Savvy Raj

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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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ENGAGEMENT

Engagement is an involvement

It involves committment.

Engagement is an action

It involves doing in action

Engagement is a focused interest

Engagement can be a moral obligation.

To do whatever is possible.

And be genuinely involved.

What are your daily engagements?

What keeps you engaged in them?

Savvy


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In synch

When what you say
And what you do
Are congruent
The effect of your words & deeds
Radiates all around you in resonance.


It’s no wonder then that
In a world that seems so dissonant
Words and deeds need to synch.
In harmony of such synchrony
Faith and trust meet belief
And that’s what makes all the difference.

Savvy


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Align in Harmony

Inner peace eventually,

Leads to external peace.


Peace is the way.

Align in Harmony

Savvy


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On Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is the energy in the living

A beautiful state of flow in the being

Enthusiasm is often the reason for excellence

The challenge is in sustaining itself

From losing steam midway…

Perhaps due to lack of appreciation

Or motivation to be enthused

Making way for mediocrity

At work or at play.

Question is then how to be enthused

Into doing the same tasks differently

And break free from rut of routine

Very simple…

Stay hopeful, see life as a potential

Create the possibilities

It’s all in the way of envisioning

How you want to build your truths.

It’s all up to you!

Savvy


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Strength of Silence

Strength of Silence
Silence is Strength in its subtlety
Fragile and yet full of potential
Expanding consciousness in awareness
Tremendous growth occurs in Silence
Explore the Silence  of the soul and spirit.


Silence  is powerful beyond  compare
Start your journey to understand  the self
In the sounds of silence
Wisdom speaks
Silence listens without a word.

Savvy


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To each his own way

A Chinese business man was thinking whom to hand over his business out of his 3 sons. He thought of a way to find their talent.
He told his sons he, who sells more combs to the buddhist monastery will be the one who will head his business.
Initially the sons were perplexed how to sell combs to the monks who do not grow hair.
After the specific time given to them, father called his sons to know about their achievements.
First one told I sold 2 combs.
How asked the father.
I told them the comb can be used to scratch their backs. 2 monks bought it.

Well. What about you , father asked the next one.
I sold 10 combs.
How asked the surprised father.
I told the monastery. that the people visit with dishevelled hair because of the strong winds on the way which is a disrespect to lord Buddha. If they keep a mirror & some combs at the entrance it will help people. They agreed & bought 10 combs.
The merchant praised his son .

Third son said I sold 1000 combs. The merchant was in awe.
I went to the head monk n told since they receive a lot of donations, it would be a nice gesture, if they give something like a blessing to the donors.
What can we give asked the head monk.
I showed him the combs with Buddha’s sayings inscribed on it & said since they use comb everyday it will be a reminder of teachings every time they use. . He agreed & ordered for 1000 combs with Buddha’s teachings inscribed.

No need to guess who took over the business from father.

All will think it is impossible to sell combs to the monks.

In life also we may face certain impossible situations . If we become disheartened then it means we have accepted defeat.

The 3 sons showed us 3 different ways of thinking.

First one thought what other way the comb can be used n sold 2.

Second one thought who other than the monks can use the comb n thought of the visitors . He was able to sell 10.

But it was a one time sale n no further sale in these lines will work out.

The third son also thought on same lines like the second, but with a difference. He modified the product as a gift wiith Buddha’s blessings to the donors. With the increase of donors , his sale will also increase.

So never accept defeat or think that coming out of difficult situations is impossible, start thinking differently. Expand ur vision from different angles.
Think to bring some small changes which will bring great results.

No one to buy tomatoes, dumped in garbage.
No price for cabbage. Used as manure in fields
Bananas , radish thrown on the streets .
We read many such news.

The knowledge we have in farming, we don’t have in business. Pickles, chips, jam dried vegetables, so many other ways to make them profitable. Instead of throwing or wasting, think what else use it can be put into. Learn to approach the correct persons. , through co operative farming or combined business.

Learn to change impossible situations to positive opportunities.

With patience , faith, hardwork n vigour if u start working , the impossible situation will become the foundation for a future big success.

Never bow down to initial negativities or accept defeat.

Expand your vision & focus.

Live with hope & positivity.

(Translated from a Tamil forward by my mother Anjana.)


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Whispers of wisdom

In the din of moment

Is the quiet reflection

Of thoughts in musing

Like a whisper in all its subtlety

Like a soft caress of a breeze

Like a feeling wafting through.

The soul knows…

Unnoticed, unobserved often

Yet felt by one and all in consensus

At one point or the other

That is sensed in the being.

For its the heart that senses…

Whispers that speaks to the soul,

Wherever you are, you know…

Wisdom speaks, to the willing listener.

Savvy


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The Pendulum Mind

The Pendulum Mind

Are you swinging  back and forth
Into thoughts of past happenings
And of the future, yet to happen
Are you continuously sifting.

In a state of imbalance
Switching  between thoughts
Do you feel out of focus
With your reality in this now.

Then perhaps  you need to rethink
And realign yourself
To be present in this moment
And not lose the now.

Yes the mind shifts without notice
For it is designed to do so
In survival mode to comb and seek
As it searches for possibilities missed.


It creates associations to bridge over the brink
Time to adjust the swinging  pendulum of mind,
To calibrate it to move with time
Than against or before time.

For it needs to be aligned
To tune into the current track at play
To be there in mindfulness 
Of this very moment at hand.

Savvy


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Little things

Life is in the details, in the little things

That often goes unsensed

Unnoticed in the daily humdrum

Of living every day.

If you wish in this now begin

Bu taking a mindful moment

Beyond the challenges of every now

To sense the signs of grace

That is occurring in life.

There is always something

In this now to be grateful for…

Beauty of every dawn is in its unending hope.

Beauty of twilight colours of the sky

Enticing the senses…

The sounds of music, of humming a tune…

The simple Joys of hitting the right notes ..

Yes life is in the sensing after all.

Savvy


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You have the answers

To every question that arises

To every puzzle that confronts you.

Know you are entrusted with answers…

Deeply embedded with in you.

Simply trust in the knowing

It will deliver you the way.

The pathways will reveal itself

All in the right time and place.

All you need is trust in yourself …

And the courage to follow through.

But remember you have all the answers.

Savvy


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Value of Values

A beautiful story share that tugs your heartstrings.

Remember Kenyan runner Abel Mutai who was just a few feet from the finish line, but became confused with the signage and stopped, thinking he had completed the race. Spanish runner, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was happening, started shouting at the Kenyan to continue running. Mutai didn’t know Spanish and didn’t understand. Realizing what was taking place, Fernandez pushed Mutai to victory.

A journalist asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?” Ivan replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.”
The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.” The journalist insisted, and again asked, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor in that medal?
What would my Mother think of that?”

Values are passed on from generation to generation.


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Light reflects light

Every moment that we choose to shine as bright as we can,

We begin to sense the lightness in the being.

In sensing the blessings of light

Light reflects Light!

Savvy


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Cultivate space…

As we cultivate a space

Within and around us

To listen and observe

To understand and care.

We access the underlying wisdom

As we allow ourselves to notice

The ways of life and living

We come across fresh perspectives

When we allow ourselves to hear

The sounds of silence

We sense our feelings

We accept our emotions

And likewise..

We tune inwards a little more

In this conscious awareness

We practice…

To tap into our intuitive intelligence

In every cell of our being

Speaking through our senses.

To access the powers within.

All we need is to cultivate space.

Savvy


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Wisdom of Silence

Sharing the.. ‘Vacho Vegam’

Ancient Indian words of wisdom

WHEN TO BE SILENT – few practical tips:

1. Be silent – in the heat of
anger.
2. Be silent – when you don’t
have all the facts.
3. Be silent – when you
haven’t verified the story.
4. Be silent – if your words
will offend a weaker
Person.
5. Be silent – when it is time
to listen.
6. Be silent – when you are
tempted to make light of
holy things.
7. Be silent – when you are
tempted to joke about
sin.
8. Be silent – if you would be
ashamed of your word
later.
9. Be silent – if your words
would convey the wrong
impression.
10. Be silent – if the issue is
none of your business.
11. Be silent – when you are
tempted to tell an
outright lie.
12. Be silent – if your words
will damage someone
else’s reputation.
13. Be silent – if your words
will damage a friendship.
14. Be silent – when you are
feeling critical.
15. Be silent – if you can’t
say it without screaming.
16. Be silent – if your words
will be a poor reflection
of your friends and
family.
17. Be silent – if you may
have to eat your words
later.
18. Be silent – if you have
already said it more
than one time.
19. Be silent – when you are
tempted to flatter a
wicked person.
20. Be silent – when you are
supposed to be working
instead.
21. Be silent – when your
words do not do any
good to anyone
including yourself.

WHOEVER GUARDS HIS TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL AWAY FROM TROUBLES.

Silence is full of wisdom

When we listen in silence

We hear and understand more

Silence speaks more than words can say.
Listen to the intuitive
The meditative, contemplative
The reflective & the restorative voices
There is a connective wisdom
In the sounds of silence
Emanating from you.
It is your precious inner self
Expressing itself.
Be mindful and attentive
Listen if you can,
Every once in a while.”
Embody the peace within.

Savvy