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

 

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Let Go!

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IT IS NECESSARY TO LET THINGS GO, BEFORE THEY BECOME TOO HEAVY FOR YOU TO CARRY.

Permanent happiness comes from you choosing to be permanently happy. When you choose happiness, then you attract happiness all around you.

The most INTENSE fight a human will ever have is between the person they are and the person they are capable of becoming.

If you want to SUCCEED in your life, remember this phrase: The past does not equal the future.

Because if you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; the last sixteen years; or the last fifty years of life, doesn’t mean anything. All that matters is: What are you going to do, right NOW?

When you hold on tightly to a thing, an ideology or even an identity, you create an ego around it and you begin to identify with it.

You forget that you are naturally formless and free. Be a mirror reflection of the abundance and infinite potential of the universe that is displayed at that particular time and space.

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.

Anger, hatred, jealousy, and many such negative emotions engulf our mind and disturb our peace.

They do not belong in your heart and in your head.

Let them go as they are very heavy and, unhealthy for life:
The past can be our enemy…Let it go.
Guilt can be our enemy…Let it go.
Pride can be our enemy…Let it go.
Ego can be our enemy…Let it go.

Breathe!
If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance. If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed. If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will.
~Buddha

 

-M

Know Yourself

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But the question here is how? How do I know who is the real me?

Finding oneself may be searching for the purpose of your life to say it in a broader sense. But actually, it is finding and knowing yourself through the innumerable priceless moments you experience daily. Life is not some kind of a board game, which you have to play it in one go from start to finish.

Life has many ‘rasas’. (Rasa is a Sanskrit word and has many translations in English, the main ones being: essence, juice, nectar, taste, or sap.)

Rasa is in everything, or I should say… everything has Rasa. Though some things have a higher vibrational essence, others have lower. Rasa is the invisible substance that gives life meaning.

Quoting Aristotle, who said ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 

To truly know yourself is the most important skill you can ever possess. When you know who you are, you will instinctively know what you need to do, instead of looking for permission from others.

And the best way to find this is to be still. Meditate. Look within. Just be with your own some lonesome. It is a perfect time to be one with yourself and evaluating yourself. That’s when you are truly truthful about you and every other facet of your life.

Many people don’t know themselves because any sort of silence scares them; it’s too uncomfortable to be alone with every flaw staring back at them. But being quiet and discovering your true self is so highly addictive.

Find what you are good at (and not good at).This might be the most difficult step in the process of finding who you are, but it’s a necessary one. Give yourself ample time of trial and error to find what you’re good at, and don’t give up before you’ve had more than enough attempts.

Quit only when your efforts aren’t giving back in return. What is ample time? Only you can decide that. But when you quit correctly, it isn’t giving up, it’s making room for something better. When your actions do nothing but drain you—rather than produce more passion and increase your drive to do more—that’s a good sign it is time to focus elsewhere.

This will also lead you realizing where your true passion lies. Pay attention

And if you think asking a friend or a family member what they have to say about you could help, go ahead and do that. Of course, their opinion isn’t going to be perfect, but their feedback will probably indicate a few areas you may want to at least take a second look at.

A large aspect of knowing yourself can be found in your relationships. Almost as much as you need to know yourself, other people also need to know who you are. People need you—the real you.

Because when you understand who you are meant to be, your purpose will finally become bigger than your fears.

And remember to stop chasing people. If they block you or cut off contact with you or ignore you, let them go. The ones who enjoy your energy and what you bring to the table will naturally gravitate towards you. Stop trying to ‘prove your worth’ and cling on to relationships just because they made you happy once. Let them off and cherish those who want you and want to be with you by their own free will and not because you want them to be.

Finding what you really want from your life is going to be a tough call. You will have to let go of a lot of things that you held close to your heart.

Pay close attention to those moments that leave you truly satisfied and happy? That’s the voice of your soul calling.

You may have heard the phrase – “do not settle.” Understand this. We are all meant for great things and eventually we all come together to form a great world.

Nothing stops us but our limited thoughts.

Nothing helps us grow like our imagination.

Do not let your fears kill your dreams or potential.

Challenge your fears and make them disappear.

Your greatest strength has always been You .

And remember to-

‘Love yourself the way you wish to be loved by others’.

-M

Soul Tribe

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Have you ever met someone new or even talked to them for a few minutes and suddenly you both realize like as if you have known them for your whole life. And it’s even more surprising when it’s just the first time you are meeting or interacting with them?

It’s like they just get you, and you get them.

You form an instant and a natural connection with them, with a comfort level unlike any other. You are drawn to them almost magically.

The conversation flows freely and they understand you, they resonate with you, and they share the similar values and beliefs. They believe in you, your passion, your philosophy, and your purpose. And you believe in theirs.

I think it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Do you know that it is your soul tribe you have just connected with?

Yes it’s not bizarre! And not to sound exclusive, but they are part of your inner circle and you are in theirs.

It’s a little difficult to explain this if you don’t believe in it. I have had people who say to “it’s all humdrum. There is no such thing as a soul tribe”.

Well all I can say to such people is that “you wouldn’t know. You haven’t met yours yet. I have and I know”!

Have you ever felt all alone and vulnerable at times? Well let me tell you that you are never really alone on your journey. Someday one of your soul tribe will somehow cross paths with you and help guide you along the way. They will come into your life at exactly the right time. And when you connect with someone from your soul tribe, you will feel a sense of wholeness and peace wash over you.

They will be these wholehearted and passion-driven people. Their hearts will be big, their thoughts deep, and their words loving. They will know exactly what you want to accomplish in life because they can sense your energy and they will help support you and accomplish that goal.They will not abandon you when you are lost, but will help you find your way back again. You can feel free to speak your mind and tell them your deep secrets without feeling vulnerable or rejected.

Trust me if you feel a strong connection with someone while you’re going through a tough time, don’t take this as a coincidence.  Allow them into your life and nurture that connection.

Having people who really get you and your soul makes life so much more magical. You and your soul tribe are all on a journey. As individuals, but also together. Isn’t that amazing? Because together is better. Because don’t we all “belong to each other.”

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-M

 

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Rainbow

The exquisite beauty of my face
is the first thing they saw.
Until they moved closer.
That’s when the sadness,
In my eyes became lucid.
They believed my skies
were all grey.
But they didn’t know.
Grey is a colour  too.
A little bit of black
mixed with a lot of white.
Just how Life should be.
Some truth and some lies,
Which were mine to keep.
For its how we actually are
Imperfect….
And yet it is the grey skies I told them
that bring rain
That’s how your garden flourishes
That’s when you see the rainbow…..

                                                 -madhavi

Count your blessings!!

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A simple, yet profound statement. But the question is Do We?

 The Buddhists have known for years that gratitude has been scientifically proven to strengthen your immune system and make you happier and more optimistic.

Human nature is to want what we don’t have and to dwell on the negatives—instead of celebrating what we do have and focusing on what’s going well.

I am guilty too of the same for a while now. Being a naturally free spirited person, I am uncomfortable with any kind of bondage that traps my mind, body and soul. My soul just starts rejecting it. So it is a battle of wits between what I want and what I have.

But sometimes circumstances in your life bring you to a point where despite your best efforts things are not as happening as you would like them to be.

Of late there have been some situations at home which have been draining me completely of all energy and positivity.  It has left me exhausted and completely in a rotten mood. I am blaming not only the circumstances but also the other people in my life to an extent.

And recently all the pent up frustration was lashed out to my son who was on a long distance phone call.

On the other side he was bearing the brunt of my vile vomit of words. Not saying a word, he listened.

I went on and on for about 15 minutes till he found a pause in my words and then he spoke, as gently and calmly, as he naturally is.

His words not honey coated but real. Understanding me and making me understand.

Once the poison left my body I apologized to him, for bearing with an overly emotional mother and for saying things to him which he wasn’t even responsible for.

“I am so so sorry” I texted, again and again.

And he texted back, “its better the poison was thrown towards me, rather than anyone else, I know it wasn’t meant for me so it did not affect me, but I am glad it is out of your system”.

And every day, after that dreadful conversation, looking back, I wonder how your children suddenly become so mature enough that they take on the role of your protector.

And then you have your entire life pass by before your eyes, and all the teachings, and life lessons you taught your kids come back to you in multitude ways.

You are in awe of the universe and grateful to have such blessed souls around you to take care of you and remind you of things which you may have forgotten but they remember.

My point here is this. It can be easy to get swept away in the fast lane and forget to stop and show your appreciation for what you do have.

Gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for the “big” things in life. Being grateful everyday for waking up healthy, for having food on the table and clean home and clothes on your back is equally important. Gratitude is your partner understanding your moods.

Gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact, sometimes thinking about negative or difficult situations can help to really nail down what you have to be thankful for.

Gratitude is being very very thankful for those handful people in your life who find it a blessing to have you in theirs.

Gratitude is to give back to others what they lack. Volunteering for the purpose of helping others increases our own well-being, and thus our ability to have more gratitude.

With so many bad things happening around the world, if you can find just one moment in your life that you are grateful about, then enjoy it and…….

Count your blessings!

 

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Madhavi

 

 

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