Calling back my Power


I have spent so many years selflessly offering every bit of me to those who took all of my offerings for granted.
I spent countless hours thinking about others’ need that I forgot I had needs of my own too.
I spent all of my energy chasing people who ignored me when I needed them to walk with me.
I spent all my tears on the pain I didn’t deserve to endure.
I let my feet dance to the tune of others.
I allowed my hands to be tied with doing the work for others.
I buried my dreams alive under society’s reality.
I lowered myself to standards so that I would fit in.
I succumbed to self doubt, lack, fear and insecurity.
I stumbled, I fell and lay on the ground and sighed.
Gazing up at the stars, that looked so beautiful, floating in the darkness.
I was losing my spark because I was too distant from myself.
It was time to free my hands and stop dancing to the rhythm of others.
It was time to look within my soul.
It was time to make things right.
I don’t regret anything I did or the mistakes I made.
It was a journey of self discovery to finding the woman I am today.
It has made me who I am.
I want to build myself from ground zero.
I want to bloom to new heights.
Today, I call all of my power.
Back to me.  

-Madhavi

Be your own kind of beautiful

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Hey you, you are beautiful!

And you know what makes you so?

It’s the pure love shining bright from your eyes.

That’s what real beauty is.

Don’t go by the people who body shame you, or the people who mock at your sense of dressing or who ridicule you at your make up not done right. And what is right anyway. There are no parameters for having a level of outer beauty that can define you. There is no rule book made in the world that will label what beautiful should look like.

I have seen and met women who have had plastic injected into their bodies, some even as young as 25 years old, to achieve perfection of their shells as I like to call it. And believe me it doesn’t look as charming as the one whose radiance shines through her eyes.

I know we have been bombarded with fashion magazines inflicting on the fact that beautiful looking people experience life very differently from the average looking ones. Strangers walk up to them complimenting them on their beauty, physical appearance and their confidence. And how they have the advantage of that coveted job, and exceptional service at restaurants and stores, than the plain Jane’s ever do.

But do you think these beach babes or even actresses look perfect 24/7?

No way!! It’s all about the make-up, the lights and angles, and a whole team of stylists who make sure they look as close to perfection can get, before their pictures are shown to the public.

Some women on the other hand may or may not have the drop dead gorgeous looks and may not always be shining or perfect. Their beauty is not only about wearing the perfectly fitted dress or having flawless skin. They may not feel the need to smooth out their wrinkles surgically or wearing hair extensions to look pretty. For them beauty may have an altogether different meaning.

The internet is an insanely wonderful place. And we are living in an era where technology like photo shop and air brushing, literally makes all things possible.  With an entire industry focused on masking flaws and insecurities about you, it’s difficult not to get swayed by the whole exercise

However if I could use this platform and say this one thing to the woman who has started to feel the heat of not being “insta-worthy perfect”, is to see how truly wonderful and beautiful she really is. I would tell her to break the so called stereotypes of perfection in beauty, and see beyond the outer skin and find the purity and love in their own heart.

And as for me, lazing in my pj’s , my hair coiled up in a messy bun, my face clean of any makeup and not having the need to check on myself in the mirror every 2 minutes is like being in a state of constant bliss.

I feel beautiful when the people closest to me tell me how much I mean to them.

I feel beautiful when I can put a smile on someone else’s face.

I feel beautiful, when I see the flaws in me, and my skin and accept them knowing that there is no pressure to being a perfect beauty.

When I am walking barefoot on the beach, the waves kissing my toes, the wind blowing through my curls and making them even more unruly, the setting sun casting its warm golden glow on my face, and the peace filling up in my heart in knowing that I am loved for just being me -that’s when I feel utterly and completely beautiful.

How about you?

When do you truly feel beautiful? Do share in the comments.

-M

 

 

 

Love hurts

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You know the inevitable will happen. And you start preparing yourself mentally to accept things. But no matter how prepared you are to that , you are never ready when it does. All your fears and pains just cling to your heart till you can take it no more and you are on the verge of a breakdown.

And then there is this thing – you have to smile through it all even though you are breaking apart from the inside. You hide your pain from the people around you and find excuses to run to the bathroom so you can cry your eyes out. But even then the pain refuses to leave your body .

So what do you do? You live with it till you are numb to all of these emotions. You smile through your tears , but dying every moment while you are still breathing. 

Why does loving someone hurt so much?

-M

Aligning your Chakras- with meditation and food.

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 Most people have heard of chakras – the energy centers of the body. Although there are actually 114 in the body, many of us know of only seven.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning a “plexus,” “wheel,” or “vortex.”

Along with these energy centers are the ‘nadis’ –or energy channels through which prana or vital life force moves.

When the nadis meet at different points in the body, they form a chakra. Chakras are responsible for of taking in, incorporating and emanating energy to keep us functioning at optimal levels.

When a chakra is out of balance or blocked it starts affecting your health, both physically and emotionally. And on the other hand, if we endeavor to work on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, we can promote the flow of energy through our chakras with ease.

Yoga, reiki and any kind of physical activity greatly influence in strengthening and enhancing the flow of energy to our chakra systems. Clearing out the clutter from our lives, physically and emotionally, also helps to strengthen the flow of our energy. Forgiveness greatly enhances our energetic health, to bring back balance and promoting wellbeing on all levels.

However I find that along with yoga a brief stint with meditation is one of the best ways to balance and harmonise these chakras.

I personally sit cross legged on the floor, my hands on my knees, palms facing upwards, joining the index finger to the thumb, and closing my eyes as I slowly breathe in and out, focusing and visualising the location and colour associated with each chakra, in my mind’s eye.
Starting at the root chakra and moving upward towards the crown chakra, allowing at least a couple of minutes to each chakra. However if you find this a little too overwhelming, you can always use a guided meditation available on You Tube to get you started. Don’t expect results immediately. Like everything else in life this too will take its time, and once you start meditation, it will definitely change your entire outlook on life.

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Below is a list of the major chakras and their basic properties.

Root Chakra – Muladhara.

Muladhara is the root chakra; this root defines our relationship with Mother Earth. It influences our vitality and most importantly, our basic survival instincts and our sense of belonging. The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is represented by the colour red, which is naturally associated with the element earth. To keep this chakra healthy, walking barefoot on the floor or in a garden allows you to connect to earth and keeps you grounded. Add some root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, turnips and food that are red in colour- pomegranates, cherry, watermelon, beetroots in your diet.

Sacral Chakra – Svadhistana.

The Sacral Chakra, or the Swadhisthana Chakra, is symbolic of the water elements present within the human body. It influences our desires, sexuality, creativity and our reproductive functions. Located two inches below the navel it is represented by the colour orange. To keep your chakras in balance include foods such as honey, sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges, mangoes and papayas.

Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura.

The Solar Plexus Chakra or the Manipura Chakra is regarded as one of the most powerful chakras that have profound influences on our personal power. Representing our personal abilities and powers, it influences both our personal and professional success. Located in the stomach, the colour associated with this chakra is yellow, and its natural element is fire, and this is where the “fire in your belly” term derives from. Include foods of yellow colour such as squash, pineapple, bananas, turmeric, yellow peppers, pumpkin, and lemon.

Heart Chakra – Anahata.

The Heart Chakra, also known as the Anahata Chakra, is associated with the element of air within the body, and it has the most profound influence on our professional and personal relationships. This chakra relates to unconditional love. Located at the center of the heart, green is the colour of this chakra and it relates naturally to love and compassion. Being open to giving and receiving the love that is available to you, enhances the balance of this chakra. Include foods of green colour-leafy vegetables, cucumber, peas, broccoli, green apples, kiwi and avocado.

Throat Chakra – Vishuddha.

The Vishuddha Chakra or Throat Chakra symbolises our true inner voice, and our ability to listen, empathise and communicate with others. It is represented by the colour blue. When this chakra is flowing at optimum levels, you have the ability to ask for what you need. You also reflect your truth in the world through this chakra though your communication.  Include foods such as Jamun, blue berries, black currants, black grapes, mushrooms, herbal teas, coconut water.

Third Eye Chakra – Ajna.

Insight, intuition, awareness and guidance are the properties of this sixth chakra, located between the eyebrows. Located between your eyebrows, the natural colour of this chakra is indigo. Meditation and visualization exercises can assist the healthy flow of this chakra. Be open to your inner guidance and listen to your thoughts. Include foods such as eggplants, purple cabbage and carrots, black beans, olives, prunes, poppy seeds.

Crown Chakra – Sahasrara.

The Crown Chakra, known as the Sahasrara Chakra is connected with the element of light, and is the silence between the spaces and represents spiritual connection. Located at the crown of your head, it represents union, bliss, the knowledge of being at one with all. Cosmic consciousness and peace are the frequency at this chakra. It is the highest form of chakra, which opens up the spiritual communication completely with the universe. It’s often symbolised as a lotus flower blooming open. It is associated with violet or violet-white light. It is not associated with any type of food. In fact, it’s often suggested that fasting can stimulate the flow of the crown chakra. Quieting the body quietens the mind. Drink plenty of water, and practice daily meditation to fully integrate your spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

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Understanding the chakra system and its corresponding colours helps us see why eating a multi-coloured diet of natural foods can improve our emotional and physical health.

It is beneficial to meditate on the chakras for increased health of your energetic system. Some simple pranayam or breathing exercises  and visualizing your beautiful energy centers spinning in a healthy way  and being fully aware of all the seven chakras, will help you notice the improvements you can bring in your body, to stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.

 

-Madhavi

Disclaimer

***The views expressed in this article are of the writer***.

***It is not a miracle cure, nor do I propagate the use of these foods and or exercises/meditation ***

***Please consult a doctor if you have any conditions before starting any kind of exercise/meditation regime ***

*** Please use your discretion before starting any practise ***

 

 

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Embrace the change

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It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

A long time since you socialised with your friends.
A long time since you went back to work.
A long time since those coffee breaks and quick drinks.
A long time since you went on that drive.
A long time since you met your love.
A long time since you went on dates.
A long time since you exchanged hugs and kisses.
A long time since you walked the streets and caught the eye of a stranger.
A long time since you had a stroll in the parks.
A long time since you were in the midst of a commotion.
A long time has passed, and so much has changed.
Days, weeks and months flew by, and you are somewhat different now.

You have…….
A sense of comfort in your own solitude.
A sense of strength in your solidarity.
A sense of tranquility in your mind.
A sense of being connected in all this separation.
A sense of purpose.
You have changed, my god you have.
Don’t let anyone take this away from you.
Don’t be forced to shift back to what you used to be.

You have found so much in this space.
Take your time.
You still might be healing.
You still might be on the way to finding your sense of self.
Remember this and remember well.
You have changed, and it’s a good thing.

Cherish it. Celebrate it. Enhance it. .

 

-Madhavi

 

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