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Monday, April 23, 2012

37 things

I have been following "the Art of Non-Conformity" for some time now...
check out the latest post..it  truly inspired me...

For me, conformity and change are two giant words...

When we tire of conformity we seek change...and then once that feels constricting or conforming, we again seek change...hmmm..what a lot of "C" words!!

Though technically I should write 34 things, I am 3 years passed 34 and so it is that I have embarked on putting down 37 things that I have learnt about life


  1. ~ Kindness is tough to practice at all times, but if it becomes a way of life then there is no other more powerful space.
  2. ~ Music is the greatest mood changer
  3. ~ Discipline is a highly misinterpreted word, it is not about another person standing out there dictating rules, but it is when you develop a conscience that will never ever allow you to waver from your core self at times of conflict
  4. ~ Understanding another person's feelings is the greatest/ kindest gift you can give them
  5. ~ Money is absolutely essential; never deny it; it comes to those who live with an abundance mentality; giving and receiving money go hand in hand
  6. ~ Time is the greatest revealer (reveler?!), what you choose to do with your Time, defines what you do with your life…some are casual, and life treats them casually, some are earnest and life treats them with earnestness…you get my point by now I think
  7. ~ Read, there is nothing that has not already been said, known or felt that has not been engraved in written word… Read Up
  8. ~ Never isolate yourself, human interaction is the greatest teacher and sharing brings about many turning points to life
  9. ~ Cut that negativity…every negative thought is what ties and shackles you to the mortar …cut free…prevent them from invading your mental space
  10. ~You can always do more than what you think you can do... by 15% even, but it is possible
  11. ~ Be competitive but not cruel to yourself, when we aspire for or to be ...then we try...we do...we are alive
  12. ~ Connect with children often, they boost your endorphin levels...always!
  13. ~ When people see beyond the Outer You, they will seek your presence no matter what. They are the ones who know and like you...and not just the Outer You
  14. ~ Love is useless if it is not closely complimented by Honesty...
  15. When you love someone, you need to empower them with Honest conversations.
  16. ~ Be happy with yourself, be happy with who you were, who you are, and who you think you will become 
  17. ~ Distress and dissatisfaction helps us grow, as long as we don't make it our permanent status, but use it to step up on our actions
  18. ~ Keep moving, travel is a great way to expand one's thinking
  19. ~ Don't hold on to a past that has no future
  20. ~ Tell stories, personal, fantasy, heard/ read, tell it  to those who will listen...for as you tell, you will feel the change in yourself
  21. ~ Conversations open up wonderful worlds
  22. ~ Everyone has a story to tell! That shows they have lived, enjoy the stories, but disengage from the interpretations
  23. ~ Sometimes, just looking out of the window can make the day wonderful (providing the view offers some foliage:)
  24. ~ Have you seen how children keep asking questions/ keep talking? When we stop talking and asking questions, we stop being
  25. ~ Excellence is competing with yourself to do better than before
  26. ~ People can surprise you, any time, all the time
  27. ~ Don't be afraid to make mistakes or look foolish, or be stupid...everyone has been that and done that
  28. ~ Be your own friend first, then see what a good friend you become for others
  29. ~ Have many interests...
  30. ~ Atleast be completely Honest with yourself!
  31. ~ There is a reason for everything, some are apparent, many are not
  32. ~ Find your life purpose...and work backwards to achieve it
  33. ~ Looking good comes from loving yourself...inside out!
  34. ~ Consistency is a struggle, but can't deny it gets results, if results are what we are looking for
  35. ~ If experiencing life is important, then the risk is worth taking   
  36. ~ When we really start expressing our true selves, we need to be prepared to face total rejection
  37. ~ Unconditional Love can only be shared with Children, any other relation starts conditionally :))
  38. ~ No matter what, what holds you back are those regrets...let them go
Many of these thoughts may not connect with you as a reader, for they come from a space inside me that I dare to look in now... 







Sunday, April 22, 2012

Puncture Friends

A Couple dropped by yesterday...
Sunday morning surprise....catching up
They are one of the few my spouse is comfortable chatting up with...

An interesting word popped up then: Puncture Friend
 Apparently He calls my Spouse his Puncture friend,

What an interesting word, so many meanings to be derived from that

An obvious interpretation of that word is that, this is a friend who you would call to fix your puncture, especially when you are stuck in the middle of the night somewhere and are desperate for help...that is taking it literally

Figuratively He/ She is the friend who comes to your mind when you need something, and who you know no matter what time; what eleventh hour you need them, you can ask them for help...

Hmm...puncture friend...
am I one?
I think... 

I would consider it an honor if even one friend of mine would say that to me....

And do you have one?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Its only words...its all in your words

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
By Mary Elizabeth Clark

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

What a beautiful poem, certain people have a way of saying things beautifully.
Every day I realise that  



Saturday, April 7, 2012

I feel her embrace

 A reconnection with land and water,
This landscape begs for a story in verse

A journey transports us
into new and new found experiences

Anxiety and doubt clouds my soul
past memories vague
newer ones more potent and chilling

Whats all this hoo-haa is your question
a trip that never was..now has been~

A road less traveled by many
yet all those who have,
return to smear, splash, paddle and connect.

The rustic way compliments the soul
as it settles into this way

city squeams thrown away as we
embrace the natural way

the pristine waters entice us
seductive beguiling...inviting

She promises us experiences and
we embrace it with ardor

Choosing to flow with her, move with her,
an incredible dance between nature and the nurtured
To feel her loving embrace

a camping weekend on the Western ghats along the Sharavathi river with children, a commune with nature, a feeling relived after many many years...of wonder and freedom,  space and love,  happiness and sharing, perspective and triumphs, beliefs and attitudes, simplicity and wholesomeness, of nothing and everything.

elemental feelings aroused that were submerged in a deluge of city bred paranoia of health and hygiene

an abandonment an abundance all rolled into 3 days of being, doing and feeling life..

I go down on my knees for these moments of truth

I go down on my knees for these moments of reality

To love and embrace all that is, that was and that will be...



Monday, April 2, 2012

We visit Bylakuppe


Bylakuppe is a beautiful place to visit if you want to soak in culture. Namdroling Monastery is a place I have wanted to visit for sometime, having heard and read that it is largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet....

The drive was long and we were looking for the Golden Temple...and did we find it...

The timing was perfect, the nuns and monks streaming into the Temple for their mid day Prayers....the sound of the chant...echoing around...an elaborate mantra... .tea served between prayers...

a world so beguiling and different...

This particular Fresco caught my eyes...surely there is a story here...I thought...

Surely enough...it is a Jataka Tale, and apparently this Tibetan Motif is seen in most cultures that follow the Buddhist way of life..

The story itself talks about Cooperation and Harmonious friendship...but the prelude to the story makes it more interesting...In some stories the Buddha wanting to show his disciples that there is no hierarchy in friendship shares this tale with all...while in other versions the story shares the conflict between four animals and the resolution reached when they all decide to cooperate and help each other.

(You can read the stories by clicking on the blue highlighted words)

I carry this story with me and will tell when the need arises...till then...enjoy some wonderful images from Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Karnataka...
( It is the second largest monastery for novitiate nuns and monks)...

Beautiful Frescos...




Prayer Time...



Door tapestry: showing motifs that symbolize hope and good will...


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Scaled down version of the Palyul Monastery in Tibet...




The Tibetan tradition to have the Dharma wheel flanked by the deers on the roof...



I remember reading about Lama Mani books on Saffron Tree, another reason why I wanted to visit Bylakuppe...