them as they are, in a nonjudgmental space and being with another sensing the feelings and caring to reach out with support through words action and deeds …
Empathy can be sensed in a touch a nod or a smile or in the simplicity of silence, doing nothing but just being there ….
Empathy is a sharing, a feeling, a bonding, a being, a seeing, a sensing, a trusting and believing in hope, in faith, in life and grace.
Empathy is about caring, as a way of being. Empathy is not always about bearing the suffering and sensing another’s pain or being in a state of sorrow or pain. There can arise great empathy when dancing together or in a classroom environment where the teacher feels one with the student’s frame of mind and speaks to address that … or hearing or performing a song or play together with unbridled sense of bonding and enthusiasm. This empathy can be reflected time and time again in striving to consciously stay aware of the mutually creative fulfillment it brings to our lives. Positive benefits of empathy can become a mirror to gradually inducing greater empathic behavior in our lives towards ourselves and others.
Our movements have the power to change our moods, as much as our thoughts can bring a change in our way of being. It doesn’t matter who believes in your empathic way of life, what matters is you believe in it yourself. And that is the first step in making a positive difference. When there is an empathy in action, it is mirrored in our minds to create, generate loving and caring thoughts as a response to the action.
Every empathic thought finds its way into expression thoughts words or deeds creatively. With increasing empathic thought and action there is unknowingly a connectedness, valuing the interdependence in this web of life and living as a way of being.
Wisdom of Moderation
‘My first intentional practice of Tai Chi began years ago on a rainy day in the month of June. The sweet cadence of the rain in all it’s rhythmic glory, the cleansing nature of the rain was just as wonderfully comforting as much as the experience of Tai Chi, with its movement in stillness and the stillness of its movements.
As I tried to move in unison with breath and learned to direct the momentum for the movements from the central core of the body to the outward, I could draw the parallels of the simple yet profound principles of Tai chi giving a lifetime’s guidance.
A life lived in the middle path gives one equanimity to see beyond the obvious. To envision the duality of existence enough to understand joy and sorrow, are not something eternal. Life becomes simple and just as easy to live as we make it , letting go of excesses of any kind, which ultimately works towards healing oneself from within.
It only adds to the fact that this moderation makes you want to work at building progressively, instead of pushing the boundaries and stretching beyond your abilities to the point of probably injuring yourself and giving up altogether.
The rain’s rhythmic tapping on my open window sill, the occasional bursts of cool breeze surrounding me now and then was in tune with my learning to release and melt away the accumulated stresses through conscious gentle outward movements . I felt a few varied sensations coming to me vying for attention, but as soon as my focus returned to simply witness the flow of breath in the movements the very same sensations completely vanished.
It was so peaceful to end the practice with breath awareness and mindful movements that I must add that like everything else in life, Tai Chi must be ideally learned under the guidance of a good teacher to experience the gamut of life enriching experiences it surely has to offer.
As I completed my practice for the moment , suddenly there was thunder and lightning signifying the release of feel good endorphins and hopefully parting with some of the tensions within me. This is after all the essence of Tai chi , to be one with Nature and learn to nurture it .
A humble dedication to Tai Chi form and the powers of the supreme in and around us.
“The three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, the three R’s save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills”
Positive change begins with us.
Every living being is making a difference to the environment in every moment. The question is how and in what way can it become sustainable.
With melting ice-caps, the collapse of vegetation and wildlife, and violent surges of hurricanes droughts and frequent wildfires are all concerns for our world.
And there is really not much difference in the apathy that is happening in the name of sustaining the future… only much similarity in the situation of corruption and deceit through politics of governing people whatever the part of the world we are living in.
Sustaining the world is each of our responsibility as we think of ways to nurture the earth and nourish souls.
It is time to take it upon ourselves to make a positive difference from wherever we are.
Reduce reuse and recycle … every tiny effort makes a better world!