Timeless Existence

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I am living in a timeless existence.

I don’t know what day of the week it is unless I look at the calendar; I don’t know the time unless I glance up at the clock.

I wake up to the chirping of birds and follow the circadian rhythm of my body.

My table is not a banquet full of dishes anymore; it’s just one dish which is enough for me and my body to curb the hunger.

I have filled my home with music, at all times. With the sounds of spirituality, early morning, blending effortlessly with the sounds of drum beats, as the day ends.

I am aware of the inhalation and exhalation of each breath I take, thankful to just be.

I walk up to the terrace of my house every evening as the sun sets, glancing at the twilight sky sending a silent prayer to the universe to heal each living being.

I exercise, I look after my health, I pamper myself with rest , I read, I write, I Paint, I am keeping my mind busy  learning a language, creating contents for a course I may use in the future, I connect with nature, I pray, I meditate, I get in touch with all my loved ones and more than all of this, I am grateful and eternally blessed to have some wonderfully loving people, some who have always been there and some I just met, around me at all times .

I have learnt the essence of living with the bare minimum and the precious state of just enjoying the moment in a timeless existence.

 

-Madhavi

 

 

 

Spring Equinox -A Time for Renewal

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Even if you don’t consider yourself a deeply spiritual person, the deeper meanings behind the equinox throughout history are still important, not to mention really interesting.

Up until the 18th century, in many parts of Europe, the equinox was once considered the beginning of the new year (it is still considered the astrological New Year, with Aries as the first sign).

In many religions, the spring equinox is an incredibly important time. In Christianity, the spring equinox is the time of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.

In Hinduism it symbolizes as “the beginning of a new age.” As the darkness of winter lifts, communities rejoice. People embrace the rejuvenation of the season.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Mayans celebrated the resurrections of their own gods.

Traditionally, in ancient times, the equinox was celebrated as a time to cleanse out stagnant energy within the self and homes.

The word Equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.

At each equinox the sun crosses the earth’s equator and is directly overhead at noon, thus there is a short period of time during which night and day are of approximately equal length all over the earth.

Regardless of where you are, both the spring and autumn equinox trigger transformation.

For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, we recently welcomed the Vernal or Spring Equinox.

Spring is a season associated with change, cleansing, and new beginnings. It is a time of renewal and growth, ushering in a renewed sense of energy.

Traditionally, the vernal equinox is associated with warmth, light, birth, and rebirth. There is a focus on transition and its effect on nature and us as human beings.

Science has shown us how plants and animals are stimulated by environmental factors such as temperature, duration of sunlight and precipitation.

These predictable changes that consistently occur in nature determine the onset of events such as breeding or blossoming. And just as we see renewal and rebirth in nature during the spring months, the promise of warmth and extended periods of daylight tend to awaken something within all of us as well, and we begin to feel energized and inspired, spirited and jubilant.

Many of us, regardless of our ancestral background, feel compelled to spend the first few days of spring cleaning, organizing and purging the clutter that has accumulated over the last twelve months.

And this is a good thing not just from the standpoint of enjoying your straightened out spic-and-span clean digs, but it also has a positive impact on your health. This is also a great time of year for “spring cleaning” your body and mind!  Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Get outside!Get physical. Take a walk or play in the sunshine and get a natural dose of Vitamin D to eliminate adverse health conditions including depression, anxiety, and pain syndromes.
  • Slow down.Allow yourself a few minutes a day to reflect and/or meditate.  Embrace the positive thoughts and emotions and release the negative ones.
  • Detoxify your body. Flush the toxins from your body by eating more fresh organic fruits and vegetables of varying color, eliminating fast and processed foods and drinking more filtered water.

Thursday’s vernal equinox marked the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere earlier than any other equinox in the last 124 years. As its arc across the sky gets higher, the amount of ultraviolet light from the sun will increase rapidly. Ultraviolet light and warmth have shown to disrupt the transmission of some viruses, however, whether it will work with corona virus is yet unknown. COVID 19 has only existed for three months and the scientific research is still not sufficient to claim that this virus too will mitigate in the warmer months.

Although if you have noticed in the Southern Hemisphere, which just finished summer, corona virus has not spread nearly as rapidly as it has in the northern part of the globe. How much of that is due to weather is not yet known, as we don’t have any solid scientific evidence.

Whatever be said, spring is indeed a time of renewal and letting go of things that don’t serve us anymore. It reminds us of a rebirth or reincarnation. It reinforces the fact that everything in life is fluid and changing and in order to move forward, we need to embrace the change. It shows us to appreciate the little things in life, the singing of birds and the blooming of flowers.

And as you spend more time outside, notice how nature is nourishing new life, and follow her lead – feeding the vitality awakening inside of you.

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Stay Healthy. Stay Positive. Look at the bright side of Life.

Madhavi 

The Earth is Healing. ALLOW IT!

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This pandemic we are in the midst of is not just a disease , it’s a wake-up call for all the other issues as well ,such as climate change, environment degradation, population explosion,  shrinking resources,  declining in animal species, rain forests, marine life, fresh water and many more which we have been pushing under the carpet for decades.

So it’s hardly shocking today how a pandemic can threaten seemingly unbreakable social norms and habits and bring us down to our knees.

The fact is we all love to be in control. We fancy ourselves to be captains of our destiny, and masters of our fate.

The reality is that today, more than ever before this sense of control is an illusion, a bubble that the Corona virus has popped. We are gripped by fear and we are bloody well panicking.

It’s so easy for us to lose perspective in the midst of the madness of our daily lives and our projects, works, wish lists, homes and holidays. We struggle to distinguish the important from the urgent.

So this crisis is showing us what’s really important in our lives and what’s not. It’s helping us to distinguish between what’s meaningful and what’s meaningless.

This is not the first time we are faced with a pandemic this size. There have been plagues earlier too. And millions died even then. But back then our predecessors were not inundated by the ferocity of media reports and information didn’t spread as quickly as the disease so people were not aware of what was killing them.

In short this global pandemic and crisis is again a grim reminder of how weak and frail we are, as human beings. It’s a reminder that diseases have no “made in” stamp and is free to travel without any border control.

In the eyes of the world, we may be different; but in the eyes of the virus, we’re just the same-weak and without answers.

We have a very narrow vision when it comes to visualizing our future. All we can see is the ‘now’.

What we are unable to see is how much damage to the environment we have already caused in our greed to wanting more, being more, doing more. We have destroyed the environment faster than it can recover.

Of course the environment has the capacity to heal itself in many ways. The rate of recovery depends on the type of damage being done. Endangered Species can recover in a few decades; Ozone, in a century; Old growth forests in several centuries; the cooling of radioactive waste, maybe hundreds of thousands of years.

But here is a critical point: the environment cannot recover while we are still increasing the damage to it.

We had to learn the hard way that establishing a sustainable planet is imperative. Either we establish it ourselves, or nature will do it for us – and we can be sure that nature will not be as kind to ourselves as we are. And Mother Nature has now taken things in her own hands after being treated so unkindly for so long.

Nature is neither sentimental nor nostalgic. But it is more resilient, resourceful and creative than we appreciate.

And unfortunately we forget that nature did pretty well for the three billion years before we turned up, and it could do pretty well again if we learned to interfere less.

Mother Earth, when left to her own devices, has the instinct to heal and in fact, heals herself.  If only we let it.

-Madhavi

 

 

OS-Los Angeles Times;UN Press Release;thegospelcoalition

 

 

Lean on to the good stuff & Look at the bright side.

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Foreseers and Scientists have been cautioning us for decades about how abusing the planet will affect us. People from Australia to California, Puerto Rico, and everywhere that flood and fire has broken out, have learned how the climate change will eventually lead to doomsday.  They warned us that planets do get sick too over a few decades, not a few weeks –although slightly slower than populations do.

And, I think, now covid-19 is a reminder that although we seem to think we have a great deal of control over most things that thought literally just flies out of the window, when you realize that you don’t actually. Things can go very, very wrong, and very, very quickly.

Nobody expected the novel Corona virus to flare up this way. What started off in a “wet market” in Wuhan, is killing many people, and shutting millions more inside, with fear as their main companion.

The main thing about a pandemic like this is that it doesn’t discriminate. Whoever you are, wherever you live, you’re vulnerable. While some of us may fare better because of our age or health, the germs themselves are impartial. This means, we are all in the same boat, for better or worse.

And so is the universality of suffering. The virus is an extraordinary event, and the horror it unleashes is extraordinary, too. But suffering is anything but extraordinary. All of us are hostages to forces over which we have no control.

This is not our first test as a species and it won’t be our last. A pandemic like this simply forces us to think about our responsibilities to the people around us. The simplest and probably the most important thing you can do to control the spread of this virus is to take precautions like social distancing. That’s the only way to flatten the epidemic curve, and by doing so will literally save lives.

The cost of this pandemic will be not just financial. What comes next is unclear. And the pain will not be distributed equally. Many people will lose income due to work stoppages or potential lockdowns.

Kids from low-income families will miss meals if schools are cancelled; parents  will miss work if they have to stay home to take care of them; Students in universities are already having nightmares about their future; If companies start laying off workers or give pay cuts the economics of running a household  will become burdensome to so many families .

And the list goes on and on.

But let us not buy into the hysteria of a virus fear. Let us stay strong. We live on a planet where viruses and bacteria are everywhere. Let’s face it fearlessly.

And if we’re fated to go through this passage, we may as well learn something from it.

We are being reminded to keeping loved ones close and that our health is the ultimate abundance. And even though we may feel alone we are actually together in this.

We are being reminded that it is better to live a life with minimum needs and not burden ourselves, our homes, our countries and more importantly our planet, with any more than is absolutely necessary for our survival.

It is teaching us that our villages, towns, cities need not be over-populated, over constructed and over burdened.

It is teaching us to respect the food chain in our ecosystem.

Maybe it is the year of truth, a year of change, a year of the new world. Maybe our planet and the entire human race is going through evolution and changes at the energy levels.

Maybe this disaster is giving us an opportunity to heal and rebuild the planet itself from scratch.

Let us heal our own karma, by putting aside greed, and only thinking of one self. Let us focus on the wellness and well being of each individual, each plant, each species, and each life-form on this planet.

Let us raise our positive vibes together. Let our energy, our vision, our words, and our thoughts, shape how we want our tomorrow to be.

This might also be the moment when we decide to fully embrace the idea that what happens elsewhere matters that there’s no real way to shut out the rest of the planet. That’s true for the virus, which seems to have seeped through most of the world’s borders in a matter of days.

In order for substantive progress to take place humanity needs to operate from a point of solidarity, empathy, equity, and moral clarity.

And also, what we need to understand is the meaning of the Native American proverb, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

So let’s take care of each other, our planet and its resources and understand that each sunrise offers us a wonderful new opportunity to make the world a better place for you and me.

-Madhavi

 

OS:The Guardian

Niksen-The Dutch art of doing nothing

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It’s always amusing when a single word from a foreign language kick starts an entire lifestyle trend, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Sometimes all a person needs is a little bit of inspiration, or a spark of encouragement, to make changes they’ve been craving all along.

Do you remember hygge, the Danish concept of coziness that captivated people’s imaginations?

Or lagom, the Swedish idea of living in moderation and friluftslivb- the concept of open-air living?

And more recently one heard of dostadning, a.k.a. Swedish Death Cleaning, or the act of slowly and steadily decluttering one’s home as the years go by.

And now another word is making its way into wellness headlines, and this time hailing from the Netherlands.

The word is ‘NIKSEN‘ and it “literally means to do nothing, to be idle or doing something without any use.

Why is it so valuable, you may ask? Well, for one, it stands in stark contrast to the way in which most people live these days, rushing around from dawn till dusk with an unending to-do list.

The duties never end. We do this, despite knowing how unhealthy it is, depriving us of downtime, of sleep, of time to think, of time spent with family and engaging in hobbies.

Whereas mindfulness is about being present in the moment, niksen is more about carving out time to just be, even letting your mind wander rather than focusing on the details of an action.

Practicing niksen could be as simple as just hanging around, looking at your surroundings, simply sitting in a chair looking out of the window, or listening to music —as long as it’s without purpose, and not done in order to achieve something or be productive.

Studies have shown that niksen offers emotional perks — like reducing anxiety — to physical advantages — like curtailing the aging process and strengthening the body’s ability to fight off a common cold.

Another benefit of niksen is that it can help people come up with new ideas, when we do nothing; our brain is still processing information and can use the available processing power to solve pending problems, which in turn can boost one’s creativity.

For many, doing nothing isn’t as simple as it sounds. In fact, it can be somewhat challenging to sit still and stare out a window when one is used to doing something at all times.

But then one has to dare to be idle. It is all about allowing life to run its course, and to free us from obligations for just a moment. We need to train our minds to wander in a way that’s imaginative and creative. Some “gateway” practices to niksen could be taking a walk in nature, gardening, and reducing tech tine or just meditate.

Niksen gives a name to a concept I already embrace at home. I adore lazy weekends with my family, when there is nothing on the docket and nowhere to be. My favorite evenings are the unscheduled ones, when I can lie on the couch and read a novel. I suppose one might call that productive, but to me its pure idleness and I love it.

Niksen is the antidote to stress and burnouts.

Niksen is giving you permission to hibernate without an intention.

Niksen is taking time off to embracing life’s pauses.

 

M

 

 

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Let me be…

 

Let me colour my world,
Let me draw outside the lines.
For I have never been very good,
staying inside of the box.

Let my hair be tangled,
But my spirit remain free.
For even in my fierceness,
Let me be compassionate.

Let me be a little uncertain.
Let me be a bit irrational.
For in all the chaos of my mind,
Let me find my voice.

Let me embark on new adventures,
And love with total abandon.
Let me understand that surrender is the only door,
Through which my soul will find its way home.

 -M 

 

Happy Woman’s day to all the lovely ladies, and a big shout out to all the men, who were raised right by strong women. 

 

#womansday2020