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A Share of Blessings

“May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house.

May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.

May your mocassins make happy tracks in many snows,

And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.”

A beautiful American Indian Cherokee Blessing that someone sent across to me. Thank you my friend wherever you are … šŸ˜Š This I share with all my friends here today.

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Art of presentation

Presentation is about a sense of aesthetics that makes the difference between a job done and job well done.
Often the drive to succeed in an increasingly complex world leaves little time for the aesthetic endeavour, as it is often about rushing through to deliver than about commitment, care and connection to the work we do beyond the delivery.

Creativityis enhanced with a passion for artistry in any field of work.
In life, there are many ways to live…
To live fully and deeply, a richer life that is inspiring and empowering to follow.
Or to live drifting along to whatever comes your way.

To each their own!
But if one wishes to leave a footprint, make a mark that is felt, then the idea is to be present to every moment that presents itself.

Value life and consider living every moment artfully.
That will change our present and future to degrees we may not even have imagined.

All is in the consistency of presentation
Consider the self for a moment…

Look closely at how we are sitting at this moment.

What is our posture like… can we work on bettering it. And try to be more aligned?

How is the breathing? Rushed? Or have we held our breath in any way …

Breathe in and exhale deeply and lovingly.

Consider the clothes one wears
Our clothes tend to reflect our own state of mind .

Dressing well is a form of good manners.

Tom Ford

Caring to dress neatly and looking and feeling comfortable at all times shows in the way we carry our self.

It is also wise to check our sense of grooming and hygiene. It matters.

After all we are presenting ourself…. every day to the world.

It is would be good to make sure we feel like getting introduced to ourselves,
and be presentable as we would want someone else to be with us.

In paying attention to where we are in this moment to our surroundings and
seeing if we could make any positive difference always matters.

If we can get ourselves to make even tiny changes step by step, we evolve in time.

Savvy


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Learning : A dance of symbiosis

Every learning is a two way process. There is the imparter of knowledge, skill & wisdom of truth who could be called a guru, teacher or a facilitator. Then there is the one who receives, assimilates, processes, synthesizes & is then convinced about his or her interpretation of assimilation of truth enough to be called the student, shishya or disciple.

Now as learning is a never ending process of growth and realization all the seekers of knowledge should have the channels of thoughts, words & deeds open for correction, improvement to be able to retain & sustain the available information to the best of their abilities.

The interpretation of knowledge may happen with respect to the personal state of mind and matter of the receiver, no matter whether he is the student or a teacher. Both are only human and they are bound to the vagaries of human nature.

Poise & Composure

The sheer physical or mental magnetism a teacher or student exudes or otherwise must not undermine the purpose. So certain restraint in conduct, both in the physical emotional & mental sense must be in place for a mutually symbiotic relationship to take place. Itā€™s very important for this realization to be clear and apparent enough between both of them before they can begin a journey of refinement that knowledge brings forth. In a situation of misplaced judgement it is important for the other to coach and coax the unwilling and astray mule in the mind of the erring person, back on to the road, whoever they are, student or teacher. As learning is a two way street. The learning will at times make the student a teacher and the teacher a student in the journey of realization.

Channelling the learning

Many a times the temptation of thoughts will bring even the most dedicated of students or teachers to testing the real purpose of their efforts and practice. At this juncture, the control of mind and body actions must be exercised. This if left unchecked could leave room for unnecessary situations which could harm the beautiful synthesis and symbiotic nature of the student teacher relationship. The boundaries of mind are easily even more difficult to fathom and clarify.

It is simple and wise to let the mind be grounded, focused and steadfast in its purpose enough to be clear about the distinction and discernment while the learning relationship is taking place. As a single stray thought, or action could cause confusion enough to completely toss the relationship boundaries to levels which may be difficult to tilt back to states of equilibrium that needs to be maintained.

Steering the learning

The teacher must make it clear to himself or herself and to the students that he is there for the purpose of teaching and sharing the knowledge that he has been privy to, probably because of his own levels of ability, understanding, karma, dedication or steadfastness and discipline in acquiring the related skill. This act itself clears the ground for proper acceptance of a teacherā€™s education.

The thought and senses need to be checked before every movement such that there is respect enough for the student towards the teachersā€™ knowledge and in doing so the teacher manages to gain the required acceptance from the student and learning resumes.

Respect

But this is only one side of the coin the student too has certain modes of conduct which needs to be observed and never crossed.

It is very important to understand first of all that neither a teachers time must not be taken for granted nor his teachings. They will be there for you as you need it and thus trust enough to understand that you cannot learn more or less of anything than what is required for you at that time.

Secondly it is important that both accept and follow the principles of conduct in which learning is taking place which is ideally laid down by the form or subject to ensure that both do not stray beyond the boundaries and go off track .

The purpose of learning is absolutely free flowing & spills over to life and its situations and circumstances so this association of thought must not be confused with favoritism and partiality of any kind between both of them.

In some learning the personal space both physical and mental greatly narrows down between the teacher and student putting them in a quandary especially if both are seeing a reflection of thoughts and actions in each other. This is definitely a situation to exercise caution enough to circumvent the spill over of knowledge beyond the cup of the mind.

Finally there is the need to assimilate and interpret an information and only then act upon it , not get taken by impulse so much that you donā€™t give the other side the benefit of doubt.

The realization that experiences necessary for your learning and growth come to you will be clear but at the same time you must keep in mind that no student or teacher can exercise and influence you to the degree that you do not want to be.

You learn what you can imbibe.. Not more not less!

Savvy

I wrote this article years ago but I was reminded of it today as in India it is Guru Poornima a day dedicated to the Teacher or Guru in and around us .

It is a day of celebration in respect & reverence for the exchange of knowledge and wisdom.

I addressed here the interplay of that which needs a mutual definition in understanding between both the students and the teacher as learnings begin to happen It is always a work in progress for I believe learning is never ending and a continuous path of life and living.

Yet it is beautiful to pause & be grateful for the understanding that comes our way. Thus through the trials & tribulations of being a student & a teacher, life abounds in deep gratitude.

Happy Guru poornima!

Savvy


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Envision Beyond

 

We shall have our moments of dancing ecstasy

We shall have music of joy beyond the melancholy.

We can cure our self of intolerable distress and worry

We can seek beyond and envision peace not as a possession but as a practice.

We can envision beyond the pitfalls of pain and pleasure

See in nature a mystical purpose greater thanĀ  the self

Understand the spirit of life beyond petty interpretations.

And value the building of character

We know that what truly is, is what really counts!

Intelligence must question materialism.

It must have confidence in itself and respect its connection with evolution.

We can value art for art’s sake but go deeper to acknowledge the uncertainties of creative justifications.

Savvy


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Stay blessed!

On Faith

Stay blessed
as blessed can be
Feel the divine within you.

You are part of the abundance of nature.
Linked in the magnificence of cosmic connects.

Savvy


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Life is…

 

Had written these following verses to a dear friend while discussing the spirit of life and living … Thought I could share it here.

Savvy

 

Life Is…

Savvy

 


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One Moment

Sensing Oneness

A moment of stillness
A frame of reference
For centering the being
In the infinite fractals circling

A moment in witness
Sensing the multiverse
All in the sweet silence of being
In the oneness that occurs…

In the infinite possibilities

Of life and living

Take a moment with oneself

To sense the oneness with the self

Savvy

Artwork by Savvy Raj Titled : Sense of Infinitude