Savvy Raj

Live Life Lovingly!


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Enjoy doing what you love

And loving what you do!

You will sense freedom

As well as the contentment.

Savvy


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Let’s…

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 …

If we must seek…

Let’s Seek Connectedness,

If we must awaken…

Let’s Awaken the Spirit of Being

If we must move

Let’s Move with Empathy in Action

If we must choose

Let’s Choose the Simplicity of Authenticity

If we must rest…

Let’s Rest with Contentment

If we must pursue…

Let’s Pursue Thankfulness in Gratitude

If we must strive…

Let’s Strive for Patience and Tolerance

If we must fight…

Let’s Fight Apathy and Ignorance

If we must reach …

Let’s Reach out with Kindness

If we must become…

Let’s Become a Better version of Us!

Savvy


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Life & Living

Agatha Christie

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!

Savvy


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Mystery Rock

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.

Savvy


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Roots

To root is a sense of steadiness

Than simply belonging


Valuing the ancestry

Of your connectedness.

As much as the connectedness

Of your ancestry.

Respect your family bonds

Wherever you are or may be

Respect your roots.

Savvy

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Vibrance

So much vibrance, so much vividness

Enthralling vision, brilliant colors

Awesome creation, awesome creator

Amazing nature amazing grace🙏

Savvy

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Art of Shoshin

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

Without assumptions

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.

Savvy


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A Pocketful Of Bloom

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!

Savvy


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The Beginners Mindset

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

Give generously

Share to learn some more.

That way you create space

For you to grow

Savvy


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Reaction & Response

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.

Savvy


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Envision

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.

Savvy


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Thinking well.

Your thoughts matter

Every one of them.

What consumes your mind

Controls you

Master your mind

Than let your mind master you.

Think well!

Savvy


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On Empathy

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.

Savvy

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Healing Moves

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. 

Savvy Raj


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Reduce Recycle Reuse

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!

Savvy