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Live Life Lovingly!


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Honing Our Abilities






Profound words of wisdom flows through these words and makes us understand  the necessity of cultivating  certain skills and developing  abilities  in life… for these abilities can hold us in good stead, no matter how life treats us.



Ability to flow but with fortitude
Ability to decide when to take a stand
Ability to appreciate & share kindness
Ability to distinguish needs and  wants
Ability  to respond with discernment
Ability to assert without arrogance
Ability to empathize in understanding
Ability to forgive and let go…






Ability to be flexible yet firm
Ability to accept and acknowledge
Ability to own up to our limitations.
Ability to balance our own being
Ability  to laugh at ourselves
Ability  to see the good in others
Ability to see the larger purpose
And most of all…
Ability to live life lovingly!

What are your thoughts on this ..do share if there are any more abilities  you can think of.

Savvy


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The will to live…

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.

Which of these are your ikigai or will/reason to live and be?

Feel free to choose the first 3 and share .

The reason to be…

1To not perish without a passion
2To not miss all the great deeds
3To sample all the great senses
4.To ride on, no matter the storms
5.To never back down
6.To dare to dream, no matter
7.To be unconventional
8.To love unconditional
9.To see hope beyond all odds
10.To tune inwards and sense wellbeing
11.To choose health in every now
12.To learn as much as you can
13.To understand life in the living
14.To rebel and be free of the mundane
15.To make a name and garner fame
16 To make merry till the light shines
17.To be a reason for others to live
18.To play with life and risk it all
19.To live in this now no matter what
20.To protect my ones from harms way
21.To sense love living life lovingly
22.To explore and see the far off lands
23.To lead others and create prosperity
24.To act upon every possibility
25.To show the way for others to follow

The will to live …

Whatever is your reason or will to be may be, may you find happiness and contentment in your chosen path.
Life often challenges and surprises you
So make each moment matter as you live.

And not for single day
Just exist without living
Such is the will to live.

Savvy


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Nuances of expressions

Sometimes art simply shapes up in the nuances of expression.

Every artistic expression

Speaks of a certain experience

Of a narrative from a perspective

That can both personal or impersonal.

Yet it deeply connects the art & artist.

In those unique circumstances

That may birth the flow & the shaping.

And when the art becomes a spectacle.

The spectator interpretations

Can be equally enigmatic

As much as deeply interconnected.

All in the nuances of the artistic expression.

Savvy


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Art speaks

Art speaks…
When does the artist know the art is complete?
Is there something as complete for an artist at all?
For art evokes endless possibilities in creativity…💙
Savvy

#artspeaks #arttherapy #artwork #calm #healingenergy #peaceofmind #energy #coloursofindia #vividcolors #kolam #brightcolors #joyofart


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Peace is the way!

Inner peace eventually, leads to external peace.
Peace is the way.

Savvy


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A humble dedication!

A humble dedication on Father’s Day

‘Thank you Dad for sharing with me this ‘Magic of Dance’

Sharing fond memories.

Dancing Nostalgia

Learning to dance is indeed a labor of love and I cherish every moment . How privileged are we to share this indescribable Magic of Dance.

Hoping to continue to take this beautiful art of Dance to empower more and more people to sense and love the beauty of every movement in the moments called Life.

Savvy

Happy Fathers Day! God Bless Dads!

This is one of those moments when writing and sharing stories from our lives bring us a deep sense of connection… with our readers and ourselves in gratitude for the learnings. And there is that sense of magic sensed in our hearts which evokes poignant feeling of fond memories of the people that are attached to it.

Savvy


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Common sense

Common sense

In life and living simply knowing when to say, share, pause, or even stop is an art of mindful living.
Just as you may know to seize an opportunity. Sometimes even good relationships are lost because of sharing unsolicited advice & information.
So it is important to see subtle indifference to glaring signs of disinterest and change this way of dealing with people especially with customers.

 

Pesky Habit of Pushing Forwards.

On the subject of Forwards especially through WhatsApp, all of us may have been having this kind of meaningless forwards come our way from acquaintances. Some of them sharing every kind of isms there is! So here are words that need to be said. From a customer
To all who share endless forwards
A checkpoint in goodwill.
Every WhatsApp forward can be disturbing or distracting for another no matter the content.
Please remember to think twice before polluting an already crowded cyberspace.
There is enough knowledge out there to find if one wants to, anything at all!
In business, sometimes clients are lost because of these unsolicited shares. If you find that a client is not responding to your share by acknowledging it, then please discontinue bombarding them with your forwards every day.
Perhaps it will help save you a client. 😇Instead, how about being creative and enterprising instead? Why not write a blog, express and share your heart away. Those who identify will always check in. And you would be only happier for you will feel it’s worth your while.
At least you will have it all together in one place.

Have you had experiences of endless forwards coming your way?
How do you manage it?
Do you feel overwhelmed or even delete it without opening it?
Do you feel bombarded with all kinds of unsolicited forwards every time? Do share your views on this.

Savvy


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On Goodwill & Gratitude

Our life is simple or complex
As we care to think of it
For no matter, the state of life
We can care to see beyond ourselves
There is a world that survives
On the fringes of existence
The stark truths deliver us
A reality bite of how privileged we are.

Wherever we are in this world
If we are alive and well
If we have a roof on our head
And sustenance to be nourished
We should consider ourselves blessed
And choose to care from our heart
As life can be lonely & feel a little lost.

There is much going on around
That we cannot solve
But often enough
There is much one can do…

All it takes is a few words
To make another’s day
Giving and sharing goodwill
A kind word, a genuine smile
In hope and trust.
To leave the world in a better place.

The truth of life is that it challenges
Every minute of our now
In one way or the other
But then instead of seeking more
What if we began living with gratitude
Learning to enjoy this now as it is
Living beyond simply existing.
Then perhaps we can truly say
We are alive to the life in us.
Experiencing life in all dimensions.

Savvy


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The Journey of Life.

Sharing this insightful post that came in as a forward.

IQ , EQ , SQ , AQ

…..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 comprehension ability”, solve maths; memorize things and recall subject matters.

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 farther in life than those with high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize in improving IQ level while EQ and SQ are played down.

An individual with high IQ can end up being employed by a person with high EQ and SQ even though the person has an average IQ.

Your EQ represents your character; your SQ represents your charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs but more especially your EQ and SQ.

EQ and SQ make one manage better than the other.

Pls don’t teach children only to have higher IQ , but also to have higher EQ and SQ.

Now there is a 4th one :
A new paradigm

4. The Adversity Quotient (AQ):
The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life and come out without losing your mind.
AQ determines who will give up in face of troubles and may abandon their families.

*To parents*:
Expose children to other areas of life than academic. They should adore manual work (never use work as a form of punishment), sport and art .

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

*Finally*, do not prepare the road for the children. Prepare the children for the road.


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The Pause

Between two words,

Two people,

Two steps,

Two moments,

Is a space.

That is the Pause.

Think of it

Like a bridge

Of reflections

To discern

To understand

To learn

To recover

Use it well

Pay attention to it

For it has potential

To heal and help.

Practice the pause

Savvy


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Promises to keep until I sleep

To keep my heart
Healthy and happy
To keep my mind relaxed and attentive.
To breathe easy and practice the let go as much as I can.
To nourish my body & mind with self-care and choose balance in thoughts words and deeds.

To nurture, heal and replenish the self
With positive intentions reflections and contemplation.
To keep a good company of friends.
To steer thoughts and cultivate humility, kindness, and mindfulness.
To choose to pause and speak with awareness in response than reaction

To respect and value life in this body.
To respect another’s right to be.
To sense the spirit of freedom.
To value the freedom of another being.

To create and acknowledge peace and positivity within and around me
To spread goodwill at every opportunity.
To learn and understand more and help by using my skills for the greater good.
To be conscious of the preciousness of life and living.

To sense the truths of creation, the infinite abundance.
To see the beauty in the ordinary.
To never forget to be humble, grateful, and thankful
For this life in this now!

To live and let live
To enjoy the living me and live than just exist.
And most of all to Live life lovingly!
These are a few of my promises to myself that I could think of that resonates deeply… hope to keep working towards them with all my heart and soul.
What are your promises to yourself?
Do share.

Savvy


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Live life lovingly!

It’s wonderful and easy

When life is a breeze

But the test is when

It’s a little stormy…

Life is a gift

Any which way

The trick is to see

The many blessings

That at times goes unnoticed.

Live life lovingly!

Savvy


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Find peace within

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. And I came across this reflection of hers by chance and started reading it, Although she is living far away in another city, I deeply connected with her in every moment as I was reading this. Wishing her a beautiful blessed day!

Finding peace

Happiness is an abstract state which gives us high,
makes us feel positive about everything,
makes us forgive peoples faults, brings a smile in our face n laughter in our mind,
gives us strength,
brings love to our heart,
makes our surroundings beautiful, makes life worth living,
radiates our being irrespective of the outside effects.

Happiness is the real state we are born with. That is our real form, shrouded by the clouds of acquired and induced qualities as we walk along this long path of life. In due course, it gets overshadowed by outside influences that we forget how to be really happy. We start seeking happiness from outside sources forgetting our own storehouse inside us.

Thus starts our dependence. Whether material, emotional, physical, or spiritual, for everything we start seeking help from other people or substances which gradually grow from need-based to the necessity which we cannot live without. In the long run, the very source we think gives us happiness adds nothing but misery. The more u seek outside the more ur inner light dims.

How to come out of this self-induced predicament. Really very hard as the acquired dirt must have become layers of solid sediments. A little Viveka n Vairagya are the tools God has provided us with, to unearth the hidden treasure, of Happiness Within.

Viveka means right understanding, discriminating knowledge n true wisdom.

Vairagya means detachment, dispassion, maintaining a state of mental equilibrium.

Developing both these qualities help us to be in a peaceful happy state irrespective of outer influences knowing their transient nature. The more we delve in these, the nearer we go to our inner self which is the abode of ultimate BLISS.

The ever-changing face of the sky
The dancing flames of the fire,
The soothing flow of the air,
The flowing waves of the water,
The surface of Mother Earth
All just set to put in our mind the transience of Nature.

The rising and setting of the Sun,
The waning and waxing of the
Moon,
The revolution and rotation of the earth,
The cycle of the changing seasons
Just to remind us nothing is forever to stay.

The karmic cycle of birth and death,
The changing phases of lives,
The changing moods of the mind,
The swaying patterns of wealth
Aren’t enough to teach the human mind equanimity and humility?

How many more lessons does one need?

Anjana.

This piece ‘ Finding Peace’ resonates deeply. Especially so in these chaotic times.

Savvy


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Evidence of simplicity

The evidence of simplicity
A moment of capture
Of ordinary things.
Without the facades.

Simple can be profoundly impactful
For in the very complexity of the matter
Resides clarity of the simplicity.
Simplifying the truth of purpose
In easily understandable ways.

So beyond the flourishes
And aggrandizement
Beyond the exuberance
And unnecessary buildups
Beyond the extravagance
And the ensuing distraction.

The path of simplicity
Needs no evidence
As simple gets across the message
Like no other.

What’s your path like?
What is your take on simple living?
Or do you dream of luxuriant living?
Has it changed or been affected by the years?
Have these times of uncertainty made a difference in the perspectives?
I would love to learn and understand more if you are willing to share your insights.

Savvy


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On Lead and follow

What does it take to lead?

To lead is to dare
To make the way
For others to follow

Who is a good leader?

A good leader sets an example
To demonstrate how it is done
So others can act upon it.

A good leader is a motivator
Encouraging the team in self-belief
Ever ready to appreciate and trust.

The art of good leadership
Is about taking the plunge
A leap of faith in trust and hope

What does it take to follow?

To follow takes a response
To the action taken
In complete faith and trust.

Who is a good follower?

A good follower is alert
To act upon directions given
To take orders to completion.

A good follower is a team player
Ever ready to learn some more
And increase efficiency at work.

A lesson in Leadership

Always helps to remember…

Both a leader and follower are required

There is no leader without a follower

And there can be no follower without a leader.

Savvy