Savvy Raj

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What do you see?Day 3

 

 

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Hello my dear readers, Every day for three consecutive days I have been sharing one of my own paintings from my Artworks Collection.

Here is my Painting share on Day 3:

Please write the first 3 words that come to mind the moment you see it

Every painting has been shared without the title. I would love to understand what your meaning is for the painting. The next day I will reveal my original title and intentions for the painting.

Lets together see if what I have tried depicting through my painting has reached you. Or better still you may have your own interpretation which I would love to read. Pls do share.

My painting share on Day 2 is

Titled : Vortex

Random impressions in the expression.

Signifying the dance of thoughts in the space creating a vortex through the patterns formed in the dynamics of the flow.

Deeply appreciate the amazing creativity that flowed from all of you for this post.

What was quite unique was how many attributed this to flames and fire . I suppose it had much to do with the color red. It was beautiful to acknowledge that every word you used to describe the painting sets off on a serious of trajectories in contemplation showing the vividity of our unique thoughts.

I look forward to reading your words on today’s artwork.

Savvy


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Interweaves

The virtue of patience is trust
The virtue of trust is faith
The virtue of faith is a belief
The virtue of belief is knowing
The virtue of knowing is awareness
The virtue of awareness is awakening
The virtue of awakening is consciousness
The virtue of consciousness is wisdom
The virtue of wisdom is life
The virtue of life is in being
The virtue of being is in living
The virtue of living is in experiencing
The virtue of experiencing is in sensing
The virtue of sensing is in feeling
The virtue of feeling is in learning
The virtue of learning is in letting go
The virtue of letting go is in giving
The virtue of giving is in sharing
The virtue of sharing is in abundance
The virtue of abundance is in love
Love is unconditional, & all-pervading
Where love is, virtue is
And so is all.
Savvy

Today having reached a tiny milestone of writing and publishing 250 continuous posts I share the joys of the journey in passion, perseverance and most of all in love and patience.

Contemplating on the virtue of patience set me thinking of all the interweaving of virtues. Everything connects and has a reason to be.馃挋馃檹馃挋

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On Healing

Blessings in prayers.

Artwork by Savvy Raj

A Prayer Answered

A Prayer Answered

In the bowing is a prayer answered

In the kneeling to the cosmic connects

Acknowledge the grace that’s revered

And the blessing that protects…

Sense the touch of the angels around

Feel the flow of divinity in the haloed healing light abound…

Embrace the moments in silence and serenity.

Savvy

Our body & mind knows what we need, if only we slow down and take the time to listen in. Moving in conscious connectedness increases mind-body awareness. As a spiritual or healing practice…there is great potential in it to play a vital role in health and well-being. which is a result of moving as one unit; body and mind.

It鈥檚 also quite possible to heal ones aches away. A headache, muscle soreness, joint pain often melts away in oblivion by bringing one’s attention and focus on that particular body part and moving mindfully with the awareness of our breath and channelling the energy of the breath.

Likewise, it鈥檚 also possible to become aware of actions which aggravate your conditions and back off and instead work on movements which make you feel better.

The same is also true for emotional pain. By bringing one’s attention to what is emotionally hurting and moving slowly through space, allowing the body to lead the way, one often finds emotional pain reduces to a considerable extent. Layers of emotional blockages and disconnects can be peeled away with this awareness about one’s movements in the moments. Centring oneself consciously involves understanding one’s place in space and being comfortable enough where one is and stable enough to be aware of one’s edges and the surroundings.

Healing happens as a consequence of certain specific actions in time. At the same breath a word of cautionary suggestion Taking an example here …, just as it鈥檚 very challenging to overcome an unwanted habit but quite easy to succumb to it again. Once you have moved in space and healed yourself off your problems do give a little thought to actions done without reflection as you wouldn鈥檛 want to be in the same tight spot which you have wrangled yourself out of with so much effort… right?

So leave a mark of poised, beautiful actions in the monument of time in thoughts words and deeds and you will be consistently feeling twice blessed for sure.

Savvy Raj


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Alone and yet not alone!

I am not alone

I am not alone
When I am walking at dawn
For I have the company
Of a waking sun.

I am not alone
When I am walking at dusk
For I witness the dance of heavenly lights.

For Twilights hold a special meaning
In the witnessing
Of transitions in transcendence.
Of day to night
And night to day…

In this world
Remember
You are not alone
In the dark of the night
With twinkling stars to show you the way.

You are only alone
When even in midst of the many
Your heart seeks a little
Respite from company!

A safe space to witness
Your emerging thoughts
A zone to turn into
A tranquil place to been in

To sense a balance
With your thoughtful self
Amidst the scurry hurry
Of life and living.
Savvy

Often ‘ alone’ is equated with loneliness. Alone may also mean simply being a witness to, by and with your self. It may arise from a need to explore to discover the self as much as the world in mindful introspection and contemplation. Every now and then a little time spent quietly with your self can truly help expand and regain the much needed equanimity to handle the worldly issues.

Meditations are a positive wonderful way to recharge our system.

Do you like to find time to be alone

With your thoughts and nothing else?

Do share

Savvy


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My article in Spanish.

A dear reader has sent me a link I want to share … It is his translation of my recent article Flow with Life.

Happy to share this here for my Spanish speaking readers.Thank you Ignacio-orna-nacho

for your kind effort and share.

For all language aficionados in any new language, there is a draw of nuances of the culture and its interpretations in the flow in both the way it is spoken and written.And that is often beautiful to note.

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FLUYE CON LA VIDA- (FLOW WITH LIFE- SAVVY RAJ)

FLUYE CON LA VIDA- (FLOW WITH LIFE- SAVVY RAJ)

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Texto original en Ingl茅s “Flow with life” de Savvy Raj

El que cambiemos es inevitable, es Ley de Vida pero t煤 eres quien est谩 a cargo de c贸mo el cambio te impacta.

Aliento y movimiento:

Somos la suma de nuestras partes individuales. No hay coraz贸n sin nuestra mente y ninguna acci贸n sin nuestra percepci贸n.

No hay dos momentos de nuestra vida que sean iguales. Nuestro cuerpo est谩 hecho de c茅lulas que se renuevan a tiempo. Las emociones y el comportamiento que manifestamos son profundamente integrales a c贸mo nos sentimos acerca de nosotros mismos y la situaci贸n en cuesti贸n … por lo que nuestros movimientos son tan 煤nicos como lo somos nosotros.

Cultivar la conciencia de nuestra propia respiraci贸n puede brindarnos el apoyo necesario y la sanaci贸n interna a trav茅s de los caprichos de la vida y nuestro modo de vivir.

Solo aseg煤rate de sentir tu calma interior y ser uno con tu aliento, sin importar la situaci贸n en la que te encuentres. Esa es la forma en que te puedes conectar gradualmente contigo mismo en un nivel m谩s profundo.

Mientras m谩s conectado est茅s con tu aliento, gradualmente comenzar谩s a relajarte en el momento.

Ajustando tu aliento y movimiento

Deja que tu aliento gu铆e y lidere tu movimiento. Valore las energ铆as sutiles de su propio ser que abarque su propia respiraci贸n.

Siente la integraci贸n de tu aliento y tus movimientos. La respiraci贸n le da a tu movimiento una forma y direcci贸n. Por lo tanto, no solo puede vincular su respiraci贸n y su movimiento, sino tambi茅n practicar la iniciaci贸n de tus movimientos con la respiraci贸n.

Tu conciencia aumentar谩 gradualmente de c贸mo tu propia inspiraci贸n y espiraci贸n se utilizan en tus movimientos. Lo que potencia y da energ铆a a tus acciones y lo que calma y ayuda a la relajaci贸n. 隆Y c贸mo puede fluir envolvente y abarcante, conect谩ndose y complement谩ndose como un baile elegante!

Tan pronto como empieces a practicar, aprender谩s a bailar con ello.

By Ignacio
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ignacio-orna-nacho/fluye-con-la-vida

Here is my original post.

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Change is inevitable, but you are the one in charge of how the change impacts you.

Breath and Movement:

We are the sum of our individual parts There is no heart without our mind and no action without our sensing.

No two moments of our lives are alike. Our body is made of cells that are renewed in time. Emotions and behaviour that we manifest are deeply integral to how we feel about ourselves and the situation at hand 鈥 so our movements are as unique as we are.

Cultivating an awareness of our own breath can give us much needed support and inner healing through the vagaries of life and living

Just make sure to sense your inner calm and be one with your breath no matter the situation you are in. That is the way you can gradually connect with yourself on a deeper level.

The more connected you are with your breath you gradually begin to relax in the moment.

Attuning your Breath and Movement

Let your breath guide and lead your movement. Value the subtle energies of your own self that encompasses your own breath.

Sense the integration of your breath and your movements. Breath gives your movement a shape and direction. So not only can you link your breath and your movement but also practise initiating your movements with your breath.

Your awareness will gradually increase of how your own breath (inhale)and out breath (exhale) are being used in your movements. What powers and energizes your actions and what calms and assists relaxation. And how it can flow enveloping and encompassing, connecting and complementing each other like an elegant dance!

Soon in practice, you will learn to

Dance with it ‘

That鈥檚 how you learn to flow and dance with life!

Savvy

 


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Dances of India: Roots in Culture

In a land of diversities in all spheres from culture to climate, from religion to celebrations.
Every region expresses its culture distinctly according to the ethos of the people of that particular region.And as dances are a coherent expression of human nature thoughts and feelings, each form of dance that originates, encapsulates it distinctly.
Indian dances can be broadly divided into Classical Dance Forms Semi Classical and the Folk forms.
The most well known Classical Dance styles of India are the Kathak, Odissi & Manipuri of Northern and Eastern parts of India.And
Bharatanatyam Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam Kathakali from Southern parts of India.
Classical Dance and Arts is given a revered status as according to the legends, the Gods invented the dance. It incorporates music melody beats drama form and line along with gestures through hand fingers and eye movements.
The elaborate costumes and heavy makeup somehow helps convey many depictions of the overall performances.
There are a number of Folk dance forms that are performed as well.
Traditionally all these forms have been structured around the nine emotions or rasas namely:
  • Hasya: happiness
  • Shoka: sorrow
  • Krodha: anger
  • Karuna: compassion
  • Bhibatsa: disgust
  • Adbuta: wonder
  • Bhaya: fear
  • Viram: courage
  • And Shanta: serenity.
The earliest Indian religious texts have described creation in terms of a dance. And the dances of India are said to have their origins in the Vedic Age of 1000BC
Even today the practice of the Indian dances have an element of religious rituals although much may have changed with time.
Musings on Dancing

A dance is an expression of who we are, our mindset our bodies our culture all intermingled inextricably. It is a statement of our roots and our connection to others.

We can express ourselves by learning and staying rooted in the structure or choose to vary and fuse and develop our understanding by adding to the repertoire other dance forms and evolve in the sharing. The choice is ours to choose. We don’t need to discard old learning as we learn something new but align ourselves to understand the larger picture. This way we experience diversity for ourselves as we learn to see the significance of every form its contribution its essence and relevance of its roots in culture through the movements and expression. Learning dance from different lands helps us understand and evolve. We can learn to respect others traditions and cultures while valuing our own.

Savvy


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For every friend is perfect in time!


Cheers to all the good friends

Who manifest in our lives

And make our living fine!

Savvy Raj


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You Most Certainly Can Dance

You Most Certainly Can Dance

A short story of inspiration for beginners learning to dance!
A pleasant Sunday morning, finds me in a new venue, a family club actually for my dance workshops in the suburbs of Mumbai , well it was a start of something new, so there I stood before my new batch of learners. I notice a lovely couple聽 had brought their daughter of five along with them. Being a parent myself I understand the limitations of nuclear parenting in Mumbai and the fact that there are times that one has to just take the kids along where you want to go, as sometimes, there is no one you could leave them safely with.

The keen observer in the picture is the little girl 聽I have written about聽聽馃檪

I smiled at the little girl who gave me a warm smile back. Very sweet I thought! Soon enough I began the session with the usual round of introduction to the dance form and then went on with the basic step of swing. I was quite busy with the parents and just had a cursory glance the little girl who I saw amusing herself standing near the corner where a couple of chairs were stacked.I went about explaining about the beat, counts and the rhythm and the body positioning and was halfway through the session . I was engrossed in teaching so much that I was suddenly jolted with a soft but insistent tap on my arm. I turned and was absolutely amazed when the little girl showed me the basic step with perfect timing to music. The little girl had carefully observed what I was doing and imbibed it for sometime standing quietly in the corner and once she was confident she came up to me silently for approval.
I was clearly bowled over by the power of observation and interest in this child. Many a times with power of observation we can master all that we want to by our-self , provided we have the determination to focus on our goals.
The little child’s brain had mapped a visual imagery of the step clearly, and was able to recall it at will even though she had not practiced it half the number of times her parents had… along with me.

聽The power of observation has no age barrier, some are gifted and some have to develop the latent power within, but 聽we all certainly have it within us to 聽reap the potential of this power.So do care to see a little beyond the denials and negations just trust and believe you can dance and then聽You Most Certainly Can Dance!

Savvy聽

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This was first written for my dance students and future learners, a couple of years ago .But I felt it can be shared聽 for the power of perseverance and belief makes all the difference !聽

 

  • We are all unique in our movements , so we must strive to find our own path to fulfillment , wherein lies our success. Success follows whenever we move with the strength of intention to learn to dance !
  • Take a step , start dancing today ! Make dancing a way of life, To find out more about learning to dance at your pace…
    please聽contact聽 here聽or write to me:聽 savvy@danceconcepts.in


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Power of Possibilities

 

Explore the Immense Power of Possibilities!

At times we find our road has got rough

Many times we give up when the going gets tough

At such times if we muster the strength to persevere

The very perseverance leads us to new paths

Paths we may have never accessed in the fear of trying.

To try to forge ahead in spite of hopelessness

To try to discover the power of possibilities

To try to seek the connecting dots that may have faded in time

To try to find new pathways in the making

Such is the power of life in the living.

There is always a way

To make it happen

Often enshrouded in

All we need is to see beyond the looking

Envision the potential that rests within

Trust the options we have at hand,

And lo and behold!

There is so much more than what we thought was possible.

Come let us dare to explore the power of the possibilities!

 

Savvy


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On Nurturing 5

Nurturing Hope & Care

Hope is here to stay!’

Nurturing is a life affirming process ….rooted in bettering care and creating hope for a better life. There are many experiments conducted to support how even an exposure to nature like being amidst trees and tranquil places, hearing birdsongs and watching the sky , the sea and the sand can be extremely nurturing for ones health and wellbeing. The healing element associated with nature, is in the nurture it provides to replenish the soul.

The very nature of nurturing is both very inclusive and expansive in the same breath.The scope of positive outcomes of good nurturing is deeply significant to humanity at large . For that is what is truly important to sustain our planet . Every being’s effort in nurturing the world in and around him to thrive.

At the root of Creativity is a nurtured thought process. To nurture is to nourish the being with appropriate care.
Speaking of care giving, it is often a part of nurturing which can be rather challenging to say the least. In case of elders there can be a lot of unexplained resentment the care giver has to deal with for many seniors may take a while to come to terms with the many aspects of growing old.

Patience can have its limits too and with growing intolerance in a world which is more about the sense of self importance, the need to achieve much can stifle any thoughts of pursuing time consuming and almost never ending aspects of nurturing .

It is true the world is getting a little too self centered . However the realization of the impacts of an uncaring and indifferent citizens of the world is also hitting home and that too right from the modern changes of family systems in place.

The concern for global warming and carbon imprints is touching an all time high for the world now is slowly realizing how much it needs to nurture its own living spaces to ensure it has a world left to live at all. And thus thankfully hope is here to stay!

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Follow your passion…find your purpose… fulfill your presence.


The highest motivation that can change the way we behave for the better is always intrinsic than external factors. There have been many research studies conducted to find out if we are influenced to perform better consistently through a system of rewards and punishments. Humans, are found to decrease performance in tasks where there is only materialistic gain as a reward,but fare consistently better where there is autonomy & encouragement  towards a purpose. A purpose which aligns with their innate  sensibilities.


This throws the conventional and traditional approach to getting work done, up for a toss. As it is exactly opposite to the viewpoint that  humans can be manipulated to a large extent to achieve better results by the so-called carrot and stick methods .



 

In choosing to work harder at a task or a job with passion instead of needing to comply to it  lets the  being feels free enough to go beyond the box . As there is free will within  a wider net of required structure the creative potentialities are given a free play  and thus the individual moves closer to his authentic self . The joy of self-expression results in a need to share it with others out of sheer happiness .

 

Highest levels of happiness are  in giving a  larger meaning to life  whether it is in involving oneself in activities  helping another, in learning and growing with another , it could be in learning  a new  art form ,or even simply in dancing socially with a group of people , are  all wonderful for your well-being& a healthy life. Even in the simple act of volunteering towards  a good deed  from the heart,  can make one realize the true joys of sharing….and find meaning in one’s own lives .


What is that makes us love ourselves better when we give? Is it the satisfaction  in the appreciation of that which we willingly share or is it on the innate need for doing a deed with a larger good in mind. or is it in the happiness of the other that results through the actions. Whatever it may be, just remember we are truly blessed and are our most authentic self in every expansive action that we choose to do!

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聽Dancing:聽 Enriching life and living.

 

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The trick is in the integration of such artistic  pursuits into our everyday lives ,as most of us  carry on with our life with little or no time to spare for a little self enrichment.

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On Nurturing聽 2

Parenting: The learnings in the nurturing.

Parenting is a long term learning process. With the first born every parent is going through a variety of emotions and various stages of parenting. It is true as an infant it is entirely on the parents-聽 be its safety, its cleanliness, understanding its cries for various needs-聽 all done with so much love and care without prior experience.聽 As the child grows聽 so does its mode of expression, tantrums, seeking attention, and the parents learn to cope up with all of it聽 like experts. Cherubic angels with devilish moods. It’s a 24/ 7 job with full focus. The teacher in the child starts teaching valuable lessons, you may have not come across so far in any university.

You have to constantly learn new techniques with every child. One lesson will not work with the other as they are different individuals teaching you to handle the same issues with various means.

You will be learning new lessons with every stage of their growing up. Infants to toddlers to kids, youngsters to teen agers, Young adults to grown up,men and women, each stage teaches you different lessons.
You will be learning new lessons on changing generations, their changing values,聽 how to maintain the balance and be a bridge to keep up the tranquility and peace at home. Though every phase has its testing period, it is challenging period when they are in their teens with their聽 need to balance their inner and outer worlds.聽 Once you cross that successfully you can enjoy a momentary peace till the next one starts.

Coping up with the the new relations that springs up in their lives, and the need to understand their changing priorities, to accept gracefully聽 and take the back seat in their life though they remain as ur priority , without regrets. Ability to know the strength of the bond though invisible still remains strong and intact. The list of life lessons the child teaches goes on till the end.

That is the way life has to go on.

And all the while we pride ourselves as parents and that we teach and guide our children!
Who is the real teacher here?

These are a few reflections from my mothers perspectives on Parenting.

There may be many styles of parenting and the nurturing they instill聽 may be relative to聽 what they received. There is no foolproof way to successful parenting as success is itself subjective. However the idea of nurturing聽 abilities and giving space for evolving聽 helps the聽 holistic development of individual.On Nurturing

In a nutshell …can think of聽 5 A’s of Nurturing as parents… but the list never ends .

Acknowledge abilities as uniquely significant.

Appreciate the good qualities & its application.

Allow the potential of聽 personal expression.

Accept the challenges as part of life

Adapt to changing nature.

What are your views on Parenting and nurturing? Do share.
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The Call of the Dunes.

Desert Trails :

 

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The call of the dunes.

The desert has a way聽 with you.

Just sun and sand across and around you.

As much as your eyes can see in the yonder

The red tinged sands bears the patterns of movement.

Of many who walked in there in sheer amazement.

Of the eerie silence of nothingness around

Except the tunes, that the howling winds may sound.

 

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The charm of the desert聽 springs on at night

At the camp with carpets spread out

Surrounded by the bedouins tents

And a sheesha to indulge if you wish

Traditional Arabic hospitality peeks

And the swaying hips of the belly dancer speaks

Flowing and swivelling like the swirls on聽 the dunes

Mesmerizing you in the alluring moves to the mystical tunes.

Bring it on you may yourself聽 say…

You must at least for once pass this way!

Savvy