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Appreciation Matters.

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”

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Effortless grace

Effortless grace is visible in a dancer,

Who even in the dynamics of great extensions in flexibility

Can manifest great ease and subtlety.

Savvy


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Path to Paradise

Is there any doubt

Of another heaven

When life brings forth

Paradise closer home.

Do we still need

To clamour for heaven

When heaven is strewn

All around ourselves.

The path of paradise

Is strewn with wisdom

Of life and living.

Truth of nature abounds .

Savvy

Seeing the beautiful picture of the enchanting wooded pathway strewn with bounties of nature, compels me to appreciate and value the beauty of life and living more than ever before.


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Dance Of Thoughts…

Can we ever quantify our thoughts
For thoughts have a speed of their own
Depending on so many variables
With our concept of time still subjective.

For thoughts travel through space
There are particles of matter there
Of which we know too little as yet
In the weft and warp of time immemorial.

Thoughts are invisible but palpable
Difficult to measure but relatable
For much can be thought
In half the time of a blink of the eye.

Every thought is a part of a cosmic pattern
A phenomenon beyond realms yet to be known
Surpassing the speeds unknown
With complexities of our own perceptions.

Out sense of intuition so profound in power.
And what to speak of deja vus & dreams
Or our imagination so infinite
Psychic revelations in time and space

Our jumbled thoughts in the heat of the moment
Our calm collected coherence
Our racing frenzy of feelings in chaos
All matter as they come along in time .

We may find it difficult to control our thoughts
But we can certainly choose what we do with them
For thoughts come and thoughts go
Depending in how you respond to them.

Align them to harmony with movements
Acknowledge their presence to let them go
Breathe in a little space around your thoughts
Sense the peace in between those pauses.

So breath a little deeper
As you think, sense & feel
Be one with your thoughts
Before you respond to them

Thoughts arise in life and living
As they are meant to do
And words come from a depth unknown
But Speech is a choice that you have!

Savvy