Balancing on the edge of balance
Our lifes, hopes and aspirations
Have a different meaning
For they are sensed in vividity
Tethering, quivering in the now
To the preciousness of time.
Silent in the stillness of being
No matter the applause of achievement
Success takes on a fresher perspective
With all at stake in this now
So very embedded in the vulnerability
In the river of time.
Imagine space not as something that distances us
But as a liquid connection
That allows resonances
That dances on its own frequencies
Of connections that speaks for itself
In the infinite abundance
Of Interconnects in resonance
To this quantum coherence.
I have started an experimental journey and would like to invite you to be a part of it. Everyday through this week I have been writing and sharing a few verses in flow that you can choose to continue as well.
Would love to explore the connection in what evolves through the week and see the interweaves in the interconnects.
Verses in Flow
DAY 1 Truth
DAY 2 : Roots Day3 : Reason
Day 4 : Live
Day 5 : Life
Day 6 : Connect
Yes you have come far
You may have a new reality.
You may sense some disconnect.
In parts of your journey.
Yet care to remember
There is a night before the dawn.
Your present always has a past
Like with everybody else, all connects.
I have started an experimental journey and would like to invite you to be a part of it.Everyday through this week I will be writing and sharing a few verses in flow that you can choose to continue as well. Would love to explore the connection in what evolves through the week and see the interweaves in the interconnects.
Verses in Flow
DAY 1 Truth
Day 3 : Reason to be
You learn the ways of the world
In every experiences by far
Remember to never be indifferent
Accept all as part of your story
No matter the good or the bad
Make peace to progress.
There are no roses without thorns
Everything has a reason to be.
Sharing my artwork here with my musings on Peace.
In the forest of your mind
Wanders many creatures
Great and small
Playing the game
Vying for attention
Fighting for Survival
To be heard and to be listened to
To be acted upon and manifest itself.
Your history and future
Dancing a tango with each other
In this present moment
But in-between and betwixt…
There is a space of quiet
Of all pervading calm
Within lies a lake of stillness
Or call it a pool of peace.
A watering hole of wisdom
A centering space of simplicity
As all illusory creations of the mind
Partake in a regeneration.
As the thoughts refresh themselves
The mind collects itself once more
All is Serene and tranquil inches now
Peace pools in and life evolves…
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!
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
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?
This piece ‘ Finding Peace’ resonates deeply. Especially so in these chaotic times.
Always have something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
It will make you a happy person.
And yes the potential to create that beautiful ‘something’ is in each of us.
It simply needs to be acknowledged
As it flows, choose to channel it with love.
Create light, feel light, live light!
Every ask has a reason.
Every give fulfills a reason.
What reason it fulfills is another story!
Joy of giving & sharing
When can you give and share with joy?
And what happens when you give and share …
When your cup is overflowing !
A state of abundance
This is an extreme state where you are having so much to give. You are overflowing with possibilities in the potential.
When you give from here,
You may not miss anything.
You may not know the joy of sharing and giving as you have so much more.
Maybe you are giving because you want to get rid of whatever you are giving.
Maybe you want to self balance.
Maybe you want to share with those unfortunate.
Sharing the good always helps.
But do u know if the one you share it with truly wants it or uses it well.
Or do you give no matter
Even if it goes to waste
Because you are overwhelmed. Then that is not giving but discarding.
When your cup is half full!
When you are having some and then you share some, then you are sharing from your heart and brain.
Youunderstand and feel for those in need.
You share because you have something to share, may be not much but you know in your heart
That as you keep sharing you create space for more to come. You are balancing yourself between needs and wants.
You are careful in what you give but you give from your heart, from a space of love.
Such a giving arises from equanimity.
When your cup is almost empty!
When you give from nothing much to give maybe you are hyper extended already.
You may know but choose to ignore it
Else you may be unaware that there is not much left.
In both these cases the giving takes more out of the giver, so much so that it may soon cease.
What can u give when there is nothing to give?
You will give may be beyond your ability but then you will tire soon, feel used and exhausted.
This is a state of tilted balance not a great way to give.
We all may have experienced this at some point or other in our lives.
While giving from a place of love and trust it never goes wrong. We do need to feel the joy in giving. As long as your heart says go on, you must, else notice what’s making your hearts feel different and pay attention. You may learn something more on it!
When the giving & receiving complement each other it is truly ideal. But most often that is not the case.
However, giving is best shared when it comes from a place of trust faith & confidence in the giving that there is always going to be something to give.
When giving is mutual there is a flow and there is abundance.
When giving is from contentment there is gratitude and vis versa.
When giving feels enough it’s best to assess why it feels so!
In greater understanding, the giving flows…
Life is never stagnant
Its meant to flow
Be a giver
Giving always finds itself receiving
Life is a circle.
Purpose of life is to evolve for the better. Wherever we are, however we are, humanity always finds a way beyond the trials and tribulations.
We are meant to thrive beyond the adversity.
Enhance your self
Self isolation can be challenging but need not be as difficult as it seems.
A few things that can make isolation easier to bear and productive as well.
Creating a schedule. Writing down things to do or learn in a day is a great start.
Having a routine planned, help a great deal.
Keeping channels of communication open.
Speak to people , listen to others well.
Express yourself through arts , pick up a book to read or a hobby you can learn in this interim period.
Care for your self. It makes you feel good about yourself.
Arrange your wardrobe.
Do all the things that you feel you never had time for.
Listen to some soulful or foottapping music.
Start a conversation on the phone. Many are feeling lonely or overwhelmed and overburdened. Offer to listen and empathize. One of the important aspects of doing this exercise is it changes self perceptions and brings an understanding of the world beyond the limited self.
Take care of your health, eat healthy.
Be engaged physically mentally emotionally & spiritually.
Look up at the stars at night.
Watch the blue expansive sky in the day.
Hear the sounds of waves, if you can.
Even in a recording…waves gives a repetitive, soothing rhythmical relaxation experience that can smooth out the creases on your brow.
Ease in, to time your breathing with the waves.
Try this one .
These are a few ways to create a personal space for yourself in your mind and heart spirit and soul no matter where and how you are.
Hopefully it may help in some way to ease through this phase we are in.
Every positive step matters a great deal in
Praying for the world to heal and recover.
Stay safe stay healthy where ever you are.
Art of Giving Feedbacks
There are many types of feedbacks given and solicited in a typical corporate environment.
In the art of management the topic of critical appraisals and sharing feedbacks is a nerve wracking process on both sides. For the truth is feedbacks at work take not only a whole lot of in- depth analysis, but it takes courage and common sense deliver. And often they can be the toughest of conversations to have.
Are you feeling uncertain about how to confront a feedback session.At work there will be time where you might have faced a feedback session .
If you have been the one who is giving feedback to your team or a member of your team here are six tips that can help you master the art of giving feedbacks.
Keep the perspectives clear of what was expected and agreed upon earlier and the issues that is evident. Give a clear picture of what has been observed to the receiver. Remember you are addressing the work issues, dont get personal.
Proper time and place
Ensure you are slotting a feedback time that is mutually least distracting.
This will ensure there is the required focus and necessary attention to the discussion at hand.
Ask and listen well
Contrary to what is understood about feedbacks time the reviewer needs to hear more and speak less often to deliver objective feedbacks to resolve issues.
Avoid letting your own ego from taking too much space. Instead Inquire more into why certain things are not going well. Speak less ask more open ended questions and let them speak and ask for feedbacks and own up to their mistakes. That way you will not be crushing egos but resolving issues you are facing as a team .Avoid bombarding. Be empathetic but assertive.
Choose your words and sentences well.Feedbacks and critical analysis involves being mindful of the words you choose and conveying the criticism in a well meaning way so that you are not directly attacking the receiver. This will ensure they are able to digest and understand what is going wrong and not stagnate by becoming defensive.
Remember it is not a war of egos and ensure you avoid making it one .
Be clear & concise
Vagueness is not going to resolve anything. Be objective in your feedback . If someone is a perpetual latecomer then mention specifically how many times they are late in the last month .
This will make them more accountable and lead to ownership and better productivity at work.
See the Bigger Picture
When you giving feedback address the issue and do not attack the person’s character. Try your best to see things in the larger frame . Avoid being petty and leave your own ego aside before you begin.Remind yourself always to envision the bigger picture. And remember that it is not personal.
Feedbacks in general can be a very valuable tool for companies.and there are many types of feedbacks.
Have you given or received feedbacks recently.
What are your expectations and experiences on feedbacks?
Every person has a certain style of dressing. They have their own preferences on what to wear and an idea of what looks and feels good on them.
Some are safe players and some are extremely adventurous.
When it comes to the world of corporate wear, there is good reason to understand how to dress for success and make it work for you.
Here are a few tips on dressing well at work.
Dress well. It matters.
Feel good in the clothes you wear , remember its for yourself, not for others.be confident in what you are wearing.
A Matter of Details.
Attend to the smallest of the detail ensure that you are clean and organised
Avoid shabby and grunge looks while at work.
A Matter of Choices
Avoid going overboard spending for clothes or accessory.
Teach yourself to be well mannered, as how you behave is not only a reflection of yourself but also the company you work for.
A Matter of Decorum
Pay attention to your behaviour that all time
Maintain decorum and adhere to the set company culture.
A Matter of Comfort.
Choose closed shoes with practical heels. Avoid uncomfortable stilettos if they dont allow you ease of movement. Alternatively you carry your work wearing a shoe bag and wear comfy shoes while traveling to work. Or you can opt for comfortable block heels.Do remember your health is above all else.
Ensure what you wear is comfortable.
A Matter of Professionality.
Avoid distracting bling and bringing unnecessary attention on yourself.
If you wish to you can adhere to
global monochromatic tones at work grey black blue beige etc with the right accessories. It may makes you look and feel professional. It helps to accessorize with hints of colour to make the look interesting.
Make sure to work well at what you do as much as you dress well. Be a thorough professional at work.
A Matter of Grooming.
Keep your makeup minimal and fresh.
Be well groomed. Let your hair, nails speak for themselves remember to wear neat and ironed clothes.
Keep jewellery simple avoid too much skin show.
Avoid dangling earrings. Keep them for a party.
You can try matching your footwear to the attire or go for contrast.
Avoid following the trends of fashion blindly.
Wear what suits your personality and be yourself.
A Matter of Poise & Posture.
Regardless of what you are wearing ensure that you work on correcting your posture. If you find yourself slouching pick up your head & shoulders align with your back and breathe easily. Remember that a good posture shows confidence.
A Matter of Attitude.
Keep good attitude. To be the best you can paying attention to clothes you wear but more importantly remember it’s the whole package.
A matter of planning
Think what you want to wear next day. A simple practice of selecting and keeping your clothes ready for the next morning saves time.
A little planning goes a long way.
Remember it is not superficial it is an investment to your own self and career.
Dressing well is not about the brands you wear. It it about how wear what you wear.
It is about your expression of you.
And it is also about how it makes you feel.
And the positive impact it can leave on others.
So keep a good attitude and stay at ease.
And always remember to wear a smile.
Artwork by Russian Surrealist Painter Vladimir Kush
How are you going to reach the tree of knowing?
The climb is not a cake walk
It is tough to balance on the way up or down.
You are at the base.
And yet you are not grounded.
In the knowing that sets you free.
At times you climb almost all the way.
But think twice about entering its core
For it is demanding.
Life never comes with a planbook
All happens in the living.
All is meant to flow along the way.
Things refine or distort
To change or transform
Into new paths of purpose.
All, a leap of faith
To reach beyond knowing.
“To dance is to move with the strength of earth below you, sensing and knowing the grounding beneath you of your convictions.
To dance is to freely be able to improvise your physical and emotional self with the quality of fluidity like the flowing water.
To dance is to ignite the power of passion and fire up your creative movements.
To dance is to be able to glide as if you are as light as the air and soar in grace, as you feel the wind enveloping yet beckoning you to scale new heights of harmonious effusion while dancing with a conscious awareness of your edges and spaces that you occupy in this beautiful amazing world”