Changing Seasons

I create my own Spring 
When the heart feels low

When Time moves slow

I just go

With the languid flow

Where the water 

Takes me and 

My colours… 😊

Simple Pleasures of Life… πŸ˜Š

You know a journey is coming to an end when all the toothpaste tubes are squeezed out with super human effort, when the soap cake you carried from home becomes wafer thin and you are loathe to buy a new one… 

Everything you carried from home to last you through your travels gets over one by one. You favourite tea, your food packets of pulao and dal, your travel perfume.. all lie empty in the bin. 

As you stare at your half empty bag and look back at the life it has helped recreate away from home, you are grateful for its constant presence and its ability to still delight you by revealing the corner of a fresh pair of socks, one that you had completely forgotten about, as a surprise gift!  

And as you revel in your sudden good fortune, you realise that happiness comes in a thousand different sizes and a million different colours and in the most unexpected ways… 😊

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Lotus Prayers

The expanse of a lake filled with blooming Lotus can relax any mind. Even when painting in the studio, the feeling is similar. As I choose colors and blend them, moving way back to see if there is a sense of space in my canvas, I feel touched by an unknown power. It imparts peace and joy and a strange contentment that makes me feel complete… I want for nothing then, except to share that beautiful joy with others … ☺️🌼

That Awesome Feeling πŸ˜Š

He is the last thing I see before I leave home and the first when I return. In the interim, I am given to believe that he puts his head on my slippers and waits and woe to that person who tries to move the slippers for sweeping the floor or mopping it!
Yesterday, when I got home, no yelps of joy greeted me, absolutely no response to my whistles… Where was he? I wondered. The help informed me that he was out on his evening stroll because it had just stopped raining. 
Gosh! How I missed his warm, tail-wagging welcome, his routine of carrying my sandals half way and dropping them unceremoniously, his guiding me to his treat jar because he had waited so patiently and not broken anything the entire day! And also because humans tend to forget directions.. πŸ™„
Little things are such big things in the daily living of life… This I learn from Bob, my black pug. No routine is boring if you invest yourself in it fully. 
When we go for our morning walk, I give his leash to the bhaiya asking him to take Bob back inside, but when I return, this is how I find him… Waiting patiently, in no hurry, eyes peeled on the road down which I had gone. And when he sees me return, his eyes sparkle, he gets new life, as do I…… 😊

How Successful are You?

Sharing an article written by Nitya Shanti

I feel the definition of success needs to be questioned and expanded. Being famous, being rich, being influential, being knowledgeable, being powerful, being accomplished, having all the nicest things – these are the traditional definitions of success. 
While there is nothing inherently wrong in them, they are rather narrow, outwardly focused and based on measuring ourselves against each other in some way. 

I would like to offer some other ways to look at success that can expand our understanding of it…

Being rich in time – Have the luxury to just be, slow down, enjoy each life experience and explore our interests 

Doing deep work – with fewer people, over longer time, with profound effects.  

Some of the most influential people in history touched relatively few lives, and those lives went on to touch the world. I think of Socrates, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Webu Sayadaw, Henry David Thoreau 

Fostering Community – The work we do to cultivate a sense of shared purpose in conscious communities is one of the greatest gifts we can give and leave behind

Living Simply – Reducing our possessions and needs so that we have more space and lightness in our lives. This is also a beautiful gift for our crowded planet on which we are placing ever more demands

Having Shiny Eyes – This is Benjamin Zander’s definition of success, “To be surrounded by people with shiny eyes!” This is so simple, yet says so much

Having Fun – Prioritizing joy, playfulness, authentic connection and frequent heartfelt laughter is a great way to look at success 

Deepening Our Spiritual Connection – Finding and walking our own unique path. Growing a rich inner garden of insight, connection and contentment. This means measuring success not by the quality of our belongings but by the quality of our consciousness. 

Supporting Others – In learning, growing, healing and being successful on their own terms

Being Exemplary – By our words and shining example, inspiring all to be the best they can be

Being Authentic – By our honesty and openness, inviting all to be more grounded and real

Continuous Learning – Lifelong learning of what we always wants to learn in school but couldn’t. No matter how strange, obscure or unproductive it appears to others 

We all have unique DNA, why shouldn’t we also have our own unique approach to success? Wouldn’t it be amazing if on meeting another for the first time we asked them not only what they did, but why? Thereby creating a culture where it is normal for each of us to have our own unique definition and understanding of success. What a diverse and vibrant world that would be!

I invite you to explore alternate ideas of success with your friends, family and children. You are welcome to share this post on your wall to trigger such a dialogue. Also share your thoughts in the comments to expand and enrich this discussion further. 

I’d like to end with a powerful question: 

“What if I am already successful, based on my own values, and just never really recognized it?”